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Aeroporto Deputado Luis Eduardo do Magalhães

Aeroporto Deputado Luis Eduardo do Magalhães is served by domestic airlines like GOL, LATAM , and Azul. There are several direct flights between foreign cities such as Miami, Lisbon via TAP and Buenos Aires via Aerolíneas Argentinas , but generally speaking, flights to international destinations go via São Paulo or Rio.

Transport Options

The airport is located about 30km east of the center. For a taxi going to Barra or the Pelourinho, you'll pay around R$140 in advance at the airport – the official Taxi COMTAS and Taxi COOMETAS stands inside the arrivals hall accept credit cards, which is convenient if you're not carrying local currency. The trip takes 40 to 60 minutes. You'll pay slightly less if you hail a taxi outside, though you might not see any available cars. Follow the signs for 'taxi comum'.

A new executive bus called First Class (www.firstclassbus.com.br) travels between the airport and key tourist points, including Praca da Sé (in the Pelourinho) and a handful of large beach hotels in Barra. The flat fee is R$25 per person and buses leave from the airport, roughly every 40 minutes, all day and into the evening. Look for the First Class desks: there's one in the baggage claim area, and another in the arrivals hall. The same service takes you back to the airport: check the First Class website for information on pick-up times and places.

There are also public buses (R$3.70, running 5:30am to 10pm, with fewer departures on weekends) that provide access to the center. For Barra or the Pelourinho (or Terminal Marítimo Turístico for the ferry to Morro de São Paulo, accessible from the Cidade Alta via Elevador Lacerda), take the bus marked ‘Praça da Sé-Aeroporto'. For the ferry to Bom Despacho, take the Aeroporto–São Joaquim bus, which also stops at the Rodoviario bus station. The ride to the center takes anywhere between 90 minutes and two hours, depending on traffic.

The same buses make the return journey. Buses to the airport depart regularly from the so-called Praça da Sé bus stop, a block southeast of Praça Municipal. Supposedly they leave every 30 minutes, but the schedule isn't fixed, so leave plenty of time. You can pick up the same bus in Barra.

Boat

Boats to Morro de São Paulo and points on Baía de Todos os Santos leave from the Terminal Marítimo Turístico, behind the Mercado Modelo, and the Terminal de São Joaquim, a 10-minute taxi ride north. Note that at the airport or bus station, these boats are often referred to by the English phrase 'ferry boat'.

Bus

For shorter trips, you can buy bus tickets at the time of travel. For longer journeys, especially during peak travel times, you'll want to book ahead to make sure you have a spot. The easiest way to purchase bus tickets is at the main train station – but Salvador's bus station is a long haul from the center. So it's best to plan your strategy and buy tickets when you're passing through; unlike with plane tickets, most travel agencies in town don't sell bus tickets.

Brazilians often reserve online, a privilege not extended to foreigners, with a few exceptions. A few bus lines are starting to offer the option to use a foreign credit card, and you might have luck through new websites like www.clickbus.com.br or www.busbud.com. When in doubt, ask the staff at your hotel or hostel: they're often willing to help make travel arrangements, or at least give advice.

Note that, in addition to the fares, for many bus tickets out of Salvador, you are also required to buy an Interestadual card (R$6) at the time of ticket purchase. Swipe it at the departure gates for access to the bus platforms.

Buses from Salvador

Aracaju

Duration (hr)

4-6

Cost (R$)

72-105

Frequency (daily)

8

Bus company

Various

Ilhéus

Duration (hr)

8

Cost (R$)

108-231

Frequency (daily)

4

Bus company

Águia Branca

Lençóis

Duration (hr)

7-8

Cost (R$)

86

Frequency (daily)

3

Bus company

Real Expresso

Maceió

Duration (hr)

11

Cost (R$)

93-145

Frequency (daily)

6

Bus company

Various

Natal

Duration (hr)

25

Cost (R$)

250-262

Frequency (daily)

2

Bus company

Gontijo

Penedo

Duration (hr)

10

Cost (R$)

104

Frequency (daily)

1

Bus company

Águia Branca

Porto Seguro

Duration (hr)

11

Cost (R$)

144

Frequency (daily)

1

Bus company

Águia Branca

Recife

Duration (hr)

16

Cost (R$)

130-171

Frequency (daily)

2

Bus company

Various

Rio de Janeiro

Duration (hr)

30

Cost (R$)

330-410

Frequency (daily)

2

Bus company

Águia Branca & Kaissara

São Paulo

Duration (hr)

32

Cost (R$)

199-462

Frequency (daily)

2

Bus company

Kaissara & Catedral Turismo

Vitória

Duration (hr)

21

Cost (R$)

281

Frequency (daily)

1

Bus company

Águia Branca