- Aug 12, 2022
TaxisTaxis with a license are typically clearly marked and recognizable. You can either request a cab on the street or find the closest taxi rank by asking. It's best to contact a radio cab after it gets dark out. You'll see booths advertising numerous cab services at bus terminals and airports. There will be no room for guessing as to the cost because you must pay in advance. But you'll very definitely also have to pay more. You can choose to go straight to the taxi rank and pay with the meter there.
Good to know:
Uber is now common in Brazil. Rates often are half those of taxis.
MetrosThere are metro systems in a number of Brazil's biggest cities, including Rio de Janeiro, So Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Salvador. The metro systems in Rio and So Paulo have recently been expanded. Metros are a quick and affordable means of transportation. In most cases, metros connect with specifically labeled buses, expanding the system's actual coverage.
If you plan to remain in a city for a few days or more, inquire about metro passes. Sometimes, the fares will be slightly discounted. Even if they aren't, using a rechargeable card is more convenient than standing in a line each time you want to use the metro.
Local busesMost cities in Brazil are well covered by local buses. Fares vary by city, but typically run about $1 to $1.25 (USD). If the city has a metro system, you can buy an integrated ticket that permits you to ride both the metro and a bus at a discounted fare.
Bus routes are posted at most bus stops. Some cities also have websites you can consult or simply ask a local which bus passes by your destination.
PlanesBrazil is a big country, thus flying is frequently the most convenient mode of transportation. Domestic service is provided by several airlines. The biggest ones include LATAM, GOL, Azul, and Avianca. You'll be happy to learn that the majority of fleets are new and that the in-flight experience meets excellent standards.
It's possible these days to find deeply discounted airfares, although it might initially be difficult right after the pandemic. Be sure to check out Brazilian sites such as eDestinos, MelhorDestinos, and Voopter. But when you find a discounted fare, check to see if taxes are included or if there are additional fees for checked bags, better seats, etc.
If you'd like to visit a few destinations within Brazil, consider purchasing a Brazil Airpass, available from GOL, Azul, and LATAM (immediately post-pandemic, it'll be difficult to get available airpasses, but keep trying). The price will depend on the number of destinations, but is quite reasonable. To purchase the Brazil Airpass, you'll first need to purchase a return (round-trip) ticket to Brazil. Also note that date and destination changes aren't permitted once an airpass has been issued, so plan carefully.
Inter-urban busesWhen traveling in Brazil, buses connect the majority of the country's major cities and, if you're not in a rush, they may be both fun and affordable. Typically, buses are kept tidy and in good condition. Executive-class buses, which provide wifi and other amenities, are occasionally available. Buses stop at well-equipped and well-maintained rest sites every two to three hours.
Often, you'll have to present an ID at the time of boarding, so be sure to have your passport or other photo ID handy.
Bus lines tend to be regional. Accordingly, there are many companies in Brazil, each serving limited geographies.