Sao Paulo, also known as Sampa is the largest city in Brazil and has a population of 11 million with 20 million in its metropolitan area. In addition, Sao Paulo, which is the capital of the Southeastern state, offers jovial nights and in-depth cultural experience due to the beehive activities that take place in this city. Sao Paulo is one of the most diverse cities in the country, considering the historical attraction of the immigrants and the Brazilians. The city’s idiosyncrasies, world-class restaurants, the exquisite way of living of the inhabitants and diverse regional and international cuisine available to all tastes make Sao Paulo a great city to explore.
Sao Paulo has three main airports, three bus terminals, metro, and train that a visitor can use to depart from the city to other cities or destination. Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is one of the three major airports, located 40km from the center of the city and mainly handles flights from abroad to Sao Paulo. Congonhas International Airport (CGH) is another major airport in Sao Paulo and mainly handles flights to the southern and southeastern Brazil (Sao Paulo inclusive). CGH is located 15km from downtown and is centrally placed. The next international airport is Viracopos (VCP/CPQ) located in Campinas and approximately 99km from Sao Paulo. The airport often proves an effective alternative for GRU when weather conditions are bad.
On other hand, you can use a bus from Sao Paulo to other cities. Terminal Rodoviaro do Tiete, the second largest bus terminal in the world, is one of the three bus terminals in the city. The terminal is reachable from 6am to 11:30 pm. To contact this bus terminal, use Av. Cruzeiro do Sul 1.800, Santana as the postal address, or call +55 11 3235-0322. The next terminal is Rodoviaro da Barra Funda, which is situated west of Sao Paulo’s downtown. The postal address for this terminal is Av.Auro Soares de Moura Andarde 664, Barra Funda district and the telephone contact is +55 11 3392-1878. Terminal Rodoviaro de Jabaquara is the third, and it serves cities in the south coast of Sao Paulo states such as Santos, Bertioga and Guaruja. Use the postal address R. dos Jequitibas s/n, Jabaquara district, South side or the call the telephone number +55 11 3235-0322 to reach this terminal.
Consequently, a tourist can use metro or train to visit one city to another while at Sao Paulo. The metro (subway) and the surface train are the compositions of the railway network in this region. Most tourists use this mode of transport due to the metro’s efficiency, modernity, cleanliness and safety. Moreover, Sao Paulo has Bilhete Unico; a transport smartcard that you use to pay fares in the bus, train and subways. When you border a bus, R$3 is charged from your smartcard, and you can border up to three more buses within a span of three hours before being charged the second time. Similarly, you will be charged R$3 on the CPTM trains or metro although, this cost will be for a single trip in the underground train system. The peak hours of transport in Sao Paulo are normally around 6am-9am and 4pm-8pm.
With the museums such as Museu de Ipiranga, cultural centers such as Memorial de America Latina and Panoramic views such as Banespa Tower, undoubtedly make Sao Paulo the best place to visit, perhaps with your family, companion or friends. You can also watch football/soccer, visit theaters and concert halls while in this pristine city. Portuguese is the official language in Sao Paulo, and Japanese is the spoken language. Other languages such as English, French and Italian are also used, especially in restaurants. Make efforts to visit Sao Paulo and enjoy.