Transportation in Brazil

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Travel in Brazil by Bus
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Brazilian BusInternational bus travel is closely integrated between Brazil and its neighbors Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. Buses to Sao Paulo can easily be obtained in Ascuncion, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo. Additionally, there are buses to Brazil from Santiago and Lima, but these can involve journeys of up to three days.

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If you are taking a lengthy bus journey, make sure to inquire about the specifics: bathroom, movies, whether or not food will be provided, and most importantly, the type of seat. Semi-cama seats will recline at about a 45 degree angle, while full-cama will recline almost horizontally, allowing a comfortable night’s sleep.

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With regard to intercity travel, buses are the way to go in Brazil, offering efficient, affordable, and often quite comfortable travel. Any city of over 100,000 inhabitants will have a bus terminal. Be advised that the terminals are often located in dodgy areas, so take extra precaution at night. Brazil, like most countries, requires you to provide identification for intercity travel. Buses typically cost R$6 to 9 per hour. For example a ticket from Rio to Sao Paulo might cost around R$50, while one to Florianopolis might cost R$150. There is a good deal of competition, so make sure to shop around at the rodoviaria.

=> Here is a helpful site to find your bus journey : www.buscaonibus.com.br

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HOT (OR IN THIS CASE - COLD) TIP
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And this is travelling in a tropical country?!
Like in all buses in any country of South America,
the air conditioning is somehow stuck in the -20 Deg position.

=> So NEVER EVER
take a bus in shorts and flip flops or you will just start your beach holidays in a bed with a serious fever. Always wear trousers + shoes and have a jumper handy!

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Travel in Brazil by Plane
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Brazilian Plane

For those interested in flying within Brazil, your best bet is purchasing a Brazil Airpass offered by TAM or Gol. If you have a very full itinerary and limited time, it presents a much better (and potentially even cheaper) option than bus travel. A four flight airpass costs about R$1,000, with price breaks thereafter.  A nine flight airpass, for example, might cost R$2,000.

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Airlines

- GOL : www.voegol.com.br
- TAM : www.tam.com.br
- TRIP : www.voetrip.com.br
- AVIANCA : www.avianca.com.br

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Travel in Brazil by Car
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If you’re interested in renting a car, be prepared to pay around R$100 to 150 a day. Most companies require a minimum age of 25, but some may rent to 21 year old drivers. Unfortunately, dangerous driving conditions and disregard for traffic regulations and safety are rather common, so drive with caution. Take extra care at night in major cities, and always drive with you doors locked.
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