A.: There are three options: Taxi, Public and Chartered Bus. The airport official taxis are pre-paid; they have set fares for destinations and accept both cash and credit card. For the price of BRL 48.80, the Chartered Bus links specific parts of the city – connecting Guarulhos Airport to Congonhas Airport, Praça da República, Bus Terminals Tietê and Barra Funda, and Avenida Paulista. The estimated time of the trips ranges from 55 minutes to 1h20min. The Public Bus service charges BRL 5.95 and makes two connections from Guarulhos Airport to the Tatuapé subway station (red line), in the east part of the city. The estimated time of the trip is about 55 minutes and 1h10min (going through Av. Assis Ribeiro). Click here for more information regarding Public and Chartered Bus schedule.
What are the transportation options for downtown São Paulo leaving Congonhas Airport?
A.: There are taxi cabs inside the airport itself and public buses that go to different points of the city, such as Praça da Sé, Largo São Francisco, Avenida Paulista, among others. Call 156 or click here to get more information about the SPTrans bus lines. There are also some Apps that may help. Take a look!
A.: The Subway operates daily starting at 4:40am and there are different times for its end of operations in each station, ranging from 12am or even 12:35am. On Saturdays the subway extends its operational times up until 1am on Sunday. There are eight different kinds of tickets, including Cartão Lazer – created for the weekends at the price of BRL 3.40 instead of the regular fare of BRL 3.80. In order to obtain more information, access the official Subway website.
A.: There are two ways of doing it: the SPTrans website and also by the phone number 156. All you have to say or type is the origin and destination addresses and the information is given.
A.: In the city, there are several places in which you can find souvenirs, art and typical products. The handicraft fairs are good options.
A: São Paulo has plenty of shopping options and streets specialized at some products. The most famous are:
A.: There are several kinds of city tours that can be made, from the free of charge (like the free walking tours), to the ones in which you hire a receptive tourism agency.
Every Thursday, from 8pm to 10pm, there is a project called Caminhada Noturna (Night Walk) that visits the main attractions of São Paulo’s downtown. The walk is free and the starting point is the Theatro Municipal, at 8pm.
You can also choose several tourism agencies specialized in city tour, which offer services and several scripts. In order to obtain more information, access the list of receptive services in São Paulo.
A.: There are several currency exchange bureaus and Tourism Agencies authorized at the trade market. In order to change money at weekends, there are exchange bureaus at airports and at the main malls across the city.
A.: In order to get cultural information of the city, there is the website Cidade de São Paulo, with the updated schedule, the Secretaria da Cultura website and also at the Centrais de Informação Turística, which are located at strategic points of the city.
A.: Yes! São Paulo has several free attractions and also some with very reasonable prices. It is important to point out that people aged over 65 and under 7 years old don’t pay tickets or have discount.
For example, the Centro Cultural São Paulo offers a large variety of services and free attractions, ranging from cinema to comic libraries. There is also theatrical plays from Sesi, at the Fiesp’s Cultural Center that are free – it is necessary to get invitations ahead of time.
If you like museums, there are also excellent free options in this segment. The Museu Afro-Brasil, at Parque Ibirapuera has free entrance and it has a very rich collection of the Brazilian culture. Still at Ibirapuera, at Tuesdays and Thursdays after 5pm, the Museu de Arte Moderna entrance is also free.
There is also the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Museu da Imagem e do Som, the Itaú Cultural and Caixa Cultural programming.
Some museums are not free, but they reserve some days for free entrance, like the Museu do Futebol.
Check here the City of São Paulo Museum’s programming. Check also other cultural programming at the app Catraca Livre!
A: You can find information about gastronomy at the Cidade de São Paulo website and also at the guides distributed at Centrais de Informação Turística. There are also some guides, widely spread on the web, where you can find a list of restaurants with complete information and reviews, such as: Michelin, Veja, Época, Folha, etc.
A.: Tap water is clean; however, it is recommended to have mineral water. It can be found at bars, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, supermarkets, etc.
A.: The power socket’s voltage in São Paulo is 110V; however, you can also find 220V outlets, which usually have identification to them. To buy adaptors, look for an electronic articles store or an electric materials store.
A.: All you have to do is to check the Secretaria Municipal de Saúde website or call the City Hall service at 156. There you can learn about which is the nearest hospital or Emergency Room.
A: The language spoken in São Paulo is Portuguese. If you need information in any other language, look for one of ours Centrais de Informação Turística or the reception of your hotel.