Ground Transportation for Brazil

Options for traveling within Brazil for a 21-day period 


  1. Car
  2. Train / Bus / Air 
  3. Other Options 
  4. Estimate of total ground travel expenses


After doing some research, I found out that in order to rent a car in Brazil you must be 18 years of age. Like most places around the world, if you are under 25 (I am) you are subject to higher rates. Also, you must have a driver’s license that has been issued for at least 2 full years. Another item that you must have is an international credit card. At some places, you may be required to show your passport, too.

After looking in to renting a car from the airport in Sao Paulo, I found out that the cheapest price is going to be $410.99. This is a 4-door car that has 5 seats and air conditioning. The main stipulation is that I return the car with full gas when finished. According to my travel book, A small four-door car with insurance and unlimited kilometers costs around R$100 a day, and you can sometimes get discounts for longer rentals.


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Train / Bus / Air 

My mass transit options are...

Train: There are five main subway lines in Sao Paulo and they are diversified by color. The blue line is the oldest line and connects the northern and southern regions of Sao Paulo. The red line is the most crowded line and it connects the western and eastern regions. The green line also connects the western and eastern parts of the city, but different neighborhoods. The yellow line is an upper class line that costs more than the others. The lilac line is the newest and shortest line and connects the southern part of the city to each other. A 24 hour fair on the train in Brazil is $4.80. If I am there for 21 days, the total would be $100.80.

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Bus: The bus system in Brazil is very common and used by many tourists. The bus system can get you any where you want to go in the city, but you are greatly advised to not carry luggage on the bus system because it can be stolen and make traveling 10x harder than it needs to be. Each bus has a helper in the front of the bus that will sell you your bus ticket. The average price of a single ticket is $3.50. If I take the bus once a day that is going to cost me $73.50 for the 21 day period that I am in Brazil for. There are 55 bus terminals throughout the city. According to my travel book, Bus services in Brazil are generally excellent. Departure times are usually strictly adhered to, and most of the buses are clean, comfortable, and well-serviced Mercedes.

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Other options 

There are over kilometers of bicycle routes in the city of Sao Paulo. It is often smart to avoid these lanes during rush hour because drivers do not treat cyclists like they are treated in the United States. There are many great cycling paths that are not on the streets that will get you around the city that are much more safe. There is main bicycle Rental Company called Bike Sampa that is affordable and gives you the first hour free on your bike. There are 260 bike stations that you are allowed to return your bike to throughout the city of Sao Paulo. The bikes average hourly price depends on the demand throughout the city.

Estimate of total ground travel expenses

The total cost of traveling within Sao Paulo, Brazil for a three-week period is 585.29.

Submitted by Kirby LeBlanc on 3/12/19. My travel book is pictured underneath this.

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