Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.
Getting From the Airport
São Paulo International Airport is located in Guarulhos, in Greater São Paulo. Unfortunately, it’s not well connected to the city’s public transportation system, making for few options to get out and about. In the international arrivals area, there are taxi queues, both metered (white) and prepaid (white and red), and a service called Airport Bus, which runs routes through strategic spots in São Paulo, including Avenida Paulista and Praça da República. Travellers can buy a ticket on the spot. Ride-sharing app Uber has pick-up and drop-off spots at the airport. When returning for your flight home, allow plenty of time to battle traffic.
São Paulo is not an easy city to get around, and traffic can be chaotic. Your best bet is to pick one neighbourhood at a time, and explore on foot. The subway system is simple to understand and connects some of the important points in the city, and it’s integrated with the urban train system CPTM. There are refillable passes called Bilhete Único, accepted on trains, buses and in the subway.
In São Paulo, taxis are white, and there are stands or lines on many corners. Hailing a cab used to be easy, but locals have fully embraced taxi apps, similar to Uber. Now, trying to catch a taxi off the sidewalk or from a stand can be inefficient: Many drivers will shake their heads or outright ignore you on their way to pick up a passenger from an app. So, if you can’t beat them, join them: The most popular apps are 99, Cabify and EasyTaxi.
São Paulo has multiple bike-sharing services available to visitors, but Yellow is the best. It doesn’t have any stations — the bikes are cleared for use through an app and can be left anywhere. Buy prepaid credits to borrow one; it costs R$1 on average for every 15 minutes.