In São Paulo, one of the largest megalopolises in the world and the largest city in Brazil, we flew for just four days, so it was necessary to plan all movements around the city optimally and without extra time and effort, which is extremely difficult in the face of constant traffic jams on the roads of sao paulo.
Therefore, in advance I began to study the use of the São Paulo metro (and, as it turned out, I was not mistaken :)
Unfortunately, despite the fact that São Paulo is a sufficiently developed and modern city, we have not yet reached the Guarulhos international airport to which we flew, so we had to take a bus from the airport to the nearest Tatuape metro station by bus
to go for a short time, about 20 minutes, the buses are gorgeous, with air conditioning, the road is excellent (we would like that :)
Distracted by information about the subway.
The metro in São Paulo is relatively young - from 1974 to this day it continues to be actively built, continuing lines to distant areas of the metropolis. São Paulo Metro is the first in Brazil and the busiest in Brazil and throughout South America.
The metro has 70 stations that are distributed along 5 lines and cover almost all the central and some outlying areas of the metropolis.
Schedule: from 04.40 to 00.00.
So, we arrive by bus to the station "Tatuape"
Buses arrive at the dedicated sector terminal directly to the metro entrance. This station is popular not only with tourists coming from the airport, but also with locals in the outlying areas of São Paulo who come to work in the morning.
Near the entrance there are many stalls with groceries, there is the opportunity to have a bite to eat, as well as use the toilet (free)
In general, in Sao Paulo it is very popular to place small food outlets near metro stations, but trading in non-food goods is somehow not very popular.
I also want to note very unusual phone booths :)
We went up to the station directly from the street on an escalator, which are found everywhere and in huge numbers, which, of course, is convenient and pleasant after walking :))) Please note - the escalator is only on the rise, for descent - the stairs
Rising on the escalator, turn right and continue right on the open bridge, simultaneously observing the surroundings of São Paulo from a height
Finally, we approach the metro station, but this is not only a metro station, but a large interchange hub, one of many that are widespread in the São Paulo public transport system.
The Tatuape metro station is connected to the CPTM electric trains, the meaning is this: if you buy not a regular metro ticket, but get a special Bilhete Unico smart card for free, put money on it, you can use it (after taking the metro) free travel on three buses between metro stations and suburban train stations for three hours, but it’s also NOT possible to travel for three hours by metro for free - money will be debited from the card, but for less than a one-time ticket.
At each metro station there are ticket offices and terminals for self-purchase of tickets
The vast majority of cashiers are men, both young and old :)
Be careful: subway ticket offices - with a RED sign, but do not confuse the CPTM ticket office!
Queues at the cash register are VERY large, but they are moving fast, you should not be scared :)
The peculiarities of metro ticket pricing are interesting in that the price of one ticket for one trip is 3.5 Brazilian reais (about 70 rubles), and, with an increase in the number of trips (the number of trips should be mentioned when purchasing), the total cost does not decrease, but simply 3 5 real times multiplied by the number of trips. For example, one trip - 3.5 reais, two trips - 7 reais, but ten trips - correctly, 35 reais. Passengers who often travel by subway ALWAYS buy exactly the Bilhete Unico smart card - this is really profitable.
Validators are located near the metro ticket offices, leaning against which a smart card, you can, for example, find out the balance
The interior of the subway is also supplemented with trash bins for separate collection of garbage, which is almost everywhere in Sao Paulo, there are no problems with where to throw garbage, it’s very convenient!
You can decide on the route and upcoming transfers right near the ticket office or closer to the entrance, just a huge metro map hangs on the wall
The passage to the turnstiles is through a kind of gate that closes the entrance to the turnstiles at a time when the metro is closed
At the station there are a lot of people who do not always come in and go out, but just stand and talk with big companies, all this creates a stupid crush and vanity, as well as noise, given that Brazilians are not the most quiet and calm people :)))
Having decided on the direction, we go down to the platform
The platform is quite clean and neat, but without claims to architectural merits :)
I note an extremely small number of seats on the platform
On the platform, you can see metal fences - this is something like spreading an unorganized crowd of passengers into streams, moreover, the stream is sent immediately to the car door, but the exit from the car is to the OTHER side! Very competent and does not create a crush, accelerating the landing and boarding of passengers. For the convenience of transplantation, we, like many local residents, sometimes just ran through the carriage to shorten the path to another platform (so as not to cross the path along escalators and stairs :)
Please note - in the car ALL doors are open, on both sides
The interior of the stations is quite modest and minimalistic.
Trains are quite modern, ride quietly, look decent
Unfortunately, I can’t share photos of the interior of the wagons, as there was simply no way to photograph: VERY many passengers, a terrible crush, I could only remove the diagram on the wall of the wagon
Despite the large passenger traffic, inside the cars is clean, there is no debris. Seats are located along the walls of the car.
I did not notice that the youth gave way to the elderly, but no one, however, did not insist :)))
A lot of people (and not only young ones) prefer to immediately sit on the floor after entering the carriage in ANY convenient place for themselves!
In cars, air conditioners VERY strong! If you plan to go for a long time, it will not be superfluous to grab warm clothes, you freeze in literally 15 minutes, although the heat is +30 on the street!
The names of the stations are announced by the driver himself and ONLY in PORTUGAL, without duplication in English. For me personally, the Portuguese language is difficult to perceive by ear, so I controlled the stations visually, without relying on the announcement of the driver :)
Metro stations are located both completely underground and on the surface, which slightly relieves stress from the crush :)
I live in Moscow and am used to our crowded metro, but in the São Paulo metro I want to point out the VISIT and the stupidity of moving people, we are MOVING, and in São Paulo we are in the metro, it is very tiring.
But with all of the above, the São Paulo metro is a very convenient form of transport, perfectly suitable for this huge metropolis,
By the way, sometimes people came up to us and urged us to remove the gold chains and earrings of the wife, without waiting until they TURN off us! Thus, I can note some criminalization of the São Paulo metro.
For comparison, I want to bring to your attention a few photos from the Rio de Janeiro metro (in my opinion, more organized and clear :)
In conclusion, I will say - in general, the metro is a convenient form of transport in any city, but in Sao Paulo it is not only convenient but also a vital form of transport, fast and convenient!
Not as beautiful as in Moscow, not as super-modern as the Hong Kong metro, and not as expensive, albeit calm, as the Madrid metro, but do not forget that the São Paulo metro is still young (1974) and began to be built with a view to to solve the transport problems of a huge metropolis, which, in my opinion, it solves safely.
I recommend safely use public transport in São Paulo.
How to get to Sao Paulo
The easiest way to get to São Paulo is by plane, there are 2 international airports:
Sao paulo guarulhos (S? O Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport) - the main airport of the city, located 25 km from the center of Sao Paulo. All international flights arrive here. You can get to the center by taxi or aeroexpress, the station is located directly in the airport building (Terminal 1), the name of the station is S? O Paulo Aeroporto Guarulhos. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
Congonhas Airport (Aeroporto de Congonhas / S? O Paulo) - another airport, located 8 km from the city center, fly here on the main domestic flights. You can get to the city center by taxi or metro from the Sao Judas station, located to the right of the exit from the airport. Travel time 30 minutes.
Most likely the flight from Moscow will be with a transfer or even 2 transfers: in Europe, the USA (need an American visa), possibly Colombia or the Caribbean.
There are 3 bus terminals in São Paulo where intercity and international buses regularly come:
Terminal Rodoviario do Tieta - The main international terminal. Buses from it serve more than 1000 cities in five countries (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay), including Rio de Janeiro.
Terminal Rodoviario Barra Funda - buses go here / here mainly to the western states of Mato Grosso (Cuiaba) and Parana (the city of Foz do Iguacu near Iguazu Falls).
Rodoviario de Jabaquara - The southern direction of the state of São Paulo, cities such as Santos, Guarujá, Praia Grande and so on.
Such buses can be a real salvation for budget tourists or those who need to quickly get from / to Sao Paulo, because You can buy a ticket and after a few hours already take the bus.
Transportation in Sao Paulo
Public transport in Sao Paulo is represented by metro, buses, trolleybuses, minibuses, taxis, helicopters.
The easiest and most efficient transportation is Metro. São Paulo Metro has 5 main lines and many additional lines, which are commuter trains and a monorail. They are integrated into the metro system. The metro has an extensive network and it can be reached in almost any part of the city. A single ticket costs 3 R $, you can buy and charge a magnetic card Bilhete unico, which applies to all public transport and allows you to save on travel. Subway opening hours: daily, from 4:00 to 24:00 (Saturday to 01:00). Read more about the metro in Sao Paulo.
Buses / Trolleybuses - The most popular form of transport among the local population, but not the fastest and most convenient. The difficulty lies in the fact that it is not clear where the bus goes and with what frequency. You can use the Google Maps service, you just need to enter the departure point and destination, and the service will draw you a route. The fare on the bus is 3 R $, if there is no ticket, you can pay the conductor on the bus. In the evening, it is better not to ride on buses because of the criminal situation.
Traffic jams in São Paulo are a permanent occurrence, but during peak hours traffic is very slow (from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00).
Taxi. There are 2 types of taxis in the city: street taxis and radio taxis, which are ordered by telephone. The first ones are cheaper. It’s better to go by taxi meter (meter) or to discuss the place and fare in advance. Taxis in the city are quite expensive, as is the city itself. But especially in the evening, I highly recommend using a taxi.
Helicopters. Wealthy citizens use this mode of transport due to traffic jams and to avoid robberies / abductions. Helipads are located on the roofs of high-rise buildings (about 100 sites). I won’t say how to call a helicopter and how much it costs, but I think it’s expensive. As a tourist attraction you can try.
Where to stay in Sao Paulo
The most optimal areas in the city, so that it is close to the metro, affordable for money and not far from the center, are the areas next to the main street of Avenida Paulista: Cerqueira Cesar, Jardim Paulista, Consolacao, Paraiso, Ibirapuera.
In Sao Paulo, there are different options, but overall a good place costs around 50-60 USD per night.
If the cost is cheaper than 20-30 USD per night, then these are either very far from the metro, or the conditions are very average.
There are a lot of options more expensive than 100 USD a night. More details can be found here.
If you do not really like hotels, then you can try to rent an apartment or apartments in São Paulo, this is convenient because you can rent an apartment for several weeks or months at an affordable price, there is a kitchen, you can cook, etc.
Where to eat in sao paulo
A very huge selection of cafes and restaurants provides its guests with Sao Paulo. You will not find such a variety in any city in Brazil.
In addition to European cuisine, you can try traditional Brazilian dishes: feijoada, mocueca, watapi, lombo de porco, etc. You can also try the national Brazilian caipirinha drink.
Lunch at the restaurant will be an average of 10-15 USD. cheaper you can eat in small cafes or food courts (business lunch) of shopping centers. There are many of them, for example, on Avenida Paulista.
What to see in Sao Paulo
The architecture of Sao Paulo is an abundance of gray monotonous high-rise buildings, and the streets are generally not very clean. It may seem that in Sao Paulo a tourist has nothing to do at all, but this is not so. São Paulo can offer its guests a wide selection of tourist attractions and entertainment: theaters, concert halls, museums, restaurants, cabarets, bars, discos, stadiums, parks, ancient buildings and skyscrapers.
Main Attractions of Sao Paulo
Paulista Museum. The most important museum of São Paulo, built to obtain the independence of Brazil. Historical and cultural values and a library are presented. Entrance 6 R $.
São Paulo Cathedral. Central Cathedral of Sao Paulo, built in the Gothic style. Entrance is paid 5 R $. You can get on the metro station Se. Also interesting is the area next to the cathedral of the same name.
Art Museum. The most recognizable building in Sao Paulo. Inside: paintings, paintings, statues. The building is 3 floors, entrance 25 R $.
Municipal Theater. The building of the municipal theater is very interesting in architecture, but because of the homeless and beggars nearby it is not very pleasant.
Avenida Paulista. Central tourist street. Many shops, street crashes, and other entertainment.
Liberdadi Japan Quarter. The Japanese Quarter, where Japanese immigrants live, is decorated in a Japanese style.
Ibirapuera Park. Very interesting park with ponds. There are 2 museums on site.
Sao paulo security
It is no secret that Brazil in particular, Sao Paulo is a poor city. No, of course, there are rich and very rich people here, but their number is vanishingly small. Basically, the inhabitants of São Paulo are poor and even poor people with low incomes. The poor live mainly in favelas - poor neighborhoods. Read more about favelas in Rio.
Thus, thefts, robberies and even kidnappings happen. Including crime is very interested in visiting tourists, as it is believed that if tourists allow themselves to travel, then they have a lot of all that is valuable.
A few safety rules:
- In the dark, it’s better not to go outside at all, and if you really need to, then we’ll take a taxi. All transfers are planned for daylight.
- Do not shine on the streets and in crowded places with money, photos and video equipment. We carry all the equipment in a bag or backpack. We get the camera down, quickly fotat what we need and put the camera down in the backpack.
- Do not wear jewelry, watches and earrings
- It is better to wear discreet clothes, do not look at the map or iPad on the street (do not show that you are a tourist)
- Do not meddle in potentially dangerous areas (usually the city center, markets, bus terminals)
- Try not to go out on Sunday to business centers and the city center (all centers "die out" on Sundays)
- Drink only bottled water, wash fruit with water
- When you withdraw money from an ATM, do it not alone and look around