- Travel by bus in Brazil is a
common form of transport.. Cabs and automobiles are not used by the
majority, with higher costs that don't fit into tight budgets.
Traveling by car in Brazil will try the nerves of most. Brazilians
have a fondness for Formula One Racing, and you will immediately
notice this the minute you step out on the street. To be a
pedestrian in most cities in Brazil, you will find to more difficult
to what you are used to, as even crosswalks are not respected and by
all means use the crosswalk. Accidents are all too common on
Brazilian streets, so use extra caution. Things happen fast on
City Buses will be a
real challenge for a non-native, although it can be done with some
courage and practice. First of all, you need to know the route
number for your destination and your bus stop. 1) Brazilian bus
drivers are running fast so you need to be on your toes to see yours
approaching and jump up to flag it down. They don't stop without being
flagged, and you have to be prepared to jump literally on, as they don't stop
for long. 2) You enter in the back of the bus on most, pay the
collector (cobrador) before entering the turnstile. Small change
(exact better) is necessary, as change is very hard to come by in
Brasil, and the collector has a $10R bill limit to accept. 3) To
find your stop, you can ask the collector (best) or another
passenger to give you notice before you arrive, pulling on the cord
above to advise the driver (motorista) to stop. 4) Exit through the front
door, carefully watching out for moving traffic. 5) It is not
advisable to use city buses after 8 PM, when they become a security
risk. There are air conditioned buses, usually smaller, easier and
safer, but not as frequent.
Long Haul Buses - English is not spoken
within Brazilian bus companies, so be prepared. With that being
said, Long-haul Brazilian buses are comfortable, run ontime, and clean. There are 3 classes of fares and videos can be watched on
most all long-haul buses 1) The conventional (convencional) is the
least expensive and stops at every town and many rest-stop
restaurants, which adds on a substantial travel time, most with air
conditioning. 2) The next class is executive (executivo), all with
air conditioning, complimentary mineral water and coffee and stop
much less if at all. They also have more space between seats. These
only operate between the large cities. 3) The third class is the
sleeper (leito) which is double the price of the conventional, with
a few extra freebies that the executive and a seat that fold out
into beds and operate on the fast schedule. A good idea on the
executive and leito buses is to bring some snacks and a jacket on
all over night trips, as they can get chilly at night. If you leave the bus at any of the designated stops, take
any carry on baggage with you, as it not a good idea to leave your
items unattended. You aren't allowed to occupy seats (poltronas) other
than those designated.
Below are the largest 10 Brazilian Bus
companies and links to their websites. Your gate is known as
plataforma meaning platform. On departure, you will load your
baggage under the bus and the crew will give you a/some baggage
claim tickets. Don't lose them.
1) ITAPEMIRIM - the largest
in Brazil and South America, covering almost all of Brazil, out of
Cachoeiro do Itapemirim, Espirito Santos.
www.itapemirim.com.br Tel. 0800-723-2121
2) NS PENHA - belongs to the Itapemirim group, based out of
Curitiba, Parana, and covering various regions of Brazil.
3) SAO GERALDO - based out of
Caratinga, Minas Gerias, and covers 13 Brazilian states in every
region of Brazil.
Tel. 0800 311
EXPRESSO BRASILEIRO - based out of the capital Sao Paulo, covering
the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
www.expressobrasileiro.com Tel. (11) 5061-7566
5) COMETA - based
out of São Paulo, covering the states of São Paulo,
Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerias and Paraná
6) UTIL - based out of Minas Gerais, covering Minas Gerais, and
the states of Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo.
www.util.com.br Tel. (21)
7) TRANSBRASILIANA - based out of
in Goias, connecting the south-east region with the north.
www.transbrasiliana.com.br Tel. 0300 789 1015
8) GONTIGO -
based out of Belo Horizonte, covering various regions of Brazil.
Tel. 0800 311 312
9) AGUIA BRANCA
- the company covers the states of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia,
São Paulo, as well as Espirito Santos, where it is based.
Tel. 0800 725 1211
10) ANDORINHA - based out of western São Paulo
state, and connects various regions of Brazil, southeast, north, and
the northeast. www.andorinha.com
Tel. 0300 21 03 900
are the most expensive, but overall
the best value and safest way to arrive at your destination. The two
big Brazilian domestic carriers are Tam and Gol, with the highest
number of daily flights and available destinations. Varig, Ocean Air
and Trip airlines also serve domestic flights in Brazil. Airline companies in
Brazil have great customer service, not having been affected with
the lack of it as in the US. They speak English and generally run ontime, so one hour before your domestic flight is necessary. Always
allow extra for traffic time to get to airports in Brazil. Excess
baggage is expensive, so pack light.
Below are the links to the domestic
Brazilian airline companies.
1) TAM AIRLINES - based out of São
Paulo capital, covering almost all of the national territory of
Brazil and serving other countries.
www.tam.com.br Tel. 0800
2) GOL AIRLINES - based out of São Paulo capital and
covering almost all of Brazil.
0300 115 2121
3) VARIG AIRLINES - based out of Rio de Janeiro
capital, Varig covers most regions of Brazil and various
www.varig.com.br Tel. 4003-7000 in the principal capitals
4) OCEAN AIR - based out of São Paulo and serving many regions
throughout all of Brazil.
Tel. 4004-4040 in the principal capitals
5) TRIP AIR - based out of Campinas, São Paulo and serving the
south, the central west, and the northeast regions of Brazil.
Tel. 0300 789 8747
and Pronunciation (P)
Where is the bus station/airport?
|| Onde fica o rodoviaria/aeroporto?
fee-kah oo hoh-doh-vee-ah-ree-ah/ah-eh-roh-pohr-toh?
What time/s do you depart for _____?
horarios parte/m para ____?
oh-rah-ree-oh/s pahr-tchee/m pah-rah ____?
What classes are available?
classes ficam disponiveis?
klas-sehs fee-kahm dees-pohn-nee-vehees?
How much does it cost?
How long does it take to arrive?
quanto tempo para chegar?
koowahn-toh tehm-poh pah-rah shay-gahr?
Where is my gate?
fica meu portao?
fee-kah meh-oo pohr-tahoo?
The bus departs from platform __ at __ o' clock.
|| O onibus parte da plataforma __ das ___ horas.
oh-nee-boos pahr-tchee dah plah-tah-fohr-mah
___ dahs __ oh-rahs.
Your flight departs from gate number ____.
voo parte do portao numero ____.
vohoo pahr-tchee doh pohr-tahoo ___.
Your seat number is ____.
Sua poltrona e' numero ___.
pohl-troh-nah eh noo-meh-roh ____.
Here are your baggage tickets
sao suas comprovantes.
Ah-kee sahoo soo-ahs cohm-proh-vahn-tchess.
Do you have your baggage tickets.
|| Tem suas comprovantes?
* Te and ti in many places in Brazil in pronounced
* De is pronounced in many places of Brazil like dgee.
*The notable exceptions to these pronunciations are in the
Northeast and interior of Brazil.
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