Getting Around Sao Paulo

Car
Driving a car in Sao Paulo is not for the faint of heart. The traffic in the city is a nightmare, and drivers need to leave themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations. Parking is equally nightmarish. It is often tough to find parking, and in many areas unofficial parking attendants will charge drivers a fee to watch their parked car, protecting it from theft. It is advisable to pay this fee as it is not uncommon for thieves to break into parked cars. Luckily, it is easy to get around most of Sao Paulo without driving a car.

Buses
Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Sao Paulo. The buses cover every area of the city, and they are the most inexpensive form of transportation in Sao Paulo. However, they can get extremely crowded, especially during rush hours.

Metro
One of the fastest ways to get around Sao Paulo is to take the metro trains. They cover many areas of the city, and they are a great way to travel around the city without having to deal with the chronic traffic issues. The metro trains in Sao Paulo are very clean and modern, and are the form of transportation that most tourists will find the best.

Trains
As well as the metro system, there are aboveground trains that run all over the city. These trains are run by three different companies, and the quality of the trains varies from company to company. Some are sleek, modern trains that would be at home anywhere in the world, while others are broken-down wrecks that look like they should have been retired decades ago. However, most of the trains that run in tourist areas are of the modern, efficient variety, so most tourists will find taking the train as enjoyable as taking the subway.

Bilhete Único
This transit card allows passengers to ride any public transit option in Sao Paulo for three hours after scanning it. All tourists should take advantage of the incredible value and convenience that the Bilhete Único offers.

Taxis
The taxis in the city are easily recognizable by their white color and red license plates. A picture of the driver with his official licensee should be prominently displayed on the passenger side of the dashboard. Taxis in Sao Paulo are very safe and offer a convenient way to get around the city.