Sao Paulo: Flights
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Cheap Flights to Sao Paulo
Finding discount airline flights to Sao Paulo is no easy task. To make this task simpler, we carry out a daily airfare search to provide you with the latest flight deals and special airfare offers for Sao Paulo. Whether you are traveling for a weekend business trip, a short city break or a long relaxing holiday, you will find the cheapest Sao Paulo flights. While we opt for the cheapest airfares, we also select sponsors and airlines that offer the most direct flight routes, ensuring your comfort at all times.
How to Find Flight Deals to Sao Paulo
Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates!If you're inflexible with your dates you probably will not be able to take advantage of any of the pricing variations airlines use. Airfare prices always fluctuate depending on the day and time of the week. It is always cheaper to fly mid week than on a weekend for example, or late at night rather than during the day. It has also shown to be cheaper to fly out after major holidays than before. That week after Christmas is when you can take advantage of cheap flights because people don't prefer to fly when they are with their families and New Years Eve is around the corner. Oddly enough, flight prices drop a bit on Tuesday nights too.
Local Travel Info in Sao Paulo
Internal Flights and Major International Airports in Sao Paulo
There are 3 airports in Sao Paulo. The two major ones are Sao Paulo-Guarhulos International airport is 18 miles (30km) northeast of the city, and Congohas airport 12 miles (18km) whereas Viracopas Airport is 75miles (100km) and rarely used for visitors to Sao Paulo. Domestic flights are available from all three airports.
Getting to and from the Airport at Sao Paulo
To get to Sao Paulo from the airports you can either catch the shuttle bus service which takes between 30 and 50 minutes from Sao Paulo International and 15 -30 minutes from Congohas, or alternatively catch a taxi. Depending on the distance a taxi will cost between £18-£23 from International and between £6.50 and £10 from Congohas. Visitors wishing to drive should take either the Ayrton Senna or the Presidente Dutra routes.
Renting Cars in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is notorious for its heavy traffic and overwhelming pollution. It takes at least an hour to get anywhere by car in Sao Paulo and driving is not advisable. However, if you are intent on renting a car in Sao Paulo, there are plenty of reputable car hire companies. Hiring a car in Sao Paulo is expensive, ranging from £32 - £120 depending on the size of car and car hire firm. Most include no excess. A valid drivers licence and visa must be presented to rent a car.
To book car rental in Sao Paulo online, view our Car Hire section for Sao Paulo . We offer Ok Alpha users the latest special offers and best rates available for car hire in Sao Paulo . We advise you book your Sao Paulo hire car in advance so you can pick it up and drop it off directly at the airport.
Drivers License Requirements in Sao Paulo
The legal driving age in Brazil is 18 years old. They drive on the right hand side of the road anf the maximum speed limit is 68 miles per hour (110km/h) on the motorways and 49mph (80kmp/h) within the city limits. Anybody wishing to drive in Sao Paulo must carry a valid driving licence and a visa. It is an offence to use a mobile phone whilst driving in Sao Paulo, although it is not unaccustomed for drivers to jump a red light. The police are cracking down on this though. The law has zero tolerance for drivers tested for alcohol in their blood and incur severe penalties. Anyone found with any trace of alcohol whatsoever can expect a fine of around £300 and a one year driving ban. If you are involved in an accident you must stop and phone the Police for the correct course of action. Failure to do so is an offence. It is also an offence to drive in flip-flops or with the elbow resting on the ledge and jutting out of the window. Sit belts must be worn at all times by all passengers.
Sao Paulo by Bus
Sao Paulo has the most complex bus system in the world, with over 1000 routes and 26,000 buses. The three main bus stations are Tietê, Barra Funda and Jabaquara. Buses run seven days a week 6am - 11.30pm. Prices start at 80p, but vary depending on distance though daily or weekly travel passes are more cost effective than individual journeys. They can also be used on the metro system. When boarding a bus 2.30R$ (80p) is charged to your card, but you are free to travel on other buses within a two hour if you journey requires a transfer.
Sao Paulo by Taxi
Taxis in Sao Paulo are the most expensive means of travel and are identified by the distinctive luminous green TAXI sign on the roof of the car. You can call a radio taxi by pay phone, though it is cheaper, albeit not always easier to flag one down in the street. The fares accommodate three stages. A boarding fare of around £1, a fare by distance, or in case of heavy traffic jams, a fare charged by time. The fare by time automatically adds to the meter when the speed falls below 12mph (20kmph). If the taxi leaves Sao Paulo to go to a neighbouring city, an additional 50% surcharge is added to the fare.
Metro System in Sao Paulo
The Metro system in Sao Paulo is modern, safe, clean and efficient and is the preferred method of travel for tourists. Its only drawback is that it doesn't currently reach many parts of the city though bus connections are available. It has four lines running and one under construction. The lines are open from 4.30 am - 12am and a one trip fare costs 70p. You can by multiple tickets and though these won't save money, they will save time queuing for tickets.
Cycling in Sao Paulo
In the city centre Sao Paulo is heavy with traffic and does not have sufficient means for cyclists, therefore riding a bike in Sao Paulo is not the safest means of getting about. However, there are several places in and around Sao Paulo that are suitable for cyclists with designated cycle lanes and amazing views, such as the Anhanguera Park, the Ibirapuera Park or the Pousada Canto da Lua, a nature reserve specially designed for cycling. The rolling terrain in the highlands offer some serene routes for cyclists as well as some challenging off road tracks. Many of the tracks are not mapped or routed though so be careful not to venture into dangerous terrain. There are a number of bicycle shops where you are able to rent bikes and they have maps with suitable cycling routes.