Guarulhos International Airport is one of the busiest airport in Latin America. This airport has four terminals, with Terminals 1 and 2 mainly servicing international flights. It provides an array of amenities of a modern airport, ranging from food to shopping and disabled facilities.
How to get around
If you are coming in through any of the three Brazilian airlines: TAM, Gol or Azul, free shuttle buses to the city are available from the airport. If you are arriving from an international flight, you can opt to take Guarucoop taxis that bring you to the city. During peak hours however, the journey might take up to 2 hours. Bus services also run from the airport to town areas from 7am to 7pm. The Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos (EMTU) bus also brings you to Tietė, the nearest metro station from the airport. From there, you can take the train to the city.
Due to heavy traffic in Sao Paulo, car and bike rentals are not advisable. If you are staying in Sao Paulo for a few days you can purchase Bilhete Único, a smartcard to pay for public transportation to get around the city. For bus and train rides, you will be charged R$3. You can also buy one-trip bus or metro tickets at a flat rate of R$3. They are available for purchase at counters and automatic machines in the stations. The cheapest and fastest way is through the metro system whereas buses are the most popular methods to sight-see the city.
What to see and do
Brazil is predicted to have one of the highest economic growth in the coming years. The populous metropolitan city of Sao Paulo is a hub for areas like entertainment, commerce and tourism. There are many places of interest in and near the city centre. With good traffic, a drive takes around 30-40 minutes from the airport.
Drop by Julio Prestes Cultural Centre. The nearest train station is Julio Prestes train station. Home to Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, this centre is an important concert hall in Brazil, with many musical concerts held there. Head to Weathervane Cultural Science Museum if you are travelling with young children. With science exhibitions and educational hands-on activities, this is a good place to keep them occupied.
Vila Madalena is another area to explore if you are in Sao Paulo. Check out Bar Samba, a bar that features lively samba dances that Latin America is famous for. Soak in the festive atmosphere. Savour Brazil’s traditional dish: feijoada. Vila Madalena also has many art galleries and crafts shops.
Football comes to mind when you talk about Brazil. The football museum is a place to visit even if you are not an avid football fan. This museum has a collection of old photographs and football exhibitions that charts the history of Brazilian football. Before you start looking for Starbucks for your daily dose of caffeine, try out Brazilian coffee at cafés in the city, with more popular cafes being Ponto Chic and Octavio Café.
Sao Paulo’s places of attraction range from museums festive to samba bars. Regardless, you will discover a bustling and unique city rich in Brazilian culture despite its increasingly cosmopolitan demographics.