Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

Brazil has of the largest internal air networks in the world, with services between all Brazilian cities. There is also a shuttle service from Brasília to Belo Horizonte, São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, and from São Paulo to Brasília. Air taxis are available between all major centres.

Most of Brazil's coastal ports are served by ferries, with services running between Rio de Janeiro and Niterói, and between Angra dos Reis and Ihla Grande. There are also boats operating along the rivers, with services including Belem to Manaus.

There are limited rail services to most major cities and towns, although there are plans to build a high-speed link between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil has an extensive road network, with roads ranging from excellent paved highways to dusty, pot-holed tracks. Car hire is available in major centres (minimum age to hire is usually 21). The speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) in cities and 110 kph (70 mph) on most national highways.

However, coaches are probably the easiest and most popular way of getting around Brazil. Although distances between major cities and tourist destinations are usually long (for example, 7 and a half hours from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo, and 17 hours to Brasilia) services are generally comfortable and efficient.

There are extensive bus services in all the main centres; trolleybuses also operate in São Paulo and a number of other cities. Rio and São Paulo both have two-line metros and local rail lines. Taxis are generally inexpensive, although passengers must insist that the meter is turned on. Travellers should also be wary of accepting a taxi driver's advice on where to visit, as they are very often offered a commission to do so. Tipping taxi drivers is not normal practice.