Transport in the city
in São Paulo may be done by bus, subway, train (integrated with subway)
and taxis. Choosing among these options may depend on the time of the
day. During the day and out of the peak hours (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), subway and buses are very efficient and
fast - most buses travel in exclusive lanes, going to the main sights
of the city. Trains, integrated with the subway, serve more distant
neighborhoods and even nearby towns. At night, it is advisable getting
sure ti read the safety hints at the end of this page.
11.9 million citizens of São Paulo move throughout a 1,522.986 km²
area, which geografical configurations reminds us of a puppy's
silhouette. The USP campus is located at the red dot on the map:
Map of São Paulo districts by
development Index, HDI (2007)
USP campus is located at the Butantã neighborhood (at the district of
the same name, in yellow on the map below) and the hotels for the
conference's participants are located at the Pinheiros and Jardim
Paulista neighborhoods (both at the Pinheiros district, gray in the map
map, with the distric demarcations,
district city halls and regions
interesting places for cafés and restaurants <link 10-2>
nightlife <link 10-3>, shopping <link
activities <link 10-5> and parks <link
10-6> indicated in
this website are located, in the majority of cases, in the central
region of the city (gray on the map), at the Moema and Vila Mariana
neighborhoods (Villa Mariana district) and at the Consolação, Bela
Vista, Liberdade, Bom Retiro and Sé neighborhoods (Sé district).
circuit (Central and Butantã regions), transportation is done by
subway, bus, and taxi.
Paulo's subway is very organized and clean, counting with 5 lines; from
those, the line 1-blue and the line 3-red represent the north-south and
There is an
São Paulo's Subway app for smartphones, in Portuguese and in English:
final station at the Line 4-yellow is Butantã Stattion, which provides
access to USP.
fo the five subway lines in São Paulo
passes for subway can be bought in any subway satation, at the box
office, and the same is valid for the train system - however, a train
ticket cannot be used in a subway's ratchet and vice-versa.
Individual passes for buses are paid inside the buses for the cashier
that controls the ratchet in the middle of the bus. Every individual
pass for any public transportation means currently costs R$3.80.
São Paulo's subway pass
and more economical option for transportation passes is the "Bilhete
Único" (Unified Card): a magnectic card that can be recharged and
reused and provide discounts for bus-subway-train integrations. Using
this card, instead of paying R$7.60 for a trip using a subway line and
a bus (two times R$3.80), you will pay only R$5.92. the "Bilhete Único"
can be bought in any big bus terminal and in some other places around
the city for R$7.60, containing already in it the fare for one trip
with one single transportation means. At the same stand where you can
buy your card, you can charge it with any amount of money you want.
An example of "Bilhete Único".
card may also contain historical images of São Paulo.
stations open, from Monday to Friday and on Sundays, from 4:40 a.m. to
midnight. they work one more hour on Saturndays, going grom 4:40 a.m.
to 1:00 a.m.
to avoid the peak hours (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Paulo has huge infrastructure of bus lines. Part of the main lines
navigate on specific lanes, what reduces the impact of cars traffic jam
on the time for travelling by bus.
same safety measures taken while in the subway are valid when travelin
by bus: take car with purses, cellphones and wallets when inside the
transport. Also, at the bus stops, be careful with cellphones being
stolen by people passing on bycicles and motorcycles.
can check for itineraries, bus lines and places to go, together with
information about travel-time, and distance either on the São Paulo
Company of Transport-SPTrans website
(in Portugues) or on Google Maps. If
you need information about accessible buses, you can also check SPTrans
website or ask for help with the Local Organizer Comission.
linhas e percursos de ônibus que
entram no campus da USP.
in Brazil, are not expensive. Let us take as an example a passenger
travelling from her/his hotel at Avenida Paulista to the Institute
of Biosciences of University
of São Paulo. The distance is about 10 km. During daytime, the common
taxi fare will be about R$35,00 (nearly US$10); during the night, about
R$43,00. Special (luxury) taxis have higher fares: about R$51,00 and
R$64,00, respectively. Notice that most recommended hotels will be
nearer than this specific example.
people willing to use taxis in São Paulo, there are some smartphone
applications such as
99Taxis, EasyTaxi and Uber, whose
services are regularized bu São Paulo City Hall. This applications'
websites may can be accessed by clicking on the logos below.
are also accessible taxi services, specialized in the transportation of
people with disabilities or with reduced mobility. Click
from March 1st, 2017] or
perhaps want a bilingual taxi service, specillized in the
transportation of people visiting São Paulo from abroad. In this case,
you can check the WA Bilingual Taxi website
website of a bilingual
When using subway or buses,
remenber the safety
that must be followed in any big city. If you are transporting
photographic equipment or computers, keep it inside discreet bags or
backpacks. At the times when transportation is fuller of people, bags
and bacpacks should be kept in fronto of the body. At all the time,
stay alert to your belongings, specially wallets, purses and
HINTS of military police
for dealing with robbers
In case of robbery, do not react. Always believe that the robber's gun
is real and is loaded. Avoid making sudden gestures that may be
confused with a reaction on your part.
Try to dialogue as cordially as possible with the robber, in order to
calm the situation. Generally, robbers are more nervous than the
3. If there is no reaction,
the chances of violence against the victim are small. Thus, do not
4. As soon as the robber
leave the place, warn the Military Police, dial 190 as soon as you
can, reporting the occurred and the robber's features.