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ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

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Transport in the city

Locomotion 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 a taxi.

Be sure ti read the safety hints at the end of this page.

The 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
Human development Index, HDI (2007)

The 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 below)

São Paulo map, with the distric demarcations,
district city halls and regions

The interesting places for cafés and restaurants <link 10-2> , nightlife <link 10-3>, shopping <link 10-4>, cultural 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).

In this circuit (Central and Butantã regions), transportation is done by subway, bus, and taxi.


São 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 east-west routes.

There is an São Paulo's Subway app for smartphones, in Portuguese and in English:

The final station at the Line 4-yellow is Butantã Stattion, which provides access to USP.


Map fo the five subway lines in São Paulo

Individual 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.


Individual São Paulo's subway pass

Another 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".
The card may also contain historical images of São Paulo.

Working hours

Subway 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. 

Try to avoid the peak hours (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.)


São 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.

The 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.

ponto-onibus   furto-celular

You 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.

Consulte as linhas e percursos de ônibus que entram no campus da USP.


Taxis, 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.

For 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.
EasyTaxi      99Taxis       Uber

There are also accessible taxi services, specialized in the transportation of people with disabilities  or with reduced mobility. Click here for contacts [available from March 1st, 2017] or you 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 or this website of a bilingual driver.


When using subway or buses, remenber the safety hints 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 cellphones.

HINTS of military police for dealing with robbers

1. 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.

2. Try to dialogue as cordially as possible with the robber, in order to calm the situation. Generally, robbers are more nervous than the victims.

3. If there is no reaction, the chances of violence against the victim are small. Thus, do not despair.

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. 

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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