You should plan how to arrive to São Paulo, and how
to travel to Rio de Janeiro and/or other places you would like to visit, in
Individuals who will participate in both the 2017
Meeting of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies
of Biology (São Paulo, 16 to 21 July, 2017) and the 25th International Congress
of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Rio de Janeiro, 23 to 29 July
2017), might consider the possibility of arriving to Brazil by São Paulo, and
leaving Brazil by Rio de Janeiro. However, one should be careful because the
fares might be higher when the passenger arrives to and leaves from different
Flights from all over the world arrive at the
International Airport of São Paulo, in Guarulhos (airport code GRU). For
domestic flights (from and to Brazilian cities) there is another airport in São
Paulo, named Congonhas Airport (code CGH).
In Rio de Janeiro, there is also a large
International Airport “Antonio Carlos Jobim”, also called Galeão Airport
(airport code GIG); and a domestic airport, called “Santos Dumont” (code SDU).
It is convenient to buy your flight tickets several
months in advance, to get cheaper fares. There are many sites where you can
compare the fares of several different companies. Some people advice passengers
to use an anonymous browser window when checking flight prices; and it is said
that Tuesday is the best day for finding nice discounts. The fares for
travelling during weekends is usually higher than for other days; Tuesday to
Thursday have usually the lowest fares.
For travel inside Brazil, no train passenger
transportation is available. For short distances, up to a few hundred
kilometers, Brazilian buses (or coaches) are fairly comfortable and cheap. For
longer distances, one should choose flights. Air tickets between São Paulo and
the major Brazilian cities are usually cheap – but they should be booked
several weeks or months in advance.
A bus will take about 6 hours from São Paulo to Rio
de Janeiro and it will cost between R$80 and R$180 (Brazilian reais), depending on
the chosen comfort level; a flight will take about 45 minutes and may cost
R$120 (Brazilian reais), if it is booked several weeks in advance.
If you plan visiting other cities in Brazil, it is
usually cheaper and easier to book a travel package including both flights and
hotel. See information about Tourism.
Remember that Brazil is a large country. Depending
on your tourism choices, your trip might be very expensive, strenuous and time
consuming. A direct flight from São Paulo to Manaus (in the Amazon) takes about
4 hours (the distance is 2,700 km) and may cost about two hundred dollars.
you plan to travel extensively in Brazil, you might be interested in
buying an Air Pass. Notice that it can only be bought before you arrive to Brazil.
Air Pass - Gol Airlines
Air Pass - Azul Airlines
Choose wisely and book your tourism packages before
deciding the dates when you are travelling to Brazil and returning to your country.