In São Paulo
After immigration and customs clearing, you will arrive to the public area of the airport.
have probably brought no Brazilian currency from your country and you
will need to obtain some Brazilian money at the airport.
banks keep exchange bureaus at the São Paulo international airport.
All of them accept US dollars and Euros; some of them also accept other
currencies. It is advisable to check the current exchange rates between
your currency and the Brazilian Real before you travel in order to know
if you are being offered a good rate. As
a rule, the exchange rates are not very good at the airport (as
compared to Bureaus of Exchange in the city). You might loose about 15%
of your money value.
São Paulo and elsewhere in Brazil you may use a special smartphone
application that will show the nearest bureaus of change and their
Legal exchange smartphone application (Câmbio legal - Banco Central do Brasil)
travelers recommend the use ATMs to withdraw Brazilian money, instead
of exchanging cash. Notice that your credit/debit cards will not work
in Brazil, unless you have informed your bank in advance that you are
There are many cash machines at the São Paulo international airport, and everywhere in São Paulo.
course, after arriving to the airport you will be willing to go to your
hotel or hostel. Public transportation is available but its use might
be very confusing for someone who does not speak Portuguese.
easiest and safest way of going from the airport to your accomodation
is using a taxi cab. However, it is also expensive. It will cost about
US$60 to go from the airport to the hotels recommended by the ISHPSSB
meeting local organization. At the São Paulo International Airport you
should only take taxis belonging to Guarucoop - the only company that
is authorized to offer services at that place. You pay in advance for
your taxi at a stand (not to the driver) where you can use credit
cards, or pay in US dollars, Euros or Brazilian money.
From the airport to São Paulo downtown the taxi will take around 50 minutes in off-peak times, and about 2 hours in peak time.
on the place where your hotel is, you might use the Airport Bus
Service, that is quite confortable and not expensive (the price was R$45,50 - about US$15 -
in July 2016). If you arrived at Terminal 3, you must first go to
Terminal 2 where you can find the office of this service, at the ground
floor. Tickets must be bought at their counter, not at the bus. You
should check beforehand whether the Airport Bus Service does pass by
your hotel or not.
map below shows the itinerary of the Airport Bus Service of the line
"Avenida Paulista" (in blue), and the Hotels Mercure SP Jardins and WZ
Hotel (in dark blue).
are also some airport transfer services available, that should be
booked before you arrive to Brazil. The official site of the
Guarulhos Airport provides information and links to a few airport