Bus travel within Brazil and to BsAs

SFMike

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I'm thinking of heading to Rio for a few days in January and was thinking that rather than flying back, I might see more of the country via bus (perhaps stop in Sao Paolo or Florionapolis or Puerto Alegre), the way that you might with in Argentina. But I know nothing about travelling in Brazil and I've heard horror stories about the state of things in general -- is the bus safe? Is it feasible to travel from there to here by bus? Does anyone have recommendations for cities?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

bradlyhale

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I've taken numerous buses within Rio Grande do Sul state, from Porto Alegre to small cities in RS state. They were very safe, clean, etc. I think buses are just as safe there as they would be here. I think you'll be fine.

Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Florianópolis, and Porto Alegre are all very accessible by bus. The "rodoviária" in Porto Alegre is nicer than Retiro, and I imagine Tietê in São Paulo is the same, if not better.

On a sidenote, I'd suggest you to look at purchasing plane tickets from GOL. They often have fares that are cheaper or maybe a bit more than the bus. It's a very good airline.

Boa sorte!
 

bradlyhale

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I recommend these places in Rio Grande do Sul:

Gramado/Canela - Parque do Caracol

Garibaldi/Bento Gonçalves - Vale dos Vinhedos (if you love wine, you'll love this area)

...This area, the Serra Gaúcha, is just really beautiful. IF you can get rent a car, I would totally recommend it. The drives are really nice...
 

ssr

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bradlyhale said:
On a sidenote, I'd suggest you to look at purchasing plane tickets from GOL. They often have fares that are cheaper or maybe a bit more than the bus. It's a very good airline.
Also check out OceanAir (http://www.oceanair.com.br/). They were cheaper than Gol when I flew from Florianopolis to Sao Paulo about a year ago.
 
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