Sao Paulo

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São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, with 22 million people living in the suburbs. This is a real hive of people with a fun nightlife and intense cultural development. São Paulo is considered one of the richest cities in the southern hemisphere. Historically attractive to immigrants as well as Brazilians from other states, it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Guarulhos International Airport, GRU

Guarulhos opened in 1985 and has since become the busiest airport in Brazil. At the same time, outwardly, it can hardly match the description of “the country's main airport”.


In general, the airport is quite clean and tidy. There is enough entertainment for those who are bored while waiting for tourists. And you can even try to connect to Wi-Fi. But there are communication problems. Among the shortcomings of Guarulhos, most tourists note an intricate signpost scheme and difficulty in communicating with staff who often do not know English.


In addition, it is worth being prepared for the queues at the migration control. At the busiest airport in the country, you can stand on the way to the treasured window for about an hour.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

Guarulhos Airport is 25 km away from the center of São Paulo. The main options for travel: train, bus and taxi.


A special bus runs from the airport to the nearest train station. And at the station tourists will find two different trains to the center: Express, which runs non-stop, and Connect with stops on the route. A trip by Express costs $ 2, and only local cash is accepted for payment. Connect will cost only $ 1. One way or another, you will reach the city in about 40 minutes.

The bus is most suitable for those who want to immediately get to the hotel, because its route passes just through the main areas of concentration of housing for tourists. The trip will cost $ 10.


Taxis from the airport to the center of São Paulo will cost about $ 40-50, depending on the destination. If you do not want to negotiate with local taxi drivers, just call Uber.

Quick facts about São Paulo

Car rent
from $ 7 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 8 per night
Brazil Real

Reference average prices in São Paulo

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 7,19
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 31,17
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 1,92
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 1,03
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 497

Best time to visit São Paulo

Best season to travel: March to May and October to November
Hotel from $8
The average temperature during the year ranges from 13°C to 28°C
The average rainfall per year is 1285 mm

The climate in São Paulo is a mixture of mountain temperature extremes and tropical moisture. Therefore, it is best to come here in a quiet off-season, when these differences are minimal.

São Paulo Sightseeings

São Paulo is probably one of the most underrated Brazilian cities when speaking about tourism. Usually people go to rest on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro or Salvador. But São Paulo has its own charm. Culinary traditions are actively developing here, various carnivals are held, and the local cultural life will surprise you with an abundance of events.

Avenida Paulista and MASP

The main financial and cultural district of the capital attracts tourists due to the abundance of entertainment. Of course, it is full of shops and restaurants. But most importantly, here is the most famous museum of São Paulo MASP. This is one of the most visited museums in the world, which contains about 8,000 works of art. Moreover, you definitely should spend here at least half a day and carefully study everything.


If MASP is a modern building with unusual architecture, then Pinakoteka is a more classical building of the 19th century. It was the first art museum in São Paulo. Previously, technicians and artisans were trained at the Lyceum of Arts. Now Pinakoteka has not only artistic, but also historical value. And its large two-story atrium in a unique way allows you to enjoy exhibits in natural light.

Batman Alley

Even before graffiti came into fashion, the so-called Batman Alley had already appeared in São Paulo. Narrow Lane got its nickname thanks to one of the first drawings on its walls. Now the alley can already be called an open-air museum. There are hundreds of drawings created by already recognized masters of street art. At this point, it becomes clear what graffiti really is and how to distinguish vandalism from art.

Municipal Theater

The prototype for the construction of this building was the Paris Opera. Now the Municipal Theater is one of the symbols of the city, which can often be found on postcards. Since its construction in 1903, the theater has undergone several renovations, but at the same time completely retained its charm of the style of the beginning of the 20th century. Now there are music and dance schools, and in the evenings they give performances. The rest of the time the theater is free for tourists to visit.

Football Museum

It is impossible to come to Brazil and not join the local football culture. You may not be interested in this sport at all, but you can’t do without football in São Paulo anyway. Therefore, it is better to voluntarily go to the Football Museum. Here you can see the rarest photos, videos and various exhibits that tell the story of the game. In addition, the museum has an interactive zone where you can inflict a free kick on the ball and find out the strength of your shot in comparison with the best players in the world.

São Paulo Cathedral

This cathedral is one of the five largest neo-Gothic temples in the world. If you visit at least one of the five, you can safely delete neo-Gothic architecture from the list of styles that every educated person needs to learn. In the cathedral of São Paulo there is a crypt under the altar. Along it runs an imaginary line of the tropic of Capricorn which is the southern most latitude and one of the five main parallels marked on maps of the Earth. And the cathedral itself is considered the most central point of São Paulo.

What to eat in São Paulo

São Paulo clearly marks the position of the gastronomic capital of the planet. There are 12.5 thousand restaurants with the most varied cuisine in this city. But you need to start, of course, with traditional dishes.


The first thing to do in São Paulo is to try Coxinha (pronounced ko-sheen-ya) because this is where this appetizer became popular. In fact, this is a pie in the form of a drumstick, filled with chicken meat, which is fried in oil until crisp.


Mortadella sausage sandwich is one of the typical São Paulo snacks. So many sausages, cheese and sauce are put in a bun so that it is already impossible to feel the taste of the bread itself. The most correct sandwich you can imagine.


Any local dish is called Feijoada. This is a stew with smoked pork, beef and black beans. Served most often with rice. And they eat this dish mainly on weekends, because after it you immediately want to sleep.

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