Travel By Bus
Brazil travel by bus
Brazil has an excellent bus network, which is the
main form of transport in Brazil and is especially favoured
by both Brazilian people and tourists for long distance travel.
As well as being comfortable and economical, there are numerous
long distance bus travel in brazil, making it an easy way to
Brazil travel northeast or even around the rest of the country.
All major cities, including those in the northeast, are linked
by buses, with smaller towns having at least one long distance
bus station - rodoviária, which are usually just on the
outskirts of a city. On average, intercity buses will leave the
rodoviária every 15 minutes or so.
If you intend to cross a state line, you will need to fill out a
short form which will include your seat number -poltrona;
your ticket number -passagem; your passport number -
identidade; and your destination -destino. Hand
the completed form to the bus driver, otherwise you won't be able
to board. Seats on buses are numbered, if you want a window seat
you will need to ask for - janela when purchasing your bus
Brazil travel by bus - conditions
Bus transport services, as well as road conditions in Brasil
do vary from region to region. While the coastal highways are
usually in good condition, the sertao - backlands of Brazil
northeast region are quite poor. There is however, a government
initiative to overhaul Brazil's infrastructure, including its
roads. You will find the Quatro Rodas Atlas Rodoviário a
very helpful road atlas, indicates the worst stretches of road
with lines of large Xs, effectively classifying them as
Brazil has numerous privately operated bus companies rivaling
for business, giving you scope to shop around for your bus travel
the larger cities. Regardless of the distance you may need to
travel, bus transport in Brazil is efficient and convenient,
with hardly ever any need for you to change buses between
Brazil travel by bus is very safe and usually good, with many of the
buses carrying devices that make it near impossible for them to
exceed the speed limit. Buses have safe luggage compartments. Your
luggage will be checked in, for which you will receive a ticket.
As with every where else, do keep an eye on your hand luggage
and check you take everything with you when disembarking.
That said, when you travel by bus in Brazil, you will find this
mode of transportation clean, and economical, with arrivals and
departures being timely. Long distance travel by bus is also
very comfortable - (enough to enable sleep) and they have
toilet facilities on board. However, due to the long distances,
these can get quite smelly.
The cost of bus transport in Brazil will depend on how far you
intend to travel, however, travel by bus is a relatively inexpensive
means of traveling Brazil northeast regions and beyond. As a rough
guide, a long distance bus travel ticket from a north east state
to a southern one, could cost in the region of R$120 to R$200.
It is always best to buy your ticket at least a day in advance,
from the rodoviária - (in some cities, you may need to get it from
a travel agent).
If you're planning any long distance bus travel during your Brazil
travel northeast, be sure to bring some refreshments with you, such
as plenty of water and a bite to eat during the journey.
Although buses will on average stop every two to three hours to
enable passengers to buy refreshment, this can work out expensive.
Luxury bus travel transport in Brazil
An additional form of transport in Brazil is the luxury long
distance bus travel, via leitos. These offer fully reclining
seats in curtained partitions, with fresh sheets and an attendant.
Leitos tend to operate during the night and run between the major
cities in Brazil Luxury leito bus travel will cost between two
to three times the cost of the average long distance bus. You will
need to book your seat in advance if you plan to travel on one of
these. As they are air-conditioned, it can get a bit on the chilly
side during the night, so do take something warm to wear.
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