Sao Paulo is huge: there are 12 million people living in the largest city of the South Hemisphere and the third biggest city in the Americas. Sao Paulo gathers more than 100 museums, 120 theaters, around 300 cinemas, besides having several parks and green areas. It’s the Latin American capital of conventions and events, which has a super structure in the Anhembi Convention Center to host congresses and conventions.
Sampa, an affectionate nickname given to the city, is delightful, and is famous for offering one of the best nightlives around the planet. Known as the Latin American capital of good restaurants, it has high standard international restaurants with fine regional dishes signed by renowned Brazilian chefs. It is considered as well the Brazilian pizza capital, featuring more than six thousands pizza places around the city.
The Sao Paulo Art Museum (Masp), spot listed by the Brazilian Institute of History and Art Heritage (Iphan) in 2003, has a collection of 10 thousand pieces, including African, American, Asian, Brazilian and European Art, from the ancient times to the 21st Century; including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography and dressings. The State Pinacoteca, a rich visual arts museum, houses relevant international exhibitions and displays valuable pieces from the last 200 years of the Brazilian Art.
On weekends, the traditional paulistano’s (as the ones born in Sampa are called) program is to go to street markets around the city. The Bixiga, Liberdade, and Praça Benedito Calixto street markets are some of the most visited ones.
Going to the Ibirapuera Park is a pleasant activity. Besides areas for exercises, bike paths and playgrounds, it features museums, auditoriums and a planetarium, always busy with an intense cultural program.
The Sao Paulo LGBT Pride Parade, which usually takes place in May or June, invades the Paulista Avenue at the sound of trio eletricos. As the party (one of the biggest around the world) goes on, there are debates, cultural fairs and award ceremonies. Learn more about the gay parade.
The Sao Paulo International Airport receives international flights from the main cities around the world.
If you are already in Brazil, you can use Congonhas Airport.
If you are coming from some place in South America or another city in Brazil, you can take a bus to Tiete Bus Station. It has 65 bus companies from 21 States and 5 countries (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay).
Av. Cruzeiro do Sul, 1800 - Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo State.
0800 724 0555
Personal or rental vehicles
Sao Paulo city has some of the most important (national and state) roads in the country such as Dutra , Castelo Branco , Raposo Tavares , Fernao Dias , Anhanguera/Bandeirantes and Regis Bittencourt roads.
The public transportation system in Sao Paulo is integrated and you can use the Single Ticket for buses, microbuses, subways and trains.
Check the bus lines in Sao Paulo.
Useful telephone numbers.
Subway has more than 70 stations. Check out the working hours of each station and see the subway lines map.
Telephone number: 0800 770 7722 (weekdays and weekends, from 5 A.M. to midnight)
Sao Paulo has a great taxi fleet, with around 38 thousands registered vehicles. The following websites will come in handy:
Taxi companies Association
Taxi call center