Travel Brazil by Bus and Coach. Allow me to introduce myself to the blog. I am Greg Williams and am from the United States. I have been with Maggie and her family now for almost 2 weeks. I have travelled to Brazil twice before once in 2002 and the second time in 2010. I am back to work with Maggie’s family on their fruit farm to help them create a beautiful eco-campsite which Brazilian’s and international travellers alike can visit. With the upcoming World Cup being held in Brazil, many hotels, hostels, and Pousada’s have increased their pricing exponentially. Maggie and her family have decided to create an eco-camping area on their 170,000 km fruit farm in order to provide an option to travelers who like to spend time in nature camping. There is a website in progress for the campsite which will be updated periodically as we create the area.
On both previous visits to Brazil, I fell in love with the country, natural beauty, people, fruits, and foods. I have travelled in the interior to Belo Horizonte, Caratinga, Piedade de Caratinga , Vitoria, Sao Paulo, and Rio. My favorite trip was up the coastline from Caraguatatuba up to Paraty and back down to Ilhabela. I absolutely FELL IN LOVE. On my first trip, I rented a car in Belo Horizonte. The second trip was spent with a very good friend who drove me up and down the coast. As I spoke with other’s, they had very good things to say about travelling by bus. Thus, I have put together information which provides some quick tips and information about travelling around this incredible country and continent by bus or coach.
A major source of transportation for Brazilian’s and tourist’s alike travelling throughout Brazil are buses. Buses are the source of day to day travel in the municipal areas as the majority of Brazilian’s take the bus to and from work. Bus services are excellent and schedules are strictly adhered to. In fact, buses are so popular there are approximately 200 operators servicing over 150 million passengers each year. Most buses in Brazil are clean, comfortable and well maintained Volvo’s, Scania’s or Mercedes. Besides having an excellent municipal bus service, all of the major cities of Brazil are linked together by bus lines and are scheduled frequently, some every 15 minutes between cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo. There are also a number of bus routes between the major capitals of Buenos Aires, Asunción, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, and Lima. Those typically go to São Paulo, although Pelotas has good connection as well. When considering travel by bus, be aware that there are three (3) categories of bus service – Federal: this takes you across boarders and different states. State: travel within a state. Municipal: travel within individual towns and cities. The website OniLinhas has a useful, if limited, list of some of the main bus service operators in Brazil which include: Pluma, Garcia, Transbrasiliana, Nacional Expresso. Be aware that some services on the longer trips can be quite lengthy as Brazil is quite diverse and has many regions and road conditions. The South has the most and the best roads. Coastal highways are usually good; while the roads of Amazonia and the backlands of the Northeast can be quite bad. A very useful road atlas for any traveler, The Quatro Rodas Atlas Rodoviário helpfully marks the worst stretches of road with lines of large Xs and classifies them as estradas precárias. Depending upon length of trip, travelers have options to choose in regard to level of comfort and service. These range from regular (convencional) to luxury (leito). Regular buses tend to be more crowded and are often without amenities, whereas luxury buses offer refreshments, reclining seats, and more space. For a more complete listing of buses and what they offer please see the website OniLinhas. The National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) (in Portuguese) controls the running of all bus services across Brazil. See the Brazilian Government website for a list of contact details for the main bus terminals in each state of the country. If travelling with children under six years of age that do not require their own seat, they will not need a ticket. Pets are allowed to travel on buses or coaches but only with a recent health certificate form from a vet and a vaccination certificate.. An easy way to book tickets is a new company called Brasil by Bus, this link will take you to the English version of the site and makes booking very easy. Brasil by Bus provides comparison shopping between the Brazilian operators: Cometa, Brasil Sul, Util, Andhorinha, 1001, Catarinense, Guanabara, Garcia, Costa Verde, Pluma, Nacional Expresso, Itapemirim, Real Expresso, Rapido Ribeirao, Rapido Federal, Gardenia, Expresso Araguari, Braganca, Ouro Branco, Brisa, Expresso Do Dul, Estrela, Macaense, Expresso Luxo, Rotas, Princesa Do Ivai. One of the most rewarding aspects of travelling by bus is the scenic nature. A trip along the coast can offer spectacular views and photo opportunities as many of the buses stop every so often for breaks. The Brazilian coastline boasts 7,491km (4,655 miles) of the Atlantic meeting mountains and beaches alike. An area I fell in love with that offers some of the most magnificent views and beaches stretches from Cabo Frio south to Sao Sebastiao. Once you have witnessed the Brazilian coastline, it’s possible that you might want to stay forever.
Here is one very impressive coach for the upcoming Olympic games which will be hosted in Brazil.