Travelling by bus
A few years ago, at our blog post bus transportation in Brazil, we reflected on how more tourists were turning to buses as a means of transportation in Brazil.
We also mentioned how finding your way through hundreds of bus companies, bus stations and infinite destinations was definitely no mean task.
No CPF, no purchase
Up until very recently (and it continues to be the case for most Brazilian bus companies), it was impossible for a foreigner to purchase Brazilian bus tickets online due to the need to provide a CPF number to complete the purchase – CPF is the Brazilian tax ID. No CPF, no joy.
Buying tickets from abroad
The good news is that it is now possible for a foreigner, armed just with his passport number and a credit card, to buy online Brazilian bus tickets from the comfort of its home. Use the search engine of our partner Brazil Bus Travel to search through the stock of 30 of the most important bus companies in Brazil.
Purchase your Brazilian bus tickets from abroad with our search engine.
You will be able to check schedules and prices for some of the most popular bus routes in Brazil, such as São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre-Curitiba, Recife-Salvador, Belo Horizonte-Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro-Belo Horizonte, São Paulo-Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza-Natal, Rio de Janeiro-Búzios, Rio de Janeiro-Paraty and many others.
We only advise you against long-distance travel by bus. Porto Alegre-Fortaleza by bus is not only an extraordinarily tiring journey. It is more expensive than a flight. Likewise, buses will not take you to Manaus.
After more than two decades, Air Canada announces its return to Rio de Janeiro.
The airline plans to operate three weekly flights from Toronto to Rio de Janeiro from March 2014. The route will be served by a B767-300.
Air Canada currently flies from Toronto to Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo using the same aircraft, a B767-300. From October, a B777 will be used on the São Paulo route.
Air Canada’s commercial director for Brazil announced recently that in 2014 the airline intends to operate regular flights to the Tom Jobim / Galeão International airport in Rio de Janeiro.
Yet another international route being announced on the eve of the 2014 Soccer World Cup while at the same time keeping an eye on the never-decreasing thirst of the Brazilian domestic market for international destinations for their holidays.
Air Canada flies from Toronto to Guarulhos International airport in São Paulo and from October 2013 it will use a Boeing 777 on the route.
If you have no objections to flying Aerolíneas Argentinas, the airline announces six weekly flights to each of its three new Brazilian destinations: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and Curitiba. The flights should be fully operational by September 2013.
As it is always the case with Aerolíneas, take the announcement with a pinch of salt. The Belo Horizonte flight has been announced on and off. The same goes for the Curitiba connection. We will be able to tell for sure when we see the aircraft landing at the new destinations. The three cities are packed with tourist attractions and if you want to know more about them have a look at destination: Belo Horizonte, destination: Brasilia and destination: Curitiba.
Aerolíneas is also announcing two weekly flights between São Paulo and Bariloche and one between São Paulo and Ushuaia for the winter holiday season – between June and August.
The long-awaited announcement finally came: TAM is announcing it will be leaving the Star Alliance during the second quarter of 2014, to join Oneworld immediately after that move.
Led by its owner LAN, Brazilian airline TAM is joining Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines. Qatar Airways is also in the process of joining the alliance.
During the coming months more details will emerge of how the change will affect us, consumers.