Useful telephone numbers AREA CODE 11 (São Paulo City and metropolitan area) FIRE BRIGADE 193 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE 192 MILITARY POLICE 190 CIVIL POLICE 197 TRAFFIC EMERGENCY 1188 DEATUR (Tourist Police Station) 3257-4475 CONSUMERS’ DEFENSE 151 DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE 102 SÃO PAULO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 3736-0600 SÃO PAULO TURISMO 2226-0400 INTERNATIONAL CALLS Embratel 00 + 21 + country code + area code + telephone number VIvo 00 + 15 + country code + area code + telephone number
Arriving AIRPORTS The airports of Congonhas and Guarulhos are the entrance doors to those flying in to São Paulo. Special air-conditioned coaches (Airport Bus Service; 0800 770 7995, Mon to Fri, 7am to 7pm; airportbusservice.com.br), connect both airports and stop at major sites in the city, like some hotels on Paulista Avenue, Augusta Street, Praça da República and bus terminals. A metropolitan bus line also links the Tatuapé subway station to the Guarulhos terminal. The city is also home to a runway for executive aviation and air taxi, called Campo de Marte; it is 99km from the Aeroporto Internacional de Viracopos, in Campinas. 8
Most Brazilian airlines sell tickets online, but foreigners must head to the companies’ counters or agencies. AEROPORTO DECONGONHAS Av.Washington Luís, s/n, Campo Belo; 5090-9000; AEROPORTO INTERNACIONAL DE SÃO PAULO Rod. Hélio Smidt, s/n, Guarulhos; 2445-2945; AEROPORTO INTERNACIONAL DE VIRACOPOS Rod. Santos Dumont, Km 66, Campinas; (19) 3725-5000; CAMPO DE MARTE Av. Santos Dumont, 1979, Santana; 2223-3700. INTERCITY BUS TERMINALS There are three bus terminals in São Paulo (Tietê, Barra Funda and Jabaquara), all of which are operated by Socicam (38661110; socicam.com.br). TERMINAL RODOVIÁRIO GOVERNADOR CARVALHO PINTO (TIETÊ) The largest bus terminal is next to the Tietê subway station. Buses service 1 033 cities of 21 states in Brazil and also in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Av. Cruzeiro do Sul, 1800. TERMINAL RODOVIÁRIO BARRA FUNDA This terminal interconnects the subway system, metropolitan trains, buses and interstate buses. 446 destinations are serviceed. R. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 664. TERMINAL RODOVIÁRIO JABAQUARA Attached to the Jabaquara subway station. Buses service ten cities of the southern coast of São Paulo. R. Jequitibás, s/n.
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