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How to get from São Paulo International Airport to City Centre

São Paulo, located in Southeastern Brazil, is halfway between Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro. This massive megalopolis of more than 20 million people makes São Paulo one of the largest cities by population in the world. Known for its diverse population, grand cultural events, progressive art galleries, stunning historic monuments, and incredible cuisine, this fascinating city is definitely worth a visit.

So when landing at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, you have 3 different transportation options to get to the São Paulo city centre; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, a public bus or the train. Taking a taxi or a private São Paulo airport transfer is definitely the easiest and more convenient travel option, as they offer 24/7 door-to-door services to your São Paulo hotel. Your next more economical option would be to take the São Paulo airport train to the city centre; the train takes 45 minutes, and lastly, you can take the public bus, which provides a direct route into downtown in 1 hour.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €14.60 35min 24/7
Train €1.30 45min 00:00–23:40
Bus €11.90 60min 06:10–23:10

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How to get from São Paulo GRU Airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi or private São Paulo International Airport transfer for your airport to city transportation is always the best way to travel when arriving in any new city. As you still don't have your bearings, choosing a door-to-door travel method alleviates the unnecessary stress and allows you and your travel party to start your São Paulo holiday on a great note. Taxis at GRU airport are operated by Guarucoop Taxi and are available 24/7. They are easy to recognise as their vehicles are white with a classic yellow taxi rooftop sign.

Taxi fare from São Paulo airport to city centre

Some taxis in São Paulo offer negotiated flat-rate fares, although most of them prefer to calculate their prices using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled, however, they are relatively cheap, especially compared to other big cities. Your taxi fare from Guarulhos airport to downtown São Paulo (Paulista Ave) will cost around €14.60 (R$ 90), and €22.80 (R$ 140) for night and weekend trips. As noted, São Paulo taxi prices are affected by various factors, such as the time of day or night you are travelling on, and if you are travelling on a weekend or on a holiday.

As taxi fares vary, it is highly recommended to pre-book your airport transfer online at a flat rate fare and avoid any hidden fees.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from São Paulo International Airport is definitely a great travel option as they provide fast and comfortable transfer services from the airport to your accommodation in the city centre, even more so after a long flight and if you are travelling with heavy luggage.
Nevertheless, as airport taxi prices vary depending on multiple factors, it is recommended to book a private São Paulo airport transfer in advance, in order to plan and budget your holiday accordingly.

Editor’s Note

If you wish to pay for your São Paulo airport taxi ride using a credit card, you can only do so in advance, at the taxi booths, otherwise you can pay for your taxi ride in cash (Brazilian reals).

Useful Tips

Although tips are not mandatory in Brazil, they are encouraged by the government, and are always appreciated.
Please note that there is no longer a 50% fee on top of the meter amount for inter-municipal rides as well as baggage surcharges.

How to get from São Paulo GRU Airport to the city centre by train

Another great transportation option from São Paulo airport to downtown São Paulo is by train. The train is direct and takes 45 minutes to reach the city centre. It is operated by CPTM with line 13 (Jade) connecting the 'Aeroporto / Guarulhos' station to 'Engenheiro Goulart' station in the city centre.

How much is a train ticket from São Paulo airport to city centre?

Public transportation is very cheap in Brazil, with a one-way train ticket into São Paulo city centre costing only €0.65 (R$ 4).

Cost

€0.65 (R$ 4)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

The airport train runs every 25 minutes from Guarulhos, São Paulo Airport to Engenheiro Gourlat in the city centre.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport train line 13 is available daily and operates around the clock.

Where do I get it from?

São Paulo Airport Station is located close to Terminal 1's parking lot. Free shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes from São Paulo airport's Terminal 1 through to São Paulo airport station.

Convenience

Although being a fast and cheap option to get from the airport to downtown São Paulo, trying to make your way through São Paulo's public transportation system after a long flight and with heavy baggage can be tedious. Moreover, you will have to find your own way to your city centre accommodation from Engenheiro Gourlat station, either by foot or by taxi.

Editor’s Note

Although the train is quite punctual, it is always best to check the train times, as delays can occur.

Useful Tips

If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, taking an alternative transfer option would be best, as the trains do not have big luggage spaces.
You can buy your train ticket directly at at Guarulhos airport train station.

How to get from São Paulo GRU Airport to the city centre by bus

Taking the São Paulo airport bus service to the city centre is an easy option, as several bus companies provide transport to-and-from Guarulhos airport. EMTU carrier operates between the airport and city centre of Sao Paulo, as well as Tietê and Barra Funda bus stations and Tatuapé subway station. Moreover, the bus vehicles headed to the city are easily recognisable as they are blue and red.

How much is a bus ticket to São Paulo city centre?

A regular one-way ticket from São Paulo airport to the city centre (Avenida Paulista) costs €5.95 (R$ 36.50) and can be bought at the EMTU airport office or online on the EMTU website.

Cost

€5.95 (R$ 36.50)

Trip Duration

1 hour

There is an average waiting time of 3 hours for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport bus is available daily from 06:10 to 23:10.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the EMTU São Paulo airport buses at GRU airport's terminals 1, 2 and 4.

Convenience

Taking a São Paulo airport bus is an affordable travel option. Although more expensive than the train, the bus offers comfortable vehicles straight into the city centre. However, as the bus only runs every 3 hours, the waiting time can be very long, and as you are using Brazilian public transportation, you will either have to get to your São Paulo hotel on foot or by taxi; this can be quite tedious if you are travelling with children or with heavy luggage.

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Editor’s Note

The buses operating from the airport into São Paulo's city centre are very comfortable and fully air-conditioned vehicles.

Useful Tips

Please note that luggage is included in the ticket price, you will not need to pay extra.
The bus is free for travellers with disabilities, however you will need to ask the company for a special disability card.

Frequently asked questions

How far is São Paulo airport from city centre?

São Paulo airport is located 25 km away from the city centre of Sao Paulo and it takes 35 minutes to reach by car or taxi, depending on traffic conditions.

How to get from São Paulo airport to city center?

There are 3 different travel options when going from Guarulhos airport to São Paulo city centre; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, a train or a bus.

How much is a taxi from São Paulo airport to the city centre?

Most taxis in São Paulo calculate their prices using a taximeter, however, some also offer negotiated fixed prices. Your taxi fare from Guarulhos airport to downtown São Paulo will cost around €14.60 (R$ 90), and €22.80 (R$ 140) for night and weekend trips. However, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate price with no hidden fees, it is highly recommended to book a private airport transfer online, in advance.

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