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Last minute travel advice

Manchester, United...
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Last minute travel advice

Hi as previously mentioned, we arrive Thursday for 7 days (3 of them at the Grand Prix)

Just some last minute pointers please.

1. Does anyone know where the bus service to interlagos circuit starts from and at what time? We're staying on paulista av.

2. What areas are worth getting a taxi to for food and drinks?

3. Is 'batman alley' worth visiting? I really want to go. What is the safety situation like?

4. We have to collect our race tickets from hotel transamerica located 6 miles from the circuit. I would like to do this on the Thursday so we have the tickets ready for Friday. How do we get there from paulista av?

Many thanks in advance!!

Sao Paulo, SP
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1. Re: Last minute travel advice

I guess that you'll have to rely on taxis from Av. Paulista to Tansamerica hotel. It is quite far and the public transportation here does not work fine for a tourist. I guess that you'll spend around R$ 50-60 each way, on a regular taxi. Hail one on Paulista or ask at the hotel.

If you're staying on Av. Paulista, you can walk accross Jardins District for the best dining area in town. Anothe nice area worth visiting for bars and dining is Itaim (around R$ 15-20 taxi ride from Av. Paulista).

In general terms, Sao Paulo is a safe city, specially around the area you're staying. Take normal tourist precautions (e.g. do not carry too much cash, expensive watches and jewels, do not hang your camera on your neck, etc...)

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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2. Re: Last minute travel advice

1) Just google for the answer. Ask your hotel for help, if needed.

2) For me, anyone, if the food is good.

3) Yes. It seems no major safety problems, if you take the usual care.

4) Just ask you hotel.


Sao Paulo, SP
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3. Re: Last minute travel advice

1. Go to the subway stop Trianon-Masp on Avenida Paulista itself.

what you are looking for is the special bus called "Expresso SPTrans F1".

Tkts will be R$28 round trip or R$18 one-way. No advanced sales. Better if you take exact change. Not sure if they accept anything other than cash.

Website says buses will be available to Interlagos racetrack from 6am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Return buses (to same spot) from Interlagos racetrack from 3pm to 5pm (Sat) and 3pm to 5:30pm (Sun).

Buses are nonstop to Interlagos racetrack.

At the track, it will make stops at 4 different entrances (better check which one is yours):

- Avenida Interlagos and Avenida Antônio Barbosa da Silva Sandoval

- Avenida Jangadeiro and Avenida Senador Teotônio Vilela

- Avenida Jacinto Júlio and Avenida Rubens Montanaro de Borba

- Avenida Jacinto Júlio and Avenida Feliciano Correia

2. not sure what you are asking... if you are staying on Paulista, you can walk to many restaurants in the Jardins area (or it will be a short cab/subway ride away)... there are hundreds of restaurants... you may want to inquire at the front desk for recommendations nearby.... if first time in Brazil, splurge one day on a fancy churrascaria (all you can eat meat plus excellent side dishes)... just be aware that eating out has become very expensive in Brazil...

3... well, it is an alley... you will see a lot of grafitti (both good and horrible) all over SP. just keep an eye out for it... if you are going to Vila Madalena (btw, an area full of bars and restaurants too, extremely popular with locals on weekends,), and it is daytime, and you are near the alley, and it does not look deserted, take a look... as usual in Brazil, no flashing of wealth signs (i.e., leave that Ipad at home or hotel safe, same for fancy cameras, watches, forget about jewelry, leave that tourist outfit of safari short pants, socks up to mid-calf etc in the closet)

some more on the alley:


4. unfortunately it will be a bit of trek to Transamerica Hotel.... budget half a day to go and come back... you may even wanna decide to have lunch or a drink/snack at the hotel to make the trek less of a hassle.

using public transportation, I would probably take the more circuitous route using the subway... as heaven kows what the traffic condition will be on that day...even for the subway, avoid morning and afternoon rush hours, as it gets VERY packed.

from Avenida Paulista, get on any subway stop and take Line 2 (green) towards Vila Madalena. Get off at Consolação stop and change to Line 4 (yellow) towards Butanta. Get off at Pinheiros stop. Change to Line 9 (emerald) toward Grajaú... The nearest stop to hotel will be Santo Amaro. Then you 'd better take a cab as it is not a walkable area.

this link step by step (but in portuguese):


there are buses too... google maps will show you how to do that...

or cabs, about R$50 each way - not counting time stuck in traffic jams, as the meter keeps running.

Jundiai, SP
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4. Re: Last minute travel advice

From Paulista to Transamérica Hotel, take bus 669A (Terminal Santo Amaro), get off at Santo Amaro Terminal, then it's a short taxi ride to the hotel. Coming back get a taxi at the Transamérica hotel to the Santo Amaro Terminal then bus 669A (Praça Princesa Isabel), it travels along most of Paulista Avenue.

From Paulista to the race track, the Underground/Train itinerary would probably be better. Autódromo Station on the Emerald Line is about 500 m from the race track (back entrance). For the front entrance, get off train at Jurubatuba and take bus 6027 (Jardim Graúna). However, route may change as many streets are blocked on race day.

Sao Paulo, SP
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5. Re: Last minute travel advice

there is now a special website link for the Expresso SPTrans F1 service.

click on "Pontos de Desembarque - Ida" to find out which of the four stops at the racetrack is closer to your sector...

and click on "Pontos de Embarque e Destinos - Volta" to see where to take the special bus back to your destination:


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6. Re: Last minute travel advice

Just planning a Grand Prix 2014 trip, would love to hear if you caught the bus to the track and if you recommend it or would look to travel a different way.

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