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São Paulo Travel Guide

Subway Travel

Five color-coded lines comprise the São Paulo Metrô, known simply as the Metrô by locals, which interconnects with six train lines administered by the Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM) to blanket most of São Paulo in rail. The most glaring gaps exist around the Ibirapuera, Moema, and Morumbi neighborhoods, as well as near the airports. You can print maps of the entire network from the Metrô's English-language website, where you'll also find ticket prices and schedules. The first four lines are the most useful to tourists. Most notably they cover the center, Avenida Paulista, and Vila Madalena.

Kiosks at all Metrô and train stations sell tickets; vendors prefer small bills for payment. You insert the ticket into the turnstile at the platform entrance, and it's returned to you only if there's unused fare on it. Seniors (65 or older) ride without charge by showing photo IDs at the turnstiles. Transfers within the metro system are free. You can buy a bilhete único (combination ticket, good on buses and the metro) on buses or at metro stations for R$4.65.

Subway Information

Metrô (0800/770–7722.

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