Getting Here and Around in Fortaleza

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Getting Here and Around

Tap is the only international airline that flies directly to Fortaleza from Europe (Lisbon); all flights to the U.S. connect in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Aeroporto Internacional Pinto Martins is 6 km (4 miles) south of downtown. After clearing customs, those headed downtown should take an especial (special) taxi that costs between R$45 and $60. For reliable taxis to Iracema, Aldeota, or Beira Mar, cross the street in front of the terminal. These taxis should cost about $36. City buses run frequently from the airport to the main bus station, Terminal Rodoviário João Tomé, 6 km (4 miles) south of the Centro, and Praça José de Alencar in the Centro. In low season you can buy tickets at the station right before leaving. São Benedito runs three daily to Aracati and Canoa Quebrada (3½ hours; R$17). Expresso Guanabara has five daily buses to Recife (12 hours; R$91–R$177). Itapemerim has one daily to Salvador (20 hours; R$206) and daily buses to Rio de Janeiro (43 hours; R$397).

The easiest way to get around the city is by bus and taxi. All taxis have meters, so make sure they have been restarted and are turned on before you set off. Fares from Beira Mar to Fortaleza Centre and Praia do Futuro will be between R$12 and R$20. Rides to Das Dunas will be between R$60 and R$80. The fare on city buses is R$2.

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