Getting Here and Around in Recife

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Getting Here and Around

The Aeroporto Internacional Guararapes is 10 km (6 miles) south of Recife, just five minutes from Boa Viagem, and 15 minutes from the city center. There are numerous daily flights from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to Recife on GOL, TAM, Avianca, and Azul. Recife has also developed into the northeastern hub for international flights, with direct daily flights to Miami with American Airlines, and to Lisbon with Tap. In the airport lobby, on the right just before the exit door, is a tourist-information booth, and next to that is a taxi stand. You can pay at the counter; the cost is about R$30 to Boa Viagem and R$40 to downtown. There are also regular buses and microbuses (more expensive). The bus labeled "aeroporto" runs to Avenida Dantas Barreto in the center of the city, stopping in Boa Viagem on the way.

The Terminal Integrado de Passageiros (TIP), a metro terminal and bus station 14 km (9 miles) from the Recife city center, handles all interstate bus departures and some connections to local destinations. To reach it via metro, a 30-minute ride, enter through the Museu do Trem, opposite the Casa da Cultura, and take the train marked "rodoviária". Expresso Guanabara has several buses a day to Fortaleza (12 hours, R$130) and Natal (four hours, R$61) and frequent service to Caruaru (two hours, R$12). Itapemerim has buses to Rio de Janeiro (36 hours, R$358) and Salvador (14 hours, R$140).

Recife is the only northeastern city with a subway system. A single ride on the metro is R$1.50. You can find a map at the Metrorec website (click on "Mapa da Rede"). Transfer tickets and city bus tickets cost about R$1.75. Buses are clearly labeled and run frequently and past midnight. Many stops have signs indicating the routes. To reach Boa Viagem via the metro, get off at the Joana Bezerra stop (a 20-minute ride) and take a bus or taxi (R$20) from here. Buses are free when using the metro and vice-versa.

Taxis are cheap (fares are higher on Sunday and at night), but drivers seldom speak English. All use meters. You can either hail a cab on the street or call for one.

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