Driving in São Paulo can be a nightmare–traffic is either hectic or slow, navigation can be difficult, and parking spaces are rare and expensive. You’re better off not driving at all.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to get around without a car. There’s plenty of inexpensive public transportation.
The subway, called the Metrô, is reliable, safe, and easy to use. There are stops close to most of the places you’ll want to go.
Visit the Metrô website for information about fares, schedules, and subway maps.
If you want to go somewhere the Metrô won’t take you, you can probably get there by bus. Buses are popular with São Paulo’s locals, but you might have some trouble understanding the routes if you don’t understand Portuguese. Buses also can get very crowded, and are affected by traffic.
Though taxis are at the mercy of traffic as well, they’re still a good option at night, or if you just don’t want to use public transportation. You can hail taxis on the street or call through a company. Beware that prices may change according to traffic.
Of course, the best way to get around many of São Paulo’s neighborhoods is on foot. During the day, São Paulo is safe and pleasant to walk in.
As long as you plan ahead, you won’t have too much trouble getting around in São Paulo.