Cheap Flights to São Paulo Guarulhos
São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
Two major airports service the city of São Paulo, the São Paulo Congonhas Airport (CGH), and the São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU). If you are flying from Australia it is all but certain that you will be flying into the latter. Guarulhos International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the city, and will have all the facilities you would come to expect of a large aviation hub, such as restaurants, duty-free shops, VIP lounges, conference rooms, ATMs, bureau de change counters, and pre-paid WiFi access.
The Guarulhos Airport is 25km from the city centre, and is connected to the downtown via buses, shuttles, and taxis. If you’d prefer to just pick up a taxi directly from the terminals into São Paulo, expect the journey to come to about 95BRL ($38).
Getting to São Paulo will usually involve booking with the LATAM Airlines Group, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand and Aerolineas Argentinas.
Why visit São Paulo?
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, and it’s easy to understand why. Whilst not as beautiful as Rio, nor as flashy as Brasilia, São Paulo is perhaps the most livable of the three. With a culinary scene to die for, a thumping nightlife, a thriving and cutting edge theatrical, arts and music culture, this is a place to really get to grips with the modern face of Brazil.
Things to do in São Paulo
First things first in this city of culture; catch a world-class performance in the City Theatre, peruse the works of masters like Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse in the São Paulo Museum of Art, then browse modern pieces in the Contemporary Art Museum.
If the day is pleasant, wander through the beautifully landscaped Parque de Ibirapuera, where you can wander past lakes, trails, gardens, and visit the Museu Afro Brasil, an astounding collection of art and artefacts charting the history of Africans in Brazil.
Then enjoy the city’s many landmarks, from the neo-Gothic São Paulo Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Library, Republic Square and the Chá Bridge.
For those wanting to get into the urban lifestyle of São Paulo, find your way to Benedito Calixto Square, that on the weekend sees hundreds of vendors selling everything from antiques to furniture and arts and crafts. There are food stalls selling Brazilian staples, and often live music playing. If you have time, also drop into Liberdade, a Japanese-Brazilian neighbourhood where you can enjoy some of the city’s finest, sushi, ramen and karaoke.
Best time to visit São Paulo
· Spring through to summer are the best seasons to visit São Paulo, when the weather is warm and dry, with daily highs of 24-27°C.
· Autumn is pretty rainy, so best avoided, but winter is dry and mild. With lows of 13°C and highs of 22°C.
Arriving in São Paulo by plane
· This route will require stops, and typically these are in Santiago (SCL) or Auckland (AKL).
· Brazilian Real (BRL).
· Travellers to Brazil that hold an Australian passport will need a visa prior to flying to São Paulo. There are some circumstances where the visa will be waived, such as the 2016 Olympics, but this is the exception to the rule. Visit the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate for more information.
Please note that information is correct as of June 2016
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