Getting Around

City buses are frequent in Salvador, but the system can be confusing. Air-conditioned minibuses cost about twice the normal fares, and most major tourist destinations and shopping areas have their own stops. Generally running between 6am and 11pm, buses are boarded from the back and disembarked from at the front.

Driving on the narrow streets of Salvador's old city centre can be stressful and confusing. Cars are only recommended for travellers intending to explore outside the city. Taxis are a better option, but passengers should negotiate a price before the journey commences if the taxi isn't metered.

Airports

Salvador International Airport

The airport is located 14 miles (22km) north of downtown Salvador de Bahia.

Salvador International Airport (SSA)

Overview

Public buses run from the airport to the city centre. Two kinds of buses are available: the 'executivo' and the urban bus. The buses provide transportation to the main city sights such as Pelourinho, Barra, Mercado Modelo, and the Lacerda Elevator. Tickets can be bought on the bus or within the terminal and the trip takes approximately 90 minutes.

Location

The airport is located 14 miles (22km) north of downtown Salvador de Bahia.

Getting to the city

Public buses run from the airport to the city centre. Two kinds of buses are available: the 'executivo' and the urban bus. The buses provide transportation to the main city sights such as Pelourinho, Barra, Mercado Modelo, and the Lacerda Elevator. Tickets can be bought on the bus or within the terminal and the trip takes approximately 90 minutes.

Time

Local time is GMT -3

Car rental

Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, and Hertz all have desks in the arrivals hall.

Airport Taxis

Coometas taxis are available at the airport, and wait outside the terminal.

Facilities

Airport facilities include a comfort station, hairdresser, information desk, medical post, tourist service centre, banks and ATMs, currency exchange, restaurants and coffee shops, a post office, gift shops and newsagents, and duty-free shopping.

Parking

Parking is available at the airport.

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