Cheap Flights to Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo overview

A concrete jungle with a warm soul: Sao Paulo. The world’s second largest city can seem intimidating and cold to first-time visitors, but Paulistanos make every effort to welcome tourists and their alegria (joy) is infectious.

The first thing travellers coming off their Sao Paulo flights will notice is that the city is a true melting pot. Immigrants from Japan, Italy, Portugal and Lebanon have settled here over the years. The Liberdade neighbourhood, for example, has the largest Asian community with the best dim sim this side of China. It’s precisely this cultural diversity that makes the city so cosmopolitan and exciting to visit for a few days.

Exploring the city on foot is really the best way to avoid the unbearable traffic. Stop by its world-class art museums. Art collectors and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here to visit the Pinocoteca do Estado and Museu Arte Sao Paulo (MASP), both of which house some stunning Brazilian art as well as Picassos and Monets. The city is also a shopper’s haven where you can find just about anything from international designers to local crafts. After a long day of touring the city treat yourself to some cold chopp (beer) and picanha in an “all you can eat” Churrascaria.

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Sao Paulo climate

Sao Paulo's climate is described as high-altitude tropical. Summers are rainy and temperatures range between 19 and 27 degrees. Locals like to say that you can experience four seasons in one day, and are expert at layering. Spring and autumn are warm and dry; autumn temperatures average 23 degrees. Winters are sunny and dry with temperatures in the 15-degree range.

When to fly to Sao Paulo

Peak season:

The business capital of Brazil, 75 per cent of the country’s fairs and congresses are held in Sao Paulo so the city is busy year-round.

April through December the city also hosts film and music festivals, and fashion and art exhibits. If you are planning on visiting Campos do Jordao in June or July, book your stay in advance. Sao Paulo flights and hotels book up fast during the summer season so it's a good idea to book ahead.

In summer, also make reservations for beach vacations as far in advance as possible.

Off season:

Rain is likely during the winter months, but cheap Sao Paulo flights and accommodations can be found.

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Getting around Sao Paulo

Between Sao Paolo’s convenient public transport and walking, you won’t have any trouble getting around town. The subway can take you almost anywhere on its two main lines between 5am and midnight. For the rest of the town, you can take a bus. They run frequently, so just flag one down when you need to hop on. During the day the city is safe, but you should check with your hotel about where to walk safely at night. Taxis are the safest way to get around at night. Don’t worry about finding a taxi – there are plenty in Sao Paulo, and they can be hailed on the street or picked up at a taxi stand.

Sao Paulo insider information

  • See the city from the Banespa Tower's observation deck on the 35th floor. The Edificio Italia is said to be the city's second-tallest building. The Terraco Italia restaurant is on the top floor and offers 360-degree views of Sao Paulo.
  • The Parque do Ibirapuera covers more than one thousand miles. The Modern Art and Contemporary Art museum is here, as are the planetarium - shaped like a flying saucer, the first in the Southern Hemisphere - and Japanese Pavilion. See the Monument to the Bandeirantes, who left the city in the 17th and 18th centuries to explore Brazil. Other parks in the city include: Burle Marx, Jardim Botanico and Aclimacao.
  • Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo is one of the largest zoos in the world. There are more than 3,000 reptiles, birds and mammals in residence here. Also Simba Safari offers the chance to see animals including lions, zebras and monkeys roam freely in their natural environment.
  • The Mercado Municipal is a large covered market that sells all sorts of food items.
  • Cathedral Se is one of the five largest Gothic-style churches in the world, modelled after Notre Dame in Paris. The Metropolitan Cathedral is a mix of Byzantine and High German Gothic.
  • The Jardins district is a great place to stroll around. The charming narrow streets boast several cafes and restaurants.
  • Sao Paulo’s oldest museum is in Independence Park. Its collection dates from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. There are landscaped gardens modelled after those of the Palace of Versailles in France.
  • The Museo de Arte Sacra has a fine collection of wooden and terracotta masks, jewellery, and religious art and objects from all over Brazil from the 17th century to the present day.
  • The Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) boasts a great collection of European and Brazilian art from the Renaissance to Contemporary Modern.

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How much do things cost in Sao Paulo?

Large bottle of water
$ 6.99
Bottle of wine
$ 96.69
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 31.41
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 13.32
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 60.43
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 11.10
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 36.26
Cheap meal
$ 60.43
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 531.14
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 862.52
How much does transport cost in Sao Paulo?
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 9
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 11
1 km taxi journey
$ 7
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 9

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