Best Way to Travel in Brazil: Plane, Bus or Car?

Transportation is one of the most important things to worry about when you are on a trip in another country. It varies from place to place, according to the local means of transport and the distance between destinations. Similarly, the best way to travel in Brazil depends on how far the city you are heading to is, as well as your budget and the kind of trip you are willing to take.

The main intercity means of transportation inside the country are:

  • airplane
  • buses
  • car.

So, we have separated some useful information about each of them to help you find the best way to travel in Brazil.

Flights in Brazil

Flight over rio de janeiro


With over 8 million km² of extension, lots of people look for airplane tickets to travel in Brazil. Catching a flight really seems like a great idea if you are going through long distances, such as from Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, which are more than 1.600 km away from each other.


Besides the companies that arrive in the country, the main Brazilian airlines to travel between cities are LATAM, Gol, Azul and Avianca.


Keep in mind that travelling by plane in Brazil can be very expensive, especially in the holiday periods. Also, some long-distance flights can have several stops, making the trip no shorter than a bus run.

So, if you choose this option, make sure to book in advance. 

Buses in Brazil


With cheap fares, buses may be the best way to travel in Brazil in terms of cost-benefit. There are hundreds of bus companies and despite the long distances, it can be a very comfortable and fine mean of transportation. The vast majority of vehicles are equipped with reclining and comfortable chairs, air-conditioner and an on-board restroom.


There is also a fancier option called leito, which is worth taking for longer and overnight trips.

Leito buses have larger and fully reclining seats, commonly separated by curtains and can offer pillows, blankets and a snack kit. Their fares are quite more expensive than the standard option, but usually still cheaper than a flight and the ride is still very comfortable.


Also, buses in Brazil stop every 3 or 4 hours at stations well-supplied with meals, where you can grab some great food and stretch your legs. Another tip is to bring a jacket or blanket, due to the cold air conditioning.


Cars in Brazil

road in brasil


There is also the option to rent a car and drive on Brazilian roads. It is a good option if you are not in a hurry and can travel peacefully, enjoying the trip and landscapes in the way. Otherwise, the long distances can be tiresome.


A good tip is having more than just one driver in the car, to alternate from time to time.


It is also useful to have your international driving license at hand, check which fuel your rented car can runs (usually gas or ethanol) and bring some cash, since not all the gas stations take international credit cards.


Have you travelled in Brazil by plane, bus or car? Share with us your experience!


Images:, mercedes-seite, 3 Poderes Brasil.

One Reply to “Best Way to Travel in Brazil: Plane, Bus or Car?”

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