Brasilia (Bra-zi-lee-ah) is the capital city of Brazil. Like Washington D.C in the USA, it is a Federal District and does not belong to any stare. With almost three million inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in Brazil.
The city was built in the late 1950’s in order to change Brazil’s capital from Rio de Janeiro, where it had historically been, to the interior of Brazil.
Brasilia is unique in that it is a planned city. Urban planner, Lucio Costa, and architect, Oscar Niemeyer, were given the charge of creating this new city in, what was before, only dessert.
The city is divided into several sectors. The banking sector, hotel sector, and an embassy sector are examples. There are 124 foreign embassies in Brasilia and it is the center for the President, Congress and Supreme Court. The city also has the highest GDP per capita in all of Brazil.
Brasilia’s clean streets and nouveau style architecture make it a beautiful tourist destination and one reason that it will host many of the 2014 World Cup games.
While searching for a bus ticket, it is important to pay attention to the bus stations.
Some destinations only have routes to one bus station and others more than one station. Depending on where you will stay in the city, it can make a difference in time and price if you have a choice in bus stations. Here is a brief summary of each station:
Terminal Rodoviário de Brasilia – Brasilia Bus Station
When speaking to a Portuguese speaker you can just say: Rodoviaria Brasilia or
The Brasilia Bus Station is new, big and designed for sustainability. The climate of Brasilia is hot and dry. Water is scarce and so the bus station has a system of collecting rain water and optimizing natural light. The grounds are watched closely by a system of security cameras so that you can come and go without worry. It also has all of the amenities you would expect; luncheonettes, bathrooms with showers, ATM machines, Wi-Fi, small stores and more.