Salvador (Sal-vah-dor) is the capital city of the State of Bahia (Bah-eee-ah) which means “Bay.” With 3.5 million people, it is Brazil’s 3rd largest city and the economic hub of the northeast of the county. This port city is one of Brazil’s oldest, which can still be seen in the colonial architecture.
Salvador means “Savior,” and it is truly a special place. When Brazilians talk about Salvador it is as though they are speaking of an old friend. “Aahhh, Salvador…”, and then a smile appears on their face and their eyes look off into memory.
The food, the culture, the music and the very nature of this friendly place come from its African roots. Indeed the majority of the people in Salvador are of African descent and the culture and traditions continue to this day.
The food is rich and spicy, the music is heavy with African drums and the people are always wearing a wide smile. Salvador is probably the most laid back large city in the world.
Many are attracted to Salvador during Carnaval. It is a street Carnaval with parades and parties. Carnaval in Salvador emulates the people, open and welcome to all!
From Salvador, a traveler can visit some of Brazil’s most pristine and picturesque beaches and find the same warm hospitality that characterizes the whole state of Bahia.
To travel by bus to this must-see destination, you will need to go to the Salvador Bus Station.
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 Salvador – Salvador Bus Station
When speaking to a Portuguese speaker you can just say: Rodoviaria Salvador or
The Salvador Bus Station connects to 315 different destinations. One will find all major amenities in the station; restaurants, stores, pharmacy, restrooms, ATM machines, mail service and reliable security. Taxis and local buses are there to carry you to your final destination.