Traveling from the city of Sao Paulo to Iguaçu falls is quite simple:
1. Go to brazilbustravel.com’s search page.
2. In the FROM field type: São Paulo - All Bus Stations
3. In the TO field type: Foz Do Iguaçu (PR) - Note: PR = State code for Parana
4. If you are looking for a one way ticket, click on the little calendar and choose a departing date.
5. If you want to buy a return ticket in advance, click the circle beside RETURN. Then choose a departure date and return date.
6. Click SEARCH BUS TICKETS
7. Choose your ticket(s) from the results of the search.
How to choose a ticket:
8. Bus Station: The buses that go to Iguaçu Falls leave from the Tiete Station. So, you will need to figure out how to get to the station from where you are staying in Sao Paulo. Google Maps is a good way to do this. Remember that it is good to give yourself about an hour to pickup your ticket and get to you departing bus platform.
The Tiete bus station address to put into Google Maps is Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul, 1800, Santana, Sao Paulo, SP. Phone: (11) 3866-1100. If you take a taxi, just say Rodoviaria Tiete (Hodo-vee-are-ee-ah Chee-eh-teh).
Foz de Iguaçu Station
It is good to know how far your lodgings in Iguacu Falls are from the bus station there. The Foz de Iguacu bus station address is: Avenida Costa e Silva, 1601 – Cr 1
Foz do Iguaçu– PR. Phone: (45) 3522-2590
9. Bus Company: Pluma is the bus company that goes to Iguaçu Falls. So, when you arrive at Tiete, you will pick up your ticket at the Pluma ticket counter. Simply show your Id and the attendant will give you your ticket. All of the ticket counters are in the same area. Look for the Pluma bus company logo.
10. Class: The price of your ticket will depend on the class you choose.
Conventional is a standard long distance bus seat that reclines.
Bed is a seat that reclines almost fully, like a bed, so that you can sleep during the trip. The seats have a leg rest, are extra wide and there is over a meter between seats. The term for this type of seat in Portuguese is Leito.
This trip can last more than 15 hours so you may want to choose the Bed class seat. Also, pick an overnight bus so that you can sleep through most of voyage.
11. Seat Choice: Once you choose your ticket(s) you will need to pick a seat. White seats are available, Red seat are occupied and Green indicates your chosen seat(s).
12. Passenger Details: Clicking on a seat will take you to the Passenger Details screen. Your passport is the best form of ID to use to fill out this section. RG is a Brazilian ID, RNE is a foreigner’s Brazilian ID, Passport is for all other foreigners and Other is for those without a passport. To avoid confusion, as a foreigner, it is best to use your passport. But, if you have another type of ID to use, it should work fine. You may choose more than one seat by repeating this process.
13. Book Your Ticket: Fill in your credit card information in the next screen and click the red BUY NOW button on the right hand side of the screen. Note: CPF is a field for Brazilian credit cards only. Once your ticket is purchased, print the receipt and take it with you to the bus station on the day of travel. This will help you at the ticket counter. If you show up without it, your ID will be enough to claim your ticket but if you don’t speak Portuguese the printout will speak for you.
14. Finding Your Bus: Once you get your ticket, go to where the buses depart. Look for the sign that has Embarque Plataforma written on it. Your platform number is on your ticket. It is a number in the box that says Plataforma.
15. Baggage: If you have a large suitcase or other item, you will go around and wait in the line at the side of the bus before you board. There should be an attendant loading bags into the side of the bus. He will give you a ticket stub and load your bag for you. You will give this stub back to the attendant when you retrieve your luggage at the end of the trip. Once you board the bus, there is room above the seat to store any carry on luggage.
16. Boarding: You need two things to get on board the bus; your ID and a little paper slip that comes with your ticket. You will actually receive two little paper slips to fill out when you are handed your ticket. One of them is for insurance purposes. It can be filled out during the trip and it stays with you. It will have the word Seguro on it, which means Insurance. The other paper is to be filled out before boarding and handed to the driver as you present your ID.
17. Your Seat: The word for seat in Portuguese is Poltrona. You will want to match the number in that Poltrona box of your ticket to the seat numbers on the bus. If you have trouble finding your seat, just ask around and someone will help you. Brazilians are usually very helpful and kind.
18. Rest Stops: Along the way, your bus may stop at roadside cafes or little shopping areas. Feel free to leave the bus and walk around to stretch your legs. Just don’t stray too far and tell the driver if you go to buy something so that they know to wait for you.
19. Arrival: When you arrive at your destination, simply gather your belongings and proceed to the side of the bus to reclaim you baggage, if you had it stored away. Hand the attendant your baggage ticket stub and reclaim you items.
20. Explore!! You are now free to explore your new Brazilian location! Have fun!!