Metrô (Subway System)
subway system, known as the Metrô, is the
method of transportation a tourist is likely
to use the most while visiting São Paulo. It
is modern, safe, clean and efficient. It has
four lines in operation and one under
construction. In several stations, Metrô
connects to São Paulo's extensive suburban
trains network, called CPTM.
* Line 1
(Blue): The first Metrô line built runs
North-South. Transfers are available for the
Green and Red and lines and also for CPTM
trains. Tietê and Jabaquara bus terminals
are also reachable through via Line 1
* Line 2
(Green): The Green line runs through Ave
Paulista ridge, connecting Alto do Ipiranga
to Vila Madalena, and also the Blue line.
* Line 3
(Red): One of São Paulo's busiest lines, it
connects the East Side to the West Side.
Connections to the Blue line and CPTM trains
are available. The Barra Funda bus terminal
is on the west end of this line.
* Line 4
(Yellow, under construction): Scheduled to
have the first stations operating in 2010
and fully operating in 2012, the Yellow line
will connect the central Luz station to the
West side in a route constructed immediately
below the Consolação and Rebouças avenues.
Connections will be available to the Blue,
Green and Red lines and to CPTM trains.
* Line 5
(Purple): Built for users who need to reach
specific places in São Paulo's South Side.
Only a short sector of the line is already
available, connecting to CPTM trains at
Santo Amaro station; the scheduled expansion
will make connections to the Blue and Green
lines in 2013.
Tickets and Hours
have a Bilhete Único smart card, the Metrô
uses a simple fixed-price ticketing scheme -
you can get only one-trip tickets. The
single tickets can be bought at the counters
or automatic machines, found in every
station. Buying multiple tickets will not
save you money but will save time locating a
vending machine or waiting time which can
both be bothersome. Metrô tickets are valid
for inter-line changes on the Metrô system.
operating hours are Su-F 4:30AM-midnight (or
1AM Sa), depending on the station, up to
12:40AM. Connections on the Metrô network
are guaranteed only for boardings before
midnight (1AM Sa), regardless of the