São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, more popularly known as Cumbica Airport after the district in Guarulhoswhere it is located, is the main international airport serving São Paulo, Brazil. The airport also takes its name after André Franco Montoro, the former Governor of São Paulostate.
Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport is not only the busiest airport in Brazil, more travellers pass through GRU Airport than any other airport in the entire Latin America. The airport is the hub for Brazilian airlines, TAM Airlines and Gol Transportes Aéroes. Many other international airlines also serve the Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport. These include United, Delta, American, Air Canada, Emirates, Air France, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, and many others offering frequent flights to many cities across the globe.
The airport is conveniently located approximately 25 km from the city centre of Sao Paulo. There are many modes of transport to downtown Sao Paulo and other destinations around the city centre, from airport bus services to hotel shuttles. Currently, there is no rail service to Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport, There is, however, a regular bus line which connects Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport to the Tatuape Station of the Sao Paulo Metro. Metered taxis and rental cars are also readily available at the terminal. For those travelling to other destinations in Brazil, Gol Airlinesand TAM Airlinesfree bus transfers for their passengers to Congonhas Airport at regular intervals. Do note that a taxi ride into downtown Sao Paulo can take up to two hours during peak times and around 45 minutes late at night or early in the morning.
Travelling to one of the world’s most populous cities can be quite intimidating to the first-timer. Sao Paulo’s well-developed tourist industry however makes it easier to explore the myriad of attractions that this vibrant metropolis has to offer. While traffic can be monstrous during peak hours, there is wide range of choices to get around the city. It is highly recommended to get the Bilhete Único, a transport smartcard that is used for paying fares on buses, subways, and trains.
Sampa, as the city is fondly called by locals, is not only South America’s financial centre, it is also it premier hub for culture and the arts. The city boasts of a wide range of museums and art centres as well as thousands of restaurants and clubs. There is always something exciting to see and do in Sao Paulo. Here are some of the top attractions in the metropolis that are a must in your itinerary—
This is the perfect place to start your tour of the city. The Avenida Paulista is the cultural heart of the city. From here, you can access almost every part of this bustling metropolis and visit its main points of interest by walking, by city bus or by Metro. This historic and lovely avenue is also the main financial district of the city. Corporate headquarters are interspersed with the shopping malls, museums and hotels along its busy stretch.
Built in 1954 and designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx, this large urban park lies in the heart of São Paulo. It has often been compared to the Central Park in New York and Ueno Park in Tokyo. It is one of the city’s major landmarks and any time of the day, is filled with locals and tourists. It is a favourite spot for jogging, strolling and people-watching. The Ibirapuera Park is also home to several notable museums such as the Museu Afro Brasil and the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art.
São Paulo Museum of Art
More commonly known as MASP or Museu de Arte de São Paulo is the city’s best art museum. It is home to the most impressive collection of Western art in Latin America. MASP showcases a permanent collection of European paintings, sketches, and sculptures by Renoir, Picasso and also by modernist Brazilian artists. The distinctive architecture of the MASP also makes it one of the city's architectural landmarks.
Get to know more about this exhilarating city that easily rivals most global centres like New York and Hong Kong in its diversity and pulsating energy. The city generally enjoys pleasant weather— dry and warm for most of the year. The most popular time to visit is in summer or spring. Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Skyscanner Singapore.
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