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Nossa Senhora do Brasil, Sao Paulo

Practical Info about Sao Paulo

Getting around the city

Campinas is well-served by a comprehensive urban bus service, but the network can be very confusing for foreigners and is mostly used by locals. Taxis are available and can be hailed on the street or arranged by phone. Taxi fares are not standardised in Campinas and not all taxis are metered so it is a good idea to agree on a price before getting in. Tourists can comfortably walk short distances in the city, but often choose to hire cars, especially if they are exploring the wider region. Drivers should note that there are quite a few one-way streets in Campinas, and that speed and regulations are enforced by numerous cameras.

Time

GMT -2 (GMT -3 April to October).

Electricity

Brazil has a variety of electrical voltages, sometimes within the same city. The better hotels offer 220 volts. If not, transformers are available in electrical stores. Outlets often accept a variety of plug types but the three-pin type is standard.

Currency

The Brazilian currency is the Real (BRL), which is divided into 100 centavos. The US dollar is also welcome in most tourist establishments. In the main cities foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks or cambios. There is an extensive network of ATMs in the country and most major international credit cards are accepted.

Communication

The international access code for Brazil is +55. Mobile phone networks cover the main cities and towns, and phones are available to rent. Internet cafes are widely available and most hotels provide internet access. Every town has a central telephone office called a Posto Telefonico where long distance calls can be made, and public phone booths are everywhere, operated by phone cards.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 190 (police), 192 (ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Carnival / Mardi Gras 3 Mar - 5 Mar 16 Feb - 18 Feb
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Tiradentes Day 21 Apr 21 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Corpus Christi 19 Jun 4 Jun
Independence Day 7 Sep 7 Sep
Our Lady of Aparecida 12 Oct 12 Oct
All Souls Day 2 Nov 2 Nov
Proclamation of the Republic 15 Nov 15 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec

Climate

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Campinas has a tropical climate, but does have two fairly distinct seasons: mild, comparatively dry winters, and hot rainy summers. February is the hottest month of summer, with average temperatures between 66°F (19°C) and 84°F (29°C). In the coldest winter month, July, the temperatures range comfortably between 52°F (11°C) and 75°F (24°C). Humidity and rainfall is highest in the long summer, between October and March.

Sao Paulo Viracopos International Airport

www.viracopos.com

Getting to the city

Buses connect the airport to Campinas and a number of other cities. Line 193 runs to Campinas: the journey takes about 50 minutes. Rental cars and taxis are also available at the airport.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, National and Budget.

Airport taxi's

There is a taxi stand outside the passenger terminal, where Aerocoop taxis await passengers. Those wanting to pay with a card can book a taxi at the counter inside the terminal, but taxi drivers will accept cash directly.

Facilities

Airport facilities include banks and ATMs, an information desk, a lost and found, medical services, restaurants and shops.

Parking

In parking areas A, B and D one hour costs BRL 7, up to BRL 40 a day. In parking area C one hour costs BRL 10, up to BRL 50 a day. A covered walkway connects the parking lots to the terminal.

Internet

Internet access is available in the airport.