Yesterday, my daughter and I rode the bus back to Sao Paulo from Rio. Again, I have to tell you how much I like this mode of travel between these two cities (see Rio or Bus…t). Like last time, we bought Executive seats on the 1001 line for R$93 a piece and it was great! (Unlike last time, we tickets for the right time and day. Although, when I went to book the tickets originally online, I chose a 2:00 time slot, which would have been 2am not 14:00. Thank goodness they rejected by debit card and my husband bought the tickets.) I didn’t even need to buy my daughter a seat, I think it’s not required until they are five years or older, but since we traveled during the day, I gave myself a break. If it were a night trip, I’d just get one seat, since she would sleep on my head anyway.
I was a bit nervous traveling on the bus alone with her, especially because we had two bags. But right as the taxi dropped us off at the station, there were guys who would help you with your bags for R$12. (worth every penny) I picked seats in the front row opposite the driver, which were excellent because we practically got a panoramic view, and most of the drive between the two cities is very scenic. Here is a tip – avoid getting a seat in the back of the bus. It gets pretty bumpy. I know this because Sophia wanted to use the bathroom, which is in the back of the bus. (I think she didn’t even have to go, because we had just gone at the rest stop, but she wanted to see it. Annoying. Ugh. Avoid at all costs. Nothing worse than trying to keep a kid on the toilet paper you’ve lined a probably dirty seat with while bouncing up and down.)
Sophia was very happy with her seat and her juice box/snacks. The bus made one stop (where we picked up the Fandangos). It was also nice to have some quality time together without distractions. We read books, drew pictures and pointed out shapes in the clouds. It wasn’t until near the end of the trip that she got edgy and asked to see a show on the iPhone. If she had taken a nap, she probably wouldn’t have even requested it, but it was all too exciting.
Some might argue that flying between Rio and Sao Paulo is easier, but for me, the different in the time commitment for the trip is minimal, it’s most often cheaper with more direct pricing, and a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience.