This week I braved the infamous 25 de Março to do some X-mas shopping. And I took the subway to get there!
I’d only been on the subway once before, more than a year ago, with a chaperone. But I decided to challenge myself with a solo trip. My experience was quite nice.
The metro system in Sao Paulo is more organized than anything I’ve seen so far in this country. It is large, well-lit, and well marked with lots of clear signage. There are even stalls or ground markings, depending on the station, where the train stops and the doors open – and people actually line up to get in the cars and maps in the station to tell you exactly where you are in the city.
It is also reasonably inexpensive at $R3 per trip.
Only two real challenges. First, it is a huge, multi-level operation, so except to walk.
Second, the system is limited in terms how extension, so it doesn’t compare to the bigger global cities in which you can almost anywhere via subway/elevated train. But if you need to go from one point in Sao Paulo proper to another, you should be able to get at least most of the way via subway.