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Arriving to Goiás, Brazil

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Check out:
Map of Goiás
Map of Multimodal Transportation in Goiás Roads, ports, airports. Notice that some links are clickeable.
Conditions of federal roads in Goiás. Up to date info. Click on the name of the road to read details about it.
The busiest road is Goiânia - Brasília, with 212 km, all double laned.
The BR-153 is known as Belém-Brasília; it was built with the intention to integrate the insulated north of Brazil to Brasília, and from there to the South.
Also relevant are BR-20, which connects Brasília to the north of Goiás and then to Bahia; BR-040, from Brasília to Minas and Rio de Janeiro; and BR-050, from Brasília to São Paulo.
Notice that these roads cut through the cerrado, which have a low population density. Besides checking out the road conditions, pay particular attention to the availability of fuel: it may be hundreds of kilometers before the next gas station.

Buses: the main bus station of Goiânia is
Rodoviária Central - Goiânia
Address: rua 44, nº 399 - Setor Norte-Rodoviário
Some important bus lines operators:
Between Goiânia and Brasília, the main operator is Viação Goiânia (phone 062 2954000), which doesn´t seem to have a website.
São Geraldo from Goiânia to Rio de Janeiro
Real Expresso from Goiânia to Rio de Janeiro
Nacional Expresso from Goiânia to São Paulo
From Goiânia to Salvador, Bahia, the operator is Viação Rápido Federal (phone 061 3616090), which doesn´t seem to have a website.

Aeroporto de Goiânia, in Goiânia. Distance from downtown: 8 km.
According to Infraero (January 2005), the airport will go through a major refurbishment to upgrade the capacity; designed to support 600,000 passengers per year, the airport saw 950,000 passengers in 2003. This airport does not operate international flights (the nearest international airport is in Brasília).

Waterways and Railways.
Because the State is a large producer of grains, and the rivers have no abrupt falls, Goiás is one of the Brazilian States which makes most use of waterways and railways; however, ships and trains rarely transport passengers.
The State has 300 km of railways, which connect Goiânia to the west of Minas Gerais (an important producer of minerals), and from there to the port of Vitória, in Espírito Santo.
The rivers Araguaia (which makes border between Goiás and Mato Grosso) and Parnaíba are currently used to transport grains to the Brazilian markets of the south. Still under construction, another waterway will use the river Tocantins to transport grains to Maranhão, from where they will be exported.