The World Cup 2014
will be in Brazil.
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August 6th, 2010
The buses systems of the main Brazilian cities are not reliable. In most cities, urban trains barely exist. The metro is the most reliable means of transportation, but the grid is not as comprehensive as they should.
Foreing tourists will probably have to resort to taxis. Brazilian taxi systems in the large cities are usually reasonably organized (much better organized than in South Africa).
Taxis are uniformly painted (in Rio, they are yellow with a blue band – see photo, but that isn’t a norm), and a (usually expensive) license is required – and the legal drivers don’t hesitate to weed out the illegal taxis.
Taxi Fares (in Portuguese, Tarifas de Taxi) have three components: a starting fare, a fare per kilometer and a fare per idle time (the latter starts counting as soon as the speed falls below a certain treshold); values vary from city to city.
Notice that during the night, weekends and, in most cities, all through the month of December, a special fare applies (in Portuguese, it is called Bandeira 2).
Notice also that in certain places, particularly airports and interstate bus terminals, the fare is fixed (depending only on the destination) and paid before boarding the vehicle.
Finding English speaking taxi drivers is an exception, rather than the norm. If you come across a driver who looks helpful and speaks languages, grab his card.