Transportation - Salvador, Getting There, Away & Around
Salvador da Bahia has an international airport, called officially Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA-code: SSA). It is still known by its former name though, Dois de Julho, commemorating Bahia’s independence day (2nd of July). Currently there are
direct international flightsto/ from Salvador from/ to Buenos Aires, Miami, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Frankfurt.
All major Brazilian cities are directly connected as well.
Dois de Julhois one of the few airports considered ready for the
FIFA World Cup in Brazilright after Brazil was selected as host country.
Downtown Salvador is about 38 km/ 17.5 miles south-westwards. Medium sized coaches called Ônibus Seletivo will take you to the beaches (Barra) or the colonial centre (Pelourinho). Expensive prepaid taxis are available from the arrival terminal as well.
Dois de Julho airport, Gateway to Bahia...
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In the eastern part of Salvador, along Av Antônio Carlos Magelhaes, is the rodoviária (long-haul bus terminal). The Salvador terminal has been well facilitated for the bus traveller. Remember that southbound buses first have to drive around the bay, which adds up considerably to travel times. There are convenient minibuses from the terminal into the historical centre of Savador (‘Praça da Sé’).
Some time indications on travelling by bus to and from Salvador:
|Aracaju :||6 hours|
|Lencois :||7 hours|
|Ilheus :||7.5 hours|
|Maceio :||11 hours|
|Porto Seguro :||12 hours|
|Recife :||13 hours|
|Vitoria :||19 hours|
|Natal :||21 hours|
|Belo Horizonte :||24 hours|
|Rio de Janeiro :||28 hours|
|Sao Paulo :||38 hours|