Campinas Region

Campinas Region is a region in the state of São Paulo. Visiting this region is a step "off the beaten path" of Brazil, away from beaches and rainforests, an area of prosperous and developed towns, of beautiful mountain landscapes, and of rodeos and sertanejo music.



Campinas, the largest city of the region.

Other destinations


Besides railways, coffee farming also left a valuable cultural heritage in the region.

There is hardly a region of the state of São Paulo that represents its prosperity better than the Campinas region. The real development of the region started in the nineteenth century, with coffee plantations based on European immigrant labor. The coffee farming era left, as a legacy, a formidable network of railways, which would be the basis of the region's industrialization and populational growth beginning in the 1940s.

The region's most evident sign of economical strength is the Campinas metro area, a 2.8 million metropolis that streches along the Anhanguera and Bandeirantes motorways. Unlike Grande São Paulo, where the metropolis' economical power is highly concentrated in a small number of cities, the various cities that form the Campinas metro area compete evenly in economic development. Yet, the chaotic growth that happened after the 1950s in the state capital also affected the Campinas region, with poverty and criminality becoming a significant problem in some cities of the region.

Get around

By bus

The cities of the Campinas region can typically be reached by intercity buses, provided by various private operators. The cities of the Campinas metro area are also connected by metropolitan buses. A full list of metropolitan bus lines is available in the EMTU website.

By car

The Campinas region has a comprehensive network of motorways, maintained by either private operators, the São Paulo state or municipalities. As in the rest of the state, the roads with private operators have higher tolls but generally much better quality. Regardless, the road quality is overall quite higher than the Brazilian average, and non-pavimented roads are rare.


Mineral spring public bath in Águas de Lindóia.

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