Grande São Paulo

Grande São Paulo is a region in the state of São Paulo, a huge metropolitan area which is home to 20 million people - 11 million only in the core municipality, São Paulo.


Grande São Paulo regions - Color-coded map
São Paulo
North Subregion (Caieiras, Cajamar, Francisco Morato, Franco da Rocha, Mairiporã)
East Subregion (Arujá, Biritiba-Mirim, Ferraz de Vasconcelos, Guararema, Itaquaquecetuba, Guarulhos, Mogi das Cruzes, Poá, Salesópolis, Santa Isabel, Suzano)
Southeast Subregion (Diadema, Mauá, Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Caetano do Sul, Ribeirão Pires, Rio Grande da Serra)
Southwest Subregion (Cotia, Embu das Artes, Embu-Guaçu, Itapecerica da Serra, Juquitiba, São Lourenço da Serra, Taboão da Serra, Vargem Grande Paulista)
West Subregion (Barueri, Carapicuíba, Itapevi, Jandira, Osasco, Pirapora do Bom Jesus, Santana de Parnaíba)


Paranapiacaba, district of Santo André.

Other destinations


Other than São Paulo and Guarulhos (which contains the main international airport), few places in the Grande São Paulo area outside the main city are ever seen by foreigner visitors. While it is true that São Paulo overshadows every city in the metro area in terms of gastronomy and cultural options, one should not believe that there is nothing to see or to do outside the core municipality. Historical villages, splendid nature and authentic cultural manifestations are some rewards that await the intrepid visitor to São Paulo's sprawling suburbs.

Get in

By car

Here are some of the main highways:

Rodovia Anhanguera

Rodovia dos Bandeirantes

Rodovia Raposo Tavares

Rodovia Castelo Branco

Rodovia Anchieta

Rodovia dos Imigrantes

Rodovia Ayrton Senna

Rodovia Presidente Dutra

Rodovia Fernão Dias

Rodovia Régis Bittencourt

Rodoanel Mário Covas

By plane

There are two airports in the Greater São Paulo which have commercial flights:

And another international airport close:

Get around

By car

While the core municipality may be easily explored using only using public transport and taxi, a car is handy to explore the metro area, since metropolitan buses are slow and metropolitan trains do not reach most points of interest.

By train

Subway and trains of Greater São Paulo

The Grande São Paulo is connected by a single-tariff network of suburban trains, operated by CPTM . This network is fully integrated to the São Paulo subway system operated by Metrô; changing from one system to another is free on major stations, and costs a regular tariff on smaller stations. CPTM stations accept the São Paulo municipality smartcard (Bilhete Único), giving discounts when you take a bus within a 2-hour time period, and soon all stations will also accept the São Paulo metro area smartcard (Cartão BOM), with no special discount.

Despite their poor reputation, CPTM trains have improved dramatically on last decades, and their quality is nowadays similar or at least comparable to the Metrô, depending on the line. They can get extremely crowded on peak hours, but are generally a cheap and efficient way of moving around the city. Unfortunately, with exception of Line 9-Emerald and of the Expresso Turístico, CPTM trains are not that useful to the casual tourist, as they do not directly reach most points of interest outside the São Paulo municipality.

By bus

The most extensive public transportation system in the Grande São Paulo are the metropolitan buses, operated by EMTU . Unlike the CPTM, each EMTU bus line has its own tariff. EMTU buses reach every city of the metro area, but they are typically much slower than going by car. The bus lines that visitors are most likely to use are the Airport Bus Services that link the Congonhas and Guarulhos airports to several points in São Paulo. Yet, for some destinations, EMTU buses may be the only option of budget travellers who cannot afford to rent a car or take a taxi.

EMTU buses accept the metropolitan smartcard (Cartão BOM). It offers no discounts for the ordinary visitor, so its only advantage is saving you the hassle of reaching for coins.

For a few destinations, like Mogi das Cruzes and Guararema, an alternative to metropolitan buses are intercity buses operated by private companies. They can be found using the website BuscaOnibus . They are more expensive than metropolitan buses, have few departure points (like the Tietê and Barra Funda terminals) and limited availability, but they are also much faster and far more comfortable.


The Billings reservoir


Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Wednesday, March 09, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.