Teresina is the capital of the State of Piaui, Brazil. It is a hot, sleepy, and unpretentious town. It is not a coastal city and it has a small-town feeling. The city sits between the Parnaíba and Poti rivers. It is one of the hottest cities in Brazil, and is also an important center for hospitals and other health-related institutions.

Formerly called Nova Vila do Poti, Teresina replaced Oeiras as capital of Piauí in 1852. The city was named after the Brazilian Emperor's wife.

Get in

Teresina Airport
Nonstop flight service from Teresina.

By plane

  Teresina Airport/Senador Petrônio Portella, Praça Santos Dumont, s/n - Bairro Aeroporto,  +55 86 3133-6270. (IATA: THE) Located in the northwestern region of the city off of Avenida Centenário, the airport is served by Gol, TAM, Azul airlines, and two very small regional carriers called Sete and Piquiatuba. Similar to other smaller destinations in northern and northeastern Brazil, fares in and out of Teresina are much more expensive than central and southern Brazil. Plan ahead when booking. Last minute fares through Teresina are extremely expensive.

By bus

  Rodoviária de Teresina (Rodoviária Governador Lucídio Portella), Rodoviária Governador Lucídio Portella, s/n - Bairro Redenção (The rodoviária (bus station) is located to the east of the traffic circle where Avenida Presidente Getúlio Vargas crosses Rua Palmares/Avenida Principal. Another point of reference, the rodoviária is located about 800 meters southeast of the Alberto Silva Stadium. The bus station (tel 3218 1514) is about 8 km southeast of the centre — taxi R$ 15.).

By car

It is best not to drive at night through the remote highways of the Brazilian North and Northeast. Lack of shoulders and tall farm crops growing right up to the roadside make visibility difficult on curved stretches. You may hit a farm animal, such as a burro, and damage your car and injure yourself and passengers. Driving at night can also be dangerous since thieves and gangs can more easily create roadblocks at night to rob drivers.

Get around

Teresina Metro: good if you like riding trains, bad if you actually want to go somewhere interesting in Teresina.


Municipal bus service is provided by SETUT and costs R$2.10 (2013). Buses carry about 225,000 passengers a day in the city and you can get most anywhere you need to by bus. Don't take valuables with you if traveling by bus.


Taxis are affordable in Teresina and are a good alternative to renting a car if you don't plan on traveling too far outside of the city.


Teresina has a light rail system with 9 stations that was built on tracks laid in 1922 (it is referred to as a metro, but is completely an above-ground system). The rolling stock is new, but the stations are dilapidated and, with the exception of two stations (Engenheiro/Bandeira and Frei Serafim), are nowhere near where you would travel in Teresina as a visitor or even as a member of the upper poor class or higher. Most of the stations on the east side of the Poti River are on narrow, dead end streets in poor neighborhoods with no commerce nearby and no bus terminals. Station names can be a point of confusion for both locals and visitors. The west side terminus is referred to as "Bandeira" station, yet the station's official name is "Engenheiro Alberto Tavares Silva." "Novo Horizonte" is sometimes referred to as "Parque Ideal." Other stations on the east side also vary in name and have no signage to indicate which station you are at (e.g., Mercado, Itararé, Novo Horizonte).

Approximately 8,000 people ride the metro per day (225,000 ride buses per day). Although it was started in 1991 around the same time as larger and more successful metro systems in central and southern Brazil, the Metro appears to be more of a vanity project for local politicians than a useful transportation alternative to buses.


Benedict the Moore Church, in Teresina
Lookout tower at the Sesquicentennial Bridge


Governor Alberto Tavares Silva Stadium
Riverside Shopping mall in Teresina





Cajuína is a sweet soft drink made from the cashew fruit, which link with Teresina was immortalized in the Caetano Veloso song "Cajuína"

The local cachaça brand is Mangueira.

Most nighlife is in the vicinity of Shopping Riverside. A few clubs along Avenida Nossa Senhora da Fátima


The center of Teresina


A few cheapies in front of the bus station, although this location is inconvenient if you don´t have your own car. The area between the centre and the hospital zone, south and east of Avendida Frei Serafim, is dotted with cheap pensões, although many of these seem more like hospital waiting rooms.




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