hi all, i have a quick question.
has anyone ever taken a bus from rio to salvador? if so... which is the best company to use, how long does it take and how much should i expect to pay. i'll be taking the bus around carnival time 21/22 feb, so will this affect the service in any way.
I have taken a normal bus from Rio to Salvador. Unfortunately I can't remember the company I went with but if you go to the main bus terminal in the city (check with the tourist info) you will find a big range of different options. The only thing I advice you to do is, is booking a few days in advance as we had to buy tickets on the day and only got "3rd" class. It was cheap as (60 Brazilian Reais ~ 20 Euro) but we were on a bus with the windows wide open for over 20 hours...
It was definitely an experience but the other times we went for a bit of backpacker luxury and paid ~ 50 Euro for a 1st class airconditioned bustrip .
Hope this helps,
not sure if this helps, but we´re heading from Salvador to Rio. We looked at the bus and the journey takes 24 hours! We´ve made several long-distance bus journeys in Brazil, and the buses are not the most comfortable for sleeping. Instead, we found a flight which takes 2 hours and cost us the same as the bus trip would! Before you book the bus, check out the Brazilian airlines - TAM, Varig, GOL and Oceanair. Maybe a bit pricey (maybe) but you could save yourself 22 hours of discomfort...
One more thing - long distance buses tend to have their aircon on full-blast for the duration of the journey; take a jumper or sweatshirt on the bus or you´ll freeze!
Andy Moore is right, there are 3 o so excellent budget airlines operating in Brasil, and often, with advance booking tickets to destinations like Salvador from say Rio, costs little more than first class buses as in the US on some routes flying is often cheaper than a standard Greyhound Bus ticket.