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1. Posted by eudardar (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

What is the best way to travel from Sao Paulo to Iguacu Falls? Bus or plane?

I'm leaning more towards busing as it is probably cheaper.

Can anyone recommend dependable bus companies? How long is the bus ride? What is the price range

2. Posted by melguara (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Eduarda,

The distance from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu is 1028Km.

I know two bus caompanies:

  • Expresso Kaiowa - 00551133927606 - - The ticket is R$ 151,00
  • Pluma - 00551133923657 -

The trip takes around 17 hours by bus. and are the two airplane companies that can take ou from SP to Foz do Iguaçu. I don'. know the price, but you can easily check on the wesite.

If you need any aditional information, I will be really glad to help you.


3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Bus is cheaper, but still not that cheap; I did this route last year because I could get a plane ticket to GRU that was €150 cheaper than that to BUE (where I wanted to go), but that didn't work out cheaper at all.

I find it hard to believe that Kaiowa charges only R$150 for that trip; seem to remember that I paid twice that amount with Pluma.

4. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive 19 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I got one question...

Did you guys who visited the Iguaçu Falls really have a blast?
I'm brazilian and although I think it is a beautiful view... the city itself sucks, it borders Paraguay which is also a pretty poor place to visit and there isn't much to do around the city.

I would much rather spend my money and time visiting Florianópolis, Farol de Santa Marta (amazing place!!!) or other spots somewhere around Brazil!

17hrs to get to Iguaçu by bus + the cash spent to do so...

I'm a people-person.. I like to travel to places and have great experiences meeting interesting people and curious places and Iguaçu, even though it is massive, really can't deliver that.

Best regards,

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5644 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yes, I enjoyed it but I stayed in Puerto Iguazu and spend two full days at the Argentinian side where there are much more walking trails.
Through the place I stayed I also arranged a car to go directly by a small car ferry to Paraguay from Puerto Iguazu avoiding Ciudad del Este. We went to some museum and enjoyed the day in Paraguay.
Also we spend a day in Foz and had some great hotel and good restaurant over there. Also did a daytrip to Brazilian falls and Itaipu Dam combined and visiting a great birth park.

You see, beauty is in the eye of the beholder;)
Personally, I get nervous in big cities or beaches after like two days...or hours

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Aug-2009, at 06:30 by Utrecht ]

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I like the falls a lot. There's actually much more to both national parks than the main falls; it took me several trips to find that out, but I'm glad that I did.

Share your comments re Foz, though: the city's rather disappointing. Puerto Iguazù on the other side is really much nicer. And cheaper :)

7. Posted by melguara (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I Just chcked the flight ticket price and it was twice the price of a bus trip.

I got the bus trip prce on the website and I just called there to confirm. It is R$ 150 one way and R$300 the return ticket.

I agree that there are many other spots in Brazil more interesting than Iguaçu Falls. Amazonia is also a very intersting place to visit. I lived there already and can give some tips about ir. Northeast of Brazil is also another good option


8. Posted by isadoramartinez (First Time Poster 1 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Hello Eudardar!

You are right, the bus ride is cheaper and it takes about 15 hours to go from São Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu. But the buses in Brazil are usually confortable, so you are probably going to have a great trip.

Some of the companies that do this route are Pluma and Catarinense, and the fare is at about R$200 (Brazilian currency). Brazilian ID, that is usually required to purchase in other websites is not necessary here - snip -

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]