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São Paulo Metro - Underground Trains

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The Sao Paulo metro is the most convenient way for tourists to go around the city.
Of all the means of transportation (metro, buses, taxis, trains), the metro is the safest (surveillance cameras, security staff), the cleanest (trains and rails are cleaned every night), the fastest one.
The grid is not as comprehensive as other major cities, but it covers a good part of the tourist and business areas (see Go by metro and Touris Metro for suggestions of tours using the metro).

The metro was opened recently (first train ran in 1974).
Currently, it comprehends 64 stations, five Lines, 74 km long.
The metro is integrated to the grid of urban trains (notice that there is a noticeable difference in quality of service between metro and trains) and to the fleet of urban buses (check out Bilhete Unico - Unique Ticket - for more information).

Below, a map of the metro of Sao Paulo.

map of sao paulo metro

The Green Line (particularly the strech between Paraiso and Consolação stations) is the one which serves most touristic places - this entire stretch runs along Avenida Paulista.
From Avenida Paulista, you can walk to many hotels in the neighbourhood.

The Sé station is the busiest one; will will have to go there if you want to visit Sao Paulo downtown.
The Blue and Orange Lines give access to the city center.

Corinthians-Itaquera station, in the far right end of the Orange Line, is where the Itaquerao stadium, venue of the World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, is located.

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