Hey guys! How can I get to florianopolis via bus or train from São Paulo? What Bus? Fare rate? Hours? Thanks in advance.
São Paulo > Florianópolis:
Tietê Bus Terminal in São Paulo:
Tietê Bus Station, also called Rodoviária Tietê, is the most important bus terminal in São Paulo and considered the biggest bus terminal of Latin America. It was inaugurated in 1982 and it is located close to the river Tietê.
At Tietê Bus Station you can find buses to many destinations, including cities inside and outside the state of São Paulo, and even cities outside Brazil. Furthermore, there is a train and metro station integrated with the Tietê Bus Terminal.
There are more than 60 different bus companies operating on 89 bus platforms (72 arrival platforms and 17 departure platforms). From Tietê Bus Terminal you can travel to more than a thousand different cities, to 21 Brazilian states, and to five Latin-American countries.
a bus from SP to Florianopolis (FLN) will take about 12 hours.... cheapest seats about 120 reais one-way... more comfortable buses up to 320 reais...
a nonstop flight will take just a bit over one hour... if you buy them in advance (at least 3 or 4 weeks; it will cost a lot more if buying last minute), you should get one-way for about 200 reais.... so you save about US$20-25 by taking bus, but will sit on a bus for 12 hours...
see this thread for tips on dometic flights in Brazil:
The Catarinense buses to FLN are excellent, it is one of the country's best companies. Have used it but on other routes. I have been to FLN but many years ago, on Itapemirim in its golden days (the company is almost bankrupt now). The trip takes 9 hours (not 12 as stated) - unless there is an accident on the road (this happened when I went to Curitiba, the bus got in four hours late)
The buses to FLN leave mostly in the evening, getting there mid-morning. The highlight of the trip is the endless succession of beaches once you get past Joinville. If you are lucky, you may get this section of road as the sun rises. Gaze in awe at the beauty of Santa Catarina, known locally as 'Santa e Bela Catarina' (Saint Beautiful Catherine). Sit on the driver's side going SAO/FLN.
The buses usually stop in Camboriú, an important beach resort, and then go to FLN.
If you want to arrive in the afternoon or evening, you need to get a bus to Curitiba (6 hours, Cometa is the best company) and then a bus to Florianópolis from there (3 hours, Catarinense).
Catarinense has a site through which tickets can be bought. If you decide to go via Curitiba, Cometa and Catarinense are part of the same group, so it may be easier to get tickets.
Catarinense/Cometa has a VIP room at Tietê, where you can relax and have a coffee prior to boarding.
Depending on where you are in SP, the São Caetano - Florianópolis line may be more convenient. However, it takes longer and has two more stops (Santos and Peruíbe). Same company.
Terminal Tiete would be the bus station it's easy to get to from the metro! From there you can find several companies that will offer routes to Floripa.