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Friday, February 20, 2009

The Foz do Iguaçu International Bus Terminal: buses into and out of the Iguassu Falls Foz do Iguaçu Area

Foz do Iguaçu International Bus Terminal (Rodoviária)'s photo has been taken from their site (link below)

The Foz do Iguaçu International Bus Terminal serves over 130 destinations throughout Brazil and into Argentina and Paraguay. Buses leaving Foz do Iguaçu travel to major cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Curitiba but also to far way capitals of Northeastern states like Maceió (Alagoas State), Aracaju (Sergipe), Salvador (Bahia) and Recife (Pernambuco) and hundreds of cities in between. Foz do Iguaçu's ties with North Brazil is also expressive. There are bus lines leaving Foz as the city is lovingly (and not so lovingly) called or reffered to, heading for Campo Grande (gateway to the South Pantanal), Cuiabá (doorway to the Northern Pantanal) as well as the Chapada Guimarães Plateau Area and locations in the Amazonian state of Pará. Lines to central Brazil are also plentiful: Brasilia and Goiania are at the top of the list.

Buses travelling South will include those going to the State of Rio Grande do Sul, mainly to Porto Alegre but serving different destinations between the two cities. If you are heading for Porto Alegre try the as-direct-as-possible UNESUL Bus (link below). Curitiba the capital of Paraná the State where Iguassu Falls are is served by a company called Catarinense - there are several buses a day, mainly, at night.

Here is list of link to bus companies presently operating in and out of FOZ:
Cattani Sul (PR)
Princesa dos Campos (PR,SP)
Catarinense Curitiba, SC
Gontijo (MG)
Expresso Maringá (PR,SP)
Reunidas (SC)
Viação Medianeira(MS,MT,PA)
São Geraldo (AL,PE,SE)
Nova Integração / Eucatur TO,RO,AC
Itapemirim PE,BA
Nacional Expresso (DF,BSB)
Helios (SC,RS,)
Unesul (SC,RS - Unica ligação c/ P.Alegre)
Eucatur Amazônia
Viação Garcia (SP)
Expresso Kaiowa (SP,RJ,MG)
Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (ASU)
Crucero del Norte BUE,
Rapido Yguazu S.A. (RYSA) (ASU)

Services at the Rodoviaria (Bus terminal). Here is the official site of the Rodoviária Internacional de Foz do Iguaçu Foz do Iguaçu International Bus Terminal

Snack bar /restaurant
bathrooms (R$ 50¢)
Shower (R$ 6.00)
Locker (R$ 2.00 per bag)
Bus into town (R$ 2.10)
Magazine Shop (Mostly Portuguese, newsweek etc, nothing Spanish)
Internet ( )
Telephone, fax booth
Bus ticket sales outlets (15 give and take)
Travel Agency (1)*
Exhibit room (1)
City Guard
Tourist Info (Official)

* The EcoFoz Turismo Travel Agency at the Bus Terminal sells tickets to those desiring to go further into Argentina mainly to Corrientes, Resistencia,Santiago del estero, Tucumán, Salta, Córdoba, Santa Fé, Rosario and Buenos Aires Terminal (Retiro) with the FlechaBus (ArrowBus) company.


All buses leaving Foz do Iguaçu are subject to be invited to go first to the Receita Federal (Federal Revenue Services) for inspection. Don't worry if you are clean (no drugs, please). The FRS is after smugglers - mostly Brazilians buying things in Paraguay to sell back in Brazil. There have been a considerable increase in the number of people arrested with drugs of all types, weapons and ammunitions.


guaxinim said...

do you know of any way for me to book a bus from puerto iguazu to foz do iguacu? I'm trying to get a visa for brazil, but am flying from the USA to chile and taking buses from chile, through argentina, to brazil and flying out of brazil back to the USA, and need a copy of my itinerary into and out of brazil.

Jackson Lima said...

It's easy. If you are not talking about renting a bus or something like that, all you have to do is to get the local international metropolitan bus that leaves the Puerto Iguazu Bus station every half an hour. There are several companies in operation. The ride from Puuerto Iguazu to Foz do Iguaçu will take 20 minutes to half an hour. The fare cost $3 Pesos or $3 Reais. Just be sure to get off the bus at the border and get yourself stamped into Brazil.

Visit Brazil said...

Not only the coast but also Brazil's mainland has wonderful spots, like its canyons:

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please inform me about the departure times from foz do iguacu to Bonito.
Or a company wich travels to Bonito from Foz do Iguacu?

Thank you