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Old 01-05-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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I'm an American citizen, and I'll be traveling to São Paulo for one of the U2 concerts at Morumbi Stadium. This will be a big trip for me. I've never been to South America before. So I don't really know what I should look out for during my time there.

I plan to stay at a hotel in the downtown area of São Paulo. However, both São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport and Morumbi Stadium are far from Downtown São Paulo. And I do not intend to rent a car.

How can I get to and from GRU?

How can I get to and from Morumbi Stadium?

Will I have trouble with the language barrier?

How concerned should I be about my safety?

I don't know any Portuguese, but I do know some basic Spanish. Plus, I once visited Puerto Rico, but I stayed mostly at a resort, where the locals warned me not to venture outside the resort at night.

Could you guys give me any advice in preparation for my trip to São Paulo?

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Old 01-05-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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For going from GRU airport to the hotel, take a cab at the airport. Many taxi drivers in the airport speak some basic English, and are used to transport foreigners. Going from the airport to the hotel is not a problem.

In the hotel, talk with the staff, some of them probably speak English, and can give you tips about the city.

For going to Morumbi Stadium, you can take a cab or use the subway. Ask the staff in the hotel what is the best option. They can explain to you how to use the subway.

Don't be so worried about safety, just have the same precautions you would have if you were in the Harlem, in NYC. At night, be careful, try to stay in the streets with more movement of cars and people, and don't expose so much money in public. Avoid using an expensive watch.

I recommend you to try to learn some basic Portuguese, it will be very helpful. Some words in Portuguese are equal to Spanish, and the grammar is similar, but they are not the same language. Try to read this article on Wikipedia:

Differences between Spanish and Portuguese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Check this website as well:

Speak Portuguese!

You don't need to be a specialist in Portuguese, just learn some basic words.


Enjoy your stay in Brazil and come back more times!
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I'm an American citizen, and I'll be traveling to São Paulo for one of the U2 concerts at Morumbi Stadium. This will be a big trip for me. I've never been to South America before. So I don't really know what I should look out for during my time there.

I plan to stay at a hotel in the downtown area of São Paulo. However, both São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport and Morumbi Stadium are far from Downtown São Paulo. And I do not intend to rent a car.

How can I get to and from GRU?

How can I get to and from Morumbi Stadium?

Will I have trouble with the language barrier?

How concerned should I be about my safety?

I don't know any Portuguese, but I do know some basic Spanish. Plus, I once visited Puerto Rico, but I stayed mostly at a resort, where the locals warned me not to venture outside the resort at night.

Could you guys give me any advice in preparation for my trip to São Paulo?
I lived in Sao Paulo for six months - I'm an American.

I don't know if you booked your hotel already or not. BUT, Jardins/Pinherios would be a better choice. Particularly JARDINS. I always felt comfortable there, even late at night.

Regarding general safety, I didn't feel it so much downtown.

Language barrier issues. Very few Brazilians will know any English. However, if you know Spanish, you'll be able to speak to them in Spanish, and they will often be able to understand you. However, knowing Spanish, won't help you understand Portuguese.

Also, the entire time I lived in Sao Paulo, I didn't own a car. I was able to get everywhere on either bus or subway. Not sure the routes to the stadiums, but there are enough Brazilian people without cars as well, that I am sure they make some easily accessable way for the many soccer fans.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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How can I get to and from GRU?

How can I get to and from Morumbi Stadium?

Will I have trouble with the language barrier?

How concerned should I be about my safety?

I don't know any Portuguese, but I do know some basic Spanish. Plus, I once visited Puerto Rico, but I stayed mostly at a resort, where the locals warned me not to venture outside the resort at night.

Could you guys give me any advice in preparation for my trip to São Paulo?
Take a cab. I'm sure that some drivers at the airport should know a few words in English.

I can recommend learning some basic words in Portuguese. It's not all that difficult and at least you will have a vague idea of what's said around you/to you. It's safer that way.
Spanish, that's a whole different story. Some people speak it, some don't. But you sure have more chances in finding someone who speaks a bit Spanish, then someone who speaks in god language - English

You can get a cab to the stadium or... take a bus. I'm sure there's more then one way to get there, and probably there are some special bus lines that go directly to the stadium.

Well, Brazil isn't all that safe, that's for sure. Then again, if you won't go to some dark back street at night you should come back in one piece

And hotels, well, I recommend searching momoway.com/hotels/. I was in SP few times, and downtown, well... downtown is downtown. If you are concerned about your safety, which I see you are, I wouldn't recommend it. Search for a room near the center rather.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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There's no reason to go to downtown Sao Paulo... SP is not your regular city with downtown being the place where all the torists go and stuff... Downtown SP is extremelly dangerous and a ugly, disgusting place. Avoid it at all cost! Somebody else mentioned Jardins... it's one of the best places to stay. Also Itaim Bibi, Vila Madalena, Pinheiros. You can actually stay close to the stadium since Morumbi is a very nice neighbourhood.

Now, I don't think you'll have any time to learn Portuguese! Just a few words will not get you by! Most Brazilians don't speak English and will have a hard time with Spanish too! Maybe you'll be able to say what you want and make yourself understood, but forget any chance of understanding Portuguese... I'm just being realistic. I'm Brazilian married to an American and we've been in Brazil 6 times in the last 7 years. My husband can't speak or understand anything at all in Portuguese...

What I don't understand is why you're going to SP to see U2 when there's so many U2 concerts here and in Europe...
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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Jericho-

I am also attending and concerned about getting to the stadium. I am traveling alone. I hope my concierge will be able to tell me how to get there but let me know if you want to link up.

I have been in Brazil for about a week now and it is hard to get around/understood without speaking Portuguese.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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What I don't understand is why you're going to SP to see U2 when there's so many U2 concerts here and in Europe...
I imagine he or she is going because it is an adventure. It is fun to see a concert in a different country. Brazil is very different because people know the words to almost every song and sing along. Americans in general don't know the lyrics to songs, I think I know the words to a total of 2 songs.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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BRAZILIAN RULES:

1-Try not to look like a stranger. Most of criminals here keep both eyes on appearance in general. Don't use name brands(of shirt, shoe and so on).

2- Don't go in the real downtown(Sé, Luz, Bras blanches), they're real dangerous places, especially at the night.

3- Look for a hotel that gives you support while you're here.

How to get to Morumbi stadium?
Before the show: by bus. Get on this site(Itinerário das linhas de ônibus, trem e metrô de São Paulo - Tô a Pé) it will help you to find one.
After the show: By that time, normally buses are off, so get a cab.

Language:
Good morning-Bom dia
Could you help me?- Você podia me ajudar?
Thank you- Obrigado
How can I get to Morumbi stadium?-Como posso ir para o Morumbi.

You'll find the best help on Paulista Av. It's the Brazilian version to Wall Street. There you have a subway line with english informations.

From and to GRU. Only by cab. We still don't have a rail line there.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Columbus
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sao paulo seems crowded, is the subway safe can someone tell me that?
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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NO, subway in Sao Paulo is not safe at all. No public transport in Sao Paulo is safe.
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