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Driving and Public Transportation

Brazil - Driving and Public Transportation

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Foreign nationals are allowed to drive in Brazil using their original driving licence or an international driving licence, but this must also be translated into Portuguese and they must carry the original and translated versions, as well as their passport or other identification document. The minimum driving age is 18. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

The standard of driving in Brazil is quite poor and accidents occur frequently. Many expatriates prefer to hire a driver rather than drive themselves around. Rio de Janeiro, SÃÂGBPo Paulo and other cities have extensive public transport systems including buses, metro lines and trolleybuses, and metered taxis are also widely available. However, there are risks of pick-pocketing and other crimes when travelling on public transport and most expatriates avoid this. Foreigners should also exercise caution when selecting a taxi, as there have been attacks against passengers.

The majority of inter-city travel in Brazil is by road, although due to the long distances and journey times involved expatriates often prefer to travel by air. There are air shuttle-services between SÃÂGBPo Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, SÃÂGBPo Paulo and Brasília, and Brasília and Belo Horizonte, and regular services linking most of Brazil's main cities. The Panrotas website gives details of timetables and fares. Low-cost flights are provided by GOL Linhas and OceanAir.

There are also long-distance bus services between most of Brazil's cities and main towns. Services are generally comfortable and fares reasonable, but there have been some cases of passenger-bus hijacking. There are often overnight stops on long journeys.

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