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Travel to Ribeirão Preto and Accommodation

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Probably you will arrive in São Paulo, and Ribeirão Preto is a city located 300km away from there. The state capital has 2 main airports:

  • São Paulo / Guarulhos International Airport - Governador André Franco Montoro (IATA: GRU, ICAO: SBGR), popularly known as "Cumbica Airport", is the main and the busiest airport in Brazil, located in Guarulhos city, 25 km far from the city center of São Paulo. Since 2012 the it was renamed as GRU Airport.
  • São Paulo-Congonhas Airport (IATA: CGH, ICAO: SBSP) is the second busiest airport in number of passengers and number of aircrafts in Brazil. It is located in Sao Paulo, Vila Congonhas district, about 11 km distant from the city center and 37 km from GRU Airport.


You have two options to come to Ribeirão Preto:


1) By Plane

From Guarulhos-Cumbica (GRU) and São Paulo-Congonhas (CGH), we have several flight options to Ribeirao Preto Airport (RAO). The prices can be a little bit higher, because there are some airport taxes. Only pay attention at the time - you should reserve at least 2 hours between your arrival time and the departure so that you are able to make the immigration process calmly and you can also have time to look for the correct gate to come. If you need to wait for a long time, there are some good restaurants at the airport. Flight companies normally have options for English version:


If you decide to come by plane, be careful to buy the ticket from Guarulhos Airport (GRU) or São Paulo-Congonhas (CGH) because there is also Viracopos Airport, that is considered to be Sao Paulo but it is in Campinas city, that is 2 hours away from Sao Paulo. The trip from São Paulo to Ribeirão Preto by plane takes around 1 hour, leaving from São Paulo. If you arrive in other cities, for example: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte or Brasília, check if the airline's companies have directly flights to Ribeirão Preto, most of them have it.


2) By Coach

The Airport Bus Service is operated by the Consortium Internorte, offering transport by bus between GRU Airport to São Paulo/Congonhas Airport and the Tiete Coach Station (the only coach station you can take to come to Ribeirão Preto!), Barra Funda Coach Station, Itaim Bibi, Praça da Republica, and circuit of hotels of Avenida Paulista and Rua Augusta.


You can also take a taxi to the coach station, but it is going to be much more expensive. If you prefer to do that, be sure to take an official taxi from the airport. They are more trustable. Taxis in Sao Paulo can be harsh with foreigners. It is going to take you around the same time than the coach. Just be sure that you get to the Tietê Coach Station.


Once you get to the Tiete Coach station, look for the company called "Cometa" or "Rapido Ribeirão Preto).

You can buy the tickets from the internet or only check the available schedule (it is very frequent - around every 40 minutes) at www.viacaocometa.com.br


The trip from São Paulo to Ribeirão Preto takes around 4 hours, leaving from Tietê Coach Station.



All participants will be assigned a shared-room on campus at the Foreigner Guest House or at a the Vita et Pax Hostel, which is near the University with an easy access to the Campus.


Foreigner Guest House

Foreigner Guest House is a hosting service for short stay international visitors who have academic ties with the Ribeirão Preto´s USP Campus.
The guest house has suite bedrooms, single bedrooms, double bedrooms 1 triple suites. It has a living area with a TV, microwave and refrigerator that are available to guests. The breakfast is served on weekdays from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. It´s located at Rua Pedreira de Freitas, 7 (see campus map here)


Vita Et Pax Hostel
The college Vita et Pax, runed by Benedictine nuns, has a hostel which is widely used for people who will be at USP for short stays due it is very close to the campus. They have shared rooms for 2, 3 and 4 people. The breakfast is included and served daily. They offer lunch and dinner, not included in the value. There is also kitchen for those who want to prepare their own meals. It´s located at Av. Abade Constantino, 150 - Jardim Recreio, Ribeirão Preto

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