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São Paulo is the capital of the state which bears the same name. It is the largest city in Brazil with over 20 million people inhabiting the metropolitan area. Partly because of this, the city presents difficulties in gaining rides to the place you want to go. Paulistas aren't the most open people to hitchhikers, indeed in Brazil it's not too common. Truck drivers are generally a better bunch to ask and will be usually going further in terms of distance. The state of São Paulo has over 40 million inhabitants and statistically responsible for around 40% of the country's GDP.
Make your way to Jundiai by train. From the centre of Sao Paulo go to Luz Station and get the A train. The fare is around R$ 2.80 Once you get to Jundiai station you will need to walk or get a bus through the city to either one of the Rodovias Anchieta or Bandeirantes. Their is a posto de gasolina and truck stop a little north of the city on the Rodovia Anchieta. Lunchtime is good to find a caminhoneiro (truck driver) if not there are always truckdrivers trying to fix their trucks. Have a map on you so you familiarise yourself with the many cities in the area when asking for lifts.
"I waited a long time at one petrol station because I was lazy and couldn't be bothered asking people. I did find a ride after two hours to Campinas which left me having to do the same thing again at another Petrol Station. I let a few rides go because many motorists didn't know the town i wanted to go to even though it was on their way" - The author and hitch-hiker.
East towards Rio de Janeiro (BR-116)
- Posto Farol
From Terminal do Metro Armenia (near metro station Armenia) take bus 384 to Itaquaquecetuba and tell the driver that you want to get off at Posto Farol at Rodovia Dutra . It's a big service station and truck stop, perfect to ask around. It has a Shell petrol station. Presidente Dutra is the name of BR-116, the main motorway connecting Rio and São Paulo which passes close to the airport near Guarulhos.
- Pedágio Arujá
Around four kilometres further up the road from Posto Farol there is a toll plaza in the city of Arujá. You can get closer by bus 384, the same that goes from Metro Armenia to the Posto Farol. The toll plaza has a lay-by to pull over, so some trucks stop there. Hitch further away from the toll booths, if you're too close you'll be sent further away anyways.
- CEASA Guarulhos
For something different head to the CEASA (Central de Abastecimento de Alimentos) in Guarulhos. From here its possible to get a truck anywhere in Brazil, the size of the place is overwhelming at first. CEASAs are centres of sale for producers of food.
I had to sleep in the Ceasa waiting for the one truck going to the Bolivian border but the truckies looked after us and we had free showers and food - two anonymous hitchiking friends.
It is also very possible to hitch on the road (Dutra) near the bus stops. Simply ask for a intercity bus that goes to the dutra, and start hitching there. While some people do not like hitching directly along the highway, I had no problems getting a ride quickly. Most of the time, there is a wide shoulder, and a grassy area where you can stand. Many people stop their cars on this shoulder regularly, so it is not a problem for them to stop - two different anonymous hitchhiking friends.
North towards Belo Horizonte
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South towards Curitiba
- Pedágio São Lourenço da Serra
From Metro station Capão Redondo take either bus 001 or 340 to Itapecerica da Serra and get off at Praça Belchior de Pontes in the town of Itapecerica. From the same praça take bus 030 to Jaquitiba (2.75 reais) and tell the driver that you want to get off at pédagio (toll plaza). Hitch slightly behind the toll booths.
- Posto in Embu das Artes
Well - you take a city bus from the main bus station direction to Embu - actually the bus is going to Itapecerica da Serra and costs about 5,5 reais (less than 2 rides with normal bus inside of the city of São Paulo) and you ask the driver to let you out on BR116,where it will be possible to hitchhike - it's just before he turns to Itapecerica da Serra. The drive with a bus is about 1,5 hours through all the São Paulo - as its the one of the biggest cities on the world and to get to some place normal to catch a ride its bit complicated. Do not get out on Embu yet (it looks bit favelado over there). Close to the trevo - crossroads of leaving the bus going to Itapecerica (turning out from highway) is a gas station. It's about 200 meters further on the road where you can ask the people where they are going. Lot of trucks are stopping there as well. -- Suzann
Here is the video made on the place.
Helow hitchhikers... I took the bus mentioned above by Suzanne from neighberhood vila madalena. It took only 35 minutes and the cost was 3.30 reals. Walk down the highway 300 meters for the gasstation.