Southern New York! At least that's how the 20 million inhabitants of this titanic Brazilian megalopolis call São Paulo, "Sampa" to those who are close to it. Brazil's economic and even cultural capital, no matter what its unfailing rival and neighbour Rio de Janeiro may say, it offers the traveller a wild experience: fashionable bars, Brazilian gourmet cuisine addresses, trendy designer boutiques, avant-garde galleries, a good hundred museums, trendy clubs and small festive and warm popular cafés... Unless you settle in town for a few months, it would be absurd to want to take a tour around it for a discovery! The São Paulo tourist guide offers orientation trails in this real urban jungle where contemporary tribes have their own neighbourhood, each with its own specific architecture and culture. From the cosmopolitan Centro of the city to the bobo bairros (districts) of Vila Madalena and Pinheiros, as well as the middle-class residential area of Vila Mariana and the more bourgeois ones of Itaim Bibi and Gardens in the south, the scale of São Paulo is impressive. However, since the good addresses are mainly located in the central and western parts of the city, where the neighbourhoods are greener and more airy, it is easy to find your bearings. São Paulo, a cultural centre of Brazil, is an ideal metropolis to approach the richness and striking contrasts of Brazil, where rich and poor, new and old, traditional and modern coexist. Bem vindo in the vibrant São Paulo!

What to visit São Paulo?

When to go to São Paulo?

When to go to São Paulo? Brazil being located in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to the North. If the city is visited all year round, the best time to go to São Paulo is from March (after the carnival) to May. During this period prices are milder, the high season is coming to an end (fewer people on the beaches and less saturated hotel network) and the sun is still present. From December to February, summer is in full swing on the Paulista coast, with its usual advantages and disadvantages: movement and entertainment, but crowded beaches and high prices. During holidays and long weekends throughout the year, the situation is the same (except during the winter period). In winter, many restaurants and hotels close their doors and the climate is not ideal for swimming. Our spring (March-April-May) remains the best answer to the question of when to leave São Paulo.

How to go to São Paulo? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

It is quite possible to use the services of travel agencies specializing in organized tours to discover São Paulo, although most of them are more willing to offer tours combining several cities or areas in Brazil. Some specialists can nevertheless take you on a tailor-made trip to get to know São Paulo, its most beautiful beaches and lushly vegetated inland regions, to discover Brazil and its wild nature.

Discover our selection of travel agencies for this destination

Count from €500 for a return flight from France out of season, up to €1,200 in very high season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. Concerning housing, the same adage applies: anticipation is the key!

The city is so large that you will have to use public transit. In São Paulo, people travel by bus or metro, but the most commonly used means of transport is the car. As Paulista road traffic is governed by the law of the jungle, you should only rent a car in Sampa if you are particularly confident driving and used to urban driving. Taxis and their variants in mobile applications are a solution of choice, especially at night.

Prepare for your trip São Paulo

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

Pictures São Paulo

There are currently no pictures for this destination.

Discover São Paulo

Practical information
When to travel?

When to go to São Paulo? Brazil being located in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to the N...
Read more about it

Weather forecast

Garoa (drizzle), this very fine rain, makes the national reputation of São Paulo's weather. In recent years,...
Read more about it

Budget

São Paulo is one of the most expensive cities in Brazil for both housing and food. To enjoy good restaurants, trendy...
Read more about it

Formalities

No visa is required to travel to tropical São Paulo and Brazil: you can stay three months with your only passport....
Read more about it

Health

Vaccination is not necessary to travel to São Paulo. Being a modern city, the main health problems you may encounter...
Read more about it

How to travel by yourself?

Count from €500 for a return flight from France out of season, up to €1,200 in very high season. It should be no...
Read more about it

How to get organized?

It is quite possible to use the services of travel agencies specializing in organized tours to discover São Paulo, a...
Read more about it

Getting around

The city is so large that you will have to use public transit. In São Paulo, people travel by bus or metro, but the...
Read more about it