Public Metro System of São Paulo – A guide for the tourist

Already considered one of the best metro systems in the world by CNN , the Metro of São Paulo it is very organized, safe, clean and practical indeed.

Nowadays it has 6 lines that cover a large portion of the city and as a tourist, you can get basically anywhere that matters by metro.

If you are coming to São Paulo, probably you’re gonna stay in neighborhoods like Jardins, Vila Mariana, Vila Madalena, Pinheiros, Liberdade and Paraíso, that are the most central, and touristic zones of the city.

Taking a metro from or to those places is very easy, so you don’t need to be worried! ( é sempre melhor afirmar algo positivo do que algo negativo) you’ll feel absolutely comfortable using the metro!

The metro system of São Paulo has 6 main lines and other lines connecting the great São Paulo to towns in the urban region. The Green (Verde) and Blue (Azul) lines are the most central and important ones and probably you’re gonna use more those ones.

The Blue one is the oldest line and connects the southern to the northern. If you stay in neighborhoods such as Vila Mariana, Liberdade and Santana, this is the line you’re gonna get every day.

Main stations: Estação da Luz, Estação da Sé (it is both Blue and Red), Paraíso, São Bento and Portuguesa-Tiete.

The Green connects the lowest part of the western region to the lowest eastern, crossing Avenue Paulista. This is the most popular line and most used by tourists (melhor não usar a palavra turista, da uma sensação de exclusão) by those are visiting the city . If you stay at the

neighborhoods Jardins, Vila Madalena and Sumaré, you’re gonna take this line.

Main stations: Brigadeiro, Consolação, Vila Madalena and Ana Rosa.

The Red (Vermelha) line is the most crowded one, so it’s good to pay attention to your stuff to avoid thievery at rush hours. This line connects a small part of the northern region, goes to the historical centre and connects to a part of the northeastern.

Main stations: Republica (it is both Red and Yellow), Estação da Sé (it is both Blue and Red), and Palmeiras-Barra Funda.

The Yellow (Amarela) line is the most technologic and the paulistas mock that it is the “richest line” because it is operated by the private sector. This one goes to western neighborhoods where you can find a good nightlife.

Main stations: Faria Lima station, República (it is both Red and Yellow) and Fradique Coutinho.

The Lilac (Lilás) one is the newest and connects part of the southern zone like Brooklin and Santo Amaro to the extreme southwestern neighborhoods.

Main stations: Santo Amaro, Brooklin, Moema, Santa Cruz (it is both Blue and Lilac) and Hospital São Paulo.

Opening hours

It can differ from station to station, but the general rule is Sunday-Friday 4:40 am to midnight, Saturday-Sunday 4:40 am-1am.

Rush hour

During the week, from 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm the metro used to be very crowded in all metro lines, so avoid those periods.


For short stays, to traveling by metro you have to buy the single ticket that allows you to travel regardless of the distance. It is one way ticket so you buy it at the ticket office for 4,30 BRL and allows you to pass the turnstile once. If you are a student, you can show your international student ID to pay half price.

Are you planning to stay a long time in São Paulo? So maybe you can get the Bilhete Único rechargeable card, that can be used on public buses, metro, and metropolitan trains.

Get to know São Paulo with Concrete Jungles Free Walking Tours and get to our meeting points by metro, avoid using Uber or Taxi, we walk to reduce the presence of cars in the street :)