Buses in Brasilia
The photos above show buses in the Central Bus Station of Brasilia. The black building in the background of the photo to the left is the head office of the Central Bank of Brazil.
The bus station is very crowded during the day; beware of pick pockets. During the night, the area is best avoided.
Brazilian urban buses are far inferior to those which run in USA and Europe. Buses of Brasilia are, in average, newer than those of major Brazilian cities.
Likewise, bus stops in Brasilia are slightly better than in other major Brazilian cities (see photo).
The bus grid of Brasilia is comprehensive; most of the Pilot Plan can be reached with just one bus, leaving from the central station; also, there are buses to all satellite cities.
Within the Pilot Plan, the two most important highways are the W3 and the L2; these highways run in parallel to the Eixão (see notes on transportation).
Some particularly useful bus routes are the Grande Circular (Big Circular), which rings all along the W3 and L2 (in both directions), and the W3-L2 North and South, which run only the Northern or Southern rings.
Bus fares depend on the distance the bus covers. Buses coming from and to the satellite cities are usually a few nickels more expensive. In 2005, prices varied from R$ 1,50 to R$ 2,50 (between US$ 0,70 and US$ 1,00).
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