With the World Cup (2014) and the Olympics (2016), Brazilians are getting ready for the afflux of tourists they’re expecting during these events. My Little Brasil has put together a list of useful applications, centered on public transportation in São Paulo and Rio, to help make life easier.
Our selection of apps mainly covers buses and the metro with apps that are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones. If you have more suggestions, don’t hesitate to comment!
Moovit is ideal for those who use the bus, train or metro. This application is available in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The app detects the location of your Smartphone and shows you all the closest possible means of transportation.
When you select an option, it will tell you the schedules of every bus, train or metro line and will show you on the map where they are.
After testing it out, Moovit has proven to be a bit behind on the bus schedules. Also a strong connection is needed for the app to work properly.
Do you use public transportation in São Paulo? Then you know how the bus is practically always late, sometimes it doesn’t stop at the stop where you are waiting and the traffic congestion further complicates the situation! OnibusSP allows you to follow the bus routes, which will later allow you to get on the metro instead.
The app works like a real GPS, where it shows you in real time where the bus is.
This app is connected to Twitter. You can share and receive information about traffic, the operation of the metro and receive direct notifications via the Internet.
The free version is limited; but in order to access all the functions of the app it costs $0.99
3. Onde está meu ômnibus?
This is the most used app to follow the bus routes directly.
With Onde está meu ômnibus? It is possible to search the different bus routes of São Paulo, to save them as favorites to make future references easier and to check which buses are handicap accessible.
The locations are reliable but have a delay by about 5 minutes.
4. Cadê o ônibus
This app follows the buses in route in São Paulo.
This app allows you to search and verify the routes and schedules of buses. It also provides information about traffic on the main roads of the city
Cadê o ônibus is only compatible with Android and requires a very good connection.
5. Metrô Droid
This app is a good option to stay informed everyday of the operation of the metro lines.
Metrô Droid bases their information on what is provided by the official website of the São Paulo metro and informs the user of any problems.
This app also shows the closest stations to where you are, the exact address of the stops and the hours of operation.