Metrô (São Paulo)
Metrô (São Paulo) — the subway in São Paulo has the same name as the one in Rio (Portuguese: Metrô). It runs 7 days a week. Monday-Friday from 4:40 am to 12 am and weekends from 4:40 am to 1 am. Tickets cost R$4.30 one way (free for seniors 60 and older). See the Metrô website for more details (which is bilingual English/Portuguese): https://www.metro.sp.gov.br
Here are the train lines for the São Paulo Metrô:
Blue line – The oldest metro line in the system connects the Southern and Northern regions of São Paulo. The most popular stations on the line are: Estação da Luz (Luz Train Station), Estação da Sé (São Paulo Cathedral), Paraíso, São Bento (Monastery, Municipal Market), and Portuguesa-Tiete (bus terminal Tiete, sambodromo Anhembi).
Red line – The most extensive and crowded, this one connects the Western and Eastern regions. The most popular stations on the line are: Republica, Estação da Sé (São Paulo Cathedral), and Palmeiras-Barra Funda (Memorial da America Latina).
Green line – This one connects the Western and Eastern regions of the city crossing Avenida Paulista and some South-Central neighbourhoods like Ipiranga. The most popular stations on the line are: Vila Madalena (Beco do Batman), Consolação (Avenida Paulista), Paraíso, Trianon-Masp (MASP museum), Clinicas (Museu do Futebol).
Yellow line – As the first subway line in São Paulo to be operated by the private sector and the first in the city to use driverless technology, the yellow line connects downtown’s Luz neighbourhood to the Western neighbourhood of Butantã passing through the Pinheiros neighbourhood. Not all stations that were initially planned for this stretch, however, are in operation. The most popular stations on the line are: Estação da Luz (Luz Train Station), Republica, Pinheiros, Paulista.
Lilac line – The newest and shortest line, which connects the Southern area of Santo Amaro to the extreme Southwestern neighbourhood of Capão Redondo.
Bilhete Único: this is São Paulo’s version of a MetroCard (New York), or Oyster (London), etc. You will have to pre-register through the following local government website (https://bilheteunico.sptrans.com.br) and then pick it up and recharge it at any metro station; it can then be used on municipal buses, metro, and metropolitan trains.
The card itself costs R$3.80 It allows up to four trips (one metro and four bus routes) within a two-hour period for R$5.92 or a 24-hour fare (R$15). Bilhete Únicos are easy to buy and can be charged at any metro station with cash or a debit card at the ticket window, or the automated machines available at the stations.