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Salvador Travel Guide

Salvador Listings

Airport Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport more commonly known as it was formerly named: Dois de Julho International Airport. In addition to domestic and regional services, it has non-stop flights to Lisbon, Madrid, Frankfurt, Montevideo, Asunción and Miami. Its IATA airport code is SSA and it is the sixth busiest airport in the country, the first in northeastern Brazil, behind Congonhas International, Guarulhos International, Juscelino Kubitschek International, Santos Dumont Regional and Galeão International.

  • Abaeté Linhas Aéreas
  • Air Europa (Madrid)
  • Avianca operated by OceanAir (Brasilia)
  • BRA Transportes Aéreos
  • Condor Airlines (Frankfurt)
  • Livingston (Milan-Malpensa)
  • TAF (Belém, Fortaleza, Macápá, Manaus, Recife)
  • TAM (Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Campinas, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Ilheus, Manaus, Miami, Natal, Porto Seguro, Recife, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, São Luis, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Vitoria)
  • TAP Portugal (Lisbon)
  • Star Airlines (Paris)
  • Varig (São Paulo-Guarulhos)
  • Bel Air (Zurich,Barcelona,Berna,Rome,Munich)
Money Exchange The best rates of exchange are not to be had by exchanging money at the banks, and not even at the doleiros (more on them below). They are to be had by pulling money out of ATMs. There are several bank machines conveniently located in areas frequented by visitors, from which international transactions may be handled. One is a 24 hour-a-day machine located in the enclosed area in front of bar/restaurant Cantina da Lua, in Pelourinho's Terreiro de Jesus. This machine handles Cirrus, Plus, Mastercard, Visa, Visa Electron, and American Express transactions.

Banks The Pelourinho branch of Banco da Brasil also has ATMs capable of handling Cirrus, Mastercard, Maestro, and American Express. The bank is located on a square adjacent to the Terreiro de Jesus (that square being the Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco) on the right-hand side of the square as one faces the church at the square's end (the Igreja de São Francisco). This Banco do Brasil also exchanges dollars, but a hefty fee is charged for the service, and on top of that the bank pays a low rate.

There is a 24-hour Banco do Brasil ATM in Porto da Barra, located under a Tamarind tree on a square at the right end of Porto as one faces out to the water, in front of the Instituto Mauá. The kiosk is next to a police modulo

There is another Banco do Brasil ATM located in front of the Mercado Modelo, as well as a Banco Itau kiosk.

Citibank has a branch close to the Farol da Barra, on Rua Marques de Leão, 71. The ATMs accept Cirrus, Diner's Club, Mastercard, Plus, and Visa. There's another branch in comércio (downtown), at Rua Miguel Calmon, 555.

HSBC has a branch on Avenida Marquês de Caravelas, 355, in Barra. The ATMs accept Cirrus, Maestro, Mastercard, and American Express.

Shopping is good on Rua Alfredo do Brito and exceptional at the Mercado Modelo, good African and Brazilian souvenirs.

Taxis Salvador has many honest, hardworking and honorable taxi drivers, but like most cities in the world it has dishonest taxi drivers as well. Somebody trustworthy and an all-around excellent person is Marcio Pereira, who speaks English, French, and Spanish, and who also works as a guide.

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