Salvador Airport (SSA) is located about 26 kilometres / 16 miles north of the city centre. It is one of Brazil’s main airports, serving Bahia’s state capital.
Salvador is best known for its Pelourinho, the old historic centre of colourful colonial Portuguese buildings, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Here are your transport options from Salvador Airport to the city centre.
By bus (ônibus)
The bus is the cheapest way to travel between the airport and central Salvador. There are two kinds of buses that you can take: executive and regular buses.
The First Class Bus is an executive bus service that drops passengers on the way. It is your best option if you don’t want to pay for a taxi. There is a counter just outside the arrivals hall. Buses depart from the airport hourly – check timetables at the First Class Bus website. One way costs R$ 25. The trip will take about one hour, depending on the hotels where the passengers go.
You can also take the executive bus 917, a recent route that runs between Salvador Airport and Beira Mar, where most hotels are located. This bus runs hourly on weekdays and weekends between 6.30am and 10.30pm. The fare is R$ 10.
The cheapest option to and from the airport is to take a regular bus. There are a few routes connecting the airport and several places in Salvador, including Pelourinho (route Airport-Praça da Sé). The bus stop is outside the arrivals hall. A ticket costs R$ 3.80.
A prepaid taxi is probably the best and most comfortable way to get to your hotel in Salvador. Coometas and Comtas are two of the prepaid taxi companies which have counters located in the arrivals hall. A ride to the historic centre costs about R$ 140.
There are also normal taxis that use meters, and may be cheaper. However, in case of heavy traffic, normal taxis may not pay off the price of prepaid taxis.