Porto Alegre travel guide

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You're Going to Love Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is the capital and largest city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. It has a great blend of Spanish, Brazilian, and Portuguese cultures, giving the city an international atmosphere. Porto Alegre is a wealthy city, with good shopping, excellent restaurants, and exciting bars.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Porto Alegre

1. Enjoy the Sunsets

Porto Alegre is famous for its sunsets and the locals gather beside the refurbished Usina do Gasômetro to watch the sun fall into the Guaíba River.

2. The Parks

The city is dotted with fabulous parks, such as Parque Moinhos de Vento and Parque Marinha do Brasil, where you can enjoy some of the area's stunning plant life and getaway from the bustle of the city.

3. Dance the Night Away

There are good bars and clubs throughout the city; check out the areas of Cidade Baixa and Moinhos de Vento for some of the best.

4. Get Immersed in Culture

Fundacao Ibere Camargo and MARGS are both excellent art galleries, with good collections of both contemporary and traditional local artworks.

5. Take a Boat

Take the ferry to Guaíba and enjoy the top views from its beach walkway.

Where to Eat in Porto Alegre

Churrascaria Giovanaz is an excellent all-you-can-eat steakhouse in Cidade Baixa, with a menu costing R$25. Churrascaria Galpão Crioulo is a more upmarket barbecue restaurant, with mains costing R$65.

When to visit Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre in October
Estimated hotel price
₹ 1553
1 night at 3-star hotel
Porto Alegre in October
Estimated hotel price
₹ 1553
1 night at 3-star hotel

Porto Alegre has a humid, subtropical climate with significant precipitation all year round. Summer temperatures can top 90 degrees, so visiting in spring or fall is perhaps more comfortable.

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How to Get to Porto Alegre

Plane

Porto Alegre's main airport is Salgado Filho International Airport (POA), which has good domestic connections and direct flights to many international destinations. The Trensurb train will take you into the city center for just R$1.70 in 12 minutes. A taxi costs around R$25.

Train

The Trensurb network extends to neighboring cities in the region and fares are set at R$1.70.

Car

Porto Alegre is well connected by road to other major Brazilian cities. The BR-101 is the main route north and the BR-290 connects with Argentina and Uruguay.

Bus

Porto Alegre has good regional and international daily bus services to Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Airlines serving Porto Alegre

United Airlines
Good (2,304 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (1,045 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,756 reviews)
KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (269 reviews)
British Airways
Good (745 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,536 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (927 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (836 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (288 reviews)
Iberia
Good (529 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (456 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (568 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (329 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (557 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (89 reviews)
Avianca
Good (636 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (767 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (122 reviews)
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Where to stay in Porto Alegre

Hotel Ritz on Rua Des. André da Rocha has clean dorm rooms and good amenities. Plaza Sao Rafael Hotel offers a touch of luxury and is located in the historic center.

Popular neighbourhoods in Porto Alegre

Cidade Baixa - this is a historic neighborhood and is populated by old mansions and impressive colonial buildings. It also has lots of good bars around Rua General Lima e Silva.

Moinhos de Vento - this is one to the city's most upscale neighborhoods, with expensive clubs and restaurants and some of the better hotels.

Guaíba - Guaíba is actually a separate city, but is easily reached by ferry across Guaíba River. It offers a wonderful beach promenade and a relaxed atmosphere.

Where to stay in popular areas of Porto Alegre

Most booked hotels in Porto Alegre

Intercity Porto Alegre Cidade Baixa
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
₹ 3,387+
Hotel Express Savoy Centro Histórico
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
₹ 2,127+
Master Express Alberto Bins
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
₹ 1,575+
Umbu Hotel Porto Alegre
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
₹ 1,890+
Plaza Sao Rafael Hotel
Excellent (9.6, Excellent reviews)
₹ 3,544+
Ibis Budget Porto Alegre
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
₹ 1,812+
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How to Get Around Porto Alegre

Public Transportation

The Trensurb is the most convenient form of public transport and tickets cost R$1.70. The city bus network is extensive but costs more at R$3.25.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful and safe. The starting fare is R$5 and then you will pay around R$4 per mile.

Car

Porto Alegre has a good urban road network and connections to national highways. You can find Avis in town, and car rental costs start around R$60.

The Cost of Living in Porto Alegre

Shopping Streets

Central Market on Avenida Borges de Medeiros has 100 stalls selling local produce, while Bourbon Shopping Wallig is the largest shopping mall in South America, with a huge range of fashion, electronics, and household goods.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Porto Alegre costs R$3 and a loaf of bread is R$4.21.

Cheap meal
₹ 471
A pair of jeans
₹ 4,257
Single public transport ticket
₹ 88
Cappuccino
₹ 139