Getting Around Florianópolis
Using the bus system is the most efficient way to travel around Florianópolis. There are dozens of lines running between 9 terminals as well as special air-conditioned buses that go directly from the city center to the beaches. Taxis are also a common way to get around and are relatively economical. Be aware that heavy traffic is infamous in Florianópolis especially on the weekends and during the summer months. Many residents have begun biking around the island to get fresh air, avoid the traffic and enjoy the sites. Walking is very common around the city center but not as popular for getting across the island.
Students can expect to use the bus system on a daily basis, and sometimes, several times a day. Commutes around 25-35 minutes and sometimes more are commonplace and expected--it is simply a part of everyday life in Floripa!
The city is divided into 7 regions. A single ticket through one region costs R$2,20, and if passing through a second region the fare must be paid again. A Fast Pass or Passe-Rápido allows you to go through as many regions as possible in 30 minutes for the price of one ticket. The first trip on the pass is free and can be obtained at the Setuf stand at the Central Bus Station. When getting on the bus, note that payment does not go to the bus driver, but instead the Cobrador sitting several seats behind. If you have a buss pass there will be a machine through which to swipe your card and read your remaining balance.
TYPES OF FAST PASSES
Types of Transportation
You are not required to tip taxi drivers. Although it will be more expensive, it is recommended that you use a Rádio taxi (a taxi that you call ahead for) rather than flagging down a Comum taxi on the street. Most city taxi drivers are friendly and trustworthy, but beware of the "independent" drivers who may offer you a ride. While they may have a working "taxi" light on the top of their car and a meter in their car, it is typically safer to go with the clearly marked city taxis just to make sure.