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You're Going to Love Campinas

Close to São Paulo lies the city of Campinas, vibrant and alive, with its great nightlife, daring cuisine, and world-renowned chefs as well as beautiful parks, colonial architecture, and welcoming people. Much of the city pays homage to its roots as a major coffee producer and brings in the Brazilian culture through performances, operas, and events.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Campinas

1. Eat Your Way through Campinas

Brazil is famous not only for its grilled meats, but also for its eclectic mix of Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, and Latin American-influenced dishes like torta holandesa and coxinha.

2. Visit Casa do Lago

Since the weather's always fine in Campinas, there are tons of outdoor venues that put on performances. Casa do Lago is the place to be for free exhibitions and outdoor showings of old movies.

3. Come for the Variety of Shopping Experiences

Besides the plethora of shopping enters and malls that dominate Campinas, you can also have fun at the Hippie Fair and the Central Market, a prime spot for the best local eats.

4. Relax at the "Parque"

Parque Portugal has a beautiful lake known as Lagoa do Taquaral, which is perfect for relaxing; an electric tram tour; and the Campinas Planetarium.

5. Walk the Trails of History

Once a coffee farm called "Mato Dentro", Monsenhor Emílio José Salim Ecological Park today has been redesigned to include trails, an artificial lake, sporting facilities, and an organic agriculture fair.

Where to Eat in Campinas

When in Brazil, eat as the Brazilians do. Campinas is the place for coxinha, incredibly seasoned, flavored shredded meat and veggies wrapped in soft dough balls. The best coxinhas are at Estação Barão Bar, where two can eat for R$15.

When to visit Campinas

Campinas in May
Estimated hotel price
$30
1 night at 3-star hotel
Campinas in May
Estimated hotel price
$30
1 night at 3-star hotel

Campinas' temperatures remain steady through the year, as does rainfall. In the summer, the temperature rises to about 72 while the coldest month (January) is a mild 64.

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How to Get to Campinas

Plane

Getting in via plane, travelers will land at Viracopos International Airport (VCP), which is around 13 miles from downtown. To get from the airport to downtown, you can use a taxi, a local bus for R$4.50, or a Lirabus shuttle for R$9, one way.

Car

Depending on your point of origin, there are several routes to get to Campinas. Use the SP-330 Anhangüera or SP-348 Bandeirantes highway when coming from São Paulo, or the SP-91 if coming from southern cities like Valinhos and Vinhedo.

Bus

Buses from other cities arrive at the Terminal Multimodal Ramos de Azevedo in Campinas. There are multiple companies like Lirabus that serve various cities like São Paulo. Fares start at R$25.

Airports near Campinas

Airlines serving Campinas

United Airlines
Good (69,505 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (47,691 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (28,415 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,808 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,755 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,366 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,353 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
Excellent (9,190 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,549 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,168 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,053 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,780 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (5,583 reviews)
Finnair
Good (3,879 reviews)
JetBlue
Excellent (20,184 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (3,265 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (5,795 reviews)
ITA Airways
Excellent (17 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (6,764 reviews)
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Where to stay in Campinas

For luxury accommodations, check out Ibis in Centro. Travelers will also appreciate the Hotel Village Campinas, which is easier on the pocket. Budget travelers will find Cambuí Hostel perfect for their needs.

Popular neighborhoods in Campinas

Parque Ecológico - this area in Campinas has been specifically designed to incorporate an ecological perspective to urban planning. Everything - from the plants to the construction materials used - is eco-friendly. Come relax by the artificial river, the amphitheater, and pavilions for performances and events.

Centro - the "center" or downtown core of Campinas features all its most popular restaurants and commercial buildings, as well as historical architecture like the Catedral Metropolitana de Campinas and the Rua Treze de Maio outdoor shopping street.

Taquaral - this beautiful neighborhood features residential buildings and many independently owned restaurants and eateries. But its biggest draw is the Lagoa do Taquaral, which is a picturesque and large lake situated in the center of Parque Portugal.

Where to stay in popular areas of Campinas

Most booked hotels in Campinas

Valinhos Plaza Hotel
Excellent (9, 898 reviews)
$48+
Cassino Tower Hotel Campinas
Excellent (8.8, 941 reviews)
$35+
Melia Campinas
Excellent (8.7, 1661 reviews)
$58+
Blue Tree Towers Valinhos
Excellent (8.6, 1545 reviews)
$36+
Vitória Hotel Residence Newport
Excellent (8.6, 141 reviews)
$52+
Hotel Itapema
Excellent (8.4, 360 reviews)
$27+
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How to Get Around Campinas

Public Transportation

Buses (or BRT system) are the major form of public transport. A single adult fare costs R$3.30.

Taxi

Taxi drivers can choose to agree on a fixed price or they can use the meter. Fares start at R$4.85 and it's R$1.83 for each mile thereafter.

Car

Ace, Alamo, and Hertz are popular options for car rentals. Fares start at R$92.86 for a standard, compact 4-seater.

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The Cost of Living in Campinas

Shopping Streets

Like any popular Brazilian city, Campinas' main shopping district is downtown. Check out the pedestrian-friendly Rua Treze de Maio with major brand stores and the Hippie Fair, a great spot for arts and crafts, souvenirs, and fresh Brazilian street food.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs R$3.27 and a dozen eggs cost R$6.68.

Cheap meal
$7.33
A pair of jeans
$67.54
Single public transport ticket
$1.31
Cappuccino
$1.86
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