Moving Around in Salvador


How do you get to school, the mall or to your friend's house? Do you take a bus? Do you take a taxi? Do you run? Well, in Salvador, you can see many types of transportation. You might see people waiting on the sidewalk for the bus or waiting for a taxi to arrive. One unique method of transportation is motortaxis! You can ride home on the back of someone's motorcycle. Whichever way you choose, make sure you know where you are going.

How do people get around?:

There are many different ways for people to get around in Salvador. The most common way is to take the bus which is called ônibus. Different buses go to different places and may have different fares. Most times, the bus fare is R$3,60. Three things that stood out to me about the ônibus. The first is that people stick their arms out to get the driver's attention so he can stop, just like when you're hailing a taxi in New York City. Second, bus stops don't have signs to let you know where the bus stops. Finally, there are two people who work on the bus: the driver and a person called the cobrador who collects your bus fare and lets you pass through the turnstile to enter the bus.

How did I feel when I tried this way of getting around?:

The first time I rode the ônibus I was very nervous.