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Fly Sao Paulo to Recife  •  5h 53m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Recife (REC) GRU - REC

R$ 319 - R$ 1341

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Fly Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo Congonhas (CGH) to Recife (REC) CGH - REC

R$ 266 - R$ 1038

6 alternative options

Fly Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa, bus  •  7h 50m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Joao Pessoa (JPA) GRU - JPA
  2. Take the bus from João Pessoa to Recife

R$ 439 - R$ 1146

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Recife  •  7h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Eldorado Shopping Mall to Viracopos Airport
  2. Fly from Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) to Recife (REC) VCP - REC

R$ 366 - R$ 2418

Bus via Paulo Afonso  •  29h 19m

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo - Tiete to Paulo Afonso
  2. Take the bus from Paulo Afonso to Caruaru
  3. Take the bus from Caruaru to Recife

R$ 390 - R$ 725

Bus  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo to Recife

R$ 356 - R$ 708

Bus #2  •  2 days 5h

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo – Tietê to João Pessoa
  2. Take the bus from João Pessoa to Recife João Pessoa

R$ 394 - R$ 589

Drive  •  33h 43m

  1. Drive from São Paulo to Recife 2611 km

R$ 1400 - R$ 2100

Sao Paulo (GRU) to Recife (REC) flights

The flight time between Sao Paulo (GRU) and Recife (REC) is around 4h 22m and covers a distance of around 2100 km. The fastest flight normally takes 3h. Services are operated by LATAM Chile, Azul and Gol Transportes Aéreos. Typically 193 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
4h 22m
Fastest flight journey time:
3h
Flight distance:
2100 km
Flights per week:
193
Cheapest price:
R$ 219
Carbon emissions:
695 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
05:00
Last flight departs at:
23:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sao Paulo (GRU) to Recife (REC) flight schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Recife is 136.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Recife is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Recife is 1 metre.

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from São Paulo to Recife is to bus, which costs R$ 350 - R$ 750 and takes 2 days 4h.

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The quickest way to get from São Paulo to Recife is to fly which costs R$ 310 - R$ 1400 and takes 5h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from São Paulo to Recife. However, there are services departing from São Paulo - Tiete and arriving at Recife via Paulo Afonso and Caruaru. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29h 19m.

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The distance between São Paulo and Recife is 2130 km. The road distance is 2611 km.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Recife without a car is to bus via Paulo Afonso which takes 29h 19m and costs R$ 390 - R$ 750.

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It takes approximately 5h 53m to get from São Paulo to Recife, including transfers.

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São Paulo to Recife bus services, operated by Gontijo, depart from São Paulo - Tiete station.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Recife is to fly which takes 5h 53m and costs R$ 310 - R$ 1400. Alternatively, you can bus via Paulo Afonso, which costs R$ 390 - R$ 750 and takes 29h 19m.

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The quickest flight from Sao Paulo Airport to Recife Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h.

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São Paulo to Recife bus services, operated by Progresso, arrive at Recife station.

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Map of how to get from São Paulo to Recife.
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  • Distance: 2130.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 53m

What companies run services between São Paulo, Brazil and Recife, Brazil?

LATAM Chile, Azul and Gol Transportes Aéreos fly from São Paulo to Recife hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from São Paulo to Recife via Paulo Afonso and Caruaru in around 29h 19m.

Airlines
Azul
Website
voeazul.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 220 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo to Recife via Belo Horizonte Confins
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 220 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 280 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife via Salvador
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 280 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife via Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 280 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife via Belo Horizonte Confins
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 280 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 330 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa via Recife
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 340 - R$ 1300
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa via Belo Horizonte Confins
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 340 - R$ 1300
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 410 - R$ 2300
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Belo Horizonte Confins
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 410 - R$ 2300
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 420 - R$ 2400
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Brasilia
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 440 - R$ 2500
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Salvador
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 410 - R$ 2300
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Sao Paulo to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 300 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo to Recife via Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 300 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo to Recife via Brasilia
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 300 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 300 - R$ 1500
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 330 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa via Brasilia
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 330 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 410 - R$ 2300
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Belo Horizonte Confins
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 410 - R$ 2300
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Brasilia
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 400 - R$ 2200
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Website
voegol.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 290 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 260 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife via Salvador
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 260 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Recife via Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
R$ 260 - R$ 1200
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 550 - R$ 1300
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa via Brasilia
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 550 - R$ 1300
Flights from Sao Paulo to Joao Pessoa via Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 550 - R$ 1300
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 320 - R$ 1700
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Salvador
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 310 - R$ 1700
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Recife via Brasilia
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
R$ 330 - R$ 1800
Bus operators
Viação Total
Phone
0800 085 8282
Email
sac@viajetotal.com.br
Website
viajetotal.com.br
Bus from João Pessoa to Recife
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
R$ 35
Schedules at
viajetotal.com.br
Catedral Turismo
Phone
+55 77 3612-1368 / 0800 8801 315
Email
catedralturismo@catedralturismo.com.br
Website
catedralturismo.com.br
Bus from João Pessoa to Recife
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 30 - R$ 95
Schedules at
viacaocatedral.guichevirtual.com.br
Leito
R$ 130 - R$ 190
Executivo
R$ 30 - R$ 95
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to Recife - TIP
Ave. Duration
2 days 18h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
R$ 350 - R$ 500
Schedules at
viacaocatedral.guichevirtual.com.br
Leito
R$ 130 - R$ 300
Executivo
R$ 350 - R$ 500
Azul
Phone
+55 4003 1118 / 0800 887 1118
Email
facebook@voeazul.com.br
Website
voeazul.com.br
Bus from Eldorado Shopping Mall to Viracopos Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 0 - R$ 430
Schedules at
voeazul.com.br
Private
R$ 310 - R$ 430
Gontijo
Phone
0800 728 0044 / +55 31 3419-1299
Website
comprepassagem.com.br
Bus from São Paulo - Tiete to Paulo Afonso
Ave. Duration
21h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 270 - R$ 600
Book at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 450 - R$ 600
Executivo
R$ 470 - R$ 550
Bus from São Paulo to Recife
Ave. Duration
2 days 2h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
R$ 350 - R$ 700
Book at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 500 - R$ 700
Executivo
R$ 550 - R$ 650
Progresso
Phone
+55 81 2121-9000
Website
progressoonline.com.br
Bus from Paulo Afonso to Caruaru
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 128
Book at
clickbus.com.br
Bus from Caruaru to Recife
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 35
Book at
progressoonline.com.br
Cruzeiro
Phone
+55 (81) 2101-9000
Email
eduardo.tude@adtsa.com.br
Website
viacaocruzeiro.com.br
Bus from Paulo Afonso to Caruaru
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
R$ 80 - R$ 120
Schedules at
viacaocruzeiro.com.br
Book at
portaldepassagens.com.br
Convencional
R$ 80 - R$ 95
Executivo
R$ 85 - R$ 120
Itapemirim
Phone
0800 723 2121
Email
faleconosco@itapemirim.com.br
Website
itapemirim.com.br
Bus from São Paulo to Recife
Ave. Duration
47h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
R$ 350 - R$ 480
Book at
Itapemirim
Executivo
R$ 350 - R$ 470
Conventional
R$ 360 - R$ 480
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to João Pessoa
Ave. Duration
2 days 2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
R$ 360 - R$ 490
Book at
Itapemirim
Executivo
R$ 360 - R$ 480
Conventional
R$ 380 - R$ 490

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Yes, the driving distance between São Paulo to Recife is 2611 km. It takes approximately 33h 43m to drive from São Paulo to Recife.

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