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Published in 08/04/2013

 

ToursTraveling Brazil by bus is now a lot easier for foreign tourists than ever before. A new website – available in English, Spanish and Portuguese – makes searching for bus routes and purchasing tickets as easy as booking airline travel.

Previously, buying tickets directly from a bus company website is almost impossible for foreigners since, as well as being in Portuguese, the sites only accept Brazilian credit cards for payment and require a CPF (a Federal ID number used for financial transactions) to complete the sale.

But now Brasil by Bus allows travelers to buy tickets to 3,000 destinations across Brazil. The site also offers destination information and travel tips.

The process is similar to sites selling airline tickets: the user enters the departure and arrival destinations, date and time of travel desired, and then receives a list of itineraries from different companies servicing the route, class of service offered and the price. Travelers pay for tickets using PayPal or national or international credit cards and pay a fee of around 10 percent.

Until now, traveling Brazil by bus proved difficult for foreign tourists. “Today, the bus companies that sell via the Internet only accept national credit cards and require the person to have a CPF. Therefore, the only option for foreign tourists is to go directly to the bus company counter at the station,” Breno Moraes, the website creator told G1.

In addition to ticketing, the site also features a content section with tips about getting around Brazil by bus and information about various travel destinations. Making traveling Brazil by bus easier is the main goal of the site.

The developer came up with the idea to create the site after leaving his marketing job with a U.S. multinational to take a trip around the world in 2011. He spent three months “backpacking” around India, planning his travel using bus and train reservation portals. “Here in Brazil, most companies do not sell online. I saw a need and returned to Brazil with that in mind,” he said.

“Many foreigners, when they see the cost of air travel [in Brazil], start looking for alternatives. There are also people who prefer to travel by bus so they can enjoy the scenery between cities,” he added.

The site sold about 5000 bus tickets and received around 100,000 hits from the time it went live in Nov. 2012, until now. Moraes says they expect to sell more than 300,000 tickets this year. “Traveling Brazil by bus is now easier than ever,” said the Brasil by Bus founder.

www.brasilbybus.com

Source: www.brazildispatch.com

 

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