I have friends and family who take buses from Fortaleza Bus Station regularly.
The bigger Fortaleza Bus Companies are usually your best bet. Having the most up to date fleet and more buses.
Which means less chance of a breakdown and spending time on the side of the road waiting for another bus!
If your traveling during the day try to get a seat on the shady side of the bus. That is the side where the Sun is not coming through the windows. The locals know this. Sometimes there are curtains but it can still get very hot even if the bus is air conditioned.
I prefer to travel on buses without air conditioning here. It always seems to be way to cold or way too hot and stuffy. I'll take the shady side of the bus with the window open!
Here are a few highly recommended Fortaleza Bus Companies To the most popular beach destinations along the Coast of Ceara.
REDENCAO TRANSPORT & TURISMO
Has offices and departs from 3 locations. Fortaleza Bus Station,The Airport(just past the taxis on the same level),and Hotel Praiano Palace (Avenida Beira Mar 2800, Iracema Beach).
Fortaleza Bus Station
You can buy your tickets at all 3 locations. They have two daily departures starting the trip from Hotel Praiano Palace, Iracema at 9:00 AM- Airport 9:30 AM- Rodoviario 10:00 AM. The second departing Hotel Praiano Palace, Iracema 5:30 PM (17:30)- Airport 6 PM (18:00)-Fortaleza Bus Station 6:30 (18:30). R$35.00 per person.
Highly recommended: They are the only registered Fortaleza Bus Company that takes you the last 12 miles/ 20 km to Jericoacoara from Jijoca; with 3 converted 4X4 vehicles that hold between 23-60 people.
The last time I made the trip I didn't know about this company. My brother and I ended up on the back of a pickup truck which got stuck at one point in the dunes. We all had to get out and push!
Jericoacoara-Fortaleza: To Book your return trip in Jericoacoara. Inquire within Casa Do Tourismo/ Pousada das Dunas tel# 88-3669-2349. During high season book in advance!
Depart at 6:00 AM, 9:30 AM,
12:30 PM, 14:30 PM and 17:30 PM. R$17:90 per person. Trip 3 1/2 Hours.
Recommended: Sao Benedito is
the only non-stop Fortaleza Bus Company that takes you all the
Canoa Quebrada. The other companies drop you in Aracati (10 km from
Canoa Quebrada) where you would have to take a taxi or mini-van (Topik)
the rest of the way.
VIACAO NORDESTE BUS COMPANY
Tel. 85 3256-2342. Fortaleza Bus Station departs 7 days a week at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 9:15 PM (Saturdays the 9:15 departs at 10:PM). R$78.00-88.00. Sunday through Friday the 9:15 PM bus is Double Deck with 9 first class reclining seats on the lower level. R$125.00 one-way. Trip takes 8 hours.
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