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Sao Paulo

aka São Paulo, Brazil

Date of opening14 Sep 1974
Network length78.4 km (48.73 mi)
Stations71 (64*)
Lines6        Line history
Stations per line11.83
Avg. station distance1,206 m (0.75 mi)
Avg. line length13.07 km (8.12 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 31 Dec 2014
C Line: 26 km + 16 st. E Line: 22km + 7 st).Monorail included
System typeMetro, known as Metrô
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)2.4 million (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)30,600 (19,000)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.76 EUR (as of 2009)
TrackRight, gauge: 1600 mm
Power supplyThird rail (lines 1-3), overhead wire (lines 4, 5), 750 V (lines 1-3), 1500 V (lines 4, 5)
Air-conditioned trainsAll metro lines and regional rail
Walk-through trainsLines 4, 5
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless linesLine 4 (since 2010)
Platform screen doorsLines 2, 3, 4 (since 2010)
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2011

To-scale map

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Latest Openings

 2016 – Line 5 extension from Brooklin to Chácara Klabin. 7 stations.
 2015 – Line 5 extenson from Adolfo Pinheiro to Brooklin. 3 stations.
25 Jan 2014 – Line 5 extension from Largo Treze to Adolfo Pinheiro. 1 station.
2014 – Line 15 monorail. New line, 23.8 km, 17 stations.

Upcoming Openings

 2020 – Line 6 (orange). New line, 15.9 km, 15 stations.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Sao Paulo

A diversity of geometrical forms were chosen for the underground stations []. There's a collection of contemporary sculptures, installations and large murals in 30 of the 52 stations.

Photo []: The mezzanine level of Brás station boasts 25 curved steel and polyurethane plates (2.2 m x 1 m each) which form the art installation 'Kaleidoscope' from 1999 by Amélia Toledo.

Guided Tours

Tours of the metro system, guided by experts. For dates and reservation contact the tour operator or check their website.

There's a program called "Conheça seu metrô" ("Know your metro"), which occurs always on Saturdays (in Portuguese). Two stations are selected for each Saturday. Email to to show interest. The number of participants is limited. The tour begins with a lecture about the São Paulo Metro, its history and technologies, some data and precautions while you are inside the system. Then, the group will be shown around the supervision centre for lines 1, 2 and 3 near Vergueiro station and travel some metro section inside a train cab. Tour operator: Metro SP.

Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

A long beep.


  Sao Paulo photo gallery.

Handpicked Resources Official website

Generic Links for Sao Paulo Metrô

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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