Campinas is within a metropolitan area of 2.8 million people, the second largest in the state after São Paulo city. It is a major industrial and service centre and responsible for 15% of Brazil’s scientific research. The city is home to the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), considered the second-best university in Latin America by the QS Ranking. The university was established in 1966 with the goal of becoming an academic centre of excellence for basic and applied research to serve as a catalyst for economic and social development.
Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Brazil. The ultimate authority on whether you need a visa or not is the Brazilian Embassy in your country. If you need to apply for a Brazilian Visa, we highly recommend applying for one as soon as possible after receiving your letter of acceptance. The address (including websites) of the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your current place of residence can be found at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
To attend the Advanced School on WEF Nexus, you only need a Tourist Visa. This type of visa is issued to foreigners travelling to Brazil on a temporary basis, without purposes of immigration or the exercise of paid activity. It can be granted to those travelling for conferences, seminars or meetings provided there is no commission of any type.
Campinas is a metropolitan city, and there are few health concerns. Currently, the Brazilian Ministry of Health recommends yellow fever vaccination to all people travelling to Campinas. You can protect yourself against yellow fever by vaccinating 10 days before the departure, and by using repellents and appropriate clothing to prevent mosquito bites. More information is available here.
To arrive from Viracopos to Campinas, one can use the following options:
1. Taxi: fares are charged by the meter or by fixed price according to the destination. Fixed prices are not mandatory – taxi users always have the option of choosing to use the meter, but generally, there is not much difference between both.
2. Local Bus: the cheapest option with a bus leaving the airport every 30 min, from 6:10 to 00:08. Line 193 stops at the main Campinas streets and at the central local bus station, from which you can get buses to other points of the city and to other local bus stations without extra cost. Fare has to be paid on board.
3. Shuttle Bus: a shuttle service operated by Lirabus, it is a cheap option if you have luggage with a bus leaving the airport every hour. It stops at Largo do Para Square (city centre) and at Terminal Multimodal Ramos de Azevedo (the intercity bus station). From there you can get buses or taxis to other points of Campinas.
4. UBER: you can efficiently use it in Campinas, for more information click here.
Sao Paulo International Airport is about 1h40min away by car, via SP-330 Anhangüera or SP-348 Bandeirantes highways. Taxi is quite expensive, but you can take a shuttle bus operated by Lirabus, it goes directly to Campinas and takes about 2 hours. It stops at Largo do Para Square (city centre) and at Terminal Multimodal Ramos de Azevedo (the intercity bus station). From there you can get buses or taxis to other points of Campinas.
Downtown Campinas, including significant historic buildings, is a relatively large area but still more accessible to be explored on foot. Other neighbourhoods like Parque Taquaral, Nova Campinas, Cambui and Cidade Universitária in Barao Geraldo, can also offer a nice leisurely stroll.
Campinas has a limited network of cycleways; there is one linking t Barao Geraldo district’s centre with UNICAMP. It is better to cycle in calmer suburbs with less traffic. Cycling is popular among the UNICAMP students.
By Local Bus
Buses are the primary option of public transport in Campinas. For routes and itineraries check the public transport EMDEC website (only in Portuguese). Buses can be overcrowded during the rush time, but they are relatively frequent and reach practically everywhere. Campinas has adopted a prepaid smartcard for paying buses, the Bilhete Unico. The ticket allows you to take multiple buses in a 2-hour period with a single fare.
If you are driving a car, be aware of the local regulations that during regular hours red lights and speed limit are enforced by cameras everywhere in the city.
What to Do
Find more information about where to eat and sightseeing in Campinas at WikiVoyage.