Fly To Salvador, Brazil
Situated in the Bahia state of Brazil, Salvador is the biggest city on the northeast coastline, with a rich history and an even richer Afro-Brazilian culture.
Its name means ‘Saviour’, coming from its historical name of São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos (City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of All Saints). This was once a major centre during the slave trade days, which brought an African influence to add to its mixture of Native-Indian and Portuguese diversity. The result is a city that many hail as the true roots of Brazilian culture.
From beaches to food; people to historical landmarks and plenty more besides, Salvador is sure to be a rewarding experience for any traveller.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Salvador; but we’ve made it easy to search, compare and book flights via a number of other cities. Flights to Salvador from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and other SA airports are available on all possible airlines through Travelstart.co.za. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for the cheapest Salvador flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to enter Brazil. You will however need to have an up to date passport that is valid for at least 6 months after you return from your trip, and a minimum of 2 blank page for stamps.
- The South Africa Embassy to Brazil is about 17 hours away in Brasilia. The address is: Av. das Nações, Qd. 801, lote 6, 70406-900, Brasília. Phone: +55 61 312 9500. Website: africadosul.org.br.
See and do
The historical centre of Salvador (locally known as Pelourinho) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many Portuguese buildings and monuments dating back hundreds of years. This area also has loads of restaurants, shops and other things to see. Also worth a visit is the amazing Barroco style church of Igreja de São Francisco, the slave museum of Museu Afro-Brasileiro, state park and lake of Abaeté Park, the small local art gallery at Museu de Arte Moderna and Solar do Unhão – a lovely old house where occasional jazz concerts and stunning sunsets can be enjoyed.
With plenty of those famous Brazilian beaches to enjoy (Porto de Barra is generally the best of these), you may find it hard to do much besides enjoy the sunshine. If you want to get a bit more active after seeing the sights, you can learn how to surf, watch (or even learn) Capoeira, enjoy concerts and parties at Abaeté Park or take a guided tour on the open-roofed Salvador Bus.
There’s some great shopping to be had in Salvador, especially if you are interested in locally made crafts, artwork and unique items with an authentic appeal. Mercado Modelo is the biggest market, and has a great vibe with plenty going on in addition to colourful stalls selling a range of items. Old Town has many cool little stores to browse, while larger centres include Shopping Center Iguatemi, Salvador Shopping and many others. Vendors often will go lower on items, so don’t be shy to haggle until you get a better price.
Salvador Airport (Dep. Luís Eduardo Magalhães) – SSA
Food and beverage: Ponto Café, Conexão Café, Subway, Piaza Di Pizza and lots of other local cafes.
Currency Exchange: Banco do Brasil, Caixa Econômica Federal, Itaú Unibanco S.A and others.
Lost Luggage: Ask at the Lost & Found office to see if anything has been returned, otherwise you will need to lodge a report with your airline.
Airport Hotels: Pousada Praia do Flamengo, Villetta Safira, Gran Hotel Stella Maris Resort and Pousada Stella Tropical are all within close distance.
Car Hire: Localiza, Unidas, Movida, Hertz and Avis.
Airport Hub: Salvador Airport (code SSA) is a hub for Azul Brazilian Airlines, Avianca Brazil and TAM Airlines.