Driving in Salvador is not recommended for most tourists. The layout of this old city can be quite confusing. Few people in this city actually speak English, so unless you’re able to speak Portuguese, you should be sure to drive with someone who can. The streets are extremely narrow in parts, and the locals do tend to drive quite quickly, with little patience for those taking in the sights.

The best way to take in the sights of the old city center is to do so on foot. While there are upper and lower sections to see,  the Lacerada elevator or the cable car will get you where you need to go. Do not walk between, as the streets that connect these districts and the seaport area can have pickpockets and beggers.

Buses can also be a tad confusing in Brazil in general, but know that air conditioned mini-buses can cost as much as double the normal (and relatively cheap) fares. Ask at your hotel about bus lines and be sure to board the regular public buses from the back. Major destinations, and shopping districts have their own bus stops. Service runs from around 6am until 11, and buses are generally safe during the night time hours.

For more direct transport to your destination consider a taxi, but as mentioned the locals, including the cabbies, tend to drive rather quickly. At night (and holidays), taxi fares to go up, but the drivers won’t always use the meter, so you can bargain for a flat rate.