By Bus -- From Rio de Janeiro, Costa Verde (tel. 024/3371-1326; www.costaverdetransportes.com.br) has eight departures per day, from Rio's main bus station (Novo Rio) the first at 6am, the last at 9pm. Cost is R$49. The trip takes approximately 4 hours. From São Paulo Reunidas Paulista (tel. 0300/210-3000; www.reunidaspaulista.com.br) has six departures per day from the Tietê station, beginning at 8am and finishing at 10pm. The trip takes about 6 hours and costs R$44.
By Private Transfer -- Paraty Tours (tel. 024/3371-2651; www.paratytours.com.br) offers private transfers from Rio de Janeiro with set times for a minimum of two people at 8:30am, 12:30, and 5pm; airport pickups are available anytime between 8:30am and 5pm. Rates per person R$145. For three people or more you can set your own pickup time.
On Foot -- The historic center of Paraty is perfect for exploring on foot. The city center is closed to cars (parking is on the outskirts), making walking a traffic-free dream. Wear comfortable shoes as the big cobblestones make for a bumpy stroll.
By Taxi -- Taxis in Paraty can be hailed outside of the car-free historic city center, or call tel. 024/9999-9075 or 3371-2411.
By Rental Car -- Car rentals are available from Alugue Brasil Paraty, Av. Roberto Silveira 99 (tel. 024/3371-0019; www.paratyturismo.tur.br).
The official Paraty Tourist Information, Av. Roberto Silveira 1, on the corner of Rua Domingos Gonçalves de Abreu (tel. 024/3371-1897; www.paraty.com.br), is open daily 9am to 9pm. Paraty Tours operates an information kiosk downtown, just a block down from the historic center at Av. Roberto da Silveira 11 (tel. 024/3371-2651; www.paratytours.com.br). They provide general tourist information as well as suggestions on hotels, tours, and excursions.
Fast Facts -- Banco do Brasil, Av. Roberto Silveira s/n (tel. 024/3371-1379), is open Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm. ATMs are open 24 hours. Paraty Web Internet Access is located inside the Quero Mais Restaurant, Rua Marechal Deodoro 243 (tel. 024/3371-7375). Connection cost is R$4 per hour. There's also Wi-Fi in much of the old historic center, R$20 for 2 hours, with www.paraty.com.