05/08 - TIPS

Have you ever visited Florianópolis? No?! The likelihood is that you will want to visit the capital of Santa Catarina, a city that is primarily on an island with over forty beaches, universities, shopping centers, eco-tours, outdoor activities, parksand plazas, steeped in history and natural beauty. If you have already visited, you’ll know what we mean!


Even if you are already familiar with Floripa, as it is affectionately called, you could see these and many more attractions from a different angle on a scenic bus tour of the city. This service exists, taking tourists and locals alike with Floripa by Bus.


If you want to take a trip through the streets of this unique city, where each region has its own characteristics, you can enjoy one of the routes on our open top bus.


How it works


The panoramic bus is based at the Iguatemi shopping mall located on Avenida Madre Benvenuta in Santa Monica which is the departure and arrival point for our tours.

Once you have chosen your tour you will need to book this ideally 2 days in advance by telephone, through our website or in person at our sales desks. On the day of the tour, you must go to the sales desk 30 minutes prior to departure with your identification in order to be issued with a ticket. For tours departing in the morning, you should make your way to our departure point located next to the taxi stand atthe Iguatemi shopping mall.




Of the five routes operated by Floripa by Bus, two offer the opportunity to visit the north of the island which is the busiest of all the tourist areas and home to the famous beach of Jurerê Internacional. In the east of the island, there is Lagoa da Conceição, which is included in the North & East tour.


For those who have already experienced the more popular regions of Florianópolis you can also take the bus to the south and to the more traditional areas of the city which preserve much of the Azorean culture and left relatively unspoilt - this is the Charming South tour, which also includes a visit to the Historic Old Town.


Once you have explored the beaches, historic buildings and neighborhoods, you are also able take a third route that takes you to an area that is fully integrated with nature and willsurely become an unforgettable destination - Costa da Lagoa. This neighborhood is accessible by boat where the inhabitants are mainly fishermen and the tour includes a nature trail and an opportunity to lunch with “peixe fresquinho” (freshly caught fish) as the manezinhos (locals) would call it. The tour includes a return boat trip, as Costa da Lagoa is only accessible by water or by trail. After the visit, we will board the bus for the return journey. Anyone wishing to experience such a trip chooses Floripa by Boat (available from December to March).


If you want to experience it all but do not have enough time, then, you should consider taking our Meia Ilha (Half Island) tour. This route includes a visit to the north, east and west of the island and past all of the main historical and cultural landmarks such as Santo Antônio de Lisboa. Not to be missed!


To view the capital in a more distinctive and unique way, you can take the City Lights tour. With this option, the focus is on the beauty of the lights reflecting on the city landscape, the discovery of its history and the observance of nature at night, undoubtedly an unforgettable experience as are all of the other routes on offer.


Visit Floripa! Choose a tour


Each tour has its own specific features, stopovers, excursions and duration. Even if the bus passes a familiar stop, all of the routes explore different elements of the island, so that each one is unique and special and accompanied by inspiring audiocommentary!


To view details of destinations, timings, additional excursions and pricespleaseclick here and see the description of each tour: North & East, Charming South, Floripa by Boat, Half Island and City Lights.


Floripa by Bus has been operating in the city for seven years. During this time we have formed partnerships with various companies that can enable us to offer the best service to our passengers. A guide accompanies the tours and provides information about its locations and encourages interaction with tourists and those who reside in Florianopolis, in an unforgettable experience.


Whether you are a tourist or a resident, a tour is a must and by viewing Floripa from a height it will make your passion grow even more for this city.


The point of departure and arrival of our tours is atthe Iguatemi shopping mall, located on Avenida Madre Benvenuta in Santa Monica. The sales desk is located on Level 3, inside the mall, near the Food Court.


For more information please contact us. We are available to answer your questions and look forward to seeing you on one of our great tours!

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