Santa Maria airport (12 km from the centre, Av Senador Júlio César Leite, Atalaia, T079-3243 1388) receives flights from Maceió, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife, Salvador, and other towns. Interstate buses arrive at the rodoviária (4 km west of the centre) which is linked to the local bus system from the adjacent terminal (buy a ticket before going on to the platform). Bus 004 ‘T Rod/L Batista’ goes to the centre, US$0.50. Buses from Laranjeiras and São Cristóvão (45 minutes) arrive at the old bus station at Praça João XXIII. Look for routes written on the side of buses and at bus stations in town.