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The bus terminal is located around 1km South of the city center, a bit hidden behind the large sports stadium on Bernardino Caballero. Buses from Brazil leave regularly and can be found on several of the main streets in Foz do Aquacu and especially on Av. Republica do Paraguai/Rua Carlos Souto Maior (277) near the Puente de la Amistad (Friendship Bridge).
 
The bus terminal is located around 1km South of the city center, a bit hidden behind the large sports stadium on Bernardino Caballero. Buses from Brazil leave regularly and can be found on several of the main streets in Foz do Aquacu and especially on Av. Republica do Paraguai/Rua Carlos Souto Maior (277) near the Puente de la Amistad (Friendship Bridge).
  
There are frequent buses from [[Asunción]] (5 h, G.55000) and [[Encarnación]] (4 h) in the South, also to many other cities around the country. There also long distance buses to other countries like Brasil and Argentina, and apparently cheaper than across the border.  
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There are frequent buses from [[Asunción]] (5 h, G.55000) and [[Encarnación]] (4 h) in the South, also to many other cities around the country. There also buses to other countries like Brasil and Argentina, and apparently cheaper than across the border.  
  
For buses to Foz do Iguazu (Brasil) and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) check below.
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Taxi prices at the bus terminal which is about 2 km south of the main road to the Brazil border, are a total rip off.  You do not want to walk to the center after dark; here is what you do even if you arrive late.  When you walk outside of the bus terminal, taxi stand is to the left; you turn right and walk about 50 yards until you come to a road; make a left and walk about 200 yards; it comes to a dead end; here you make a right and walk another 200 yards on the road; you come to a large shopping which you cannot see from the bus terminal, get a taxi there. You can also catch a local bus from here, including those going to Foz do Iguazu and Puerto Iguazu.
 
 
Taxi prices at the bus terminal which is about 2 km south of the main road to the Brazil border, are a total rip off.  You do not want to walk to the center after dark; here is what you do even if you arrive late.  When you walk outside of the bus terminal, taxi stand is to the left; you turn right and walk about 50 yards until you come to a road; make a left and walk about 200 yards; it comes to a dead end; here you make a right and walk another 200 yards on the road; you come to a large shopping (Super 6) which you cannot see from the bus terminal, get a taxi there. You can also catch a local bus from here, including those going to Foz do Iguazu and Puerto Iguazu.
 
 
 
===By Boat===
 
 
 
To and from Argentina directly on a small boat. It runs according to shopping times in Paraguay, so typically from Monday to Saturday from early morning to early afternoon, and costs around G. 10000 (des 2016). To get there, take local bus Matiauda from the city center (G. 2500 on Des 2016) and stop at “La Balsa”. Walk down the steep road to the river and clear customs in a small office by the pier. The boat leaves you at the pier in Puerto Iguazu.
 
  
 
===International Border Crossing===
 
===International Border Crossing===
  
At the end of 2016, the border between Ciudad del Este and Foz do Iguazu is open to everybody up to 30 km around the Friendship Bridge. That means, there is no need to stamp passports or even present yourself to border officers if you go any of these two cities or their surroundings. That includes Ciudad del Este, Itaipu Hydrodam and the Centro Ambiental, Hito de las tres fronteras, and Saltos del Monday, on the Paraguayan side; and Foz do Iguazu, Cataratas de Iguazu, the Itaipu Hydrodam and the Buddhist Temple, on the Brasilian side. If you go to Argentina from Ciudad del Este through Foz do Iguazu, make sure you stamp your exit at Ciudad del Este because it will be required on the Argentinian border control, but you do not need to get stamps of approach customs in Brasil. It is possible and safe to cross the Bridge on foot, but you can also hire a taxi, mototaxi, small van or take a local bus.
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By the end of 2016, the border between Ciudad del Este and Foz do Iguazu is open to everybody up to 30 km around the Friendship Bridge. That means, there is no need to stamp passports or even present yourself to border officers if you go any of these two cities or their surroundings. That includes Ciudad del Este, Itaipu Hydrodam and the Centro Ambiental, Hito de las tres fronteras, and Saltos del Monday, on the Paraguayan side; and Foz do Iguazu, Cataratas de Iguazu, the Itaipu Hydrodam and the Buddhist Temple, on the Brasilian side. If you go to Argentina from Ciudad del Este through Foz do Iguazu, make sure you stamp your exit at Ciudad del Este because it will be required on the Argentinian border control, but you do not need to get stamps of approach customs in Brasil. It is possible and safe to cross the Bridge on foot, but you can also hire a taxi, mototaxi, small van or take a local bus.
  
 
* If you are a citizen of a country requiring a visa (ex. United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or Taiwan) and planning on traveling to Asuncion, there is a hefty $100+ visa-on arrival that is technically required. While you could simply cross the border without checking in with customs, you will surely encounter an issue if you don't have an entry stamp and plan on, for example, flying out of Asuncion.  
 
* If you are a citizen of a country requiring a visa (ex. United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or Taiwan) and planning on traveling to Asuncion, there is a hefty $100+ visa-on arrival that is technically required. While you could simply cross the border without checking in with customs, you will surely encounter an issue if you don't have an entry stamp and plan on, for example, flying out of Asuncion.  
  
* If you cross the bridge to Brazil around 4-5pm on a weekday (besides Friday), expect about a thirty minute commute; this may drastically change around holidays and vacations, etc. Expect a Brazilian customs official to board the bus and quickly inspect any bags you are carrying for goods that exceed the maximum allowed back to Brazil. Unless you are attempting to bring back large quantities of electronics (for example, carrying ten mobile phones, or a stack of iPads and tablets), you have nothing to be concerned about.
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* Crossed from CDE to FDI by foot early July 2016 during morning rush; from a visa free EU country, had to go to buildings on both sides to get stamped out of Paraguay and stamped into Brazil; there is nobody standing in your way and checking anything.  Safety -- on CDE side, people are busy with selling and all sorts of strange looking characters, just look like you know what you are doing; on the FDI side it is quieter; across the bridge, join other pedestrians; the whole area feels OK (this traveler has been to 103 countries). The biggest danger are cars and motorcycles; it is a mad rush hour in the morning. As you cross into Brazil, you get to a small collection of stores on the right; about 300 meters straight is a bus stop with buses going to "terminal", where you can catch bus 120 that passes the airport and goes all the way to the falls.  The Terminal is about 3.5 km from the border.  The Brazil side is like a normal town, much less scruffy than CDE.
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* The most common way to arrive is through the ''Ponte da Amizade'' (Portuguese) or ''Puente de la Amistad'' (Spanish), meaning "Friendship Bridge," which connects Ciudad del Este in Paraguay to [[Foz do Iguaçu]] in Brazil over the Paraná river. There are frequent bus connections, also to and from [[Puerto Iguazú]] in Argentina. Taxis sometimes do the trans-border trip as well.
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* A couple of kilometers south of Ciudad del Este, where the Paraná and Iguaçu/Iguazú rivers join, is a ferry crossing to [[Puerto Iguazú]] in Argentina without crossing Brazilian territory. The ferry runs hourly during daylight hours for AR$5. There´s a bus to Ciudad del Este passing close-by. From the centre (av Gral Bernardino Caballero) take a bus labeled "Tres Fronteras" (destination, not the company name) and ask to be dropped at "La Balsa" (the ferry).
  
* The biggest danger are cars and motorcycles; it is a mad rush hour in the morning. As you cross into Brazil, you get to a small collection of stores on the right; about 300 meters straight is a bus stop with buses going to "terminal", where you can catch bus 120 that passes the airport and goes all the way to the falls. The Terminal is about 3.5 km from the border. The Brazil side is like a normal town, much less scruffy than CDE.
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* It is also possible to take a bus from Puerto Iguazú bus terminal through Brazil (Foz do Iguaçu), across the "Friendship Bridge" and into Ciudad del Este. The bus is specially marked "Foz, Puerto Iguazú, Ciudad del Este" or simply "Paraguay" and leaves from Puerto Iguazú bus terminal at platform 7 every hour and costs 15 Pesos. The ride to the Brazil-Paraguay border bridge will take approximately 45 minutes and you will be required to disembark at the Argentine border crossing to obtain an exit stamp before reboarding the bus for the rest of the journey.  If your nationality is required to have a Brazilian visa and you don't have one, before boarding the bus, be sure that the bus will take you all the way across the Friendship Bridge into Ciudad del Este. If it does not, then it will drop you off right before the bridge and you will have to walk through immigration (exiting Brazil) and run the risk of being stopped and questioned by the Brazilian Federal Police about how you got into Brazil without a visa. Explain to them that you only wanted to visit Ciudad del Este and were unaware that the bus would not take you all the way. Also add that you will be returning straight to Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) at the end of the day.
  
Moto taxi will take you from end to end of the bridge only. It costs AR$ 10, and takes about 3 minutes.
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To leave Ciudad del Este back across the Friendship bridge there are basically three options:
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1) Walk back across the bridge. During everyday conditions this is relatively easy and pain/hassle free. If you are crossing during busy seasons, or rush hours, you may have to wait in line at Brazilian immigration along with scores of other people returning from shopping.
  
Buses to and from Foz do Iguazu. You can take a bus in Ciudad del Este from the Terminal, along Av.General Bernardino Caballero, or along Ruta 7. Several local companies cross the bridge so make sure it says “Argentina”. It is a white bus. It will stop at immigration on both countries. You can leave your bags on the Paraguayan side but need to take everything with you on the Argentinian one. Costs AR$35 or G. 12000 (Des 2016). From Puetro Iguazu it leaves from platform 7 every hour.
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2) Take a bus from the bus terminal that goes into Brazil or directly to Puerto Iguazú.
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The bridge experiences traffic at certain rush hour times like most busy cities. If you cross the bridge going back to Brazil around 4-5pm on a weekday (besides Friday), expect about a thirty minute commute; this may drastically change around holidays and vacations, etc. Expect a Brazilian customs official to board the bus and quickly inspect any bags you are carrying for goods that exceed the maximum allowed back to Brazil. Unless you are attempting to bring back large quantities of electronics (for example, carrying ten mobile phones, or a stack of iPads and tablets), you have nothing to be concerned about.
  
Buses to and from Foz do Iguazu. You can take a bus from the Terminal, along Av.General Bernardino Caballero, or along Ruta 7. Several local companies cross the bridge so make sure it says “Brasil”.  
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3) Hire a motorcycle to take you across the bridge through the line specifically for Motorcycles that is rarely ever stopped by immigration officials. This option is by far the quickest and took the Author 3 minutes to get from one end of the Friendship Bridge on the Paraguayan side, to the other end of the bridge on the Brazilian side - Past immigration. Cost = 10 Argentine Pesos. This is the best way to cross if you are not afraid of riding passenger on a motorcycle and/or are not carrying many bags.
  
 
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