The sunny city of Natal is the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, located in the northeast of Brazil. It is known for its sand dunes, nice weather and the beautiful surrounding beaches.
It is a touristic town that boasts many hotels, restaurants and tourism-related business.
Natal is also one the main sites in Brazil for doing research in Logic. In fact, Logic is a major research area in three different departments at UFRN (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte): Mathematics, Computer Science and Philosophy.
Arriving from the airport
It is possible to get a taxi or to hire a transfer service in a shared van (such as NatalVans, Van Service and 24h Turismo; last we checked, it was R$30 (cash only) for one person to go from the airport to a hotel, and R$40 to go back to the airport), which are available right where you leave the luggage area. Some hotels also offer a pick-up service.
Hostels: Albergue da Costa, Lua Cheia, Che Lagarto, Republika Hostel.
Flats: Economy Flat, Elegance Flat, Flat Pousada da Praia, Natal Plus Apartments, Paradise Flat.
Inns: Pousada Maria Bonita, Economy Suites.
Hotels: Praiamar, HolidayInn, QualityHotel, Best Western Majestic, Hotel Recanto da Costeira, Monza Palace.
Resorts: Imirá Plaza, Ocean Palace.
Food options nearby
Centro de Convivência (on campus) : has a buffet-style restaurant.
Cantinas: snacks all day and some of them also have lunch.
Reitoria (on campus): has a restaurant that serves saladas, tapiocas and cuscuz for lunch.
Natal Shopping (access with the university bus): has a food court.
Via Direta Shopping (access with the university bus): has a food court.
"Marmitas" (delivery): it's possible to arrange previously to have your meal delivered to campus. Menu changes daily. Ask for recommendations if interested. This is a good option for those on a budget who don't want to walk a lot to find food and also for vegetarians/vegans.
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Taxi: A trip from Ponta Negra to the campus costs between R$16 and R$20, during the day. Be advised that most taxi drivers aren't used to driving in the campus, so they might take a while to find the right destination. Some taxi companies are Cooptaxi (3205-4455), Supertaxi (3606-0055) and Rádio Taxi (3221-5666). The EasyTaxi App and the 99TAXIS App are also very popular in town.
Uber: the Uber App is now available. It is a good alternative to taking a taxi or bus.
Renting a car: There are many companies both at the airport and at Ponta Negra.
Bus: the bus fare is R$3.10. The campus is easily accessible from Ponta Negra, where some buses go directly to campus. Please be advised that not all busses stop at all bus stops. Here are some possible routes:
- From Ponta Negra, directly: the bus 66 stops at class sector II/CCHLA; the bus 54A stops at the Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia; the bus "Circular Cidade Verde II” or "Circular Ponta Negra - Abel Cabral" stop also at the Centro de Ciência e Tecnologia (be mindful that not all of them do, check that it has a "UFRN" sign on the front or ask the driver). This stop is at walkable distance to the sector II/CCHLA.
- From Ponta Negra, taking the university's "circular" bus: the bus 73 and the bus 26 stop at a mall called Via Direta and the bus 54 and the bus 46 stop a short distance from the mall. Both stops are close to where you get the "circular" bus. This bus is free of charge.
- The “circular” stops at the main points in the campus. If getting the “direto” route, get off at the “Reitoria” (most people will get off here) and walk to the sector II/CCHLA. If taking the “inverso” route, get off at sector II/CCHLA.
- From the north part of town, taking the "circular" bus: get off at the mall called Natal Shopping and walk across the overpass, then go to the "circular stop".
If you are confused about bus routes, let us know and we can explain it better to you. If you inform us of where you are staying we can indicate how to best arrive at campus. There are some apps which also indicate bus routes, but be mindful that they are often inaccurate.
A quick note about names of places on campus: CCHLA is the Center for Human Sciences, Letters and Arts and sector II is the class sector for this center. Both these places are close to the main library (BCZM, which is the Zila Mamede Central Library).