Going by bus, Rio de Janeiro
From Rio, buses are the only way onwards. You can catch the night bus to Ouro Preto or Sao Paulo, 8-9 hrs and 6 hrs. Buses are quite pricey in Brazil, they also get busy so book as early as you can. The bus station is quite a bit out of the city centre, so book a taxi $15 and allow 30 mins to get there.
well a simple way to get around rio is by bus,be warned they dont wait ok
prices ,, cheep way to travel .about 2.50 real or 3 reals .
i would say when entering the bus try and find a seat ,you dont want to stand up
these drivers wont stop for anything or anyone
they are on time so dont worry and if you miss your bus no matter their are always plenty more to catch
the good thing is there is a never ending supply of buses in rio
We took a Real bus from the Rio International Airport to our hotel in Copacabana. We confirmed with the bus driver that he is going to Copacabana (Specify the hotel to him). He indicated that it is correct. Twice during the trip we asked the driver to indicate where to get off. Well we landed in Leblon and were booted of the bus. He decided to skip Copacabana totally! We had to take a yellow taxi to our hotel. Skip the Real buses and take a airport transfer shuttle.
I've taken the airport bus, but not with luggage. Yes, it's safe, if slow, and you shouldn't have problems walking 3 blocks in Copa (tho' it will be dark at 1900).
But, with luggage, I always take an ordinary metred yellow cab, which in my (extensive) experience are reliable and inexpensive: from the airport to Copacabana will cost you the equivalent of c. US$25. Rs$ can be obtained from ATMs at the airport. The airconditioned cabs which try to attract you just beyond Customs are comfortable and entirely reliable, and you can pay with a credit card, but would cost you around twice as much.
They have shuttles that go from the airport to different parts of the city. I took a city bus during the day and it was a great way to see parts of Rio I never would have seen, but sheesh, I would be cautious that early or very late.
From the drop off point in Laranjeiras (ask someone at the airport which shuttle goes to Laranjeiras) have a cab take you to your door. That's a cheaper option.
Hope that helps!
Rios international airport is 15 km from the city center. The Real Auto Bus (0800 240 850) operates air con buses from outside the arrivals floor of Terminal One or the ground floor of Terminal Two to Rodoviaria (bus station), Centro and along all the beaches. The buses run every 30 minutes from 520am to 1210am and will stop wherever you ask . . literally. Women and men were jumping in and out of the bus during my experience. Fares are around R 6 and take about 1 hour and 25 mins to reach Zona Sul (Ipanema etc). Heading to the airport, you can catch these buses in front of the main beaches and major hotel chains. Flag them down !
I like taking the Onibus (with Air Condition) less crowded but about R$1 more than the normal fare. Also the Van's (comby's) that go Reeeeal Faaaast! If you can meet someone there that can show you around by bus that would be great! Just write down the number and route so you can use it by yourself. Just one thing! Watch out for early times 0600hr and afternoon 1600hr! Lot's of traffic! And DON'T FALL ASLEEP! Sometimes vendors will come on the back of the bus to sell candy or drinks. It ok.
If you're in downtown Rio, there is better mass transport than in suburbs like Petrópolis. To go long distances, like between Rio and Petrópolis, I've been told that a bus from the main station downtown to Petrópolis costs about $4 U.S. each way.
When I arrived at Rio's International Airport, I was frequently asked if I'd like a taxi to my hotel.
Some drivers would say R$100.00... others would say R$80.00... etc. A standard taxi fare to Copacabana is around R$35.00, maximum R$50.00. I know as I took a taxi to the airport. I organised with the taxi driver the previous evening to pick me up at a certain time from my hotel and the price was pre-arranged also. He was very prefessional and on-time!
Alternatively, there are buses to many places from the airport, such as to Flamengo, Copacabana and Ipanema. This bus goes via Rio's Downtown area and Rio's Domestic National Airport. To Copacabana, it takes about an hour. The bus is very comfortable and can handle large luggage.
I don't recall the cost, but it's around the R$5.00 mark. Great value for those on a budget.
It stops along Ave Atlantica at Copacabana.
I know it is easier and easier to take a taxi and go to your hotel when you first get in Rio airport, but if you really want to save money and you are not in a rush, it doesn't hurt if you take a bus. Right in the exit of the airport..when you get out with yoru luggage, there is a bus company called REAL and it takes you to the touristic areas such as Copcabana, Ipanema and Leblon, you can jump off in the beach and walk to your hotel.
The ticket is quite low, it is about 5 reais, less than 3 american dollars.
Taking a bus to the beach area from the airport can be a very smart idea.
SO WELCOME TO RIO!;)
Unfortunately, the metro can't get you everywhere. But if you don't feel like paying for a taxi then it's a good chance you can get there by bus. Here are a few useful routes:
Alto da Boa Vista/Floresta da Tijuca - bus #221 (from centro; Praca Quinze de Novembro). Or #233/234 from the Rodoviaria.
Estrada de Ferro Corcovado - #583 (Copa.; along N.S. Copacabana) - or catch the #584 from along Rua Barata Ribeiro
Barra da Tijuca - bus #175, 179 (centro; along Av. Rio Brano) & bus #523 (Copa.; along Rua Barata Ribeiro)
Maracana - bus #238-239 (centro; Praca Quinze) & bus #455 (Copa.; along N.S. Copacabana).
Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) - bus #107 (centro; along Rua Senador Dantas) & bus #511(Copa.; N.S. Copacabana)
Santa Teresa - bus #206, 214 (centro; along Av. Rio Branco) NOTE: Taking the tram from Lapa would be more picturesque.
Jardim Botanico - bus #170 (centro;along Av. Rio Branco) & bus #572 (Copa.; Rua Barata Ribeiro)
Praca Quinze de Novembro - bus #154, 413, 415, 455 (Copa.; N.S. Copacabana) & bus #415 (Ipanema/Leblon; Visconde de Piraja, Av. Ataulfo de Paiva)
Not the fastest way to get where you want to go, but much cheaper than a taxi - and generally quite safe. Hope this helps. Ciao!
we stayed in the copacabana beach area, the hotel is on Av. Copacabsns which is one many bus routes. the beach is on Av. Atlantica. We used the public buses to the surgur loaf , shopping Rio Sul and the Christ stature. they have stops right in front of the hotel. try not to take the buses during rush hours since it could be crowded.
As in any international city as soon as you exist the customs area, tons of people try to get you into a taxi.....avoid them head directly outside and got to the shuttle bus heading towards the beach...either Copacabana or Ipanema....they make several stops along major hotels for the price (around $10 US) you can't beat it......want to get robbed go ahead and take a taxi......you might not just get robbed of your money but of your possesions too !!!!!
The bus service in Rio de Janeiro was to me a very grateful experience. Not only the units were modern and clean, with helpful driver and ticketer, but also the ride was good. Gotta precise, however, that I used it to go around the Zona Sul area (Barra, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Urca and Cosme Velho), so I cannot say if the service remain the same in other districts.
With the bus you can go anwhere smootly for as cheap as 1-2 reais (depending on the route). However, during traffic jams being in a bus could be a terrible experience. Finally, as pleasant as it can be, a bus can be also a good spot for pickpocketers (never saw one, however). Anyway, as prevention, don't carry much valuables while riding them, and watch out your belongings.
If you want to consult the bus lines routes around Rio (linhas de ?nibus), can go to the following link
The bus company Viação 1001 departs daily from Rodoviária Novo Rio (Novo Rio Bus Terminal - Rio).
Rodoviária Novo Rio
Address: Av. Francisco Bicalho, 01 - Santo Cristo - CEP: 20220-310 Rio de Janeiro/RJ - Phone: (21) 2291-5151
Viação 1001: http://www.autoviacao1001.com.br (in Portuguese)
55-21-2516-1001 or 0300-313-1001 (only in Brazil)
Total Travel Time: Around 2h40
Travel distance: 150 km.
Fare: R$ 18,22 (Convencional) and R$ 20,22(Convencional com ar-condicionado). Notice: Check fares and timetable with the company.
- During holidays, high season and weekends, buy your bus ticket in ADVANCE.
- To get to Rodoviária Novo Rio (Novo Rio Bus Terminal) from Rio de Janeiro International Airport, you can take taxis or Viação Real air-conditioned buses (also as known as "Frescão"), leaving each 45 minutes.