Getting Around Rio de Janeiro

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    Scooters in Rio

    by JurajV Written Jul 8, 2014

    In the last couple of years it has become common to use scooters in Rio de Janeiro. Several rental agencies exist to serve this demand. Travellers that are used to riding motorbikes will find it very confortable and convenient to zip around Rio de Janeiro on scooter. It gives an extra dosis of liberty and autonomy to visit touristic spots little bit further away, such as Vista Chinesa, Prainha, or Largo do Boticário. I personally tried it and was very happy with it. Traffic in Rio is pretty chilled surprisingly, compared to other places I visited.

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    Reaching Maracana Stadium

    by marmasel Written Apr 6, 2014

    The main stage for the next World Cup and Olympics will be Maracanã stadium.
    Some sites, in English language, consider other ways out of metro, like suburban train (?!). Well, I find this just absurd. Only people from other neighborhoods, to the north of the city, would consider taking the train to go to the stadium. If the tourist stays - as it happens 99% of the time - in the area served by metro (subway) system, he/she should definitivelly use metro.
    Line 2 takes to Maracanã stop. It's the closest stop to any of the entrances. São Cristóvão stop is useful only if you intend to take some time at Quinta da Boa Vista (a very pleasant and popular green area, with pedal boats, a lot of green, a former palace that became a museum and the zoo) before or after visiting the stadium.

    Here I try to gather some useful information about this venue and the area nearby, and specifically about transportation:

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  • public transport in Brazil

    by nech56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We have just returned from Rio. Unless you travel during rush hour when a prepaid taxi or bus is best...a regular taxi is half the price of a prepaid one. We are a middle aged couple and traveled everywhere in Brazil by public bus or metro. The metro from Copa is great. We got to all the attractions
    inh this way. We tried not to go in rush hour on the public buses and only took
    cabs , from the street, late at night.

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  • Tourists transportation service

    by fabinh01 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Service of driver with car coasts only -- R$120,00* -- a day **plus gas**. If you would like to spend your time in Rio de Janeiro, without any stress with parking, with taxi or localization.
    This price is for the basic car, but i work with many other, witch the price correspondos to the category of it. Send me an e-mail to and get a complete list of prices.
    My drivers speaks in english and portuguese. you can trust our services. it coasts only R$120,00 for 24 hours.
    The only responsability of the tourist is to keep the gas full.

    I Have many cars to choice.

    We work with many differents cars, like:
    Doblô(fiat), gol(volkswagen), Palio(fiat), astra(chevrolet), classic(chevrolet) etc
    2 or 4 door cars. With or without air conditioning
    we attend any group, withou destiction. A family or a group of friends are welcome to our service!

    *Basic car without gas - category A: Celta(chevrolet), palio(fiat) or gol(volkswagen) 2 door cars without air conditioning. The gas is responsability of the tourist.

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    your trip from rio to buenos aires

    by rkearns Written Jun 14, 2010

    i don't know what "cheap" is to you but be warned.... it's a LONG bus ride. i went from buenos aires to florianopolis, about 13 hrs (by car) from rio and it took 36 long hours. so i would plan on a 50 hr bus ride. that's two days. in a bus. with strangers. and no shower. but i'm not sure what you're used to. they do have some pretty good buffet food at the stops though.

    just go to the bus station and you will see all the companies selling tickets. you can get one and be on a bus within an hr or two, in my experience.

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    Renting A Car In Rio /or Taking A BUS?

    by solangeturner Updated Mar 5, 2010

    If you're able to drive in Europe, you'll be right at home here! To and From The Airport to Hotel and Destination, you will be safe and more comfortable on a Tour Bus because of better seats and that all-too-important luxury: air-conditioning, for the humid & tropical zone. It's nice to arrive at your destinations with a cool forehead and dry clothes.

    A TIP FOR PARKING YOUR CAR: Be sure to leave your gear in the Neutral Position because parking is at a premium, as in most heavily populated cities in the world and Brasilians in Rio de Janeiro ( those Cariocas) will push your car about, in order to squeeze in a space for themselves if they are able. If you leave your gear in the PARK Position, the wheels will be locked and who knows how someone might react to your UNTHOUGHTFUL gesture?

    I've felt safe riding in TAXIS, but you better have the correct cash with you because most will not make change. You might like to consider negotiating a full day's tour with your Taxi Man for a pre-determined price and additional bonus tip if they have been as courteous as mine was. Also: if you're in Rio, and waiting in line for the next taxi, it might be a gamble as to what type of vehicle will pull up next! You might get lucky /or you might not. The local bus are fine and very cheap if you don't mind standing and holding-on as the bus seems to make swift turns on half the axle wheels! Many "CARIOCAS" in Rio de Janeiro, will give up their seats on the bus to accommodate ladies, mother's with babies, the elderly, and tourists!

    People in traffic situations will articulate with their their hands and face, as in Italy; very uproarious, but they are not usually crude and it's quite amusing to watch their gestures.

    Also > it's nice to have a delicious cup of Brasilian "CAFEzinho", while you fill up the tank!

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    Cruise Ship

    by kaloz Written Nov 11, 2008

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    Travel to and from Brasil is not easy. Customs officials can be a hassle. We were many hours late disembarking because the boat could not satisfy the official.

    Next stop: Salvador, Bahia de Todos Santos

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  • The cheapest way to know rio de janeiro

    by fabiomirand_7 Written Sep 3, 2008

    This is the most appropriate way to know all beauties of Rio de Janeiro.
    It works like this:
    You pay a day transport, independent fo the number of places You'll go.
    The driver, who speaks english and is a native tourist guide can take you and your family or friends wherever you want, any time you want. For example, at morning he can take you to the beach, then he can take to have a lunch in a special restaurant, then going to some beautiful place, like christ redeemer or sugar loaf, and at night he take you to the rio's night life, where you can enjoy and drink whatever you want. And when you go out, he will be there to take you to your hotel/hostel/house. He will be available 24 hours. And it's very cheap... Cheapper then walking by taxi and without losing the time with public transports, and not be limited to them. Do you know that the most beautiful beaches in Rio are far from the hotels/hostels and there's no transportation to take to there? You can search on the web about places to stay in Grumari Beach, for example, and you'll not find anything. So don't miss anything that Rio can Offer to you! Get our services... we have all kind of cars to better attend you and your friends/family. And it's very cheap. The number of passenegers don't change the coast. It's unique and is valid for a hole day(24 hour) For example. If you tell that you have seen the announcement on this website, we offer to you a discount. The basic's car(2 doors without air capacity: 4 passengers), for example, coasts only 120,00 per day + gas no tax for the service.. is only 120,00 + gas that you use during the day.(achool in Brasil coasts R$1,49/L)
    Send me an e-mail for special prices and tips to travel in Rio.

    Enjoy our beautiful city! see you around!

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    A fun jaunt

    by NedHopkins Written Jul 7, 2008

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    The bonde (bone-jay) is a 19th century tramline that runs from centro (downtown near the Petrobras building) to Sta Teresa and Corcovado. After crossing the high viaduct, the little car chugs up the steep streets -- often within inches of some fine old buildings -- as it creaks and jerks its way up the mountain.

    The fare is R$0.60 (US$0.40 in 2008), though passengers who stand on the running boards ride for free.

    It's a fun experience and a fine way to get through and to what wss once Rio's ritziest neighborhood.

    The bonde at the top of Sta Teresa
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    Cebtral Bus Terminal

    by wrldtravler Updated Dec 18, 2007

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    Buses are an easy, convenient, picturesque and economical way of travelling around Brasil. Most locals tend to use the buses for covering both long and short distances between cities. I always feel like i'm getting under the skin of a country and truly experiencing the location when i'm surrounded by locals and doing it their way.
    Bus tarvel is ideal because you can see the country as you drive throught it without the hassles of maps and asking for directions. If your going to Buzios or Ilha Grande i would strongly recommend using the bus service, not only is it cheaper than a rented taxi / car, you're getting the opportunity to interact with locals and find out tips and details about where your headed (I met the sweetest girl from Belo Horizonte on my return trip from Ilha Grande to Rio).
    The Buses are comfortable and tend to be air-conditioned. There is regular bus service to all the major cities in Brasil (Sao Paolo, Porto Allegro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza, Manaus).
    We took a bus from this very terminal to Angras dos Reis for our trip to Ilha Grande. There are different bus companies that specialize in different locations, so make sure you get some information before you board.
    The Rio de Janeiro Bus Terminal is called the Rodoviaria Novo Rio (Novo Rio Bus Terminal) at em São Cristóvão (Zona Norte), Av Francisco Bicalho nr 1 Santo Cristo.

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    by marcbrazil Written Oct 27, 2007

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    I know that very seldon you will use, but if you really want to explore the city, better you to know that Rio as a very useful and fast train system which connects the main northern neighborhoods with the METRO SYSTEM in downtown.

    THE BIG GARE is located at Downtown and we call it as CENTRAL DO BRASIL...Unfortunately taking picture is forbidden there but it is a huge art decó building which really impress you with the quantity of people who go there every single day.


    Tickets are very low so it make the life of a worker easier in Rio.

    It is the way you can use to visit the very impressive and curious popular market called MARCADAO DE MADUREIRA!

    Cental do Brasil by Marcone

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    by marcbrazil Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Rio had to increase its airport..the city each year becomes the gateway of the country. The State is investing in tourism and the city will have big events for the next 15 years, so a second terminal was constructed.

    Lots of facilities is being made...many stores, good connections with buses that takes you to downtown, atm machines and a good taxi services although it is not a cheap service!

    The most reliable way to get to Rio's hotel areas or to the beach areas are taking a bus (the name of the company is REAL) or arranging with someone to pick up in the airport in advance!

    APRIL 2007

    Terminal 2

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    by marcbrazil Written Oct 21, 2007

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    Actually I am not still a traveller scholar but I used the subway in Rio alot and I had the chance to know the subway system in São Paulo pretty well, I can say that SUBWAY in Rio really serves the city.

    Just in Copacabana there are 3 METRO STATIONS:


    I live closer to Cantagalo, actually it is only 4 blocks from my apartment and it is a great deal to avoid traffic jams and being in the city quite fast.

    Most of our visitors stays in Copacabana or in Ipanema, and for me the easiest and safest way to stroll around Rio and going to specific places, just use the METRO!

    It is fast and modern!

    In the picture I was going in my way to the airport to visit my land Maranhão with my friend Rafael, and that is what I did, I took the METRO in Cantagalo then I got off at Estacio Station, then as Estacio is a district quite close to the main highway to the airport, I took a taxi outside, I saved time because I avoid lots of traffic and I saved money taking a cab in a much less distanceif I had to take a cab since Copacabana!

    JULY 2007

    Me and Rafa at the RIO'S SUBWAY

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    Rush hour

    by Lady_Disdain Written Jul 28, 2007

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    If you are in Zona Sul (the southern part of Rio, that is, Ipanema, Leblon and all along the beaches) be aware of rush hour!

    Since there is very little mass transportation, most people drive a car. In an area where there are very few alternative routes, this means a huge traffic jam. If you can, avoid using a car or taking a taxi between 6pm and 8pm. It can be very, very bad (for example, it can take over an hour to get to Barra from Ipanema. Ouch if the meter is running!).

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    by RafaelTheSecond Written Nov 26, 2006

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    THESE RED AND BLUE CABS ARE THE MOST EXPENSIVE OPTION OF TRANSPORT IN THE AIRPORT!!! I know they are official companies and people are there to guarantee their living, but they should learn how to charge and not steal the visitor in his first step in the city!!!


    Give your preference to the yellow cabs...but even though they are a good opition there is a secret....

    Very expensive Taxis

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