Metro system, Rio de Janeiro
It's safe and convenient to take metro in Rio during the day. Passenger can transit any of 2 lines for R$2.6 and several stations are close to downtown attractions and Copacabana beach.
If one wish to visit Sugarloaf or Corcovado by metro, simply purchase a metro+bus ticket for R$3.4. Exit at Largo do Machado and transit the metro onibus heading toward Cosme Velho if wish to visit Christ Statue; or one can exit botafogo station and transit the metro onibus for Pao de Acucar.
Ther is no such station as Lapa. Copacabana have 3 stations - Cantagalo / Cardeal Arcoverde / Siqueira Campos . You have to take the subway from one of them to Cinelandia station and from there walk 10/15 minutes to reach Lapa . Its easy !
With the metro you can get to many important places in Rio. The line goes from north to south. Other places can be reached with the metrobus. you can buy combination tickets if you need to get to one of these places.
Here's the website in English if you want to know more about it.
A lot of the old neighborhoods should have close access to Rio's Metro stations. The metro is clean although in the stations themselves get stuffy and hot. Caution on that if you don't like stuffy heat. Rio's Metro is marked with pillars and signs so they're easy to find. Mind you, they don't go everywhere, unlike the Tube in London. Some places you shouldn't go anyway but they do have major stops in a lot of the tourist spots like Copacabana and Centro. Tickets for a duplo (2 trips) are apx. R$4.00. A 10-trip ticket is R$24.00.
Something you should know, our subway works from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and it serves a big portion of our population and it also provides special busses to take you to places where the system have not reached yet. You can take the subway bus to go to Barra da Tijuca, it has less stops than any regular bus, the bus is air contioning and the itineraries are very scenic!
There are some bus stops on the beach in Copacabana....
With this picture you can have an idea how our metro bus looks like!
In the picture you can also notice a yellow cab that we have in the city and the pleasant rhythm of the city where people walk and go ciclyng along the Coast!
As a tourist you should avoid the metro system especially around or to the (business)centre of rio de Janeiro since it will be extremely crowded and it may even become quite impossible to get out at the right station. Rush will be from 6 to 10 am and 4:30 to 7 pm.
I thought the metro was going to be some convoluted system but it's only 3 lines...very easy to navigate.
You just pay for the ticket (or return ticket which is double the price) and you get a ticket which you put in the turnstile - if it's a return ticket, you will get the ticket back adn you reuse it- prices are listed on the wall.
Metro stops will have a huge sign at the station incase you are looking for one.
Use the Metro, it serves the city quite well, and it is a cheap and easier way to move from the touristc areas Ipanema and Copacabana to the City Centre. to make an historical tour in Rio, the best subway station are CARIOCA, CINELANDIA and URUGUAIANA!
Rio is green, Rio is traditional, Rio is fun!;)
June 20th, 2006
I just took this picture about 30 minutes ago, actually this bus stop is right in front of my building, but I wanted you to see how our METRO BUS looks like, it is a very useful feature of our public transportation. It serves the neighborhood of Copacabana, specially in the area of Posto Seis, and it also takes you to Ipanema and Leblon, in the other part of the city, you can find buses like this one as well!;)
With 2.25 reais you can buy the ticket and go to anywhere in Rio de Janeiro
June 19th, 2005
Very useful to hear that we havesubway stations in COPACABANA, actually there are two named CARDEAL ARCOVERDE AND SIQUEIRA CAMPOS.
This transportation will be quite useful to you once you are in downtown or any other part of the town which is dived in Zoana Zul and Zona Norte., When you jump off the last station in Siqueira Campos, with the same ticket you can take a METRO BUS which leads you to Ipanema in General Osorio Square. This is sqaure is easier to find because it is right in the very beggining of Ipanema.
Most of our visitors stay in Ipanema and Copacabana Area so you might need the subway, and it is a safe way tog et around the town!;)
June 19th, 2006
Rio de Janeiro is a huge city, and you can´t go everywhere by metro, but they have a good metro system in the city. It´s more expesive than the bus but it´s much quicker.
It´s also one of the cleanest metros i have seen before, not as clean as Metro Bilbao, but it´s good anyway!! ;-P
There are many types of bills, the simple one costs 2.25$R, less that 1€.
You can have a look about the bills here: http://www.metrorio.com.br/bilhetes.htm
The subway is great. It is clean and easy to travel. Every stop has 4-5 burly cops there to keep order, so they work to keep it top notch. Be careful though...you may exit the beautiful metro and you are next to the rough neighborhood.
Rio's metro is an excellent, safe and cheap option to get around. The stations and trains are very clean which I found to be a surprise and it makes you feel safer. There are two lines: Line 1 runs from S. Campos in Copacabana to Saens Pena which lies in the west of the city. Line 2 runs from Estacio (where it intersects with line 1) to Pavuna which lies NW of the city centre. My only gripe with the metro is that it doesn't run all the way down Copacabana to zona sul and Ipanema. Instead you have to get off at S. Campos and take a metro bus, which are grey/blus buses with the metro symbol on the side, from outside the station (plus you have to pay for). Ticket fares are R$2,25 for a single journey and R$4, 50 for a double journey. There are ticket machines as well as manned ticket booths. The metro is open from 5am to near midnight Mon-Sat and from 7am-11pm on Sun. The metro is open 24 hrs during carnaval.
price: 2.25 brazilian reais ( less than 1 US$ )
It takes you to almost everywhere in the city
It's very safe and easy to use.
You can use the metro to go to central bus station ( Rodoviária Novo Rio ) :
ask for "Ônibus Expresso" when buying your ticket in metro stations or metro buses
get off in Largo do Machado station
take the 406A bus to Rodoviária NovoRio
This is a very general tip but take the subway. The subway in Rio is nice, inexpensive, and fairly easy to get around it. It's a must for getting downtown but don't try to take it to the beach. It does go to Copacabana but not to Ipanema. You can easily grab a bus to Ipanema. They will be extending the metro eventually. FYI: They don't run Sundays.