Rio de Janeiro Transportation

Luckily Rio de Janeiro has a wide range of public transport services that allow you to arrive safely at one end of the city from the other without worry. The taxi service is not hugely expensive but it is recommended to take buses if you’re on a tighter budget. Or if you wish to try a little sea travel there’s a speedy ferry service that will take you to Niteroi!

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The bus in Rio de Janeiro:
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These buses are the standard inter-neighbourhood service used by Cariocas, the non-air-conditioned option is the cheapest at generally $2.75 a pop while the slightly more comfortable option with air-conditioning (locally known as the “Frescao”) is normally R$3.10 to R$3.50. The buses are extremely safe at day-time but if travelling alone, or even just to be on the cautious side, it is recommended to avoid them at night and opt for a taxi or “Frescao” instead. With a tax number (also known as a CPF and available for foreigners by initial application online at http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/Principal/Ingles/Cpf/default.htm followed by a visit to your nearest Brazilian Consular Service) you are able to buy a card that allows you to change the bus once within two hours without extra charge.

The aforementioned ‘Frescao’ bus is a sweeter option should you wish to travel in comfort by bus. The ‘Frescao’ is best for servicing the more up-market neighbourhoods such as Copacabana and Leblon, also the most touristic of course. The bus can be hailed on the beach road if you are centro-bound, and in the other direction is found setting off at Menezes Cortes garage.

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The metro in Rio de Janeiro:
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The metro is known for its cleanliness and efficiency and is particularly useful for the traversing the neighbourhoods of Copocabana through to the Centro and beyond. There are two lines, Line 1 is marked in orange and Line 2 in green, for more information about the precise locations of each stop on these lines you should check out the official metro website at http://www.metrorio.com.br/en/.

The metro is integrated between Central and Botafago and a one-way ticket costs R$3.20. An addiotional option is to take the metro bus that connects certain stops to the more mountainous areas of Rio de Janeiro that the metro is unable to access. To do this you must ask for an ‘espresso’ ticket and remember to hold on to that ticket after exiting the station turnstiles so that you don’t have to pay again upon reaching the bus driver waiting patiently outside!

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Taxis in Rio de Janeiro:
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All regular cabs in Rio are yellow with a blue stripe across the side, otherwise the taxi in question is of a private company or illegal and to be avoided at all costs! Taxi’s aren’t super expensive but the combination of traffic and the sheer scale of the city can cause prices to reach high levels. Generally a journey from the Zona Sul to the Centro should cost about R$20 but that is subject to outside factors of course. The minimum price is R$4.40 and you must always make sure to see the meter running so as not to get ripped off….basic common taxi sense!

Another taxi option is the 'radio cab', these are privately-hired taxi service that are generally slightly more expensive and more comfortable but also very reliable. They are particularly handy if you are worried about getting to the airport at a certain hour or other important appointments as they are regarded as a more costly but also more efficient option when it comes to taking a cab as the rate is fixed no matter what time of day or how heavy the traffic. A recommended radio cab company is Rio Airport Transfer, information about them can be found at their website http://www.rioairporttransfer.com/.

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The ferry in Rio de Janeiro:
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On the other side of Guanabara Bay lies Niteroi, the sister city to Rio and home to the famous Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art. Several ferry stations operate between the Rio Centro and the city center of Niteroi as well as the beach area (Charitas). You can choose your speed of travel depending on whether you take the traditional or ‘fast cat’ hydrofoil boat. A ticket usually costs R$5.

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The gondola in Rio de Janeiro:
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The newly opened Gondola service in Rio de Janeiro transports passengers over the hillside favelas with a six station route. Known as the Teleférico and situated in the Zona Norte at the Complexo do Alemão, this congestion-defying method can carry 3,000 passengers per hour from Bonsucesso to Palmeira. The line has been highly praised for reconnecting the crowded favelas with the heart of Rio and is the first such system in Brazil.

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