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How to Get to Rio De Janeiro

How to Get to Rio De Janeiro by Air

Brazil is well connected to the major cities of the world. Flights land in the international airport in Rio de Janeiro. There are frequent direct flights from USA. All South American capital cities are connected to Rio by air. You can rent a car at the airport to get to the city, or take a taxi or bus.

How to Get to Rio De Janeiro by Bus

You will need a translation of your home driving license or an international license. A car can be driven into Rio from all South American countries (but check in the case of Bolivia). You could take a car for 90 days into Rio (Brazil) from any of these countries without any special documents.

Getting Around Rio De Janeiro

The subway is excellent and goes all the way to Copacabana. Open from 5am to 11 pm daily, except Sunday, it has two main stops for the centre of the city at Cinelandia and Carioca. You have the option of two air conditioned lines that are faster and cleaner.

Car rentals are not cheap but you may get good bargains if you scout around on Av Princesa Isabel in Copacabana. Prices for car rentals quoted over the phone do not include insurance, which is mandatory. The airport also has car rental agencies to cater to your requests. To hire a car, you need to be above 25 years of age and possess an International Driving Permit, apart from the Driver’s License issued by your own country.

Taxis are excellent value for money, especially if you are moving around the city at night or sharing them with others.

The buses are plenty, fast moving, inexpensive and frequent. It is suggested that you do not carry or wear valuables on Rio’s buses – they are the scenes of frequent robberies. Buses will take you everywhere in Rio but they can be driven like racing cars, are crowded and get stuck at the interminable traffic jams. The route numbers and names are clearly posted on the buses making it easy to work which bus you need to catch.


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