Tram in Rio de Janeiro

For the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The modern VLT light rail tram launched. At the moment, the tram route network consists of 3 lines and 42 stations. It covers only the center of Rio. The tram routes operated by modern light low-floor. Rolling stock from the French company Alstom.

Rio de Janeiro Metro

The Rio de Janeiro metro is small but comfortable. With modern rolling stock. I will list the main aspects of the metro: 2 lines, 35 stations, length: 41 km. The entrance to the metro indicated by a white M on a blue background.

Metro hours: from 5:00 am to 24:00 pm from Monday to Saturday. And from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm on Sunday and holidays. With a train interval of 4 minutes. During the carnival, the metro operates around the clock. The metro considered the best. And the safest mode of transport for getting around Rio.

 Types of metro tickets, and how to use them:

  • Tickets for travel can buy at special kiosks from sellers at metro stations. In addition, tickets sold on special machines.
  • A one-way ticket (Unitário in Portuguese) the most popular type of fare. R $4.10. A single ride ticket gives you the right to ride the metro. For as long as you like. You kind of pay for the entrance to the metro. The turnstile lets you through, like in the Moscow metro, and you go where you need to.
  • There is a metro + bus option from the metro (Metrô na Superfície). The Rio Transport Company has special express buses. That run from stations to popular destinations.
  • Metro + express bus. The cost of such a ticket is R $4.35. The ticket can purchase at metro stations or when boarding the bus.
  • Barra Expresso is a one-way ticket to Barra da Tijuca. (an area in western Rio). The cost of such a ticket is R $4.35.
  • A special prepaid card (Cartão Pré-pago) valid on the metro. And buses operated by the metro department. The minimum amount to deposit on the card is R $4.35.

Buses to Rio

Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Rio. With 831 routes today. The bus route network covers the entire city and some routes are quite confusing. Most buses have route numbering. All travel guides. Advise to travel only on bus routes in the tourist part of Rio. In the city center, in remote areas. It is unsafe, long and tiring to travel. Usually bus routes run. From morning to evening at intervals of 15 minutes. Buses are serial delayed due to traffic jams and accidents. Do not try to get around Rio by bus at night, as most routes don’t work.

The bus fare in Rio is R $3.80. You must give this money to the driver in cash at the entrance to the bus. Boarding the bus carried out only through the front door, exit through the back. If you are standing at a bus stop and see your bus. You need to signal the driver that you want to board the bus. For example, with a wave of your hand.

Be careful on Rio buses as all of them have a lot of pickpockets. So keep an eye on valuables, wallets and phones. Prepare some small money for a bus ride so that thieves don’t see where your wallet is.

Taxi in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is far from the safest city in the world, so when traveling by taxi. You need to consider some features:

  • It is cheaper to hail a taxi. On the street than to take it at specialized taxi ranks.
  • When getting into a taxi. Make sure that the official name of the taxi is written on the car. And that the car has a license.
  • When boarding, the driver must turn on the meter. If he did not, ask him to turn on the taximeter anyway. Otherwise, after the trip, you can be told any fare.
  • Nowadays, taxi rides in Brazil are safer. But drivers still love to cheat passengers. For example, take a long route or cheat with change. For example, the cost of the trip is 20 reais, you give the driver 50, and he gives you 20 change. Citing the fact that you gave him 40. Therefore, until the driver has counted the change, do not let go of your money.
  • In Rio, there are a large number of taxis in old cars. The cars are hot and stuffy.
  • Rio taxi fares are roughly the following: boarding R $5.20-6.60; the cost of 1 km R $ 2.20-3.60; 1 hour of waiting for R $25.83-45.36 (this means that the counter will tick in traffic jams). 1 suitcase R $ 2.05.
  • Taxi prices differ depending on the day of the week and time of day. The most expensive journey is at the following times. From 21:00 to 6:00, on Sundays and holidays.

Rio funicular

Rio is a mountainous city. It is not surprising that there is a funicular. The most popular funicular will take you. Up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain. The trip to the top consists of two stages, 3 minutes each. Stage 1 – you take the funicular and drive from Praia Vermelha (“red beach”). To the Urca mountain (Morro da Urca). The second part of the ascent carried out from Urka Mountain to Sugar Loaf. The funicular from Praia Vermelha runs uphill every 20 minutes. From 8:00 to 21:00. Fare is R $76.00

Rail transport in Rio

Rail transport is developing in Brazil. In large cities. There are railway stations that accept both city trains and intercity trains. The country has high-speed TAV trains that reach speeds of up to 350 km / h. For example, they connect Rio and São Paulo. The map below shows the train routes from Rio to the suburbs, i.e. they are electric trains.