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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hostel bed: R$40–70
  • Sandwich and drink in a juice bar: R$15
  • Coconut water on the beach: R$5
  • Standard double room in Copacabana: R$350
  • Dinner for two: R$100–150
  • Guided bicycle tour: R$100–125
  • Admission to a samba club: R$20–50
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel room: from R$600
  • Dinner for two at top restaurants with drinks: R$350
  • Rock climbing up Pão de Açúcar: R$375

ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in most midrange and top-end hotels and restaurants.


In restaurants the serviço (service charge) is usually included in the bill and is mandatory; when it is not included in the bill, it’s customary to leave a 10% tip. If a waiter is friendly and helpful, you can give more.

There are many other places where tipping is not customary but is a welcome gesture. The workers at local juice stands, bars and coffee corners, and street- and beach-vendors, are all tipped on occasion. Parking assistants receive no wages and are dependent on tips, usually about R$4. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped, but it is common to round up the fare.