Currency

Real (R$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than R$300

  • Dorm bed: R$50–80
  • Double room in a budget hotel: R$180–200
  • Food court meal: R$20–35
  • Bus or metro ticket: R$3–5
  • Museum admission: Free

Midrange: R$300–600

  • Double room in a hotel: R$200–300
  • Restaurant meal for two: R$80–150
  • Uber ride across town: R$10–15

Top end: More than R$600

  • High-end hotel room: R$300–600
  • Meal for two in upmarket restaurant: R$300–400
  • Taxi to airport: R$60

Bargaining

A little bargaining for hotel rooms should become second nature. Before you agree to take a room, ask for a better price: ‘Tem desconto?’ (Is there a discount?) and ‘Pode fazer um melhor preço?’ (Can you give a better price?) are the phrases to use. There’s sometimes a discount for paying à vista (cash).

You should also bargain when shopping in markets. And if you’re about to ride in unmetered taxis, be sure to agree on the price before departing.

Money

There are banks with moneychanging facilities in the Setor Bancário Sul (SBS; Banking Sector South) and Setor Bancário Norte (SBN; Banking Sector North). Both sectors are close to the city bus station. All the major malls, bus stations and the airport have a variety of ATMs, most with Cirrus/MasterCard/Visa networking, but you should avoid using free-standing machines due to rampant card-cloning in Brazil.