Bus in Rio de Janeiro

Premium Auto Ônibus

Premium Auto Ônibus operates safe air-con buses from the international airport along several itineraries. For the Zona Sul, take bus 2018, which heads south through the bairros (districts) of Glória, Flamengo and Bo…
Bicycle Rental in Rio de Janeiro

Bike Rio

Peddle yourself around the city on bright-orange bikes found at over 250 stations. After registering on the website or the app (Bike Itaú), you can buy a monthly pass (R$10) or a day pass (R$5). Instructions are ava…
Bus in Búzios

Viação 1001

Viação 1001 runs buses from Búzios to Rio's Novo Rio bus station (R$70, 2¾ hours, eight daily between 6am and 8:30pm); the same company offers direct buses to Rio's Galeão airport (R$72, six daily). The ticket offic…
Ferry in Ilha Grande & Vila do Abraão

CCR Barcas

More affordable but less frequent are the daily ferries to Ilha Grande operated by CCR Barcas, leaving from Angra dos Reis and Mangaratiba (R$17, 80 minutes from either port). Ferries depart Angra at 3:30pm weekdays…
Shuttle in Ilha Grande & Vila do Abraão

Easy Transfer

The quickest and most hassle-free way to reach the island from Rio is via door-to-door shuttle services such as Easy Transfer. These will pick you up at any hostel, hotel or pousada in Rio and deliver you to the isl…
Tram in Centro & Cinelândia

Bonde Station

Rio’s iconic yellow tram (known as the ‘Bonde’ or ‘Bondinho’) is running once again, though on a more limited route than previously. Trams run between the main station on Rua Lélio Gama, across the Lapa Arches to La…
Tram in Centro & Cinelândia


Part of an urban-renewal project, the VLT is a light rail with various routes throughout downtown. Line 1 links Aeroporto Santos Dumont with AquaRio, stopping at Cinelândia and Parada dos Museus (for access to Museu…
Train Station in Zona Norte

Estação Dom Pedro II

This suburban train station is one of Brazil’s busiest commuter stations, but it’s not the safest area to walk around. To get here, take the metro or the new VLT light rail to Central station and head upstairs.
Ferry in Centro & Cinelândia

Ferry to Niterói

This commuter boat travels between Rio's Praça XV (Quinze) de Novembro and Niterói. Weekday departures are frequent (every 10 to 20 minutes), then half-hourly after 10pm. On Saturdays, the boat departs every 30 minu…
Bicycle Rental in Ipanema & Leblon

Bike & Lazer

A good place to hire bikes when you're hungering for a long ride (rather than a quick jaunt with wheels procured at a Bike Rio kiosk). Both cruisers and good mountain bikes are available. Look for the big Caloi sign…