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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$18
  • Coconut water on the beach: R$5-8
  • Standard double room in Copacabana: R$300
  • Dinner for two: R$100–180
  • Guided bicycle tour: R$100–150
  • Admission to a samba club: R$20–50
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel room: from R$600
  • Dinner for two at top restaurant with drinks: R$350
  • Hang gliding off Pedra Bonita: R$500

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


  • Restaurants Serviço (service charge) usually included in bills and mandatory; when serviço not included, leave 10%, more if a waiter is friendly and helpful.

  • Juice stands, bars, coffee corners, street and beach vendors Tipping not customary but a welcome gesture.

  • Parking assistants Usually about R$4 (these workers receive no wages and are dependent on tips).

  • Taxi drivers Not usually tipped; round up the fare.