Lonely Planet Writer

The RioCard travel pass is now on sale to visitors for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games

A new public transport pass is now on sale in Rio de Janeiro, aimed at helping passengers get around the city during the upcoming Olympic Games.

View from the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
View from the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image by Wellington Goulart/500px

The Olympic Games will be held in the Brazilian city from 5 to 21 August and the Paralympics Games will be held from 7 to 18 September at 32 venues around the city.

For travellers who need to get between the various venues, the Rio 2016 Games RioCard will allow for unlimited access to citywide transport network. The cards are available for one day (US$7.67), three days (US$21.47) or seven days (US$49), and are sold at the city’s two airports, the main bus terminal, metro stations and bus rapid transit stops. They can also be bought at Pier Mauá – a cruise terminal – seven RioCard stores in the city, and at dedicated dispensing machines.

The cards are non-transferable and can be used between 1 August and 18 September.

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Jeneiro,will be accessible for the city's expected half million visitors on the RioCard.
Maracana Stadium, Rio de Jeneiro,will be accessible for the city’s expected half million visitors on the RioCard. Image by Davide Greco

The card will also grant access to two specific modes of transport designed to help fans get around the city. That includes theTransOlímpica BRT line, which links Barra Olympic Park to another key Olympic site in the neighbourhood of Deodoro, and Line 4 of the Metro, which was created to link the city centre, tourist areas, the beach and Barra Olympic Park.

Travellers will likely have to navigate through the city, as a recent report from Booking.com found visitors are staying in neighbourhoods around the city during the games, while a variety of new hostels have also opened up in advance of the games.