Posted January 17th, 2018, 01:04 PM
If you're coming to Rio de Janeiro, it isn't needed to book a shuttle. There's a tram (VLT) station at the port (named "Parada dos Navios") and it's possible to reach Rio's downtown and most of the historic centre with it (take Line 1/Blue tram to "Aeroporto Santos-Dumont" / "Santos-Dumont airport" direction and leave at Sete de Setembro or Cinelandia stations. At Cinelandia it's possible to take a connection (downstairs) with Metro/Subway to Copacabana and Ipanema (Line 1/Red, "Jardim Oceanico" direction, leaving at Cardeal Arcoverde or Siqueira Campos stations for Copacabana or General Osório and Nossa Senhora da Paz for Ipanema. To go back to ship, take the Metro Line 1/Red - Uruguai direction and leave at Cinelandia. Go upstairs and take the tram (Line 1/Blue to Rodoviaria or Praia Formosa direction and leave at "Parada dos Navios" station.
How to pay: buy a card at tram station (credit cards acceptable) and charge it with at least four rides (each ride costs about 1 euro/R$ 4 - I recommend you to charge with R$ 18 to 20 for the four rides). The cards can be used on trams, metro and public buses. Both tram and metro have air conditioning. Tram is available from 6am to midnight from Sunday to Saturday. Metro opens from 5am to midnight between Monday to Saturday and from 7am to 11pm on Sundays and holidays.
Rio's tramway map:
Rio's metro/subway map:
Daniel&Gilda at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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