How to Travel to Rio De Janeiro

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5-01-2021, 13:50
Rio De Janeiro is a beautiful coastal city in Brazil that’s known for its stunning beaches and wild nightlife. If you’re planning a trip to Rio, you’ll need a valid passport and possibly a tourist visa and vaccination certificate depending on where you’re from. You’ll also need to book lodging at one of the many hotels throughout Rio and start packing and saving for your trip. Once you’re in Rio, you can enjoy its sandy beaches and popular tourist attractions!

Getting to Rio De Janeiro

  1. Get a valid passport if you don’t already have one. All foreigners are required to have a valid passport to enter Brazil. If you don’t have a valid passport, or if your passport is expired, apply for one several months in advance so you have it in time for your trip.
    • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to travel to Brazil. For example, if your passport is set to expire 3 months after your travel date, you’ll need to apply for a new one.
  2. Obtain a Brazilian tourist visa if the country you’re traveling from isn’t exempt. If you’re from one of the 60+ countries that are exempt from Brazil’s visa requirements, you won’t need a visa for your trip. If you’re not from one of those countries, you can apply for a tourist visa through your local Brazillian embassy or consulate. Find your nearest embassy or consulate online.
    • To see a list of all exempt countries, visit
    • As of June 2019, citizens from the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia no longer need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.
  3. Get any required vaccination certificates. Tourists traveling from most countries aren’t required to get any vaccines to enter Brazil, although the Brazilian government recommends that anyone visiting Rio De Janeiro get a yellow fever vaccine before entering the country. However, you will be required to present an international certificate of vaccination if you are traveling to Brazil from one of the following countries, or if you have traveled through one of the following countries in the 3 months prior to your trip:
    • Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Gana, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Venezuela.
  4. Fly into Antônio Carlos Jobim Airport if you’ll be flying to Rio. Antônio Carlos Jobim Airport, also called Galeão Airport, is the only international airport in Rio. Book your airfare as early as possible to get a better deal. Once you land in Brazil, you’ll need to go through immigration services and customs, where your passport will be checked. Then, you can take a bus or taxi from the airport to the city, which is about 12 miles (19 km) away.
  5. Travel to Rio by bus if you’re already in Brazil. Brazil is a large country, and one of the most convenient ways to get around for tourists is by bus. If you’re interested in traveling to Rio from a different part of Brazil, purchase a bus ticket online or at a nearby bus station. Then, you can take the bus from the terminal in your current location to the terminal in Rio.
    • To find the nearest Brazilian bus terminal, visit

Planning Your Vacation

  1. Plan to visit Rio between December and March if you want to go during peak season. December through March is Brazil’s summer, and it’s the most popular time of year for tourists to visit. If you’re looking to enjoy the high energy and excitement of Rio’s summer season and you’re OK with crowded beaches, summer is the best time to visit.
    • Rio’s most popular events, including the New Year’s Eve celebration and Carnival, take place during the summer.
  2. Visit Rio between May and November if you want to avoid the crowds. Brazil’s fall, winter, and spring span this timeframe. There will be fewer crowds and more moderate temperatures if you travel off-season. If you’re OK with missing the hype of Carnival and the New Year’s Eve celebration, traveling to Rio off-season might be more enjoyable.
  3. Book lodging for your trip at least 3-4 months in advance. Rio De Janeiro is a popular tourist destination, and there are a variety of hotels throughout the city and surrounding beaches and mountains to choose from. You can also use sites like Airbnb to find unique, affordable lodging. Either way, book your lodging well in advance of your trip so things don’t fill up and get pricier.
    • If you want to stay near the beach, look for hotels in the Copacabana, Ipanema, or Leblon neighborhoods.
    • To stay close to Rio’s nightlife scene, check out hotels in Botafogo, Catete, or Lapa.
    • For a quieter stay outside of the city, look at hotels in Santa Teresa.
  4. Pack for hot, humid weather. The weather in Rio is usually hot and humid throughout the year. During the summer (December through the end of February) temperatures can near 90 °F (32 °C). Even during the winter, temperatures hover around 70 °F (21 °C). When you’re packing for your trip, make sure you have:
    • Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, and a bathing suit
    • Sandals or flip flops
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Hats
    • Bug spray
    • Rain jacket
    • Dress clothes (in case you want to eat out at nice restaurants)
  5. Save at least 100 USD per day of your trip for spending money in Rio. Besides the cost of airfare and lodging, make sure you have enough money saved for food, transportation, fun activities, and any souvenirs you might want to purchase. In general, you should aim to have at least 100 USD per day of your trip, although you may need much more depending on what kind of activities you have planned and where you’ll be eating out.
    • It’s better to save more than you think you’ll need than to not have enough spending money during your trip.
    • Bring both cash (some vendors don’t accept cards) and a credit/debit card (for more expensive purchases) with you. You’ll need to exchange your cash for Brazilian currency, called reais, which you can do at the airport when you land, at your hotel, or at an ATM.

Enjoying Rio De Jaineiro

  1. Use Rio’s metro system to easily get around the city. The metro in Rio De Janeiro is safe, clean, and affordable, so it’s a good choice when you’re trying to get from one neighborhood to another. It runs 5 am to midnight on Monday through Saturday and 7 am to 11 pm on Sunday, and rides start at 1 USD.
    • There are also buses you can take in Rio, although they’re often overcrowded.
    • You can also take a taxi to get around Rio. However, some drivers will try to overcharge you by not turning on the meter. If you decide to take a taxi, make sure the driver turns the meter on, and double-check that the price they’re charging you doesn’t seem unusually high.
  2. Check out some of Rio’s popular tourist attractions. Rio De Janeiro is home to many famous sight-seeing spots, like the 98 ft (30 m) tall Christ The Redeemer statue and the mosaic-covered Escadaria Selarón steps. Set aside time on your trip to visit some of these popular destinations. Other tourist attractions you can visit in Rio include:
    • Rio De Janeiro’s botanical garden
    • Sugarloaf mountain, which has stunning views of the entire city at the summit
    • The Municipal Theater of Rio De Janeiro
    • Tijuca National Park
  3. Spend time relaxing at Rio’s world-famous beaches. There are a variety of sandy beaches throughout Rio De Janeiro where you can lounge, swim, and surf. Some beaches are also lined with vendors who sell snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. Some popular, tourist-friendly beaches you can visit during your trip include:
    • Copacabana Beach—one of Rio’s most iconic beaches
    • Ipanema Beach—popular beach for volleyball, soccer, and water sports
    • Barra da Tijuca Beach—great beach for surfing and taking surfing classes
    • Prainha Beach—a quiet and secluded beach
  4. Keep to familiar, tourist-friendly areas to stay safe. Like in most major cities, some parts of Rio can be unsafe, especially at night. During your trip, stick to areas where there are lots of people, and avoid going out alone at night. Keep an eye on your belongings too so they don’t get stolen.
    • As long as you stay in crowded, well-lit areas during your trip, you shouldn’t have any problems.


  • Learn a few basic Brazilian Portuguese phrases before your trip so it’s easier to communicate with the locals and get around.


  • Avoid drinking tap water when you’re in Rio De Janeiro since it could make you sick. Instead, drink from water bottles or get a water bottle with a filter.
  • Stay in crowded, tourist-friendly areas to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • Rio is known for having pickpockets. Avoid wearing expensive clothing and jewelry while walking around the city so you don’t draw attention to yourself.
  • Only carry as much cash as you need for the day and leave the rest in your hotel room so it doesn't get lost or stolen.
  • Avoid taking buses at night in Rio since they can be unsafe. Use the metro system if you need to get around at night.
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