Tips for moving around in Rio de Janeiro

Executive Bus

Galeão and Santos Dumont Airports to the South Zone/Barra da Tijuca
Lines: Airport / Alvorada
Route: through the South Zone (Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon) and then, through to Barra da Tijuca
Fare: R$ 13.50
Hours of operation: From 05:30am to 11:40pm. There are buses every 20 minutes
Where to catch it: at the exit of the domestic arrivals area 

Note: on Sundays and holidays, when roads on the seafront are closed, the route used to the Galeão Airport uses side roads, like Barata Ribeiro, Raul Pompéia, Av. Rainha Elizabeth, Prudente de Morais and Av. General San Martin

Metro system

Fare: R$ 3.20 single ticket
Hours of operation:
» Monday to Saturday from 05:00am to 12:00am
» Sundays and holidays from 07:00am to 11:00pm

Going to the Maracanã on match days (metro)

Those with tickets using entrances through Gates A, B and C should get off at the Maracanã Station. São Cristovão Station is best for those needing Gates E and F. São Francisco Xavier Station is best for those using Gate D. It is important for fans to use the same station where they arrived for their return trip, as this will ensure that the system flows more efficiently. The three stations are located within a 10 minute walk from the stadium and the route will be signposted with signs that will be put up by the Rio de Janeiro City Hall.

Match tickets will provide free of charge travel on the metro system. On the way to the Maracanã, passengers may get on the train at any station simply by showing their tickets within four hours of kick-off. In the final, because of concerts to celebrate the end of the competition, this timeframe will be increased to six hours before kick-off.

On their return, trains may be caught at the three abovementioned stations up to two hours after matches, except the final.  After the final, this timeframe increases to two hours after the award ceremony.

Further information:


Approximate price from Galeão to Maracanã: R$ 35.00
Approximate price from Galeão to City Centre: R$ 40.00

Approximate price from Santos Dumont to Maracanã: R$ 20.00
Approximate price from Santos Dumont to City Centre: R$ 25.00

Taxi meter starts on R$ 4.80

Rate 1: R$ 1.95
» Monday to Saturday from 06:00am to 09:00pm

Rate 2: R$ 2.34
» Monday to Saturday from 09:00pm to 06:00am
» Sundays and holidays

Hour waiting: R$ 24.57