There are numerous options for public transportation in Rio – from the efficient and safe subway system connecting downtown to the beaches to the convenient ferry system linking Niteroi to Rio. Depending on when and where you are traveling, you may find that taking public transport may be the easiest way for you to get where you are going. Here is some metro and bus information to help you plan your trip.
The Rio Metro is efficient and affordable. The subway is open from 5 AM to 12 AM, Monday through Sunday and 7 AM to 11 PM on Sundays and holidays. It is best used for trips from Ipanema and Copacabana to the downtown area. Plans are in place for a major expansion in time for the 2016 Olympics.
Pink car – the last car (the pink one) is reserved for women
Carnaval – during Carnaval, the subway runs 24 hours
Rio Bus System
Taking the bus can be a comfortable and economical way to get where you need to go in Zona Sul. While buses have become much safer in recent years, it is not recommended that visitors take the bus after dark, and one should never take the bus to a non-touristy area.
Buses are air conditioned, and cost $BR3 per trip.
Buses in Rio stop when someone is getting off of the bus, or when someone flags them down from the street. They very rarely stop on their own at any set location.