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Transfer Options from Rio de Janeiro Airport to Copacabana

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How to get from Rio de Janeiro Airport to Copacabana

Copacabana is located around 23 km south of the Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG) and can take 25 minutes to an hour to reach by car depending on traffic. To reach Copacabana from the airport, you may choose from several transfer options. Taxis are readily available at the airport, or you can pre-book a transfer with a knowledgeable and professional Welcome Pickups driver. Public transportation is also available – the 2016 and 2017 bus lines run from the airport to Copacabana, or the cheapest option is to take a BRT (bus rapid transit system) bus to the Vicente de Carvalho metro station where you can then take the metro to Copacabana.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €8.52 60min 06:00–23:00
Taxi €22 25-60min 24/7
BRT Bus and Metro €3.88 80min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana by bus

Expresso Recreio runs the Frescão bus lines 2016 and 2017 which dock at the Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport and pass through Copacabana. Bus fare for both the 2016 and 2017 costs €4.26 (R$18.85). The 2016 bus line runs from the airport to Leblon every hour from 06:00 am to 23:00 pm, stopping at the Grand Mercure in Copacabana. The 2017 bus line runs from the airport to Ipanema, also stopping at the Grand Mercure in Copacabana every 1 hr 20 min to 1 hr 40 min. The time it takes to reach Copacabana is dependent on traffic and generally takes anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours.

How much is the bus from Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana?

Both the Frescão bus lines 2016 and 2017 cost €4.23 (R$18.85) to reach Copacabana. The bus driver accepts payment in cash upon boarding the bus.

Cost

€4.26

Trip Duration

1-2 hours

There’s a waiting time of 1 hour.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus is available from 06:00 am to 23:00 pm.

Where do I get it from?

The Frescão bus stops at both terminals of the Rio de Janeiro airport. At Terminal 1, the bus stops at gate F on the second level, and at Terminal 2, it stops at gate D on the second level.

Convenience

The Frescão bus lines are the slowest means of transportation from the Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana, and you may have to wait up to an hour for the bus to pick up at the airport.

Editor’s Note

If you choose to take public transportation from the Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana, take a look at the different bus routes and their stops in comparison to your destination before your journey to find the best possible route.

Useful Tips

You can make use of the luggage storage compartments on the bus to help make your journey more comfortable.
Tell the driver the name of your hotel or the location of your accommodation when boarding so that he can drop you off as close as possible to your destination.
The Frescão buses are known for their air-conditioning – even in the summer, you may want to wear a sweater while on the bus.

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How to get from RIo de Janeiro airport to Copacabana by taxi

From Rio de Janeiro airport, you may either book a taxi inside the airport for a flat rate or take a metered taxi from outside the airport to reach Copacabana. Inside the Arrivals halls of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, taxi services are offered by several trusted companies for a flat rate of around €22-€29 (R$100-R$130) to reach Copacabana. Outside of the Arrival Hall, metered taxis are also available, including from Aerocoop, the airport’s cooperative taxi service company. With a metered taxi, reaching Copacabana from the airport costs around €13 (R$60). The time it takes to reach Copacabana by taxi from the airport is largely dependent on traffic – without traffic, the trip will take around 25 minutes, and with, it may take up to an hour.

Taxi fare from Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana

Inside Rio de Janeiro airport, you can book a taxi to Copacabana for a flat rate of around €22-€29 (R$100-R$130), and you can pay by either cash or card. Metered taxis available outside the airport tend to be less expensive. Fare is determined by time and distance to your destination (luggage fees may also apply), with fare to Copacabana estimated at around €13 (R$60).

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the fastest, easiest way to reach Copacabana from the Rio de Janeiro airport as a taxi will take you directly from the airport to your final destination. Though more expensive, booking a taxi for a flat rate inside the airport rather than a metered taxi will likely be easier if you aren’t familiar with Portuguese nor where the destination is precisely located.

Editor’s Note

If taking a metered taxi from outside the airport, check that the meter is turned on.

Useful Tips

You may also want to double check the route to your destination via GPS to ensure your driver does not run up the fare.
Not all Rio de Janeiro airport taxi drivers speak English. Be sure to have your accommodation address clearly written down.

How to get from Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana by BRT bus and metro

The cheapest method of reaching Copacabana from the Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport is to take a combination of the BRT (bus rapid transit system) and the metro. This method is a bit trickier for travelers new to the region as it requires a couple of transfers, though depending on traffic, it may be faster than taking one of the Frescão buses. From the airport, you can take the BRT Express TransCarioca line to the Vincente de Carvalho metro station (34 minutes), where you will then need to transfer to the L2 metro. Take the L2 metro to Central station (26 minutes), where you will then transfer to the L1 or L4, which makes several stops in Copacabana (18 min to the Siqueira Campos station). The journey costs a total of €1.94 (R$8.65). The BRT bus stops at the airport every 15 minutes and the metro lines stop every 2-5 minutes.

How much is the BRT bus and metro from the Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana?

Taking the BRT bus and metro to Copacabana from the Rio de Janeiro airport costs a total of €1.94 (R$8.65). The BRT bus fare is €0.90 (R$4.05), and the metro fare costs €1.04 (R$4.65). Tickets may be purchased with cash from a BRT box office inside the airport, and there are also box offices and ticket machines at the metro stations.

Cost

€1.94

Trip Duration

1 hr 20 min

There’s a waiting time of 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The BRT bus is available 24/7, however, the metro runs from 5 am to midnight Monday-Saturday and from 07:00 am to 23:00 pm on Sundays and holidays.

Where do I get it from?

The BRT bus stops at both terminals of the Rio de Janeiro airport. At Terminal 1, the bus stops at exit H, and at Terminal 2, it stops at exit D. You will make your transfer from the BRT bus to the L2 metro at the Vincente de Carvalho metro station. At the Central metro station, you will change from the L2 metro to the L1 or L4 metro.

Convenience

Taking the BRT bus and metro is the cheapest way to reach Copacabana from the Rio de Janeiro airport. However, it is also the least convenient option as you will have to make a couple of transfers and the public transportation system is known to be somewhat difficult to navigate. Also, the metro can be quite crowded, making it difficult to travel with luggage.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

The are many combinations of buses and metros that will take you to your destination in Copacabana – take a look at all your options to find the best route depending on when you arrive and where your destination is.

Useful Tips

If you will be using the BRT bus or metro frequently during your stay, consider purchasing a rechargeable card.

Frequently asked questions

Does Uber operates from Rio de Janeiro airport?

Yes, Uber does service the Rio de Janeiro airport and surrounding areas.

What is the best way to reach Copacabana from Rio de Janeiro airport?

As public transportation can be difficult to navigate and takes a relatively long time to reach Copacabana from the airport, taking a taxi or pre-booking a transfer with Welcome Pickups is the easiest and fastest way to get to Copacabana.

What is the cheapest way to get to Copacabana from Rio de Janeiro airport?

Taking the BRT bus from the airport and transferring to the metro to reach Copacabana is the cheapest way of making the journey.

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