Rio Carnival.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous and vibrant festivals in the world. It attracts millions of visitors from all over the globe who come to experience the dazzling parades, energetic music, and colorful costumes. If you’re planning to attend the Carnival in Rio, here’s some useful tourist information:

Dates: Carnival in Rio typically takes place in February or March, lasting for about a week. The exact dates vary each year, so it’s recommended to check the official Carnival schedule for the current year.

Sambadrome Parade: The main highlight of the Carnival is the Sambadrome Parade, where the city’s top samba schools compete for the championship. The parade takes place in the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, a purpose-built stadium designed for the event. Tickets for the Sambadrome Parade should be purchased in advance. Sector 9 is the tourist sector which are the same as grandstand tickets, with the difference being that they are allocated so people have assigned seats. The cheapest sectors are 12 and 13.

Street Blocos: Besides the Sambadrome Parade, there are numerous street parties called “blocos” that take place throughout the city. These blocos offer a more informal and spontaneous Carnival experience, with music, dancing, and people wearing costumes. Some popular blocos include Cordão da Bola Preta, Simpatia é Quase Amor, and Monobloco.

Safety: While Rio de Janeiro is generally safe for tourists, it’s essential to take precautions during Carnival due to the large crowds. Avoid displaying valuable items, keep an eye on your belongings, and stay in well-lit and crowded areas. It’s advisable to use reliable transportation options and be cautious when using ATMs.

Carnival Balls and Parties: In addition to the parades and blocos, there are various Carnival balls and parties happening throughout the city. These events often require separate tickets or invitations, so check the official Carnival program or local listings for more information.

Enjoying the Local Cuisine: While in Rio, make sure to indulge in the local cuisine. Try traditional dishes like feijoada (a hearty bean stew with meat), pastel (deep-fried pastries), and caipirinha (a refreshing cocktail made with cachaça, lime, and sugar).

Remember to embrace the festive spirit, be respectful of the local culture, and have an unforgettable time at the Carnival in Rio!


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Rio de Janeiro Metro / VLT – Tram / Sugar Loaf cable car.

The bus schedule for the urban passenger transport service in large and small cities can be consulted on the website ⇒ Horario de Onibus

BUS: Busca Ônibus | Bus Stations. Most popular lines for tourists are 583 and 584 (from Copacabana and Ipanema to Corcovado railway station), as well as 464 and 435 (from Copacabana to Maracanã). Buses 511 (Ataulfo de Paiva) and 512 (Bartholomeu Mitre) are also popular as they take you to Urca for the station to take the cable car up the Sugarloaf mountain. + Brazil Bus Travel – specializes in bus travel in Brazil. (*Bus transport in Rio de Janeiro)

TRAIN: The Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU) is the official website of the Brazilian Urban Trains Company. SuperViaSerra Verde

AIRPORT: Most all airports with regular passenger traffic are operated by the federal – Infraero. They have a very convenient website, with an English version. By far, the largest international airport in Brazil is São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. The second largest airport is Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport.

FERRY: Paraty Tours is a tourism company in Paraty, a coastal town in Rio de Janeiro state.


Bloco (Street Party) during Pre Carnaval 2023 in Rio de Janeiro (Downtown/Centro, Brazil)

video source: One Man Wolf Pack / /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


Visas are required for foreigners to enter and stay in the Brazilian territory for any period of time. Special Visa Categories.


Eventbrite is a platform that allows you to discover and book tickets for a wide range of events happening in Brazil.

Brazil Bus Travel.

Brazil Bus Travel is a website that specializes in bus travel in Brazil. Search for bus routes, schedules, fares, and book tickets online.

Currency Conversion: Websites like XE ( or OANDA ( provide real-time currency exchange rates, allowing you to convert your home currency to Brazilian Real (BRL) and vice versa.

Brazil SIM Card: Upon arriving in Brazil, you may consider getting a local SIM card for your mobile phone to have reliable data connectivity. Some popular providers include Claro (, Vivo (, and TIM ( You can check their websites for available plans, coverage, and instructions on purchasing and activating SIM cards.

The Rio Times is an English-language news website that covers news, culture, events, and tourism-related information primarily focusing on Rio de Janeiro. It provides a valuable resource for international tourists visiting Rio and wanting to stay informed about local news and events.

Eventbrite is a platform that allows you to discover and book tickets for a wide range of events happening in Brazil, including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, sports events, and cultural performances. It can help you find and participate in local events during your visit.