Public transit in Rio de Janeiro is pretty inexpensive on a per trip basis, but it can add up quickly if you make a lot of short trips since, unlike most large cities, there is no such thing as a day pass or a weekly pass. This does however keep things fairly simple, especially if you are just riding the Metro.
The Unitary Card is simply a single use fare card that gives you one trip on the Metro, but does not facilitate extending your trip on any surface trains or buses.
Cost: R$ 4,60
The RioCard is an integrated fare card that can be purchased either for a single multi-modal trip using the Metro or Subway plus one other mode of public transportation or as a reloadable fare card. The available integrated fare combinations are listed in the following table.
RioCard covers the widest range of public transportation services making it the easiest and most versatile fare card. The Integrated fares offer savings over purchasing separate fares on each mode of transit.
Note that when you transfer between the Metro and an integrated service, you should do so right away (don't stop for lunch) as your ticket has a 2 hour total time limit.
|The RioCard can be used for a single trip on MetrôRio Network and the following Integrations.|
|Subway + BRT (Rapid Bus)||R $ 6.80|
|Metro + Bus Integration||R $ 6.05|
|Subway + Train||R $ 8.55|
|Subway + Intercity Bus||R $ 8.55|
|Subway + Ferries||R $ 8.55|
|Metro + Van Rocinha and Vidigal||R $ 6.05|
For more information about the RioCard and where to purchase one visit RioCard More
The GIRO is a card you can purchase and top up at at MetroRio ticket offices or automated vending machines and then use repeatedly to pass through the turnstiles metro and subway stations until the loaded value is used up. The initial fare purchase is a minimum of R$ 5,00 and there is a R$ 3,00 refundable security deposit for a total initial coast of R $8,00.
You can store up to R$ 500 on a GIRO card, but, if you decide to store a significant amount on it, be sure to register it on MetroRios' website so you can put a stop on the card and transfer your balance to a new on if it gets lost or stolen.
The GIRO card can be used throughout the Metro system, on MetrôRio buses (Metrô na Superfície) and even to pay for Bike Rio rentals.
For more information about the GIRO card visit MetroRio Rates
City Bus Fares
Rio is served by a copious number of city buses plying nearly 1000 different routes and operated by many different companies. Other than the special buses described above, if you wish to ride one of the city buses you must have a cash fare ready and pay the driver or the fare collecter seated behind the driver who will then permit you to pass through the turnstile (Yes, even buses have turnstiles). Prices can vary but the majority of routes are $R 3,95. There are no tickets or transfers, so you must pay the fare each time you board the bus.
CCR Ferry Fares
The CCR Ferries have 4 routes that operate out of Praça XV near downtown Rio; 2 crossing and 2 going north up Guanabara Bay. For integrated Ferry fares using the RioCard see the Integrated Fare Table above. Ferry only fares can be purchased at the terminal and are as follows:
- Praça XV to Square Arariboia (Niteroi) R$ 6,30
- Praça XV to Charitas R$ 17,60
- Praça XV to Paqueta R$ 6,30
- Praça XV to Cocota R$ 6,30