Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car - Pão de Açúcar e bondinho

A ride up the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain is a breathtaking experience

Cable car arriving at the top of Sugarloaf
Cable car arriving at the top of Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain or Pão de Açúcar is one of the most popular attractions in Rio de Janeiro having had over 37 million visitors. The Sugarloaf Cable Car is one of the safest in the world. You won't want to leave Rio before riding to the top of this world famous landmark in one of the 65 passenger plexiglass wrapped cable cars affording you an incredible 360° view of the beaches and forests spread out below.

The Sugarloaf cable car consists of two stages with each one taking about three minutes to traverse. The first stage of the ride starts at Praia Vermelha, or Red Beach and carries you up to Morro Da Urca. The second stage takes you the rest of the way to the top. You reach an altitude of 528 meters at a leisurely rate of between 21 and 31 kilometers per hour.

The cable car system is rated as one of the safest in the world and the maintenance of the system leave nothing to be desired. The cables are replaced on a regular basis and the cars do not move if the weather is foul. Its engineer, Augusto Ferreira Ramos, would be proud to see the joy that his creation has brought to visitors in Rio de Janeiro.

From the car, you and 64 other passengers will love the full circle view of the surrounding forests and beaches, you get to see downtown Rio, the airport and the famous Rio-Niteroi Bridge. If you know where to look and are lucky, you might even see a few enthusiastic hikers walking the trails on Morro da Urca, something you can also enjoy. The gondolas which travel the first stage of the cable car system are specially ventilated and have anti-glare glass to help keep you cool and prevent the bright sun from ruining your view.

Once you get to the top, it is not just a case of enjoying the view. There are shops selling curios and souvenirs to keep you entertained and give you the opportunity to take home some unique gifts for your friends and family. You'll also find coffee shops and cafes at the top of the mountain so you can take some time to have a romantic lunch or simply a quick snack.

It is good to note that the Sugarloaf complex has elevators making it possible for those who are physically disabled to enjoy this great experience.

A ride on the Sugarloaf Cable Car is an excellent way to get a panoramic view of a large portion of Rio de Janeiro. Make sure that you don't miss it!

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Address: Sugarloaf Mountain - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Official Website: Pão de Açúcar e bondinho

Pão de Açúcar e bondinho Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Nice place to.explore.and see.the view of city's very beautiful and has a spectacular views from top.... day time and night time.both has 2 different views.... Feel like ticket bit costlier...but you can spend in the evenings.. Cable car is also nice and it's a very small ride to to top...
Rajesh Kotina - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating The views!!! What an impressive place! You can see even the airplanes trying to land in the airport, very beautiful to see. The way up and down with the cable car is majestic. This place along the Christ really define Rio de Janeiro
Ivan Ceballos - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Absolutely breathtaking! Amazing experience! If you’re from a flat place (like south Florida), the topography of Brazil will blow you away! And one of the best ways to experience the beauty of that country is by going to Sugar Loaf Mountain. We went here as part of an excursion. We went to 4 different places. This was stop #3. I don’t know what a regular entry ticket costs because we had an all day excursion. But, you could spend a lot of time here! We went on a Thursday afternoon. There weren’t really any lines. There are two large cars that take people up and down the mountain. Each holds up to 65 people. We had about 30 people in each car. The tram car takes you up to a smaller mountain where you’ll have great views, but change onto another tram. We saw the cutest little monkey on the first mountain! The second tram takes you up to the top of Sugar Loaf. The view is amazing! So many islands, beaches, and mountains! It’s a great place to watch the sunset. There’s shops and snack bars on the mountain. This is a bucket list thing to do in Rio. A “must do” in Rio.
Beth S - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating That's one thing you absolutely have to do in Rio and in my opinion it's event better than Christ the redeemer. Excellent organization, there were no queues and plenty of stores on both stations in case you want to take a break. Look at the forecasted weather though, if it's cloudy you won't see an thing from the top station !
Michael - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Highly recommend the trail to the first cable cart stop then take the cable cart up to the top. You navigation through the jungle is intriguing and fun. Appreciate the view and occasionally encounter of the wild animals.
James Xu - 5 months ago

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Metro and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 GreenBotafogo4 Minutes

How to get to Pão de Açúcar e bondinho by Metro and Bus

Take the Metro to Botafogo Station. Take the Rua Voluntarios da Patria exit and catch Bus #513 (have exact change ready for the extra fare) at the stop northbound on Rua Nelson Mandela just south of the corner of Rua Voluntarios da Patria (across the street from the southern most Metro exit). Ride the bus to the 3rd and last stop on Av. Pasteur. Exit the bus and continue walking east on Av. Pasteur going to your right when you get to the parking area and you will see the entrance to the gondola straight ahead.

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