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


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

How to get to Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car - 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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Rated 4.8 out of 5Sugarloaf Mountain Star Rating

5 Star Rating I've been to the summit 3 times. First time I went up the shortest mountain by foot (which I recommend btw) and then took the cable car to reach the peak of the Sugarloaf. On the way to the first mountain I met many of these cute, little monkeys with white hair on their head. So adorable :). The view from the Sugarloaf will not disappoint you.

Jack Buzz - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Arguably the number one best site to see in Rio. The views are extraordinary, the cable car ride is impressive, and the whole experience is sublime. Given as many people as this attraction handles, it manages to provide an more relaxed and pleasant time than I would have expected. Well worth the trip, but it is highly recommended that you but your tickets in advance to abide waiting in the line. And it is also a good idea to go later in the day since the light gets better as it gets closer to sunset and sunset is well worth staying for.

Allan Herrod - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating In my opinion the view is fantastic! But, the ticket was a little bit expensive $80 reais. There was no line to wait. But, the food on the top of the mountain is super expensive. We spent about 2hours there. I love it! Important: Around the sugarloaf mountain is very safe because there are many armed forces' buildings so you will see a lot military people walking around that area. I felt very safe!

Rodolfo Costa - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Sugarloaf mountain is a couplet of mountains within the periphery of Rio. The beauty is that there are cable cars to travel to these mountain tops. That journey itself is enjoyable as it gives a wonderful view of whole Rio from the top. The evening sunset scene and the lighted beaches are pretty awesome sights. The illuminated statue of Christ The Redeemer also looks very beautiful from a distance. If you happen to be in Rio, do not miss out this place.

DrArpan Bhatt - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Must do if you visiting Rio. Going all the way to the top in cable cars gives some fantastic views of the city. It is very popular and obviously gets very crowded. It can eat up more than half of your day so make sure you plan ahead. The best time is to go late afternoon so you catch the sunset and view of the city and mountains in lights. Christ the redeemer also shines beautifully at night with a bright light on the statue. There is parking nearby but it is expensive. If you can use public transport, do it. Take a good camera because there will be lots to shoot!

VJ - 3 months ago


Enjoy this video of the full gondola ride from Station 2 at the of Pão de Açúcar to Station 1 on top of Morro-da-Urca

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