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 4.7 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 - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing views. The viewing of the natural beauty, also you can see from here the Copacabana beach in a panoramic view. If you are in Rio must visit this epic monument and great city.

Shafiq chowdhury - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Must visit place in Rio. The view from the top of the mountain is unbelievable. Helicopter rides available to show the top view of Rio city. Please make sure there is no fog.much before visiting here. Very well maintained tourist location. Catch a view of plane take off and landing near the beachside from the top. Unforgettable place. Happy holidays in Rio

Aravind Ramakrishna - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating A terrific mountain to view all of Rio! It is an easy cable ride to the top to visit restaurants and shopping areas. A great place to get good photos of the iconic Christ Redeemer statue as well as the beaches and surrounding areas.

Mark LoGiurato - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Incredible views of Rio! MUST VISIT // SEE ⛰️🏖️🌴🌊 The cable car ride was quick and best views are on the platform so don't worry about missing a shot while coming up. Keep your ticket until your journey down as you need to scan it at each entry point for the cable car. They've created lovely platforms for social engagements and plenty of sight seeing locations despite the crowd. We went up around 6pm, saw the sunset, and the blue hour, had a drink at Sunset bar and went down. Super experience and what an awesome history behind the Sugerloaf mountain 🗻

Dmitry Novoselov - 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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