Rio de Janeiro, commonly called Rio, is known for its breathtaking landscape, famous beaches and beautiful monuments. With approximately 6 million people residing in the city, Rio unites descendants from all over the world, enriching the cultural heritage and making it a main intellectual hub in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro is the primary tourist attraction in Brazil. It receives the most visitors per year of any city in South America. Rio sports world-class hotels, approximately 80 kilometres of beautiful beaches, and the famous Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains.
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Arriving in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro has two main airports: Santos Dumont and Antonio Carlos Jobim, also known as Galeão. Santos Dumont works for domestic flights, and it is located in a quite central location in Rio. Taxis and shuttles usually transport visitors from the airport. Galeão receives international flights and is approximately a 20 minute drive to Rio. There are also taxis and shuttles available at the airport.
The road to Rio
There are several major roads running into Rio. The city is a 6-hour drive from São Paulo. Drivers can chose different highway options when traveling from all over the country. The primary bus station is Rodoviária Novo Rio. From there, you can go to all major Brazilian cities and to some countries in South America.
The train to Rio
Traveling by train in Brazil is not really recommended. The bus and airplane services are much faster and comfortable. Train services in Brazil are usually delayed and the routes are very limited. The main raiway stations in Rio are Estação Dom Pedro II, Estação Barão de Mauá and Praça Cristiano Otoni.
In Rio there is accommodation to for every taste and budget. The city offers vast options from beach front hotels to central and more affordable hotels.
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Rio hot spots
Rio has an array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs which tourists can enjoy. For more information on where to go, please visit rioguiaoficial.com.br/en/home.