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There are 6 ways to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo by plane, bus, rideshare or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Sao Paulo Congonhas  •  1h 37m

  1. Fly from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) to Sao Paulo Congonhas (CGH) SDU - CGH

R$ 126 - R$ 760

Cheapest option

Bus via São José dos Campos  •  7h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Rio de Janeiro to São José dos Campos
  2. Take the bus from São José dos Campos to São Paulo - Tiete

R$ 96 - R$ 177

4 alternative options

Fly to Sao Paulo  •  2h 1m

  1. Fly from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) to Sao Paulo (GRU) SDU - GRU

R$ 180 - R$ 840

Bus  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio to São Paulo – Tietê

R$ 110 - R$ 160

Rideshare  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the rideshare from Rio De Janeiro to São Paulo 429.6 km

R$ 117

Drive  •  5h

  1. Drive from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo 431.4 km

R$ 230 - R$ 350

Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo by bus

The bus journey time between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is around 6h 29m and covers a distance of around 423 km. The fastest bus normally takes 6h 10m. Operated by Brasileiro, 1001, Kaissara and others, the Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo bus service departs from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio and arrives in São Paulo – Tietê. Typically 150 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
6h 29m
Fastest bus time:
6h 10m
Bus distance:
423 km
Buses per week:
150
Cheapest price:
R$ 50
Carbon emissions:
52 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
01:15
Last bus departs at:
23:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo bus schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in São Paulo is 136.

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo is to rideshare which costs R$ 117 and takes 5h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo is to fly which costs R$ 120 - R$ 800 and takes 1h 37m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio and arriving at São Paulo – Tietê. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 30m.

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The distance between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is 360 km. The road distance is 431.4 km.

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The best way to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo without a car is to bus which takes 6h 30m and costs R$ 110 - R$ 160.

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It takes approximately 1h 37m to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo, including transfers.

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Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo bus services, operated by Brasileiro, depart from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio station.

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The best way to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo is to fly which takes 1h 37m and costs R$ 120 - R$ 800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R$ 110 - R$ 160 and takes 6h 30m.

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The quickest flight from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport to Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo bus services, operated by Brasileiro, arrive at São Paulo – Tietê station.

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Map of how to get from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo.
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  • Distance: 360 km
  • Duration: 1h 37m

What companies run services between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and São Paulo, Brazil?

Azul, Gol Transportes Aéreos and LATAM Chile fly from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo hourly. Alternatively, Brasileiro operates a bus from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio to São Paulo – Tietê hourly. Tickets cost R$ 102 and the journey takes 6h 30m. Four other operators also service this route.

Airlines
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo Congonhas
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 170 - R$ 1400
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 230 - R$ 1200
Azul
Website
voeazul.com.br
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo Congonhas
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 170 - R$ 1300
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 230 - R$ 1100
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Website
voegol.com.br
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo Congonhas
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 140 - R$ 1000
Flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 180 - R$ 1100
Bus operators
Brasileiro
Website
expressobrasileiro.com
Bus from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio to São Paulo – Tietê
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 102
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Expresso Brasileiro
1001
Phone
+55 4004-5001
Email
sac@autoviacao1001.com.br
Website
autoviacao1001.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo – Tietê
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
R$ 110 - R$ 180
Book at
1001
Convencional
R$ 110 - R$ 150
Conv. C/Ar
R$ 130 - R$ 180
Kaissara
Phone
0800 723 2121 / 0800 726 0246
Email
faleconosco@kaissara.com.br
Website
kaissara.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio to São Paulo - Tietê
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 50
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Kaissara
Penha
Phone
0800 646 2122
Email
atendimento@nspenha.com.br
Website
nspenha.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro Novo Rio to São Paulo – Tietê
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 95 - R$ 120
Book at
clickbus.com.br
Convencional
R$ 95 - R$ 120
Semi-Leito
R$ 100 - R$ 140
Bus from Rio de Janeiro Novo Rio to São José dos Campos
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 80 - R$ 100
Book at
clickbus.com.br
Convencional
R$ 80 - R$ 100
Semi-Leito
R$ 80 - R$ 120
Bus from São José dos Campos to São Paulo – Tietê
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 35 - R$ 50
Book at
clickbus.com.br
Convencional
R$ 35 - R$ 50
Semi-Leito
R$ 28 - R$ 40
Sampaio
Phone
+55 21 3907-3900 / +55 4020-0800
Email
faleconosco@viacaosampaio.com.br
Website
viacaosampaio.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to São José dos Campos
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
R$ 65 - R$ 110
Book at
ecommerce.viacaosampaio.com.br
Convencional
R$ 65 - R$ 90
Executivo
R$ 70 - R$ 110
Semi-Leito
R$ 90 - R$ 120
Auto Viação Catarinense
Util
Phone
0800 886 1000 / 0800 883 8830
Email
faleconosco@util.com.br
Website
util.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio to São José dos Campos
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
R$ 95
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Util
Viação Garcia
Phone
+55 43 98416-0013 / 0800-400-7090
Email
contato@viacaogarcia.com
Website
viacaogarcia.com.br
Bus from Rio de Janeiro to São José dos Campos
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 85 - R$ 130
Book at
clickbus.com.br
Executivo
R$ 95 - R$ 130
Cabine Cama
R$ 180 - R$ 250
Leito
R$ 110 - R$ 140
Convencional
R$ 85 - R$ 130
Passaro Marron
Phone
0800 285 3047 / +55 11 3775 3850
Email
imprensa@passaromarron.com.br
Website
passaromarron.com.br
Bus from São José dos Campos to São Paulo - Tiete
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 27 - R$ 35
Schedules at
portaldepassagens.com.br
Other operators
BlaBlaCar Brazil
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Rio De Janeiro to São Paulo
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 117
Book at
blablacar.com.br

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Yes, the driving distance between Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo is 431 km. It takes approximately 5h to drive from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo.

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Gol Transportes Aéreos, Azul and LATAM Chile offer flights from Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport to Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport.

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