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There are 8 ways to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by plane, bus, rideshare or car

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Fly Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  2h 32m

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

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Bus  •  6h

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê - Salvador Bus Station / ...

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Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  2h 34m

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

Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao  •  3h 40m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao (GIG) GRU - GIG

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo to Aeroporto de Viracopos
  2. Fly from Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) VCP - SDU

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao  •  4h 46m

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo to Aeroporto de Viracopos
  2. Fly from Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao (GIG) VCP - GIG

Rideshare  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro 439.8 km

Drive  •  5h 3m

  1. Drive from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro 441.9 km

São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by bus

The bus journey time between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is around 6h and covers a distance of around 436 km. Operated by Brasileiro, Águia Branca, 1001 and others, the São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus service departs from São Paulo – Tietê and arrives in Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio. Typically 59 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

59 Weekly Buses
6h Average Duration
R$ 55 Cheapest Price
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São Paulo → Rio de Janeiro
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rio de Janeiro is 136.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Rio de Janeiro is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Rio de Janeiro is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 136.

Last updated: 16 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to rideshare which costs R$ 98 and takes 5h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which costs R$ 230 - R$ 2000 and takes 2h 32m.

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

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The distance between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is 360 km. The road distance is 441.9 km.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro without a car is to bus which takes 6h and costs R$ 55 - R$ 190.

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It takes approximately 2h 32m to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which takes 2h 32m and costs R$ 230 - R$ 2000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R$ 55 - R$ 190 and takes 6h.

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The quickest flight from Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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  • Distance: 360 km
  • Duration: 2h 32m

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

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

Airlines
Azul
Website
voeazul.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 350 - R$ 2700
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 380 - R$ 2400
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 250 - R$ 2900
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 500 - R$ 3100
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 400 - R$ 2700
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 390 - R$ 2500
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 350 - R$ 2500
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Website
voegol.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 300 - R$ 2800
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 320 - R$ 2500
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 360 - R$ 2500
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 150 - R$ 2700
Bus operators
VB Transportes
Phone
+55 19 3733-5000
Email
sac@vbtransportes.com.br
Website
vbtransportes.com.br
Bus from São Paulo to Aeroporto de Viracopos
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 37
Book at
vbtransportes.com.br
Brasileiro
Website
expressobrasileiro.com
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 102
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Expresso Brasileiro
Águia Branca
Phone
+55 4004-1010 / +55 73 2102-5353
Email
sac@aguiabranca.com.br
Website
aguiabranca.com.br
Bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 170 - R$ 350
1001
Phone
+55 4004-5001
Email
sac@autoviacao1001.com.br
Website
autoviacao1001.com.br
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 55 - R$ 190
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1001
Convencional
R$ 110 - R$ 160
Conv. C/Ar
R$ 140 - R$ 190
Expresso Adamantina
Phone
+55 18 3822-2043
Email
contato@expressoadamantina.com.br
Website
expressoadamantina.com.br
Bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 19 - R$ 85
Schedules at
expressoadamantina.com.br
Gontijo
Phone
0800 728 0044 / +55 31 3419-1299
Website
comprepassagem.com.br
Bus from Sao Paulo – Tiete to Rio de Janeiro
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
R$ 110 - R$ 140
Book at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 110 - R$ 140
Executivo
R$ 110 - R$ 130
Other operators
BlaBlaCar Brazil
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
R$ 98
Book at
blablacar.com.br

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Yes, the driving distance between São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is 442 km. It takes approximately 5h 3m to drive from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

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

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Book your São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus tickets online with Distribusion and Busbud.

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There are 996+ hotels available in Rio de Janeiro. Prices start at R$ 500 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport is to bus which takes 31 min and costs R$ 5.

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