Subway in Rio de Janeiro. O Metrô do Rio é fácil de usar.

So you are coming to Rio de Janeiro and want to move around easily while also paying a cheap price? The best way to do it is by using the Rio de Janeiro Metro. Let’s learn all about the Rio Metro Map in today’s Dica.

Subway in Rio de Janeiro

To walk like a true carioca you have to master the art of using the Metro in Rio de Janeiro. Don’t worry, we’ll help you with that.

Subway Map in Rio de Janeiro

The subway in Rio de Janeiro is perfect to take you to all zones in Rio. From Barra da Tijuca in the West Zone to Pavuna in the North Zone of the city. You just need to know which lines you are going to need. If you are going to places such as Ipanema and Copacabana, you can use Linha 1 (orange), and in case you are going to São Cristóvão or Maracanã then you need to use Linha 2 (green). Linha 4 (yellow) was recently finished for the Olympics and it’s a great option if you want to visit Barra da Tijuca. Here is the Rio de Janeiro Subway Map for you to take a look:

Subway Map in Rio de Janeiro

Places to go by subway

The subway can take you to lots of interesting places, from beaches to Central do Brasil where the famous movie of the same name was filmed and where you can take the train to different parts of Rio. Let’s see the places we can go:

Places Subway Stations
Beaches of Barra Jardim Oceânico
Ipanema beach General Osório
Copacabana beach Siqueira Campos
Botafogo Cove Botafogo
Cristo Redentor Largo do Machado
Palácio de Catete Catete
Lapa Cinelândia
Uruguaiana Uruguaiana
CCBB Uruguaiana
Candelária Uruguaiana
Central do Brasil Central
Maracanã Maracanã

Ok, now you know what to do. But how do we use the subway in Rio? That’s quite simple!

Rio Subway Fare

Let’s learn how to get Rio de Janeiro Metro tickets. To go through the turnstile you have to use the Metro card that can be Unitário (single journey) or Prepaid. You can easily buy a Metro card at the bilheteria (ticket box) or at the ticket machines.

Bear in mind that the Unitário card costs 4,60 reais but the minimum charge for the Prepaid card is 5 reais. Passengers above 60 years old can use the subway and other public means of transportation without paying a fare.

Subway in rio de janeiro. Subway cards: O cartão pré-pago e o cartão unitário.

Another good option would be to buy a Bilhete Único. It’s a card that can be used in different means of transportation within the city. It costs 3 reais and you can charge it at will. When you return the card, once it’s empty, you can get 3 reais back.

You can also buy the Giro card. It’s a card that you can recharge online as well as track your expenses to see how much you have left. After recharging it you only have to validate it in a machine inside the subway station (you’ll see where… there’s a sign, hehe, and it’s often next to the ticket machine). The worst feeling ever is having to wait in a long line to recharge your card, right? With Giro you don’t have to wait in line!

Rio de Janeiro Subway schedule 

You can use the subway almost any time, just be careful if you are going to party in Lapa and have to come back late at night. Here is the schedule of the subway in Rio.

Monday to Saturday Sundays and Holidays
Linha 1 5 a.m to Midnight 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Linha 2 5 a.m to Midnight 7 a.m. to 11 p.m
Linha 4 5 a.m to Midnight 7 a.m. to 11 p.m

Rio de Janeiro Metro tickets on New Year’s Eve

If you are thinking about spending the New Year in Rio, pay attention to the tickets. You can imagine how Rio de Janeiro looks on this date, right? The city is soooo crowded! So, don’t even think about taking a bus, uber or taxi to get around the city. The best ways are by foot or on the subway.

The Rio de Janeiro Metro offer a special ticket for this time of the year. You can buy it in specific subway stations. This information will be posted on MetrôRio’s website, so stay tuned! It’s very important to buy these tickets in advance because on New Year’s Eve some stations will not accept the regular cards, but usually only the popular NYE locations.

Vocabulary List

Subway Metrô 
Zones Zonas
Lines Linhas
Visit Visitar
Interesting places Lugares interessantes
Beaches Praias
Turnstile Roleta
Metro card Cartão do metro
Single journey Unitário
Prepaid Pré-pago 
Ticket office Bilheteria
Machines Máquinas
Minimum charge Carga mínima 
Passengers Passageiros
Fare Tarifa
Giro card Cartão Giro
Recharge Recarregar
Schedule Cronograma/Horários
New Year Ano Novo
New Year’s Eve Véspera do ano novo

Did you know that our school is really close to a subway station? You just need to take the subway to Siqueira Campos and walk a couple minutes towards the beach. It’s very easy to find!

We invite you to come by subway and meet us at Rio & Learn. We’ll be waiting for you!
Bye bye!

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