Bus from Buzios to Ilha Grande
Buzios to Rio de Janeiro by Bus & Ferry
The bus ride from Buzios to Rio de Janeiro takes approximately 3 hours. The company offering the direct route depart from Terminal Rodoviário de Buzios (Buzios bus terminal), arriving at Rodoviaria Novo Rio (Rio de Janeiro's main bus terminal):
The class of buses used on this route is:
Convencional - Semi-bed half recline
The bus company Costa Verde covers the bus route from Rio de Janeiro to Mangaratiba, Conceição de Jacareí, and Angra dos Reis. Their buses are modern, equipped with onboard lavatories and depart every day from 07:00am until 21:00pm, but you would want to travel earlier in the day to make sure you can get one of the boats.
Costa Verde buses depart Rio from Rodoviaria Novo Rio and departure times can be found at their website (http://www.costaverdetransportes.com.br/).
The bus company Costa Verde covers the bus route from Rio de Janeiro to Mangaratiba, Conceição de Jacareí, and Angra dos Reis. Their buses are modern, equipped with onboard lavatories and depart every day from 07:00am until 21:00pm, but you would want to travel earlier in the day to make sure you can get one of the boats. Costa Verde buses depart Rio from the Terminal Rodoviário Novo Rio and departure times can be found at their website:
Remember to arrive to the Buzios bus terminal at least 40 minutes before the scheduled departure because you will need to redeem your ticket at the Ticket Desk of your chosen company; there they will also tell you which is the boarding platform for this particular trip. We suggest you to take something to drink and eat since there are no snacks or drinks onboard and some of the buses won’t stop at all. Also take a coat or jacket with you as the air conditioning is usually very strong.
To purchase a ticket online directly you may need a CPF number which is like a Brazilian Tax File number.
If you are in Buzios and want to visit the island of Ilha Grande, you’ll have to access it via a boat departing from one of the following locations: Angra dos Reis, Mangaratiba or Conceição de Jacareí.
You can to Ilha Grande by two local buses and public ferry or take a daily transfer. Taking local transport involves a bus ride from Buzios to Rio, and one to one of the above mentioned towns, then making your way to the docks before crossing to the island by ferry. By taking one of the daily transfer vans you can be picked up from your accommodation in Rio and driven to your included boat for the trip to the island.
Both mentioned options arrive on the island at the township of Vila do Abraão, where most people opt to stay because it is the only real populated town which hosts most of the accommodation, dining and entertainment facilities. There are also taxi boats to take you to the other parts of Ilha Grande.
Buzios to Ilha Grande Bus and Ferry Routes
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How do you get from Rio to Ilha Grande via Mangaratiba?
Mangaratiba is the closest departure point for boats to Ilha Grande and buses take around 2.5 - 3 hours from Rio, but at the same time it offers the least frequent departures and a long crossing time. The bus company Costa Verde has about 4 departures a day to the town of Mangaratiba, but all of the buses to Angra dos Reis can drop you by the side of the road as they pass the town (remember to tell the bus driver). Either way you will need to make your own way to the docks.
Best reported connection for this route is to take the 5:00am bus from Rio to get the 08:00am regular service to the island, making it the best way to get there early in the day. The trip takes 1 hour and 45 minutes from Magaratiba (23Km) and for more information about the boat you can call Saveiro Desirre Ph#: (24) 3370-5584.
How do you get from Rio to Ilha Grande via Conceicao de Jacarei?
To reach Conceicao de Jacarei the bus journey from Rio takes around 3.5 - 4 hours and you can take the Costa Verde bus from the Novo Rio Terminal. Remember that you will be required to tell the bus driver that you need to get off at Conceicao de Jacarei and they will stop at the side of the road as the bus passes through the town at KM 455 of the Rio-Santos highway (its also a good idea to remind the driver again during the comfort stops to make sure they remember to stop there for you).
From the road its about a 15 minute walk from where the bus drops you to the beach in front of the town. Once you hit the beach walk all the way to the left to find the departure dock. Conceicao de Jacarei also has the advantage of being the closest point from the mainland to Ilha Grande with a crossing time of 40 minutes to an hour, plus it has the most regular departures out of the three towns due to its close proximity.
For anyone suffering from seasickness this problem will be minimized by making the crossing here. The wooden vessel Saveiro Andréa departs from Conceição de Jacareí to Abraão (Ilha Grande), and is done in 50 minutes. The ticket costs R$ 15.00 per person (Monday to Friday) / Saturdays, Sundays and holidays R$ 20.00 per person. Saveiro Andréa Ph#: (21) 9744-0732.
How do you get from Rio to Ilha Grande via Angra do Reis?
Although Angra dos Reis is the furthest of the 3 options from Rio, and also the furthest from Ilha Grande, getting there is straight forward because you arrive to a bus terminal with all the associated facilities.
Costa Verde has departures from the Rio Novo Terminal to Angra dos Reis every hour between 04:00am and 21:00pm. The trip costs around R$41 and takes less than three hours to get to the Angra dos Reis bus terminal. The bus station of Angra dos Reis (Terminal Rodoviário Nilton Barbosa) is located on "Praia da Chácara", its about 2.5 km from downtown which is about a 20 - 25 minute walk or around R$20 by taxi. The terminal address is Av. Almirante Jair Carneiro Toscano de Brito, s/nº - Balneário - CEP: 23906-805. And the Ph#: (24) 3365-2041.
Angra dos Reis has three piers which are called Cais in Portuguese:
Cais da Lapa - This is the dock located furthest from the bus terminal, but from here the daily ferry departs to Vila do Abraão on Ilha Grande. This is the cheapest and most reliable service.
Cais de Santa Luzia - This is the area in the middle of the waterfront where you take the faster Catamarans or you can contract boats to Vila do Abraão, plus Saco do Bananal, Enseada de Sítio Forte, Araçatiba and Provetá;
Cais de Turismo - You can contract boats to Saco do Bananal, Enseada de Sítio Forte y Araçatiba.
The large ferry departs Cais de Lapa pier from Monday to Friday at 15:30 and costs R$7 during the week days. On the weekends and public holidays the departure is 13:30 and doubles in price. The crossing takes about 1:45 hours and you arrive to the main dock in Vila do Abraao.
There are catamarans at higher prices but with upgraded amenities, such as the Catamaran IGT, connecting Angra with Ilha Grande in only 45 minutes (R$ 25). Other options include private schooners, which have no fixed schedule at an average price of R$ 15 but they only depart with a few people. Ask around the Cais de Santa Luzia for these.
Daily Transfer from Buzios to Ilha Grande
The Green Toad can reserve you a 10 seater van which will drop-off at docks where you will change for a boat heading to Vila Abraao on Ilha Grande.
There is 1 daily transfer from Buzios to Ilha Grande that make pick-ups from Pousadas, hotels and hostels all over the Armacao dos Buzios peninsular. The first vehicle will travel from Buzios to the GIG airport, where you will meet another vehicle at the departure point before continuing to the docks where you will change for a boat heading to Ilha Grande.
For more information about the transfer go to this link: Ilha Grande Transfers.