The two most visited places in Brazil by international visitors are Rio de Janeiro and Foz do Iguacu, and the latter people visit to see the Iguassu Waterfalls. Rio is located on the east coast of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, while Foz do Iguacu is located on the western side of the Parana state sharing its border with Argentina (Puerto Iguazu) and Paraguay (Cuidad del Este).
You can take overnight buses from Rio de Janiero to Foz do Iguacu or use alternative routes where it is necessary to change buses.
Rio to Foz do Iguacu Bus Route
BUS COMPANIES - There are currently 3 bus companies servicing this route:
Pluma Internacional - http://www.pluma.com.br.
Catarinense - http://www.catarinense.com.br/
Nordeste - http://www.expnordeste.com.br/
There are several departures daily from the Rodoviaria Novo Rio (main bus terminal). From Rio to foz the bus journey time is between 23 - 26 hours depending on which bus you book, and that is only if the road and traffic conditions are good. The bus arrives to the Rodoviaria Internacional de Foz do Iguacu (main bus terminal).
It is recommended to arrive at least 40 minutes before the scheduled departure of your bus to collect your ticket and to find out which platform your bus will depart from. Once the bus arrives to the platform you take your own check luggage to the attendant at the back of the bus who will give you a ticket for each bag stored beneath the bus. Remember to keep this ticket in a safe, easy to find place because you will need it to collect your bag on arrival.
Before entering the bus your passport will be reviewed and your name checked against the passenger manifest and the name on your ticket. The bus itself will have 2 drivers taking turns at the wheel, but there will not be any onboard attendant. There is no food or drinks supplied on the bus but it stops every 2 to 4 hours at locations where you can grab a bite to eat, we recommend you take snacks and water. The bus has onboard W/C but also take advantage of the rest stops to use the facilities when you can. It is also recommended to take something warm with you in case the onboard air-conditioning is too strong.
Direct Bus from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu
Alternative Routes from Rio to Foz by Bus
If you cannot get the direct bus from Rio to Foz do Iguacu then we would suggest you take one of these alternative routes:
Buses from Rio de Janiero to Foz do Iguacu
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