Located 285 km from Rio de Janeiro and 303 km from São Paulo, the municipality of Paraty is situated on the Green Coast of Rio de Janeiro state. Up until the 1980s Paraty was only accessible by sea, but with the opening of the Rio-Santos highway (BR-101), Paraty has become a fantastic touristic centre.
There are buses that depart regularly to Paraty from teh bus terminal, or you can also take a transfer service which picks up from your hotel or apartment, or a service that collect you directly from the Rio airport. Read on for info about the three options:
From the Novo Rio Bus Station in Rio de Janeiro, the company Costa Verde offers buses departing from Rio to Paraty at regular intervals throughout the day with the first departure at 4:00am, and last at 21:00pm. The Costa Verde ticket office is located on the bottom floor of the terminal, and they accept credit cards for ticket purchases. Seating is allocated and when purchasing your ticket you can choose from the empty seats on the computer screen which the attendant will show you. We recommend you choose a seat on the left side of the bus because that is the side with the best views of the coast.
Bus company website:
Ph #: (21) 3622 3100.
The buses arrive to the platforms which are located left of the ticket office and you will receive a paper ticket which you show to the driver on the buses arrival. If you have large pieces of luggage the driver will put them in the baggage compartment under the bus and give you a small receipt. The travel time is 4.5 hours with some trips taking 5 hours due to extra stops along the way, so check the bus companies website for information on which are the faster bus departure times.
The trip starts off on straight highways for an hour and a half, but as you hit the coast the road snakes a lot. The buses are quite modern with a comfortable recline, sometimes the air conditioning runs too cold so take something to cover yourself with just in case. There is an onboard lavatory and the bus usually stops twice during the trip at locations you can use the bathroom facilities and also grab drinks and snacks. On arrival to Paraty you will need to produce your baggage receipt to collect your luggage.
Rio to Paraty Bus Route
Buses from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty
Airport Transfer Option
If you are arriving to the GIG International airport you can pre-book a service which will collect you from your flight and put you on a shared van transfer to Paraty.
The first transfer is at 09:30am and last departs around 20:00am. In between these hours you will be meet on arrival and put into the next van dpearting for Paraty.
For more information about this you can click here:
Transfer from Rio City to Paraty
There is also a service that picks up from your accommodation in Rio city and will drop you off at your accommodation in Paraty. There is one departure per day and the van picks up between 10:30 and 12:00 depending where you are located in Rio. This service also drops people off at the docks where they take a boat to Ilha Grande, and then continues on to Paraty. For more information click here
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