The bus ride between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro takes approximately six hours. Thanks to the great condition of the road, most travelers have the opportunity to  take a good rest during the trip. Even though there are regular flights, bus travel is preferred by many since it is less expensive, comfortable and very simple to arrange.

 

There are several companies offering the Sao Paulo to Rio direct route, and all of them depart from Terminal Rodoviário Tietê (Sao Paulo's main bus terminal), arriving at Terminal Rodoviário Novo Rio (Rio's main bus terminal). They Include:

 

 

Classes of buses used on this route include:

 

  • Leito - full recline bed

  • Leito DD - full recline bed on a double decker bus

  • Executivo / Goldern - almost full recline

  • Executivo DD - almost full recline on a double decker bus

  • Convencional - Semi-bed half recline

 

Most buses stop once during the trip for some refreshment and to stretch the legs. The majority of travel is done on a highway and there is little that is remarkable on the road. Since the two cities are very different, the most interesting scenery occurs when departing or approaching each area.

 

Remember to arrive to the Tiete 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. All the buses are equipped with onboard W/C.

 

To purchase a ticket online directly you may need a CPF number which is like a Brazilian Tax File number.

 

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The good news about the Sao Paulo to Rio bus route is that travelers can find transportation between these two cities at any time of the day or night.

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