BRT Rio

BRT Rio, Rio de Janeiro: Address, Phone Number, BRT Rio Reviews: 3.5/5

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hydehaven
Edmonton, Canada167 contributions
Good way to get around.
Aug 2017 • Couples
We had read about the BRT before arriving in Rio but we didn't know much about the service. We saw the station at arrivals and it seemed to be popular and rather full. We weren't sure about using the service while carrying our luggage and daypacks.

Now we know and next time we'll definitely consider taking the BRT. As it turns out, there is a BRT stop right outside the hotel we stayed at near the convention centre and we could have gotten there for a pretty cheap fare.

First, you have to have a prepaid card to use the BRT. Stations do have machines so you can buy or add to your card but they wouldn't accept our foreign credit card. You can't use cash to board the BRT. I didn't look but I presume the airport station might have a manned kiosk where you can buy a card with cash. A couple of days later I did find a manned kiosk at Barra Shopping where I could buy a card from a real person using cash.

I kept calling the BRT a train because that's what it seems like. It has a dedicated lane and the stations are more like train stops with raised platforms and sliding doors. We rode them mostly in the Barra area but after getting on the wrong train we did head out into other parts of the city on an express train but we simply got off, crossed the platform and caught the next train going back. It's simple to change trains and once you're on the platform you can catch any number of trains going in different directions.

The only drawback is that it doesn't go to Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana but you could transfer to the Metro.

The BRT can be crowded but we didn't feel unsafe at all. There is a place at the back of the bus where there is room for luggage or large items.
Written 9 August 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michael A
San Francisco, CA82 contributions
Fast but Frustrating
Jun 2017 • Family
The buses are fast, frequent, clean and safe and have their own dedicated lanes and enclosed stations. It connects seamlessly to the Metro system. I so want to give the system five stars, but...UGH...buying a ticket and getting past the turnstiles is an exercise in frustration. Finding a ticket machine that works, that will accept your pre-paid card, a guard that will correctly answer your questions, a map that isn't on the side of the station that you can't access, a ticket agent that will accept your cash is very difficult, and I speak fluent Portuguese. I pity the poor tourist who tries to figure it out without speaking the language. I have never experienced such a poorly designed way of accessing a public transportation system. I've learned to keep my pre-paid BRT card with a large sum on it so that I can quickly enter the system without having to deal with the ridiculously trying experience of refilling it.
Written 15 June 2017
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Lucchese20
Greenbrae, CA7 contributions
Worthwhile With Some Understanding
Feb 2017 • Couples
I took the BRT TransCarioca from the airport to our hotel in Cinelandia in February 2017. Our flight from Atlanta arrived very early in the morning so no particular rush to the hotel as our room would probably not have been ready for check-in anyway had we taken a cab.

BRT tickets are for sale in the international arrivals lounge once you clear customs. However the booth was on the far end of the lobby from arriving International flights -- like the ATMs. Perhaps next to the domestic flights arrival area (?) -- can't remember. We needed to transfer from the BRT to the Metro as the BRT Carioca line doesn't go to Cinelandia.

An apparent language issue (on both sides of the conversation even though I said "Cinelandia") as the RioCard we obtained apparently was not valid for the connecting metro ride and we had to stand in line at the metro station to buy a separate ticket.

The BRT itself is well travelled and a gentlemen was kind enough to give up seat to me so I can sit next to my wife. I wouldn't use it if you have more than one luggage or aren't strong bodied as the BRT rocks, rolls and turns on the way to the metro stop -- like all buses.

My wife and I enjoyed the "real Rio" (so to speak) as the BRT TransCarioca passed through neighborhoods that most tourists don't see. It also travelled almost non-stop from the airport to the metro stop -- an extra bonus.

We got on the metro at about 10:30. Again, the metro is well utilized and again, a young woman was kind enough to give her seat up to my wife. Metro ride wasn't as "scenic" as the BRT but overall this ride gave us a glimpse of the city we wouldn't have seen in a cab or organized tour.

Like public transit anywhere, it can be done if you have a backpack and one piece of luggage, one ticket for multiple rides (hopefully), some time and a little sense of adventure.
Written 12 March 2017
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Ginger_Zidane
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK595 contributions
Good for the Airport
Jul 2016 • Solo
I always use the BRT + Metro combo to and from Galeao airport.

For a solo traveller a fraction of taxi prices to Zona Sul and you avoid getting stuck in traffic jams too.
Written 5 February 2017
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MF018
The Woodlands, TX371 contributions
Avoid It if you can ! ! !
Aug 2016
Crowded, people will push you. Locals are afraid to loose their stop, so they do not move from the entrance, what makes an odssey to move inside. Also they do not wait for people to disembark the BRT and start to get into before everybody leaves . . .

We used it during the Olympics, and the major stop just IN FRONT of the Olympic Park was not open, so we had to walk for about 1,5 mile under the scalding sun . . .
Written 22 August 2016
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MarcosBorges
São Paulo24 contributions
Can cause some headaches
Aug 2016 • Couples
There are a wide number of lines connecting different regions of Rio de Janeiro. One cool thing is that there are express buses and stopping (called parador) buses, the first only stops on major stations, while the parador stops in every station. The express stations are marked with white balls.

But a major problem seen in close to all lines I used was air condition, in Rio's heat, it's a must, but sometimes you get unlucky. In my case it was 5 tries before I gave up and continued on a bus with no air.
Written 17 August 2016
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