How to get to Christ the Redeemer? 5 Different Ways
There are several ways to visit Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, and a lot of people ask me during the RIo Free Walking Tour, “how to get to Christ the redeemer?” You can take a train, a van, hike to the top or drive or hire a company!
If you want to know about the history and curiosities of the monument, have a look on our blog post Christ the Redeemer curiosities
What to consider when deciding the how to get to Christ the Redeemer
1. Where you are staying in Rio de Janeiro: Rio is a big city, so you might best enjoy choosing transport located close to your hotel / hostel / apartment.
2. The weather forecast: it’s is really different to see the Christ on a cloudy or sunny day.
1. With a travel agency
The easyest way to get to Christ the Redeemer is with a travel agency, and deppending where you are staying in Rio, they pick you up at the hotel. I like this option because you optmize your days in Rio!
There are a lot of companies in Rio, so it’s possible to get great prices! Just be careful not to hire an unlegal agencies that might spoil your trip. I recommend you to always look at the comments on tripadvisor and facebook.
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S2RIO for example, besides having excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and Facebook, gave us a special discount (R$20,00 per person) to a lot of different tours, including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf! You junst need to talk to them on whatsapp and inform the discount voucher or click here and talk directly to them on whatsapp
2 By train
The train is the most traditional way to get to Christ the Redeemer and, in my opinion, it has the most beautiful view! The train leaves from Cosme Velho, a calm neighborhood of Rio that is not so easy to reach, as it doesn’t have a subway station.
1. Getting to the entrance of Corcovado train station: by subway
The closest subway station is Largo do Machado. If you like walking, from the subway station until the entrance of the train you will take about 40min
2. Getting to the entrance of Corcovado train station: by Uber / Taxi
Of course it’s also possible to take a Taxi or Uber to go to the train entrance. If you are staying in the South Zone of Rio (Copacabana / Ipanema / Leblon / Botafogo…) it won’t cost you more than R$40,00
3. Getting to the entrance of Corcovado train station: by bus
If you want to enjoy Rio using public transportation, it’s possible to take a bus to the entrance of the train station.
From Leblon, Copacabana, Ipanema and Botafogo: Bus “Circular 1”
From Center, Lapa and Glória: Bus “Troncal 8”
How much does the train cost? R$74,00 (high season) and R$61,00 (low season)
You can buy the tickets at the tran station, online or at one of the 3 sales points (only in cash): Rio Sul Shopping Center kiosk, Copacabana beach Rio Tur kiosk and Largo do Machado kiosk. As the train is limited, we recommend you to book before, unless its low season and the city is empty
Working time: From 8AM to 9PM
Train contact: You can call 55 21 2558-1329
3. By van
Another very popular way to get to Christ is by van! This is my favorite option! Altough you don’t get the experience and the view of train – you will probably save a lot of time as the vans leave from places close to the subway. Another advantage of the van is the price: it’s cheaper than the train!
You can take the van from 3 different points: Largo do Machado (at the square just outsite the subway station), Lido Square (in Copacabana – close to Cardeal Arco Verde Subway Station) and Barra da Tijuca (Citta America Shopping Center). Many people who are staying in Copacabana ask us how to get to christ the redeemer from copacabana. This is, for sure, the easiest way to get there.
The prices to go to Christ the Redeemer by van:
From Copacabana or Largo do Machado: R$51,00 (low season) ou R$62,00 (high season)
From Barra da Tijuca (inside Cita América shopping center): R$89,00 (low season) ou R$102,00 (high season)
You can buy the tickets online or in the place where it leaves to the christ. During the high season the lines are huge, so better to garantee and buy your tickets online!
See the high season dates here
Working time: 8h – 16h (week days) and 8h – 17h (weekends)
Van contact: You can call 55 21 2225-7036
4. By hiking a trail in Tijuca Forest
The trail begins at Parque Lage next to the Botanical Garden. It’s not an easy walk, taking approximately 3 hours to get up! I’ve done this trail and LOVED IT – but the next day my legs hurt a lot hahaha! For those who are in good shape, like adventure and nature I recommend it!!! But preferably go in large groups or hire a guide (no one wants to get lost in the middle of the forest in Rio de Janeiro – and it’s also safer, hehehe)
How to get to Parque Lage by metro: when buying the ticket ask for a “metrô na superfície”. On the subway, get off at the Botafogo station and follow the signs ““Metrô na Superfície”. The “metrô na superfície” is a bus that will take you to entrance of Parque Lage!
The price of the entrance: Even for those who hike the trail there is a fee of R$21,36 (low season) or R$31,36 (high season) to enter Christ.
5. By car (or bike or on foot!)
For those who come to Rio by car or rent a car here there is a 4th option! This was the option that I used when my parents came to visit me in Rio by car. Even though you can’t get to the entrance of the Christ driving, you can get to the parking lot in Paineiras. From there, authorized city vans take you the rest of the way. For those who feel up to it, you can walk on the road and the entrance is cheaper!
The price of the entrance and van: Van from Paineiras to Corcovado (with entrance included) R$40,00 (high season) and R$27,00 (low season)
Which of those is the best way to get to Christ the Redeemer?
It’s difficult to select one option. For exemple, if you are staying in Barra da Tijua or Copacabana, to me the best way is to take the van. If you were already planning to rent a car in Rio, of course you should drive to it. But if you want to have a different experience, go for the train! If you want an adventure, go for the trek. But if what you want is not to worry about anything or see many attraction in one day, consider going with a travel agency.
Do you want more options of what to do in Rio? Check our blog post what to do in Rio de Janeiro