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There are 7 ways to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by plane, bus, rideshare or car

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Fly Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  2h 26m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo Congonhas (CGH) to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) CGH - SDU

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Bus  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê - Vitória Bus Station / ...

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Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  2h 34m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) GRU - SDU

Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao  •  3h 45m

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao (GIG) GRU - GIG

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  4h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Congonhas Airport to Aeroporto de Viracopos
  2. Fly from Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) VCP - SDU

Rideshare  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro 439.8 km

Drive  •  5h 3m

  1. Drive from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro 441.9 km
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rio de Janeiro is 136.

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The social distance requirement in Rio de Janeiro is 1 metre.

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The cheapest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to bus which costs R$ 55 - R$ 190 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which costs R$ 140 - R$ 1000 and takes 2h 26m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê station and arriving at Rio de Janeiro Bus Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 15m.

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The distance between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is 360 km. The road distance is 441.9 km.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro without a car is to bus which takes 6h 15m and costs R$ 55 - R$ 190.

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It takes approximately 2h 26m to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, including transfers.

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São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus services, operated by Águia Branca, depart from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which takes 2h 26m and costs R$ 140 - R$ 1000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R$ 55 - R$ 190 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest flight from Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus services, operated by Águia Branca, arrive at Rio de Janeiro Bus Station.

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Map of how to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Distance: 360 km
  • Duration: 2h 26m

What companies run services between São Paulo, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?

LATAM Chile, Azul and Gol Transportes Aéreos fly from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro hourly. Alternatively, Águia Branca operates a bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station every 2 hours. Tickets cost R$ 220 and the journey takes 6h 15m. Six other operators also service this route.

Airlines
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 240 - R$ 1700
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 210 - R$ 1900
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 240 - R$ 1600
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Website
voegol.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 190 - R$ 1400
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 170 - R$ 1500
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 150 - R$ 1500
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 500 - R$ 1800
Azul
Website
voeazul.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 220 - R$ 1600
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
R$ 200 - R$ 1500
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 500 - R$ 2000
Bus operators
Azul
Phone
+55 4003 1118 / 0800 887 1118
Email
facebook@voeazul.com.br
Website
voeazul.com.br
Bus from Congonhas Airport to Aeroporto de Viracopos
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 0
Schedules at
voeazul.com.br
Águia Branca
Phone
+55 4004-1010 / +55 73 2102-5353
Email
sac@aguiabranca.com.br
Website
aguiabranca.com.br
Bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
R$ 220
Brasileiro
Website
expressobrasileiro.com
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 102
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Expresso Brasileiro
Kaissara
Phone
0800 723 2121 / 0800 726 0246
Email
faleconosco@kaissara.com.br
Website
kaissara.com.br
Bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 141 - R$ 142
Schedules at
kaissara.com.br
1001
Phone
+55 4004-5001
Email
sac@autoviacao1001.com.br
Website
autoviacao1001.com.br
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro (Novo Rio)
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 55 - R$ 190
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1001
Convencional
R$ 110 - R$ 160
Conv. C/Ar
R$ 140 - R$ 190
Expresso Adamantina
Phone
+55 18 3822-2043
Email
contato@expressoadamantina.com.br
Website
expressoadamantina.com.br
Bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 59m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 26 - R$ 370
Schedules at
expressoadamantina.com.br
Gontijo
Phone
0800 728 0044 / +55 31 3419-1299
Website
comprepassagem.com.br
Bus from Sao Paulo – Tiete to Rio de Janeiro
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 110 - R$ 140
Book at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 110 - R$ 140
Executivo
R$ 110 - R$ 130
Itapemirim
Phone
0800 723 2121
Email
faleconosco@itapemirim.com.br
Website
itapemirim.com.br
Bus from São Paulo Bus Station - Terminal Tietê to Rio de Janeiro Bus Station
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
R$ 110 - R$ 150
Schedules at
Itapemirim
Executivo
R$ 110 - R$ 150
Conventional
R$ 110 - R$ 150
Other operators
BlaBlaCar Brazil
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
R$ 121
Book at
blablacar.com.br

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Yes, the driving distance between São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is 442 km. It takes approximately 5h 3m to drive from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

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Azul, Gol Transportes Aéreos and LATAM Chile offer flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport.

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Book your São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus tickets online with Distribusion and Busbud.

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There are 2207+ hotels available in Rio de Janeiro. Prices start at R$ 750 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs R$ 5.

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