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There are 9 ways to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by plane, subway, bus, rideshare or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  2 h 19 min

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

$36 - $201

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Bus Expresso Do Sul  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

$21 - $40

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Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  3 h 5 min

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

$44 - $213

Fly Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Metrô Rio  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo Congonhas (CGH) to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao (GIG) CGH - GIG
  2. Take the Metrô Rio from Vicente de Carvalho to Presidente Vargas

$42 - $192

Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Metrô Rio  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao (GIG) GRU - GIG
  2. Take the Metrô Rio from Vicente de Carvalho to Presidente Vargas

$50 - $184

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  4 h 28 min

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

$58 - $240

Bus Brasileiro  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo - Tiete to Nova Iguaçu

$22 - $30

Rideshare  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro 272.9 miles

$22

Drive  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Drive from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro 275 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to rideshare which costs R$ 81 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which costs R$ 130 - R$ 750 and takes 2 h 19 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Sao Paulo and arriving at Rio de Janeiro. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h.

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The distance between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is 360 km. The road distance is 440 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 6 h and costs R$ 75 - R$ 140.

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It takes approximately 2 h 19 min 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 Expresso Do Sul, depart from Sao Paulo station.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which takes 2 h 19 min and costs R$ 130 - R$ 750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R$ 75 - R$ 140 and takes 6 h.

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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 Expresso Do Sul, arrive at Rio de Janeiro station.

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Map of how to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Distance: 225 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 19 min

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

Avianca Brazil, Gol Transportes Aéreos and LATAM Chile fly from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Expresso Do Sul operates a bus from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro hourly. Tickets cost $25 and the journey takes 6 h. Three 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
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $260
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $230
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Website
voegol.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $480
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $430
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $410
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $430
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras
Website
voeazul.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $420
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Avianca Brazil
Website
avianca.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
TAAG Angola Airlines
Website
taag.com
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $320
Train operators
Bus operators
VB Transportes
Phone
+55 19 3733-5000
Email
sac@vbtransportes.com.br
Website
vbtransportes.com.br
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to Aeroporto de Viracopos
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
aeroportoviracopos.net
Book at
vbtransportes.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
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
autoviacao1001.com.br
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to Nova Iguaçú
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Book at
vendas.jcaholding.com.br
Brasileiro
Website
expressobrasileiro.com
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$34
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Bus from São Paulo - Tiete to Nova Iguaçu
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
expressobrasileiro.com
Kaissara
Phone
0800 723 2121 / 0800 726 0246
Email
faleconosco@kaissara.com.br
Website
kaissara.com.br
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Executive
$27 - $40
Conventional
$27 - $40
Business
$35 - $50
First Class
$45 - $65
Other operators
BlaBlaCar Brazil
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22
Book at
blablacar.com.br

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Yes, the driving distance between São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is 440 km. It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to drive from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

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Avianca Brazil, 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 Busbud.

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There are 3488+ hotels available in Rio de Janeiro. Prices start at $26 USD 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 night bus which takes 18 min and costs R$ 4.

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