GETTING TO BÚZIOS
Armação de Búzios is a fabulous peninsula boasting no fewer than 23 beaches located only a few hours drive northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Now a beachresort that thrives all year round, the main centre was originally just a fisherman’s village until discovered by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. Eternally popular with cariocas wanting to escape the city of Rio de Janeiro, Búzios also attracted huge numbers of Argentinians in the past and “portunhol”(a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese) is heard at least as much as portuguese itself.
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GETTING TO BUZIOS FROM RIO DE JANEIRO
By car: Head north out of the city and then take the bridge across to Niteroi. Continue on the BR101 towards Rio Bonito and then turn right onto the RJ 124. Distance is 167kms and on a good day it should take you 2 hours and 21 minutes precisely. On weekends and holiday double that at least. Armação de Búzios is very popular with locals escaping the city.
Note: If you don’t have your own car you may find it better to hire one in Buzios itself rather than Rio. They are much cheaper and you don’t pay for parking with a Buzios number plate.
By bus: The 1001 bus company serves Rio and Buzios departing from the rodoviária main bus station. Every 1-2 hours between 6 am and 8.30pm. Cost R$ 43,67 from Rio; return from Búzios is R$38,90. On a good day takes 3 hours; can take up to 6 hours if holiday/ weekend.
Note: The bus station in Buzios actually just looks like a normal bus stop. You can buy tickets in the 1001 office across the road
By van and/or bus transfer: The pousada may be able to organise a van transfer from your hotel or airport in Rio to their pousada for R$90,00 each way.
Note: This sounds like a bargain particularly if you are travelling alone. However check the logistics with the pousada before you decide to go this way as you may find you have to move from van to bus to van with no clear instructions. You are also likely to go via the international airport so the trip takes at least as long as getting the normal bus.
By private transfer. This is by far the easiest way to do it, but it will probably set you back R$400,00 each way. Well worth it if you arrive at the airport tired after a long flight.
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