Updated May 4 2016. Please note from July 2016 only visitors who have pre-paid tickets bought in advance online will be able to take the Corcovado train.
Christ the Redeemer, otherwise known as Cristo Redentor or Corcovado, is Rio de Janeiro’s busiest tourist attraction. So when is the best time of day to visit? How much does it cost? Should you book in advance? Here is our insider’s guide to help you beat the crowds and enjoy your visit to the top.
Best time of day for visiting Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio?
Christ the Redeemer is one of the seven new wonders of the world, and along with the SugarLoaf is the most popular attraction in Rio. Around 99% first-time tourists to Rio will make it up there at some point during their stay which means it’s always crowded, particularly at weekends and holidays. Early mornings and late evenings midweek are best if you want to avoid the worst crowds.
How much does it cost to visit Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio?
The price for the train and vans from Largo de Machado / Copacabana is almost the same: RS68,00 R$65,00 respectively per person in high season (January, February and July plus all weekends and holidays); R$56,00/R$53,00 at other times. Children under-12 pay R$44,00/R$41,00 high or low season. Pay on-line for trains and vans or you can pay for vans at the place you take them from (Copacabana, Largo do Machado) Both cash and credit/debit cards are accepted.
What time does transport run up to Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio?
Vans run from 8am to 5pm; trains between 8am and 7pm.
How long does it take take to get up to Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio?
From Copacabana the van takes around an hour; from Largo de Machado around 35 minutes, depending on the traffic.
The train trip takes 20 minutes each way and you then need to transfer to a van to get you up to the top. The van is included in the ticket price; you don’t have to pay again.
Is it best to take the train or the van to Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado in Rio?
From July 2016 the ticket office at Corcovado train will be closed and you’ll either have to book your train tickets in advance online or get a van from Copacabana or Largo de Machado (or Paineiras when it reopens) The train is possibly a more scenic experience taking the van. However you have no idea what the weather (and consequently views) will be like when you prebook and there are no refunds if you decide not to go. The van is a much safer option as you can check the weather and buy tickets on the day.
Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro?
Haven’t booked your accommodation yet? If you’re the sort of person who prefers small and friendly to impersonal high-rise hotels, a pousada (guesthouse, inn, bed and breakfast) is a good option, both in Rio and elsewhere in Brazil. You’ll find all our recommended places on www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. If you’re interested in renting an apartment just contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the chicest places in Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana.
*Prices correct as of May 2016