July 19, 2024

How to get to Ilha Grande and Paraty

The coast road between Rio and Angra dos Reis/Paraty is seriously one of the most beautiful in Brazil, full of bays and mountains and turquoise seas and islands.  Definitely a trip worth doing, particularly in good weather. Similarly the boat trip across to Ilha Grande is magnificent. Here are the easiest ways to travel.

GETTING TO ILHA GRANDE FROM RIO DE JANEIRO

By car: The trip to Ilha Grande from Rio involves getting to Angra dos Reis (2 to 2.5 hours drive southwest of Rio) and then taking a 1—1.5  hour boat across to Ilha Grande. The main port is in Angra dos Reis but there are other options in Mangaratiba and Conceição de Jacarei (see below).

Note : Ilha Grande is traffic free so ask the pousada for the best place to leave the car on the mainland

By van: Easy Transfer Brazil offer a service that picks you up from your hotel/pousada in Rio and takes you to Ilha Grande, stopping at Conceição de Jacarei. The van runs twice daily between 7am and 11am from Santa Teresa and the Zona Sul area (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon). A trip costs R$ 75,00 per person.

By Boat: Boats to Ilha Grande from Angra dos Reis run as per column on the left. Times in the right hand column are the times back from Ilha Grande.

The most helpful site for other travel information is  O Verde Adventure tours  who also point out that there are no ATMs on the island and you should remember to bring cash with you, particularly if your pousada doesnt accept credit cards, which many don’t.

GETTING TO PARATY FROM RIO DE JANEIRO

By car: To get to Paraty by car you also have to go past Angra dos Reis. Keep on the same road BR101 for another couple of hours and you’ll be there.

Note: The historical centre of Paraty is also traffic free, so ask the pousada in advance about parking arrangements if you are staying in this part of town.

By van: Easy Transfer Brazil offer a service that picks you up from your hotel/pousada in Rio and takes you to Paraty, stopping at Conceição de Jacarei. The van runs daily at 10.30am from Santa Teresa and the Zona Sul area (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon). A trip costs R$ 80,00 per person.

Note 1: Some buses from Rio to Angra terminate at the bus station there, and some go on to the port for Ilha Grande. Best to ask in advance which ones. If they don’t go on to the port you’ll need to walk for half an hour or get a taxi (around R$ 10-15 reais).

Note 2: If you are going to  Ilha Grande first and then Paraty  you have to come back to Angra dos Reis by schooner or ferry and then get onward transfer to Paraty from there. Despite what some people tell you there is no boat which goes directly from Ilha Grande to Paraty!