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There are 11 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  •  2h 23m

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

R$ 134 - R$ 754

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Rideshare  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the rideshare from São Paulo to Rio De Janeiro 273.6 miles

R$ 81

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Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  2h 15m

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

R$ 187 - R$ 797

Fly Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Metrô Rio  •  3h 20m

  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

R$ 202 - R$ 702

Fly Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Metrô Rio  •  3h 39m

  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

R$ 159 - R$ 709

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont  •  4h 3m

  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

R$ 226 - R$ 886

Bus to Sao Paulo Viracopos, fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao  •  5h 13m

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

R$ 221 - R$ 991

Bus  •  6h 49m

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio São Paulo – Tietê

R$ 99 - R$ 144

Bus via Nova Iguaçu  •  7h 12m

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

R$ 99 - R$ 139

Bus via São José dos Campos  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from São Paulo to São José dos Campos Via Aeroporto / ...
  2. Take the bus from São José dos Campos to Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo Tiete / ...

R$ 90 - R$ 224

Drive  •  4h 57m

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

R$ 170 - R$ 260

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

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The quickest way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which costs R$ 180 - R$ 800 and takes 2h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. However, there are services departing from Parada 1 - Parada Sete De Abril and arriving at Rio de Janeiro via São Paulo and São José dos Campos. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 15m.

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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 6h 49m and costs R$ 95 - R$ 150.

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It takes approximately 2h 23m 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 Passaro Marron, depart from São Paulo station.

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The best way to get from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is to fly which takes 2h 23m and costs R$ 130 - R$ 800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R$ 95 - R$ 150 and takes 6h 49m.

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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 55m.

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São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus services, operated by Sampaio, 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: 2h 23m

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, 1001 operates a bus from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro hourly. Tickets cost R$ 95 - R$ 140 and the journey takes 6h 30m. Four 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 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 170 - R$ 1300
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 120 - R$ 950
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 110 - R$ 850
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 150 - R$ 1200
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Website
voegol.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 220 - R$ 1800
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 210 - R$ 1600
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 170 - R$ 1600
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 180 - R$ 1600
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 320 - R$ 2500
Azul
Website
voeazul.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 180 - R$ 1600
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 290 - R$ 1600
Flights from Sao Paulo Viracopos to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 240 - R$ 1900
Avianca Brazil
Website
avianca.com.br
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 310 - R$ 2000
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 240 - R$ 1400
Flights from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
R$ 260 - R$ 1400
TAAG Angola Airlines
Website
taag.com
Flights from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
R$ 600 - R$ 1200
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
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
R$ 32
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
6h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 95 - R$ 140
Schedules at
autoviacao1001.com.br
Convencional
R$ 95 - R$ 140
Executivo
R$ 100 - R$ 120
Semi Leito
R$ 115 - R$ 125
Leito Cama
R$ 180 - R$ 220
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to Nova Iguaçú
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 90 - R$ 130
Book at
vendas.jcaholding.com.br
Convencional
R$ 90 - R$ 130
Executivo
R$ 95 - R$ 110
Semi Leito
R$ 110 - R$ 120
Leito Cama
R$ 160 - R$ 200
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
6h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
R$ 120
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Brasileiro
Website
expressobrasileiro.com
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
R$ 128
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Bus from São Paulo - Tiete to Nova Iguaçu
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 90
Schedules at
expressobrasileiro.com
Gontijo
Phone
0800 728 00 44
Website
clickbus.com.br
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
R$ 95 - R$ 130
Schedules at
gontijo.com.br
Book at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 95 - R$ 130
Executivo
R$ 95 - R$ 120
Bus from São Paulo - Tietê to São José dos Campos
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
R$ 35 - R$ 60
Schedules at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 40 - R$ 60
Executivo
R$ 35 - R$ 50
Bus from São José dos Campos to Rio de Janeiro
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
R$ 80 - R$ 110
Schedules at
gontijo.com.br
Book at
comprepassagem.com.br
Convencional
R$ 80 - R$ 110
Executivo
R$ 80 - R$ 100
Litoranea
Phone
+55 11 3775-3850 / 0800.285.3047
Email
contato@passaromarron.com.br
Website
litoranea.com.br
Bus from São Paulo – Tietê to São José dos Campos
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
R$ 30 - R$ 55
Schedules at
portaldepassagens.com.br
Book at
portaldepassagens.com.br
Sampaio
Phone
+55 21 3907-3900 / +55 4020-0800
Email
faleconosco@viacaosampaio.com.br
Website
viacaosampaio.com.br
Bus from São José dos Campos to Rio de Janeiro
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
R$ 60 - R$ 85
Schedules at
ad.zanox.com
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Auto Viação Catarinense
Phone
0800-470-470 / +55 4002-4700
Email
sac@catarinense.com.br
Website
catarinense.com.br
Bus from São José dos Campos to Rio de Janeiro
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
R$ 65 - R$ 150
Schedules at
ad.zanox.com
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Convencional
R$ 65 - R$ 95
Semi Leito
R$ 75 - R$ 100
Leito
R$ 100 - R$ 150
Util
Phone
0800 886 1000 / 0800 883 8830
Email
faleconosco@util.com.br
Website
util.com.br
Bus from São José dos Campos to Rio de Janeiro - Novo Rio
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R$ 65 - R$ 160
Schedules at
ad.zanox.com
Book at
ad.zanox.com
Executive
R$ 80 - R$ 120
Semi-Sleeper
R$ 110 - R$ 160
Regular
R$ 85 - R$ 120
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$ 81
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 4h 57m 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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There are 3452+ hotels available in Rio de Janeiro. Prices start at R$ 145 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 22m and costs R$ 4.

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