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Rio de Janeiro, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How much does it cost to travel to Rio de Janeiro?

You should plan to spend around $108 (R$539) per day on your vacation in Rio de Janeiro. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $21 (R$103) on meals
  • $8.18 (R$41) on local transportation
  • $136 (R$677) on hotels

A one week trip to Rio de Janeiro for two people costs, on average, $1,514 (R$7,552). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $108
    R$539
  • One Week Per person
    $757
    R$3,776
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $1,514
    R$7,552
  • One Month Per person
    $3,245
    R$16,184
  • One Week For a couple
    $1,514
    R$7,552
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $3,029
    R$15,105
  • One Month For a couple
    $6,490
    R$32,368
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Rio de Janeiro cost?

A one week trip to Rio de Janeiro usually costs around $757 (R$3,776) for one person and $1,514 (R$7,552) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Rio de Janeiro on average costs around $1,514 (R$7,552) for one person and $3,029 (R$15,105) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Rio de Janeiro will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Rio de Janeiro on average costs around $3,245 (R$16,184) for one person and $6,490 (R$32,368) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Rio de Janeiro has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Rio de Janeiro expensive to visit?

Prices in Rio de Janeiro are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within South America, Rio de Janeiro is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in South America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Rio de Janeiro is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Rio de Janeiro Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Rio de Janeiro?

The average Rio de Janeiro trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Rio de Janeiro travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) R$677 ($136)
Local Transportation 1 R$41 ($8)
Food 2 R$103 ($21)
Entertainment 1 R$111 ($22)
Tips and Handouts 1 R$1 - 3 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 R$31 - 93 ($6 - 19)
Accommodation Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Rio de Janeiro is $68 (R$339). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro is $136 (R$677). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $68
    R$339
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $136
    R$677

Hotel Prices in Rio de Janeiro

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Rio de Janeiro based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $59. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Rio de Janeiro is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.18 (R$41) per person, per day, on local transportation in Rio de Janeiro.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $8.18
    R$41

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Flights to Rio de Janeiro
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Rental Cars in Rio de Janeiro
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Rio de Janeiro?

Typical prices for Transportation in Rio de Janeiro are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Rio de Janeiro, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Taxi Ride
    R$15


Food Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Rio de Janeiro can vary, the average cost of food in Rio de Janeiro is $21 (R$103) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Rio de Janeiro should cost around $8.29 (R$41) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rio de Janeiro is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $21
    R$103

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What did other people spend on Food in Rio de Janeiro?

Typical prices for Food in Rio de Janeiro are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Rio de Janeiro, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Popcorn
    R$3.00
  • Corn on the Cob
    R$4.00
  • Hamburger
    R$5.00


Entertainment Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Rio de Janeiro typically cost an average of $22 (R$111) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $22
    R$111

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Rio de Janeiro is $0.38 (R$1.91) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Rio de Janeiro is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $0.38
    R$1.91


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Rio de Janeiro is $8.77 (R$44), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $8.77
    R$44


Alcohol Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $12 (R$62) on alcoholic beverages in Rio de Janeiro per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $12
    R$62

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Water Budget in Rio de Janeiro
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.71 (R$8.55) on bottled water in Rio de Janeiro per day. The public water in Rio de Janeiro is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $1.71
    R$8.55


Rio de Janeiro On a Budget
Rio de Janeiro The beaches of Rio
Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. It's also famous for Carnival, it's gorgeous beaches, and world-famous landmarks. Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year round due to the great weather and plenty of fun activities. The city has a wonderful natural harbor that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting.

Rio has a climate that is similar to a tropical monsoon climate. Between the months of December and March, extended periods of heavy rain are not uncommon. Temperatures in the inland areas can climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months and highs are typically in the low 80s.
Sights
Rio is known for its beaches. They are wide and beautiful with soft white sand. The main beaches are between Leme and Barra and there are many services available to visitors. There are also beaches on the island of Paqueta such as Praia da Moreninha that are worth visiting.

In addition to the many popular beaches, Rio de Janeiro has some great sights that you should make a point of visiting. The Streetcar of Santa Teresa passes through a very scenic neighborhood. Parque Lage is a small park with a mansion that has been converted to a school for fine arts. Jardim Botanico is the botanical gardens that have existed since the 1800s and the National Museum of History is downtown and covers a range of information about Brazil history.

One of the most recognizable spots in Rio is on Corcovado Hill. The landmark statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) is truly amazing and the view is breathtaking. There are several ways to reach the top of the hill but the most popular is the funicular train.
Neighborhoods
There are four main districts in Rio de Janeiro. Centro has the business and financial districts as well as some interesting museums and sights. The South Zone has many upscale neighborhoods and many of the tourist areas including Copacabana, as well as Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains. The North Zone has the stadium, zoo, and a handful of other interesting sights. The West Zone is a growing suburban area that is most popular for its beaches. This is also the area that will house most of the 2016 Olympics.

Activities
The peak time to visit is during the city's famous Carnival festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in the world. This is the most crowded, but interesting time to visit the city. The event lasts two weeks and includes many parades and events that go well into the night. The streets are filled with music, dancing, and festivities and it truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

Other activities in and around Rio include hang gliding, paragliding, hiking, and dance lessons.
Food and Dining
Rio de Janeiro has a wide diversity of food options. Local food is often available at buffet style restaurants (comida a kilo). Prices are by weight. There are also all-you-can-eat restaurants that serve grilled meats and vegetables. Servers bring the dishes to tables on skewers. This style of cooking, called rodizio, is also available for seafood, pizza, and snacks.

Brazilian specialties often include seafood such as shrimp, lobster, calamari, and shellfish. Juice bars have also becoming very common and fruit juices are available of all types.

Dias Ferreira Street, in Leblon, is the city's trendy restaurant row. Restaurants are a little more expensive in this area, but are usually quite good.

Transportation
While there is a metro and bus system, generally the easiest way to travel through Rio de Janeiro is with a taxi. Official taxis must be yellow with a blue stripe down its side. Cars that travel special routes, such as to the airport, may be a different style. Generally the prices for taxis in the city are reasonable, but distances may be far. It's also possible to hire a taxi for a day's tour. This will typical cost around US$20.

Buses are the cheapest way around town and they are relatively convenient in the city's South Zone. This is where you'll find the most bus routes with the greatest frequency. Buses also have their own designated bus lanes so travel times can be shorter. During the night hours buses are less common and not as safe.

The Metro Rio is safe and comfortable. There are two lines, Line 1 (Orange) and Line 2 (Green). Some stations run buses into the nearby neighborhoods, making the system slightly more convenient, even if you're not in walking distance. The last car of each train has a pink window sticker during rush hours to indicate that the car is women only.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.