Rio de Janeiro Metro Information
The Rio de Janeiro metro is a metro system with very humble beginning. When it began operations way back in the year 1979, it served only 5 stations. Now, the system is operational on 2 lines that are spread over a distance of 41 km, covering 36 stations in total. The rapid transit is simply called as the Metro by the locals of Rio. It’s popularity among the locals is not something that is taken lightly. As one of the most popular means of public transportation in Rio it has an annual ridership in excess of 2 million (2014). Infact, only the Sao Paulo metro network in Brazil can boast of a higher annual ridership. Under the name of Rio Trilhos, the Government of Rio de Janeiro are operating the metro and have been responsible for its expansion since its construction. Currently, one of the major expansion projects that is being pursued by them is the expansion of line 2 to reduce the time it takes to travel from Pavuna Station to Botago.
Rio de Janeiro Metro Map
Map of Rio de Janeiro Metro System showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Rio de Janeiro Metro Map in PDF.
Rio de Janeiro Metro Hours
The metro has two different sets of timings. One, applicable from Monday-Saturday and the other for Sundays and other public holidays. On the weekdays and Saturday, the metro begins operations early at 05:00 am in the morning and runs till midnight. The accessibility of the metro with respect to the timings on Sundays and public holidays is not quite the same. On these days, trains operate only between 07:00-23:00 pm.
Rio de Janeiro Metro Fares
The most convenient and popular option is a single ticket that is charged at a flat rate, irrespective of the distance. The passengers can travel from one station to another and a new ticket is required if the passenger leaves the station and requires another ticket for another journey. This ticket costs R$ 4.10. The metro system also provides free bus service at some of the stations as part of the service extension. However the passengers need to buy the Metrô na Superfície card. These cards can also be purchased onboardMetrô na Superfície buses.
Prepaid cards are also available which initially cost R $ 5 and require a minimum recharge of R $ 5.
The metro provides certain people with Gratuity. To be eligible for this there are a number of criterias. Some of them being above 65 years of age, having some disability etc.
For more information on the fares, tickets and cards, you can visit the official website at: https://www.metrorio.com.br/como-pagar/meios-e-tarifas
Rio de Janeiro Metro Parking
Some stations offer park and ride facilities to the metro passengers.
Rio de Janeiro Metro Rules and Tips
Trains of the Rio de Janeiro metro that have orange markings on them, are reserved for pregnant women, disabled people and infants and elders. An additional safety measure for women in particular is the designation of an entire car only for women. The metro system has various facilities within its network to make transportation as convenient as possible for the local citizens. From ATM’s to public toilets, necessities of the people are very well catered to. Bicycles are allowed onboard but their transport is subject to some terms and conditions.
For more information on the user’s guide, you can visit the official website at: https://www.metrorio.com.br/VadeMetro/GuiaDoUsuario
Pictures of Rio de Janeiro Metro
Rio de Janeiro Metro Lines
Rio de Janeiro metro has very small metro network with 2 lines. The lines are recognized by its color.
● Line 1 – Line 1 which is orange in color operates through downtown Rio, south zone and the neighborhood areas of north zone. It runs from Saens Pena towards Ipanema/General Osorio. It was the first line to be constructed way back in the year 1979 with all of its stations built underground. Line 1 is 18km long and it covers 19 stations.
● Line 2 – Line 2 which is green in color serves the neighboring areas of Rio and the line extends towards north. The line operates completely above the ground and runs from Pavuna towards Botafogo. It is 24 km long and it covers a total of 25 stations.
● Line 1A is an extension of line2 with most of the stations having island platforms.