São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro bus

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São Paulo - Rio de Janeiro Bus Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling by bus from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro usually takes around 6 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance224 mi (361 km)
Shortest duration6h 5m
Cheapest price€10.86
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
Bus lines1

How much is a bus ticket from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro?

€11.53 is the average price of a bus ticket from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, mark your calendar for April. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just €13. However, taking the bus from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of €21. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 24 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €5.66 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. FlixBus connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus56h 17m€14.63
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 5 trips from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, and usually makes the trip in about 6 hours and 17 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 17 minutes to cover the 361 kilometers from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 5 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Rio de Janeiro, book your ticket for the last day of the week."

The first bus leaves at 07:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro without transferring.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in São Paulo?

Main departure station: Sao Paulo Terminal-Tiete

Most buses depart from the main station in São Paulo.

All bus stations in São Paulo:

  • Sao Paulo Terminal-Tiete

Where does the bus arrive in Rio de Janeiro?

Main arrival station: Rio De Janeiro Terminal

All buses from São Paulo arrive at one main station in Rio de Janeiro.

Bus stations in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Rio De Janeiro Terminal

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