Dating back to the mid 1700’s, Paraty is a true architectural jewel squeezed between dramatic rain forest-covered mountains and turquoise waters. Nearby, there are more than 60 small islands and countless postcard-perfect beaches, many of them deserted. A perfect base to explore the stunning beaches and islands of the Green Coast – one of Brazil’s most beautiful natural settings.
The car-free historic center is considered by UNESCO the most harmonious architectural cluster of the colonial period in Brazil. The town center is full of restaurants, bars, and boutiques, and is particularly popular on the weekends when paulistanos and cariocas come to escape their urban jungles. It’s 4-5 hours by bus from Rio.
The bus ride from Rio to Paraty takes approximately 4.5 hours, but can take much longer if traffic is bad.
Cost is $70 to $80 reais each way depending on time of day.
Buses to Paraty depart from Rodoviaria Novo Rio (main bus station). "Costa Verde" is the only bus company between Rio and Buzios. You can buy tickets at the bus station. To buy a ticket online you'll need a local credit card, if you have one click here. You will need your passport to buy tickets and travel. Please note that the site is only partially in English.
There are buses every hour or two depending on the day of the week. Check Schedule below.
It is recommended to buy tickets in advanced if traveling during the weekends or holidays.
The bus drops you off only 800 meters from the historic city center (see map in the Overview section).
The schedule below gives you an idea of how often buses between Rio and Paraty run. Check Costa Verde's website for the most up-to-date information.
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