"Killer Bus Drivers" Rio de Janeiro Local Custom Tip by Groentje

Rio de Janeiro Local Customs: 289 reviews and 273 photos

When taking a bus, it might be a good idea to pray a bit before you get on, or be sure to bring your lucky clover!
People, this is serious! Bus drivers are absolute maniacs over there. They run the red lights (nice for people just crossing the road), race each other... Pure madness!!
But, it's all part of the fun of taking a bus. You get up at the back of the bus, pay the clerk sitting there (good system: this way the chauffeur isn't bothered), go through the barriers (if you're not too "vertically challenged", that is), sit down, and enjoy the cool breeze going through the bus. Getting off is at the front of the bus.
Clerks are usually very friendly, so don't worry about not knowing where you're going. You can either first ask them how to get there, or you can just get off at the terminus, and take another bus there (happened to me one day).
The main advantage of the bus, though, is that it's really cheap. Only 1.30 R$ at times to go through the whole city!

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  • Written Aug 7, 2003
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