FAQ Rio Carnival Tickets
What should I decide before buying my tickets?
The day, sector and the ticket type (whether you want to stay on the bleachers, on one of the allocated Private Chairs, sit in a box, in a luxury suit or Super VIP Covered Box Lounge.
For which day should I buy my tickets?
The best and most important parading nights are Carnival Sunday and Monday, when the biggest and best samba schools parade (the Main Parades). The two days are similar in terms of set-up and quality. 6 of the best 12 samba schools in the First League (the Special Group) march on both days.
The Friday and Saturday Parades are also good. They belong to the Acess Group. The Group competing to be in the Special Group (Monday and Sunday) in the next year. Their budget are not so big as the Special Group schools who parade at Sunday and Monday and has more fancy floats and fantasies but they also put a beautiful show and is definitly worth going if you cannot go or spend that much on the Special Days.
The Champions’ Parade is another good option if you want to see only the six best samba schools of the 2018 Rio Carnival.
Is it the same show on Sunday and Monday?
Yes and No. Different schools march on the Carnival Sunday and Monday, which are the two main parading days. Thus the show is different. See the 2018 Parading Order & Schedule to decide for the day, depending on which schools you want to watch. Each brazilian cheers for a different schools for different reasons. But if you do not have a preference schools any day will be just great.
Which are the best sectors?
Sectors in the middle or slightly towards the end of the runway are excellent, such as sector 06/07/08 – 11. Paying just a little bit more for a ticket makes a big difference when it comes to the view.
Sector from 07/08 to 11 are probably the best, as most judges are located at this height of the Avenue and you will be facing the Drummers’ Niche. Here you will enjoy the ideal view of the drummers who will stop, play and perform right in front of your eyes with some truly compelling atmosphere.
Shall I go for an odd or an even-numbered sector?
Even-numbered sectors 02, 04, 06 and 08 have recently been built. Although they offer the same view as the opposite odd-numbered ones, they offer newer facilities and access to a special area where live music is played. Also the pair side (02/04/06) are closer to the closest subway option (praça onze). But many Brazilians prefer the ODD side because they are more used to it and it’s close to the main avenue Presidente Vargas.
As a tourist, am I obliged to buy tickets for sector 9?
Although Sector 09 is generally known as “The tourist Sector”, feel free to order any sector available.
Are the seats numbered and allocated?
All box and sector 09 seats, the Private Chairs in sector 12 and 13 are numbered and allocated. All other grandstands offer free seating, without allocated places where the first-come-first-served principle applies.
Our allocation of the exact seats of the required seat type takes place shortly before ticket collection to optimize requests, making all efforts to assign adjoining seats for people in groups together.
Which are the very best tickets?
The Luxury Suites have by far the best seats in the Sambodromo. These suites are covered boxes with the best view, at an elevated level.
Our Luxury Suites are air-conditioned and offer VIP treatment with sumptuous buffet supper where two butlers per suite serve up drinks the whole night through. You will be among the ultimate “A” crowd here.
Our special extra security guard at the entrance of our suites provide an added level of security granting admission only to our VIP guests with tickets for that suite.
The Open Front Boxes in front of most sectors are also excellent. Consider raw C or D for a better viewpoint at a slightly elevated level. As Brazilians prefer raws right on the samba runway, raw A is more pricey.
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Which tickets are still available?
All tickets still available to order appear on our dedicated Samba Parade ticket page. Feel free to order them.
Are there any child or student discounts?
Children under 5 are not allowed to attend the Samba Parade. Children over 5 have to pay to be in their parents’ or legal guardian’s company. They pay half-price but we do not offer/sell those tickets.
Student and elderly concessions also have discount but these tickets run out very fast and we do not sell them.
Do I need to give you the name whom the ticket is for?
Although we keep ticket orders under the Account Holder’s name, the tickets are not issued with and do not bear that name. Thus the names of the actual patrons are not needed for ordering the tickets and can be ordered in anyone’s name who has a Carnival Account with us.
How do I know if my ticket order is accepted and booked?
When your payment is successful and authorized by the third-party payment processing company, you will receive by e-mail a Ticket Rio Voucher with your order details.
How and when will I receive my tickets?
You can collect all your items from our Visitors’ Reception Center for free during its Carnival collection times in the 2 of our 2 options locations: Barra or Copacabana.
Can you send tickets to my home address?
We do not ship the tickets or delivery them. You must to collect them at our offices locations.
Is it safe in the Sambadrome?
It is considered to be the safest place in South America. There is a very high concentration of international celebrities, politicians and royalties among the crowd. It is surrounded by huge perimeter fencing which no-one can pass without being checked for both, safety, security and commercial reasons. All sectors are equally safe. To get there, you should consider the Sambodromo Round Transfer service, to safeguard your valuables.
When does the show start?
The parades start at 22:00. See the 2018 Parading Schedule.
When is the best time to arrive for the Parade?
An average person generally watches 3-4 samba schools. Arriving early is a good idea, to secure a good place, etc.
Particularly if you hold a grandstand ticket with no assignment, you should arrive early. This way you have good chances to sit where you please.
How can I get there with comfort and safety and return home?
The best and easiest way to get to the Sambodromo to watch the Samba Parade is the Sambodromo Round Transfer. It has been especially set up to facilitate ticket holders’ transfer to and from the Sambodromo on Carnival days when roads around the Sambodromo are closed and traffic comes to a standstill.
It is designed to give you direct, quick and safe access to the Sambodromo.
Taxis operate with an increased fare table and cannot get very close.
Avoid taking buses as they cannot arrive within walking distance.