The earlier the better as this time of the year is quite busy in Brazil. The Carnival 2020 takes place in February.
In Rio de Janeiro it starts on February 21st and lasts until February 26. It doesn’t take place just in Rio de Janeiro though. You may go to São Paulo, Recife, Salvador, Olinda or even Manaus. How to plan the trip and what to remember about? If you are curious, this text is for you.
Buy the tickets and book the accommodation even today
As we have mentioned before, during the Carnival 2020, the cities will be quite full of people wanting to spend the time partying on the streets with their friends. People travel across the country to visit the cities with the best carnival parties. Those are not just tourists as you may think. Brazilians have time off during the Carnival and you bet they want to use it. This is the time that they want to spend with their friends, dress up and have fun. So they will book the hotels and hostels as well. Don’t wait till the last moment to choose your accommodation as you may be surprised by not many options left. In Rio de Janeiro we recommend hotels and hostels near the Ipanema beach. In São Paulo – the Jardins and Vila Madalena areas.
If you want to travel from one city to another, it is best to choose the bus to do so. And yes, you can buy the tickets online – remember – the earlier the better. Even if you are a tourist, you can buy the bus tickets using your credit card or PayPal account on the Brazil Bus Travel website www.brazilbustravel.com. Starting this year, you may buy an electronic ticket from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. It means that you won’t have to go to the bus station at least 30 minutes before the departure time to collect the ticket at the bus carrier counter. You may just show the ticket on your phone. It is a good idea to spend a few days in São Paulo and then go to Rio de Janeiro and spend Carnival 2020 there as well.
If you want to rent a car, you may also do it, however, avoid the city center as it will be difficult to move around. Our advice is not to do it though. Too much of hustle in our opinion.
Choose the bus instead.
Joining the party
Depending on the city you choose to spend the Carnival 2020 in, search for the timetable of the parties online. Just write ‘blocos’ and the name of the city and you will definitely find it. ‘Blocos’ means ‘street parties’ – they are much more informal than the parties on the Sambodrome. If you would like to do it though – watch the samba show – buy the tickets now. You can easily do it online.
We have also written about the Carnival before. Read about it here .
If you still have questions, please leave them in the comments section below. We will definitely answer. Enjoy your stay in Brazil during the Carnival 2020.