Traveling from the city of Rio de Janeiro to Paraty is quite simple:
1. Go to brazilbustravel.com’s search page.
2. In the FROM field type: Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
3. In the TO field type: Paraty (RJ) - Note: (RJ) = State code for Rio de Janeiro
4. If you are looking for a one way ticket, click on the little calendar and choose a departing date.
5. If you want to buy a return ticket in advance, click the circle beside RETURN. Then choose a departure date and return date.
6. Click SEARCH BUS TICKETS
7. Choose your ticket(s) from the results of the search.
How to choose a ticket:
8. Bus Station: General bus station information for Rio and Paraty is listed below. Remember that it is good to give yourself about an hour to pickup your ticket and find your departing bus platform. Google Maps is a good way to look up directions from where you are staying in Rio de Janeiro to the bus station.
Rio de Janeiro Station
The address of the Rio de Janeiro bus station is Ave. Francisco Bicalho, 01, Santo Cristo, RJ. Phone: (21) 3213-1800
For trip planning, it would be a good idea to see how far your lodgings are from the arrival bus station. You can calculate this easily on Google Maps. The address of the Paraty bus station is Rua Jango Pádua, 420, Paraty, RJ. Phone: (24) 3371-1224
9. Bus Company: Costa Verde is the bus company that goes to Paraty from the Rio de Janeiro. Pay attention to the bus company because when you arrive at the Rio station you will need to pick up your ticket at the appropriate ticket counter. The Costa Verde logo is what to look for. Show your Id and the attendant will give you your ticket. A print out of you Brasilbustravel.com ticket information will be helpful as well.
10. Class: Conventional is a standard long distance bus seat that reclines. It is the only option for this short 4 hour trip.
11. Seat Choice: Once you choose your ticket(s) you will need to pick a seat. White seats are available, Red seat are occupied and Green seats indicate your chosen seat(s).
12. Passenger Details: Clicking on a seat will take you to the Passenger Details screen. Your passport is the best form of ID to use to fill out this section. RG is a Brazilian ID, RNE is a foreigner’s Brazilian ID, Passport is for all other foreigners and Other is for those without a passport. To avoid confusion, as a foreigner, it is best to use your passport. But, if you have another type of ID to use, it should work fine. You may choose more than one seat by repeating this process.
13. Book Your Ticket: Fill in your credit card information in the next screen and click the red BUY NOW button on the right hand side of the screen. Note: CPF is a field for Brazilian credit cards only. Once your ticket is purchased, print the receipt and take it with you to the bus station on the day of travel. This will help you at the ticket counter. If you show up without it, your ID will be enough to claim your ticket but if you don’t speak Portuguese the printout will speak for you.
14. Finding Your Bus: Once you get your ticket, go to where the buses depart. Look for the sign that has Embarque Plataforma written on it. Your platform number is on your ticket. It is a number in the box that says Plataforma.
15. Baggage: If you have a large suitcase or other item, you will go around and wait in the line at the side of the bus before you board. There should be an attendant loading bags into the side of the bus. He will give you a ticket stub and load your bag for you. You will give this stub back to the attendant when you retrieve your luggage at the end of the trip. Once you board the bus, there is room above the seat to store any carry on luggage.
16. Boarding: You need two things to get on board the bus; your ID and a little paper slip that comes with your ticket. You will actually receive two little paper slips to fill out when you are handed your ticket. One of them is for insurance purposes. It can be filled out during the trip and it stays with you. It will have the word Seguro on it, which means Insurance. The other paper is to be filled out before boarding and handed to the driver as you present your ID.
17. Your Seat: The word for seat in Portuguese is Poltrona. You will want to match the number in that Poltrona box of your ticket to the seat numbers on the bus. If you have trouble finding your seat, just ask around and someone will help you. Brazilians are usually very helpful and kind.
18. Rest Stops: Along the way, your bus may stop at roadside cafes or little shopping areas. Feel free to leave the bus and walk around to stretch your legs. Just don’t stray too far and tell the driver if you go to buy something so that they know to wait for you.
19. Arrival: When you arrive at your destination, simply gather your belongings and proceed to the side of the bus to reclaim you baggage, if you had it stored away. Hand the attendant your baggage ticket stub and reclaim you items.
20. Explore!! You are now free to explore your new Brazilian location! Have fun!!