The most useful guide to see Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

The most useful guide to see Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

This is one of the biggest landmarks in South America and also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We comprised a mini-guide that can help you if you want to visit Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

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The statue was built over five years and it took almost ten years to collect the money to make it.

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After a lot of research and calculations, we decided to visit Christ the Redeemer by ourselves, without guided tours. We figured that the cheapest option apart from hiking was to take the train. This monument is quite impressive, it was inaugurated in 1931 and it is 38 meters high. It is a symbol of the peace and happiness of the carioca (people born in Rio) people. 

Fun fact - Among the constructors of the head of the statue, was Gheorghe Leonida, a Romanian sculptor.

We booked tickets online the night before the visit and it proved to be very helpful. Therefore, we recommend booking online for a smooth process and less waiting in lines. More about how to get there below.

How we got there from Favela Cantagalo

We went to the General Osorio metro station, traveled for 6-7 stops to Largo do Machado station. Then, we changed to the 580 bus that left us at the Corcovado train station. It was terribly hot outside, about 37 degrees Celsius so we were boiling.

Tip: make sure you have plenty or carry some cash to buy some on the way or at the top.

A little about the Corcovado Train

The Corcovado train was built in 1884. It goes through the world’s largest urban forest, the National Park of Tijuca. Improvements have been made, such as switching from steam-engine to fully electrical in 1910. Most improvements have been done in order to protect the forest.

The train ride is about 20 minutes long and goes up to the top of the 710 meters tall mountain. Once you get to the top, you only need to go up some steps to reach the statue. There are also elevators and escalators for the ones unable to use the stairs.

What to consider when you plan your visit

  1. Ways to get to Christ the Redeemer in BrazilWeather - very important as the view is totally different on a sunny day versus a foggy day.
  2. Hours - it is less crowded in the mornings around 8.30 AM and afternoons after 3.30 PM.
  3. Water - get plenty of water or have some cash to buy bottled water on the way.
  4. Don’t forget your phone/camera - you don’t want to miss the spectacular views!
  5. Prices vary depending on seasonality
    1. High season 
      1. during the Carnival and other public holidays
      2. on Saturdays and Sundays
    2. Low season
      1. Working days

There are five ways that you can choose from in order to visit Christ the Redeemer landmark in Brazil. It all depends on your preferences and location in Rio.

By foot

If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can hike up to the top of the mountain through the jungle. You need to get to Parque Lage, where the trail starts. Make sure you don’t go alone though, it is safer to be part of a group.

  • Price - R$ 0
  • Duration 3 hrs

By train (our choice)

  • Adult - Low Season - R$ 67.00 (~14.6 USD / 13.13 EUR)
  • Adult - High Season - R$ 82.00 (~17.88 USD / 16 EUR)
  • Children (from 5 to 11 years) - Any season - R$ 52.00 (~11.34 USD / 10.2 EUR)
  • Elderly (over 60 years resident in Brazil) - Any season - R$ 26.00 (~5.67 USD / 5.09 USD)


  • 20 minutes one way

Note! Make sure you have a copy of your passport and the card you paid with on you if you booked online.

By van

A great option if you are not keen on taking public transportation. The vans leave from several points so the chances are you will find one nearby. More information here.

Prices: Tickets vary between R$ 8.50 (~1.85 USD / 1.67 EUR) and R$ 70.50 (~15.38 USD / 13.81 EUR) depending on the season and pick-up location.

Through a travel agency

You can decide to do more on one day and get a guided city tour that includes a visit to Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Selaron Stairs, and more, depending on what you choose.

Prices: An average price for a full day tour with lunch included is around ~ R$ 280 (~61 USD / 55 EUR) per person.

You can also find a selection of tours that include Christ the Redeemer.

By car

If you rented a car and prefer this way of transportation, you can take it up to the parking in Paneiras, where you will have to take the van.

Prices Your car costs + van & entrance that cost R$ 31.00 during low season and R$ 46.00 during high season.

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