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Santa Teresa Tram

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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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So caratheristic, but the queue is long

I really suggest to come here and take this bus to have an amazing access to Santa Teresa quartier. It's not difficult to find this "boutinho" (near carioca station in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Shell Cove, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Make sure you check when it is closed - as it was the first time we went there. Went back on a Tuesday and had plenty of room on the tram - no waiting at all. Fun and free - what more could you want? Spent quite a lot of time wandering the streets of Santa Teresa, viewing the street... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really suggest to come here and take this bus to have an amazing access to Santa Teresa quartier. It's not difficult to find this "boutinho" (near carioca station in the financial quartier), but be prepared to a very long queue (at least 1 hour).

Thank Gabriele I
Wellington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The free tram ride starts a block away from the Lapa Arches and offers a great view as it makes its way over them and up to Santa Teresa. From there it is an easy and interesting walk down, signposted, to the top of the Escadaria Selaron which is a fascinating piece of work.

Thank Ty G
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

It was free and fun. Do make sure you know the timings when you decide to take a ride. Some nice stores are there in the neighbourhood. not very safe, so tourists be careful.

Thank Sunshine A
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

After a bad accident some years ago they just have re-opened this century old trip up and down Santa Teresa neighbourhood. Very picturesque, very good ride with great views and some great early 20th century architecture. The trip finishes in the cathedral via the lapa arches. Recommended

Thank Ricardo B
State of Sao Paulo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

The best thing in this experience is that you can go to Santa Teresa experimenting a unique way, without paying anything. A good time to check in is before 10AM so you don't have to stay in lines expecting. On Mondays, the service is working with few people and you can go freely. The experience is very great because it... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A fun way to get to Santa Teresa, we went after visiting the steps and enjoyed the short ride very much.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The only problem with this tram is that it is closed on week-ends, just like line 4 of the metro, but for the metro it is advertised everywhere, while for the Tram, nothing is mentioned on the gates, not even the working hours ! This has to be changed by the management !!! "Visit Brasil" website even says "open daily"... More 

Maracaibo, Venezuela
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a free and quick way to reach Santa Teresa, I am personally not a big fan of the area but I enjoy going to Parque das Ruinas for the view!

Thank evyboo
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Started at the top in ST and rode it to the bottom. No line up again the top because it was about 11am and a holiday. Had to get off at the bottom and line up again to return. Missed getting on the same train to go back up, but no big deal as there is a long concrete bench... More 


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