RIO CARNIVAL TICKET FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

BUYING TICKETS

 

1. What do I need to know before purchasing my parade tickets?
2. Can you explain the different ticket types?
3. Which day should I go to the parade?
4. Do the amateur nights and top performer nights have the same show?
5. Why don’t you sell Bleacher Seats for Section 1?
6. What are the best sections?
7. Does it matter if I am in an odd or an even-numbered section?  
8. As a tourist, do I have to buy tickets from Section 9?   
9. Are there assigned seats?  
10. What are the very best tickets?
11. Are tickets still available?
12. How much are the tickets?
13. Are there any child, student or senior discounts?
14. Do I need to give you the name for each individual ticket bought?
15. Are tickets exchangeable or refundable?

TICKET COLLECTION & DELIVERY 

 

16. How and when will I receive my tickets?
17. Can you send tickets via e-mail?
18. Can you send tickets to my home address?
19. Can I have my tickets delivered?
20. When should I provide my delivery address?
21. Can my tickets be delivered to and left with someone else?

CARNIVAL PARADE PROGRAM 

 

22. How long does the parade last?
23. When does the show start?
24. When does the show end?
25. What does the nightly program look like?

SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION

 

26. Is the Sambodrome safe?
27. How can I get there with comfort and safety and return home?

BUYING TICKETS

1. What do I need to know before purchasing my parade tickets?
The day, section and the ticket type.
2. Can you explain the different ticket types?
TICKET DICTIONARY:
Arquibancada = bleacher seat
Section 9 = tourist section with assigned seating
Section 2-3 = limited viewing as it is at the very beginning of the route & most action occurs in front of the middle Sections
Section 4-5 = limited viewing as it is towards the beginning of the route & most action occurs in front of the middle Sections
Section 6-7 = better viewing vantage point
Section 8 = best viewing section with unassigned seating
Section 9 = best viewing section with assigned seating / well-organized for the first time Carnival Parade Atendee
Section 10-11 = limited viewing as it is towards the end of the route & most action occurs in front of the middle Sections
Section 12-13 = restricted viewing as it is at the very end of the route & most action occurs in front of the middle Sections
Camarote = VIP section. This is a party within the stadium, providing incredible viewing, open bar, all-night complimentary food, easily accessible toilets, security and other party gifts! 
3. Which day should I go to the parade? 
Overall, if you are in Rio during the week of Carnival, it is better to attend the Parade then not to at all. Depending on your budget and availability, here are your options.
Friday and Saturday [March 1 & 2]  The Amateur Samba Groups perform. Still a good overall Carnival experience, but without the high budget floats, costumes and performers.
Sunday and Monday [March 3 & 4]  Top Nights when the top Samba Groups [known as Samba Schools] perform.
Champions’ Saturday [March 9]  The encore performance of the top 6 Samba Group Winners. The atmosphere is fun, but the heated energy of competition is absent.
4. Do the amateur nights and top performer nights have the same show?
No. Each Samba school performs only once. Thus, the show is different every night.
5. Why don’t you sell Bleacher Seats for Section 1?
These tickets are reserved especially for the Samba Schools themselves.
6. What are the best sections?
From the middle of the Stadium, slightly towards the end, offers the best viewing. Paying just a bit more for a ticket makes a huge difference on the day of the event. It can mean watching the back of someone’s head instead of the seeing the whole performance. Sections 8-9 are the best in terms of viewing. Most of the judges are located in this area, as well as the drumming section, so the main performance takes place there.
7. Does it matter if I am in an odd or an even-numbered section?  
Both sections offer the same view; however, the even-numbered sections [2-8] have been built more recently.
8. As a tourist, do I have to buy tickets from Section 9?   
Although Sector 9 is known as “the tourist section”, you are free to order any kind of ticket you would like. There are benefits, however, to buying in the tourist section, such as guaranteed assigned seats and our private transport can drop you off directly in front of the section making it easy to arrive and depart.
9. Are there assigned seats?  
Section 9 offers assigned seats, but all other sections are “first come first serve”. You will receive your specific ticket number for Section 9 only when you retrieve your tickets during the week of the parade.
10. What are the very best tickets?
The “Camarotes” [VIP] are the best as they are covered and elevated. Thus it does not matter what the weather conditions are, you will always have an amazing view! They also are air-conditioned and offer the VIP treatment with incredible food, drinks, security and some English speaking staff. Section 9 is also a great option as it provides easy access for transport, assigned seats and is tourist friendly.
11. Are tickets still available?
All tickets still available to order appear on our Rio Carnival Ticket Sales Page.
12. How much are the tickets?
Prices appear on our Rio Carnival Ticket Sales Page.
13. Are there any child, student or senior discounts?
Children under 5 are not allowed to attend the parade. Children over 5, pay full price and must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian. We do not personally sell student and senior tickets, although they are available for Sections 12-13 for Brazilians only.
14. Do I need to give you a name for each individual ticket bought?
Although we keep ticket orders under the name of the purchaser, the tickets are not issued with, nor bear anyone’s name.
15. Are tickets exchangeable or refundable?
No, tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Due to the nature of arrangements with our event partners, once your purchase has been complete, the transaction can not be undone or changed.

TICKET COLLECTION & DELIVERY 

 

16. How and when will I receive my tickets?
You can collect all your items from our Visitor’s Reception Center for free during our specific Carnival collection times or you can have tickets delivered to your Rio Accommodation/Hotel for a small fee.
17. Can you send tickets via e-mail?
All tickets come in hard copy form. There are no electronic tickets issued.
18. Can you send tickets to my home address?
No. Tickets are only distributed in Rio in person. We only deliver tickets within Rio and do not send them to anywhere else. You can choose whether you want to pick them up from our Visitor’s Reception Center or have your tickets delivered to your address in the city of Rio.
19. Can I have my tickets delivered?
Yes. We deliver tickets to any address within the city of Rio for a small fee (some occasional exceptions may apply pending safety). Tickets will be delivered on the same day as your first parade. In case you have more than one order, they will be delivered on the day of your first parade you will be attending. [example: purchases for Sunday and Monday will be delivered on Sunday]. Our delivery days are from March 1-4 and March 9. We also deliver tickets to cruise ships arriving at the Port of the city of Rio de Janeiro upon their arrival. We will ask you for the name of your ship and provide the exact collection details. There is only 1 delivery fee per delivery address regardless of the number of tickets ordered.
20. When should I provide my delivery address?
After your purchase has been approved, we will send you an e-mail confirming your delivery address with further instructions. People arriving by a cruise ship will only have to inform their ship name on the e-mail delivery instruction. Their tickets will be delivered upon arrival and you will be advised about where to collect them.
21. Can my tickets be delivered to and/or left with someone else?
Yes. You can request us to deliver to and leave your tickets at a hotel reception or with an authorized person, too. Please notify us by responding to the delivery e-mail we will send after your purchase. We will then follow-up with an Authorization Form which you will e-mail back to us along with a copy of your passport.

CARNIVAL PARADE PROGRAM 

22. How long does the parade last?
It is customary to watch about 3-4 samba schools, although you are welcome to stay to the very end. Arriving early is a good idea, to secure a good place if you are in a bleacher section with no assigned seating.
23. When does the show start?
The parades starts at approximately 21:00.
24. When does the show end?
The parades ends after the last school performs at approximately 5:00am.
25. What does the nightly program look like?
Each of the 5-6 schools has 1 hour to perform with an intermission in between [about 30-45min] so that the next school can set-up.

SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION

26. Is the Sambodrome safe?
Security is at an all time high within the Sambodrome Stadium during Carnival. Among the attendees include international celebrities, politicians and royalties. It is surrounded by huge perimeter fencing which no-one can pass without being checked for safety, security and commercial reasons. In order to secure your arrival and departure, you should consider the Sambodrome Round Transfer service.
27. How can I get there with comfort and safety and return home?
The best and easiest way to get to the Sambodrome to watch the Samba Parade is by organized Round-Trip Transfer. It has been specially set up to facilitate ticket holder’s arrival/departure when roads around the Sambodrome are closed and traffic comes to a standstill. It is designed to give you direct, quick and safe access to the Sambodrome. Taxis/Ubers operate with an increased fare table and cannot get very close to the stadium. The metro runs 24 hours/day and the closest metro stop is Presidente Vargas. This is still about a 1 km confusing and un-secure walk to the stadium.

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