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Carnival takes place every year, 40 days before Easter, which is why each year has different dates.

The dates for the Samba Schools Parade are: Access Group February 28th and March 1st, Special Group March 2nd and 3rd and Parade of Champions March 8th.

The best option to buy your ticket is on our website Rio Carnival Tickets.
We have all types of tickets (stands, frisas, covered frisas, boxes and numbered seats) with the best value for money.

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You will automatically receive an email with the voucher and the information needed to collect your tickets.

There are two ticket categories, physical and digital tickets.


Conteúdo do acordeão

Collect your ticket free of charge at Hotel Coapacabana Mar or Pier Mauá.
Address Hotel Copacabana Mar
Rua Ministro Viveiros de Castro, 155, Copacabana – Salão AZUL – Floor R.
Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00.
Pier Maúa (Port of Rio de Janeiro)
Meeting point Warehouse 4.
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
For a third party to collect the tickets, they must have the buyer's authorization.

Receive your tickets at your hotel or residence.
We only deliver to the city of Rio de Janeiro (South Zone, Center and Barra).
This service costs R$100.00.
For a third party to collect the tickets, they must have the buyer's authorization.

The sambadrome offers four different types of tickets

Bleachers, track chairs, friezes and boxes.

To find out more about each of them, visit our page tickets

Once tickets have been purchased, refunds cannot be processed. Tickets are purchased by Rio Carnaval Tickets through a request letter from an agency registered with ABAV (Brazilian travel agency association) in Rio de Janeiro based on the specific demand made at our points of sale.

If the Carnival Parade is postponed due to the Covid-19 virus or any other reason, we will not refund the money, we will only make the ticket available for the new date.

If Carnival is canceled due to Covid-19 or any other reason, we will not refund the amount. The amount will be credited towards the next Carnival.

Sector 9 bleachers and sector 12 track seats, seats are awarded by draw. The ticket purchaser will be informed of the exact location when collecting the ticket. We cannot inform or guarantee a specific location.


The Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools parade is the biggest show on Earth and also a competition between samba schools.
Each night 6 (six) Samba Schools perform.
The first two nights (Friday and Saturday) you can watch the parade of Grupo de Acesso samba schools.
The third and fourth nights (Sunday and Monday) are the magical nights, because you will see the most traditional samba schools, those of the Grupo Especial.
The parade of champions is the presentation of the (six) best Schools in the Special Group plus the Champion of the Access Group.

The parade order is published approximately 3 (three) months before the parade.
As soon as we have the information we will publish it on our website.

Every day is unique and unforgettable. Most certainly the first option is to attend Carnival on Sunday and Monday, which are the days when the most traditional schools perform.
The Champions Parade is also another option if you prefer to watch the six best schools of the year.
Special group parades (Friday and Saturday are similar in terms of school quality).

Access Group Friday and Carnival Saturday: Tickets are significantly cheaper on these two days.
Although schools work with a smaller budget, the enthusiasm and beauty are the same.
The best Samba Schools will have the great privilege of participating in the Special Group next year.
Special Group Sunday and Monday
These are considered the big days of the Carnival Parade.
The best 14 Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro present all their creativity and news.
These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome.
Parade of Champions
This Parade takes place the first Saturday after Carnival.
Tonight, the 6 (six) best Schools in the Special Group plus the Champion of the Access Group, repeat their performances.
This is an extraordinary night, and not the most expensive tickets, great value for money.

The calculation of the scores of the Special Group samba schools is carried out on Ash Wednesday; the champion is declared and the last placed team is relegated to the Access Group (also called Series A).

The six best placed teams return to Marquês de Sapucaí the following Saturday for the champions' parade.

To choose the best Schools, the judges take into account samba, flag-bearing couple, drums (percussion instruments), baianas wing, punctuality, front committee, costumes and floats.

The judges are personalities with great reputations in the world of samba and show. With a clinical eye, they observe every detail to choose the best performance.

On our website, under Tickets – Grandstands, Frisa and Camarote, you will have photos, maps and description of each ticket that will help you in your choice.


The sectors in the middle or a little towards the end of the Avenue are excellent, from sector 5 to sector 11. Paying a little more makes a big difference when it comes to the view.

If you prefer, contact us via WhatsApp, phone and email and we will clarify all your doubts and help you make your best choice.

The event is not suspended, it takes place regardless of weather conditions. Umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadium to avoid obstructing the spectators' view. To protect yourself from the rain, we advise you to bring a raincoat or buy tickets that have coverage, such as the Camarotes and Frisas Cobertas.

Each ticket has its highlights, but without a doubt the boxes, friezes and bleachers in sector 9 offered an even more special experience.
Our RCT Folia and RCT Folia Tropical Boxes are our VIP tickets, due to their privileged location and excellent buffet service.
The Frisas will make you feel like you are part of the parade
The sector 9 stands are numbered and the aerial view is very special.

For people with special needs, we recommend Folia Tropical, Frisas or covered Frisas cabins.
Bleachers are not recommended, this seat is on the second floor and there is no elevator.

The numbered tickets are the Frisas, the Grandstands in sector 9 and the track seats in sector 12.

5 years old is the minimum age to watch the Samba Schools Parade.

Yes, our company, Rio Carnaval Tickets can make your dream of parading at the Sambadrome a reality.

We have costumes for the Access Group and Special Group and packages with and without transfer to the Sambadrome.

Visit our website: COSTUMES

Arrival time depends on the ticket you choose.
The sambadrome opens its doors at 7 pm.
Numbered tickets can arrive at any time because your place will be reserved.
If you choose a non-numbered stand, it is important to arrive by 8pm to guarantee a good place.

Every night 6 (six) Samba Schools perform. Each performance has a minimum duration of 65 and a maximum of 75 minutes.
The total duration of the event is between 7 and 8 hours.

Yes, you are allowed to bring food and drinks. You can take up to 02 (two) 500 ml plastic containers with a drink (water, juice, soft drink or beer) and up to 02 (two) food items (fruit, snack or sandwich). Styrofoam, glass bottles, aluminum cans, bags, weapons, sharp objects, fireworks and flares are prohibited.
At the sambadrome you will have the opportunity to buy food and drinks at a fair price.

Completely safe. In addition to a family atmosphere, the sambadrome has private security inside and a lot of public security on the street and its surroundings.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions for anyone visiting Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. There are different ways to go to the sambadrome.

  • Shuttle service: The best, safest and most comfortable option is to use the round-trip transfer service that we at Rio Carnaval Tickets offer. We search from more than 100 hotels in Rio de Janeiro and Pier Mauá. You will be accompanied by a tour guide, providing comfort, information and security. You can make a reservation on our website: 
    The sambadrome has two sides, Even Side and Odd Side, which we call sectors. If your ticket is odd-numbered, get off at Estação Central do Brasil and walk for 15 minutes to the Sambadrome. If your ticket is even sided, get off at Praça 11 Station and walk for 8 minutes to the Sambadrome.
  • Taxi: There are two official taxi companies that can take you to the Sambadrome. One company serves the even-numbered sectors and the other the odd-numbered sectors. Even side: Coopatur Tel: (21) 2573-1009 / 3885-1000 Odd side: Coopertramo tel: (21) 2209-9292 / whatsapp +55 21 98008-0055 / [email protected]


Yes, carnival is a joyful party and you can go in costume or whatever clothes you want.

You should be comfortable and in case of rain, take a raincoat.

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