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FAQ about Rio Carnival | Rio Carnival Tickets

FAQ - Ask your questions about the Carnival
of Rio de Janeiro

Carnival takes place every year, 40 days before Easter, so each year has different dates.

The dates of the Samba Schools Parade are: Grupo Acesso February 09 and 10, Grupo Especial February 11 and 12 andParade of Champions March 05.

The best option to buy your ticket is on our website Rio Carnaval Tickets.
We have all kinds of tickets (bleachers, frisas, Frisas Cobertas, camarotes and numbered chairs) with the best cost-benefit.

Rio Carnaval Tickets is a company of the Rio Alternative Tour Group, of unblemished reputation, in the market for more than 12 years.
We are a group specialized in receptive tourism in Rio de Janeiro.
Our experience in personalized, caring service has earned us thousands of happy customers and our friends.
Certified by the Ministry of Tourism, through Cadastur and ABAV RJ, Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies.
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Your purchase with us over the internet is safe, our website is protected by the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security certificate, advanced encryption technology, which guarantees privacy and security of customer data in all transactions.
Without a doubt, being our customer is having an incredible, positive and impressive experience.

You can purchase by credit card, debit card, bank transfer or bank transfer. All the options for you not to miss this great show!

You will automatically receive an email with the voucher and the information you need to pick up your tickets.

Pick up your ticket for free at Hotel Copacabana Mar or at Pier Mauá.
Address Hotel Copacabana Mar
Rua Ministro Viveiros de Castro, 155, Copacabana - Salão AZUL - Andar R.
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00.
Pier Maúa (Port of Rio de Janeiro)
Meeting point Warehouse 4.
Hours: 14:00 to 19:00.
For a third party to pick up the tickets, you must have the authorization of the buyer.

Receive your tickets at your hotel or residence.
We deliver only in the city of Rio de Janeiro (Zona Sul, Centro and Barra).
This service has a cost of 70,00 reais.
For a third party to pick up the tickets, you must have the authorization of the buyer.

The sambadrome offers four different types of tickets

Grandstands, track chairs, friezes and boxes.

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

Once tickets are purchased, refunds cannot be processed. Tickets are purchased by Rio Carnaval Tickets through a letter of request from an agency registered with ABAV (Brazilian association of travel agencies) in Rio de Janeiro 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.

In case of cancellation of Carnival due to Covid-19 or some other reason we do not refund the amount. The amount will remain as credit for the next Carnival.


Grandstands sector 9 and track chairs sector 12, seats are signed by lot. The ticket buyer will be informed of the exact location at the time of picking up the ticket. We cannot inform or guarantee a specific location.

As a travel agency, we always have good queues.



The parade of the Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro is the greatest spectacle on earth and also a competition between the Samba Schools.
Each night 6 (six) Samba Schools are presented.
The first two nights (Friday and Saturday) you can watch the parade of the Samba Schools of the Access Group.
The third and fourth night (Sunday and Monday) are the magic nights, because you will watch the most traditional samba schools, the ones from the Special Group.
The parade of champions is the presentation of the (six) best schools from the Special Group plus the Champion of the Access Group.

The order of the parade is released about 3 (three) months before the parade.
As soon as we have the information we will make the disclosure on our website.

Every day is unique and unforgettable. The first option is certainly to watch on Sunday and Monday of Carnival, 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.
Parades of the Special Group (Friday and Saturday are similar in terms of quality of schools).

Grupo de Acesso Friday and Saturday of Carnival: These two days the tickets are significantly cheaper.
Although the 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 Grupo Especial next year.
Grupo Especial Sunday and Monday
These are considered the great days of the Carnival Parade.
The best 14 Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro present all their creativity and novelties.
These are the true magical nights of the Sambódromo.
Parade of Champions
This Parade takes place the first Saturday after Carnival.
On this night, the 6 (six) best Schools of the Special Group plus the Champion of the Access Group, repeat their performances.
This is an extraordinary night, and not the most expensive tickets, a great cost-benefit.

The scores of the samba schools in the Grupo Especial are tallied on Ash Wednesday; the champion is declared and the last-placed school is relegated to the Grupo de Acesso (also called Série A).

The top six will return to Marquês de Sapucaí the following Saturday for the parade of champions.

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

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

On our website, in Tickets - Archibancadas, 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 by 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 so as not to impair the view of spectators. To protect yourself from the rain, we advise you to bring a raincoat or buy tickets that have a cover, such as the Boxes and the Covered Frisas.

Each ticket has its high points, but without a doubt, the boxes, friezes and sector 9 bleachers 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 friezes will make you feel inside the parade
The sector 9 bleachers are numbered and the aerial view is very special.

For people with special needs we recommend Camarote Folia Tropical, Frisas or Frisas cobertas.
It is not recommended bleachers, this seat is on the second floor and there is no elevator.

The numbered tickets are the Frisas, the Archibancadas in sector 9 and the track chairs in sector 12.

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

Yes, our company, Rio Carnaval Tickets can turn your dream of parading in the Sambadrome into reality.

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

Visit our website: FANTASIAS

The arrival time depends on the ticket you choose.
The sambadrome opens its doors at 7pm.
Numbered tickets can arrive at any time, because your place will be reserved.
Those who choose an unnumbered grandstand should arrive by 8pm to ensure a good place.

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

Yes, it is allowed to bring food and drinks. You can bring up to 02 (two) plastic containers of 500 ml with drink (water, juice, soda or beer) and up to 02 (two) food items (fruit, snack or sandwich). The entry of isopores, glass bottles, aluminum cans, bags, weapons, sharp objects, fireworks and flares is prohibited.
In 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 plenty of public security in and around the street.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions for those who are 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 shuttle service that we at Rio Carnaval Tickets offer. We pick you up at more than 100 hotels in Rio de Janeiro and at Pier Mauá. You will be accompanied by a tour guide, providing convenience, information and safety. You can make the reservation on our website:
    The sambadrome has two sides, Even Side and Odd Side, which we call sectors. If your ticket is on the odd side, get off at Central Station and walk for 15 minutes to the Sambadrome. If your ticket is even side get off at Praça 11 Station and walk for 8 minutes to the Sambódromo.
  • Taxi: There are two official taxi companies that can take you to the sambadrome. One company serves the even sectors and the other the odd. 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 outfit you want.

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

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