How to get to Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer receives over four million visitors every year and is the most photographed destination in Brazil. It was added into the list for the Seven New Wonders of the World in 2007. Held in Brazil's Tijuca National Forest, it attracts tourists from all around the world.

Plan your trip to visit Christ the Redeemer EARLY as it does get extremely crowded.

Aside from the many tours offered, there are two popular ways to get to Christ the Redeemer.


This is the option I took. Uber is safe, easy, and cheap in Rio. You can type in 'Christ the Redeemer' and they will know exactly where to go. It cost about 4 USD each way and the journey was about 30 minutes from Lapa District.

Cog Train

The most popular way to get there is by Cog Train, which can be accessed at Cosme Velho Station. This takes a scenic route through the forest. Because of its popularity, there can be extremely long wait times. Tickets can be purchased ahead online for a particular time slot. Roundtrip tickets cost R79 or about 15 USD.

Once you arrive at the base, you can either hike to the top or take a van. In low season it is about R56 or 10 USD and in high season about R68 or 13 USD, this includes entrance fees and a roundtrip van ticket. Tickets can be purchased inside the gift shop.

Hiking from the bottom is a third option. I would normally have opted for this, but I did not feel comfortable because I was traveling alone. The path winds through some of Rio's favelas, which are the city's neglected neighborhoods. If you are in a group it might be okay, but you will likely be taking a camera and other valuables up with you, so I would not suggest it. The walk is free, but you would still have to pay an entrance fee once at the top.