Christ The Redeemer By Tram (Trem do Corcovado)

Fast Facts:

Entrance Fee R$56 (Low Season)

R$68 (High Season )

Credit Card Accepted Yes
Handicapped Accessible Yes
Parking Available N/A
Changing Room N/A
Lockers Available No
Food Available Yes

Recommendations:

  1. Tram is the most convenient way to get to Corcovado mountain to see Christ The Redeemer.
  2. Taxis are readily available from Ipanema and Copacabana areas to Christ The Redeemer tram station.
  3. I recommend visiting tram station by taxi or bus because there is hardly any public parking located at the tram station.
  4. It costs around R$25 to get to Trem do Corcovado station from Ipanema. Since yellow taxis don’t accept credit cards, make sure you have cash available.
  5. Tram tickets can be purchased at the station or online on Trem do Corcovado site
  6. Buying tram tickets online for non-Brazilians is pretty complex as it require account set up and all. Therefore, I recommend buying tickets at the station.
  7. Tickets costs vary depending upon the season. It costs R$56 to see the Christ The Redeemer by tram in low season and R$68 in high season.
  8. Ticket price includes return tram ride to and from the mountain top.
  9. Visit Christ the Redeemer only in clear weather. A cloudy day could very well spoil the view of the statue and Rio from the mountain. Therefore, make sure to check weather forecast before visiting Christ the Redeemer. It is for this reason, I don’t recommend buying tram tickets in advance.
  10. There is a television installed at the ticket counter that provides live feed from the top of the mountain. Use this facility to determine if the view up there is clear or not. Buy tickets only if the view is clear.

Getting to tram station(Trem do Corcovado) from Ipanema and Copacabana:

Yellow taxis are the best when it comes to getting around city of Rio de Janeiro. During our time in Rio, I found the yellow taxis to be readily available, most reliable and least expensive. The best thing about yellow taxis in Rio is that you don’t have to make any advance reservation over the phone. All you have to do is get down to the street, waive at any yellow taxi and you’re up for the ride. We stayed 5 days in Rio and we never had to wait more than a minute for the taxi. The only downside is most of the drivers of yellow taxis don’t understand English. But, that’s the case with almost all of Brazil where very few people know or speak English.

As for going to Christ the Redeemer by tram, ask your taxi driver to take you to Trem do Corcovado station. Since taxi drivers don’t understand English, I would recommend writing ‘Trem do Corcovado’ in your phone or on a piece of paper so that you can show it your driver. It costs around R$25 from Ipanema to get to tram station. Since Copacabana is pretty close to Ipanema, it would cost around the same or less to get to the tram station from Copacabana too.

Overview:

Christ the Redeemer statue, listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, was constructed between 1922 and 1931. The statue, along with the pedestal, is 38 metres (125 feet) high and is located on the top of Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, Rio.

If you hear the word ‘Rio de Janeiro’, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? I bet it’s Christ the redeemer. And rightly so. Though Christ the redeemer is the most famous and world renowned sight, there are plenty of other sights in Rio like Sugarloaf mountain, Ipanema beach, Copacabana beach, etc that should be in your must visit list while in Rio. As per TripAdvisor, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf mountain are two top most things to do in Rio. Now, when you visit a world famous sight, what you’d do in advance? You book your tickets, right? You can call me crazy, but I am gonna recommend exactly opposite of it. That is, DO NOT book your tickets in advance while visiting Christ the redeemer and Sugarloaf mountain. Reason? As I stated above, you will get best of both these sights on a clear and sunny day. I understand that getting the tickets spontaneously could result in a lot of wait time in lines and all. But, waiting some time and an awesome view is still better than no lines and no views, right?

Our time at Christ the Redeemer:

We started for Christ the Redeemer from Ipanema in the morning around 10 AM. It was around 20 mins ride in yellow taxi that cost us around R$25. At the station, we bought our tickets that had time for our tram printed on it. Since we had visited Rio during shoulder season in October, the wait wasn’t bad at all. We must have waited only 35 mins at the tram station for the next tram. Considering that the tram frequency is 30 mins, waiting 35 mins for the tram was not bad at all. We used this time for drinks and souvenir shopping.

There is a small snack bar and a couple of souvenir shops at the tram station.

Tram station at the bottom of Corcovado mountain.

Tram station at the bottom of the Corcovado mountain where you catch your tram up to Christ the Redeemer statue.

 

The tram ride up to the mountain top was very scenic. I would recommend taking a window seat and keeping your camera handy. There will be plenty of opportunity for photo-op.

Tram ride up to the mountain top!

Tram ride up to the mountain top!

 

Tram station at the mountain top is pretty simplistic. There are no souvenir shops or snack bar at the station itself, but there are a few shops on your way up. Therefore, for your return trip get water and snacks before entering the station as the ticket is not valid for re-entry.

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After getting off the tram at the station, you will have an option to take elevators, escalators or stairs on your way up to the statue. We decided to take stairs which was quite effortless considering there were only 200 something stairs and we are still in our 20’s. 😉

Dipti on our way up to the Christ statue

Dipti on our way up to the Christ statue

 

The statue itself is simply unreal. It is undoubtedly one of the most astonishing sights I have ever seen in my life.

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Brace for crowds as you will find tens and hundreds of other tourists trying to capture the beauty of Christ and the splendid views in their camera. With so many people trying to get their perfect shot, it’s difficult to capture your own perfect shot. 😉

 

With so many people trying to get their perfect shot, it's difficult to capture your perfect shot.

 

View of Pedra da Gávea from Christ The Redeemer

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Sugarloaf Mountain from Christ The Redeemer

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Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon from Christo

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Another shot of Sugarloaf mountain

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With the architects of the statue

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There is a snack bar at the top in case you’re looking forward to cooling yourself down with a chilled beer. Thought I should mention. 😉

And of course there is a customary gift shop too!

Verdict:

I would highly recommend visiting Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio for its breathtaking beauty and splendid views of the city of Rio from up there. And since it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, you would of course want to check it off from your list. 😉

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