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Rio De Janeiro Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Rio De Janeiro Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Rio De Janeiro is the second most populated city in Brazil. Ever the outdoors city, the rising temperatures draw locals and tourists alike to Rio’s beaches and forest waterfalls, and the longer days give visitors even more time to gaze in awe at the city’s abundance of breath-taking views. If you are here on your layover, get ready to enjoy the endless parties and celebration!

What to do in Rio for 24h – 48h

Getting around in Rio

  • Metro
    Rio’s metro system is an excellent way to get around. You can purchase a prepaid card from a kiosk in any metro station using cash with a minimum of R$5 or more. You can then recharge it at any kiosk. Free subway maps are available from most ticket booths.
  • Bus
    Rio’s new BRS (Bus Rapid System) features dedicated public transportation corridors in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra. The bus system is one of most efficient way to get around in Rio and fares on most buses are around R$ 3.40.
  • Taxi
    Private taxi services like Uber and city taxis are available at reasonable rates as well. Uber is available at quite low rates but you cannot use this service to and from the airport.

Local currency – Brazilian Real ( 1 BRL = 0.31 US Dollar)

Tourist Attractions in Rio


Corcovado - WOC layover tips


The most popular attraction of Corcovado mountain, located in the Tijuca Forest, is the Christ the Redeemer statue and viewing platform at its peak, drawing over 300,000 visitors per year. From the peak’s platform the panoramic view includes downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracanã Stadium and several of Rio’s favelas.

WOC travel tip: If you want to do Corcovado differently, try and use the trail between Corcovado and Parque Lage. It’s a nice trail through the forest, you get to see some animals, small waterfalls and will encounter lesser number of tourists.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf mountain - WOC layover tips

It is a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined Sugarloaf.

WOC travel tip: A trip on the cable car is a must do and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.


Copacabana - WOC layover tips


Copacabana’s main attraction is undoubtedly its beach due to the natural beauty of the setting. The beachfront is lined with smart glass kiosks that house everything from pizza joints to seafood restaurants and Champagne bars, and you won’t even have to change out of your swimwear to drink and dine here.

Other attractions in Rio

Hang Gliding

Hang gliding - WOC layover tips


This is one of the most exciting things you can do on your layover in Rio. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Sugarloaf, the Corcovado Christ statue, Ipanema, Copacabana, the Rocinha favela, and many other landmarks of Rio de Janeiro.

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Favela Tour

Favela tour - WOC layover tips


Venture into a Rio de Janeiro favela (the Brazilian version of a shanty town) on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas.

WOC travel tip: Hire a guide to interact with the locals and experience the authentic Brazilian culture

Food and Nightlife in Rio

Nightlife - WOC layover tips

  • Try Porcao, located in Botafogo neighbourhood, for dinner which serves best “churrascaria” in Rio. After eating here you might become vegetarian for at least a couple of weeks.
  • For the true taste of nightlife in Rio, there’s only one neighborhood to head for, and that’s Lapa. Located at the historic center of Rio’s downtown, this place is a must visit, particularly if you’re there for a weekend.

Shopping in Rio

  • There are many shopping destinations to choose from, like the Fashion mall and Barra mall for latest clothes
  • Lapa e Arte is a really cozy and good place for a variety of gifts and souvenirs.

Discounts for flight attendants in Brazil

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How was your layover in Rio De Janeiro? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

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