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Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

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Activity provider: Rio Carnaval Tickets

Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

Activity provider: Rio Carnaval Tickets

From US$ 90 per person

Watch the biggest show on Earth, the Carnival Samba School Parade in Rio's Sambodrome. Benefit from pickup and drop-off from your hotel or cruise ship and the expertise of a professional tour guide.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 8 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Pickup included
Please note you have to first exchange your voucher for a ticket prior to the visit at a different location (ticket collection points). You can find more details of the ticket collection points in your voucher information. For shuttle transfer, pickup is included for hotels located at: Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Catete, Flamengo, Botafogo, Centro, Barra da Tijuca and at Rio Cruise Port. Please provide your hotel name and address, or details of your ship. You will receive the exact pickup time by email. If you are staying in a private apartment or outside the pickup route, you will be provided with the closest meeting point available.


  • Experience the largest Parade on Earth in Rio's incredible Sambodrome
  • Watch the Carnival Parade with the comfort and security of a professional guide
  • Feel the rhythm of the drums and enjoy the colourful and creative performances
Full description

Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and the best parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators.  Start the tour with a shared shuttle transfer to the Sambodrome, from main hotels in Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Lapa, Barra da Tijuca, Centro, and Rio Cruise Port. Choose to spectate the incredible event from 5 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. – February 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 25th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools)

Access Group - Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th

On these dates, watch as some schools compete to get access to the main league for the following year. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget.

Special Group - Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th

With this option, experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro showing all their creativity and innovations as you enjoy a magical night in the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools.

Champions Parade - Saturday February 25th

On this night, the top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the carnival champions of the year. At the end of the tour, take the return shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

  • Carnival Samba School Parade Admission Tickets
  • Transportation to Sambadrome (shuttle service)
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • The GetYourGuide voucher will not be accepted as your entrance ticket; you must change your voucher for the official entry Ticket to the Rio Carnival Parade
  • You must present an official passport or ID to redeem your entrance ticket
  • For shuttle transfers, you will receive exact pickup details and time by email; in case your hotel is not included in the pickup points, the closest meeting point will be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 40 reviews

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Picking up tickets in Copacabana Messy the local staff was confused didn't find you tickets for 30 minutes and didn't say the date was 27 2 Sunday for the 22 4 They didn't name the pick up at you too hotel and kept asking for another pick up arrange place. Show was great organization before chaotic and bad

April 24, 2022

Go to the Sambadrome early and just book the transfer to return to the hotel only, if possible. We were picked up at 8:15 and it was really difficult to get a good seat when we got to the Sambadrome. Also, bring a seat cushion or 2 if seating in the grandstand.

March 3, 2020

The parade was absolutely brilliant, however the shuttle service was poorly organised especially the return journey. We finished up taking a taxi back which was more expensive but worth it. The guide on the coach spoke poor English and gave vague instructions on where to meet and how long we would have to wait. The parade was excellent but I would not encourage anyone to use this company.

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March 2, 2020

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