I bought my round-trip ticket for the train to see the Christ the Redeemer statue online at http://www.corcovado.com.br/ingles/index.html which was R$46.00. You can choose the date and time in which you want to go since there will be no wait. I chose Tuesday at 12pm since my flight arrived at 9am and I wanted to allot some time just in case there was a flight arrival delay and Rio traffic.
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I took a taxi from GIG International Airport to Cosme Velho which is the area of the Trem do Corvocado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. The taxi was R$92.95 ~ $45 USD which was pretty pricey and was expected due to the infamous traffic in Rio. I figured it was the fastest way since I had just got off an 8 and a half hour flight and didn’t want to take a bus to Centro Rio and then another bus up to Cosme Velho.
When I arrived at the base of the Trem do Corvocado at 10:30am, there were many kids lingering around that had just gotten off the tram.
The ticket prices were as follows: Adults: R$46.00, Children (6-12 years old ) R$23.00, Kids under 5 were Free (Lap Child), Brazilian Senior Citizens over 60 years of age and Students with ID are R$23.00.
As of June 11, 2013, you don’t need to buy your tickets solely online. You can purchase your tickets on-site with cash or debit card. There are two separate lines for that. If you bought your ticket online, you just go to the ticket counter and pick up your ticket. You will need to present your online voucher in exchange for a ticket.
Since I arrived early and my scheduled time was at 12:00pm, I asked the ticket office agent if I could take the earlier 11am tram and she said it was not a problem.
On the way to the tram station, there were many vendors selling souvenirs and food.
The waiting area also has a Cultural Center if you want to kill some time while you wait for your train.
The train ride took 20 minutes with multiple stops. Once you reach to the top, take the elevator to the top floor where you will see the back of the Christ the Redeemer statue.
You will then take two escalators up to the Christ the Redeemer statue and find magnificent views of Rio de Janeiro.
There are also small restaurants and vendors located two stair levels beneath the statue.
Many people were imitating poses of Christ the Redeemer and taking a plethora of pictures.
In the end, you will reach the bottom of the train where you will be thanked for your visit.
From here, you can take a taxi or a bus for R$2.95 that pretty much goes to Centro, Leblon, Copacabana, and Ipanema.