Rio Carnival Tickets 2018

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Learn all about the types of tickets avaialable for the upcoming 2018 Samba Parade. Carnival falls between February 24th and February 10th 2018.The two biggest and famous samba parades are going to happen on Sunday and Monday February 26th and 08th.

There's also the access league samba parade which is on Friday and Saturday February 24th and February 25th. The Winners Parade is on March 04th when the big winner parades with the five runners-up. Book your Rio Carnival tickets right here with the #1 Rio Carnival specialists. Get your tickets delivered to your hotel or address in Rio de Janeiro in the week prior to Carnvial or pick them up at our Hospitality Desk located at the Atlantico Copacabana Hotel, in Copacabana. Carnival Help Desk 10 AM - 5 PM .

What Rio Carnival Ticket is best for you?

There are four types of tickets to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival samba parade.

Rio Carnival Ticket Types What to Consider Sectors Tickets

Grandstands or Bleachers

Best Value. Great bird-eyes views. Tickets not assigned except for Sector 9. There are no seats but a place in the cement. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10 and 11

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Allocated Chairs or Numbered Chairs

The only really affordable assigned Seats at the Sambadrome. At floor level. Because location is at end of runaway , there are long intervalsof 30 to 40 between parades. 12 and 13

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Front Boxes or Frisas

Best tickets on the house. Not very affordable but comfortable and close to the runaway. Seats assigned in boxes of 6. Individual tickets are sold. You don't have to buy the entire Box. Have the budget? Buy these! 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10 and 11

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Luxury Suites or Camarotes

Covered boxes. Buffet served. Open bar all night. Window is not big enough to accommodate all guests so you have to take turns at window. Little bleachers are placed inside for everybody to see parade.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10 and 11

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Grandstands or bleachers

Grandstands are general admission tickets offering great samba parade views from the elevated concrete steps of the Sambodromo. Grandstands tickets are not numbered except for Sector 9, which is the tourist sector.

Admissions to the Grandstand

As you may be aware, tickets for the Rio Carnival are usually not numbered. In most cases, you will be allowed to watch the great Samba parade from the Sambadrome. That said, if you happen to be a tourist, then you will have to obtain tickets for Sector 9, which has numbered tickets. As with other parts of the Sambadrome, Sector 9 has concrete steps instead of bleachers and chairs.


Choosing the Best Place in the Grandstands

With the exception of the costlier bleachers in Sector 9 for tourists, you can easily enjoy all the best that the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and Samba Schools have to offer for a lower price than at other locations. In fact, as each of the sectors is rebuilt, you may be able to get tickets early for the best sections: 1, 12, and 13. Further, if you are looking for special deals, buying tickets for Sectors 2 through 11 will most likely fit your budget.

Some Tips for Choosing the Best Grandstand Sector

The best views of the parade are found in sectors 2 – 12.

You will have to go to sector 9 if you are a tourist.

Individuals that are most interested in hearing the drums should aim for sections 9 and 11, since this is where the drummer's niches are housed.

Most of the warm ups and parade beginning/ends occur near sectors 2 and 3. Choose these instead of higher number sectors to see more of each parade event.

If you want more of a bird's eye view of the entire event, Sector 11 will be more suitable to your needs than lower numbered sectors.

Individuals that want to enjoy the newest sectors should aim for the even numbered ones, since they are currently being rebuilt.

Even though there is no such thing as a seat that offers every possible angle, you can still choose ones that will appeal to your specific needs.

Allocated Chairs

Allocated chairs are assigned seats, available only on Sectors 12 and 13 of the Rio sambodromo and are the most affordable Rio carnival tickets at the sambodromo. They are located at the very end of the samba parade, close to the Apotheosis. The chairs are organized in an open-air theatre with the long lines of chairs facing the parade. Allocated chairs are ideal for those who want to secure a chair without paying the open box seat prices.

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Purchasing Assigned Seats

If you do not want to spend additional money on open box tickets, you may want to try the open allocated chairs assigned seats. These are located in Sectors 12 and 13, near the end of the parade route. They also tend to be the cheapest tickets within the Sambadrome complex.

Saving Money with Back Stalls Seats

Aside from being the least expensive way to view the parade, the Allocated chairs or Back Stall Seats can be used for the entire night. As an added bonus, you will be able to enjoy a full view of the entire parade without having to worry about losing your spot if you decide to move around. Since you may wind up waiting as much as a half hour between parade events, you will surely want to be able to leave your seat to get something to eat or engage in other activities while you are waiting for the next show.


Front Box Seats or Frisas

The Open Boxes or Frisas as they are known at the Rio Carnival Sambodromo, are the best, tickets you can get to watch the samba parades. The Open Box Sectors are located at the very floor level, as close to the runaway as it gets, in four rows of boxes, from A TO D. Each box sits six people in numbered chairs. A little coffee table completes the box space.

Are Front Boxes your ideal type of tickets? Read more about the best Rio Carnival Tickets.


Best Seats in the House

If you want the best seats in the Sambadrome, then you might be interested in the Frisas. These seats feature an open box design located on the same level as the parade route. Individuals that want to be as close to the excitement as possible will surely love these seats. Each box can accommodate six people, and also has a small coffee table for your convenience. If you want to reserve a Front Box Seat, you can choose ones in sectors 2 through 11. This includes the rebuilt even numbered sectors. Some additional features to keep in mind:

There are four rows of boxes, A - D. Boxes in section D are further away from the ground level, while those in section A are closest

If you choose seats in Row A, be prepared to see many photographers at work. Individuals looking for less interference will be better off choosing rows B, C, and D

Even though a single person can purchase a ticket for a box, five other people will also be assigned with you. What We Think of the Different Seating Accommodations at the Sambadrome

We prefer open box seating to bleachers or luxury suites even when it rains

If you want the absolute best, including a buffet and open bar, we recommend the Luxury Suites

The snacks and other refreshments available to the people in the open box seats make them enjoyable even if you are going to remain at the Sambadrome all night

Even though the open boxes offer wonderful views, all six people cannot watch easily at one time. You may want to visit the Luxury Buffet in order to get a better view as the parades get underway

Luxury Box Suites or Camarotes

Luxury Suites, Camarotes or covered boxes tickets are available all along the Rio sambodromo, from Sector 2 to Sector 11. These are considered to be the most desired tickets, offering a great view of the show from a private suite with first-class waiter service, buffet and open bar. Luxury Suites may not be your best bet: because the suite window is not big enough for the 12 people per window to watch the show at the same time, we only recommend it for closed groups of 12, 24 or 36 people. Open Boxes might be a better option if you don't want to share the tiny space on the window with other guests. More info on the Luxury Suites.


The Camarotes feature covers, an open buffet and a bar. You can purchase tickets for them in sectors 2 – 11 of the Sambadrome. Aside from offering the best views of the parade, the Camarotes are easy to enjoy even if there is bad weather. While there are many advantages, you should keep in mind that each box is designed to house 12 people. This includes being seated with strangers unless you reserve a box for a closed group. Since the viewing window is fairly small, you may find that you will have to take turns during the parade.

But What Samba Parade is Best to Watch?

All eyes are on the Samba Parades at the Sambadrome during carnival days. Each year the Rio carnival samba parade begins with the Access Group - both in two days - followed by the children's parade. Every Rio de Janeiro samba school puts up a unique samba song and performance with different samba themes choreographed to perfection.

Parade Date Samba Parade Type Our Suggestion
Friday Feb 09 Access Group Samba Parade Fun and Cheap.
Nice day to parade.
Saturday Feb 10 Access Group Samba Parade Fun and Cheap.
Nice day to parade.
Sunday Feb 11 Special Group Samba Parade
Day 1
Main Parade.
Try at least one day
Monday Feb 12 Special Group Samba Parade
Day 2
Main Parade.
Try at least one day
Tuesday Feb 13 Children's Parade Group

For Fanatics only

Saturday Feb 16 Winners Parade with Winner and 5 Runners-up. Not really carnival out of the Sambadrome. But Great Opportunity to avoid expensive hotel packages and a very crowded town.

We have carnival tickets for grandstands (bleachers) as well as for frisas (boxes) on All Sectors 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 and 13, for the following dates:

Friday and Saturday, February 09th and February 25th: Access Group Parade
Is as great as the Special League, but cheaper.  Parade goes from 8PM to 5AM. The two winning schools will be part of the Special League in the following year, so it’s a big competition, almost same level of Special League only for approximately half of the price! If you are not planning to attend a ball that night, get a carnival ticket and enjoy the parade, for less.

Sunday and Monday, February 11th and 08th: Special Group Parade
Special league parade, with 6 schools each day, parading from 9PM to 5AM. Carnival Tickets for Sunday and Monday are a bit more pricy.

Saturday,March 04th:  Winners’ Parade
Parade from 9PM to 5 AM. The first five qualified schools will parade to celebrate their achievements. This is a great opportunity to watch the show as the schools members are not under any judgment. So it’s really a relaxed and fun party to watch. Plus the carnival ticket is approximately half of those on fierce competition days. We love the Winners' Parade and we recommend you get your ticket to go see the winners if you are still in town.



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Detailed Description and Explanation of the Parade - You will also receive our comprehensive Parade description to help you prepare for the big event and better understand it. It will contain the history and a good description of the components of the Parade and explain how it works as a competition.
You will receive practical instructions and recommendations how to get to the Sambodromo, find your sector and what to take. It will also explain how to use your tickets and what it entitles you to.

Picking up your Tickets - After booking your carnival ticket, you will receive e-voucher by email which have to be exchanged for actual tickets once you get to Rio de Janeiro, thru our Hospitality Desk located in Copacabana Beach. Actual tickets are only released by Carnival authorities a few days before the event to avoid counterfeit.  

Our Hospitality Desk located at the Atlantico Copacabana Hotel, located in Copacabana - Address Siqueira Campos, 90, Imperial Room, exclusively from 10 AM to 5PM, from Friday February 05, 2018 to Monday February 08, 2018, AND Saturday, February 13, for those who purchased tickets for the Winners' Parade, local Rio de Janeiro time.

Round the clock Customer Support - We will stand by you until the Samba Parade has finished. We will make sure that you are informed about all your options during Carnival and receive all information materials in time. Any of your e-mails and queries will be replied by an assigned professional representative quickly and efficiently.

Tips and Recommendations:

Read the following to protect yourself
from fraudulent ticket sales!

Purchase your tickets through a reliable source. (travel agents and hotels)

Tickets consist of two parts, a magnetic card and a paper slip. Double check that you receive both parts. If you buy tickets for the tables or frisas, you also should receive a plastic card to wear around your neck.

Do not purchase tickets from scalpers at the gates.

Do not plan on discounted rates or free admission after the parade has started.

Do not buy used tickets in hopes that they will get you past the guards.

Our Handling fee is only US$10 per ticket, NOT 10%.

Rio Carnival Service

Our Rio Carnival Help Desk is willing to customize a Rio de Janeiro Carnival package for you and your party as well as giving you some very handy tips on costumes, and of course, the Party Planner.

Considering a group of six or more people to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival ? Our Carnival Group Desk will be glad to design your itinerary. Benefit from our Travel Group Rates with major airlines carriers as well as all the hotel and service arrangements while in Brazil

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5. Free 2018 Carnival Guide with the full program. To be emailed 2 weeks before Carnival




Delivery Options
Choose form FREE pick up at our Hospitality Desk located at the Atlantico Copacabana Hotel, located in Copacabana - Address Rua Siqueira Campos, 90, Imperial Room, exclusively from 10 AM to 5PM, from Friday February 8, 2018 to Monday February 11, 2018, AND Saturday, February 16, for those who purchased tickets for the Winners' Parade, local Rio de Janeiro time. OR have your carnival tickets delivered to your hotel or address of choice in Rio de Janeiro, with a special courier for only US$14 per ticket. Maximum delivery charge for multiple tickets is US$ 30.

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