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Santa Teresa Tram

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Address: santa tereza, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Great opportunity to visit the bohemian area of the city on a vintage form of transportation. Service is fairly frequent and fare is reasonable. Go early to avoid lines. Be aware... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
Greenbrae, California
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The main line is 3.7 miles) long and has run continuously since its opening in 1877 and it is one of the oldest street railway lines in the world. That's cool...! And it is the oldest electric railway in all of Latin America. At the top there is a choice of small bars and cafe's. Great for a tipple and... More 

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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Information kiosk staff don't speak English. Tickets office very poorly marked, looks like a confession box, no price info. Poor queue management, it's basically first-come-first-gets-on. This is especially true for the return journey where there is ZERO line management, and no staff anywhere. A simple number system will avoid the pushing and shuffling when competing for one of 32 seats... More 

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Greenbrae, California
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Great opportunity to visit the bohemian area of the city on a vintage form of transportation. Service is fairly frequent and fare is reasonable. Go early to avoid lines. Be aware if you board at an intermediate stop for the return trip, odds of getting on are limited.

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Petaluma, California
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635 reviews
244 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Staying n Santa Teresa, this was an easy choice to get to the historical district where the Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Fine Art are located. The cars seem to have been refurbished and the ride down is free - return is 6 Real. You probably would not walk down the steep, cobblestones streets on your own, so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

If you find yourself wandering the small streets and galleries of Santa Teresa after enjoying lunch in Arpazivel or a drink in one of the local bars, look out for the tram to get you down into Centro. As a free trip it's well worth it to get a different perspective, not to mention a unique way to approach downtown... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We took the tram to Santa Teresa, and were not impressed with the neighborhood. The ride was fine, but I wouldn’t again. My problem was that I paid with the credit card and it was given a receipt that says 40 Reales; however, when I went back home, and reviewed my CC statements, noticed that I was charged 60 Reales;... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

You can see a 360 view of Rio de Janeiro, with some stores and restaurants that are a quite of expensive. Please explore the area in each stop, and find it by yourself.

Thank Joao V
Shell Cove, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Make sure you check when it is closed - as it was the first time we went there. Went back on a Tuesday and had plenty of room on the tram - no waiting at all. Fun and free - what more could you want? Spent quite a lot of time wandering the streets of Santa Teresa, viewing the street... More 

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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

I really suggest to come here and take this bus to have an amazing access to Santa Teresa quartier. It's not difficult to find this "boutinho" (near carioca station in the financial quartier), but be prepared to a very long queue (at least 1 hour).

Thank Gabriele I
Wellington, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The free tram ride starts a block away from the Lapa Arches and offers a great view as it makes its way over them and up to Santa Teresa. From there it is an easy and interesting walk down, signposted, to the top of the Escadaria Selaron which is a fascinating piece of work.

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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