Best Websites to Buy Rio Carnival Sambadrome Parade Tickets

Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is truly an amazing party. Every year, people come from around the world to view this amazing spectacle that occurs (normally) in February of each year. Speaking from experience, you will not regret going to Carnival as it is one of the most amazing things you will ever do in your life.

There are hundreds of Block Shows all around Rio De Janeiro, which are a lot of fun. Then, there is the main event which occurs over several days at the Sambadrome. Also known as the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí or the Sambodromo, this venue is built especially for the Samba school parades that take place each year in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the parade, the schools compete to try to be the best school across a number of different performance ranking metrics.

Ok, so you are probably wondering how to get tickets to the main parades in the Sambadrome. Not every website is reputable, so I’ll give you my reviews and recommendations of the top sites to buy Carnival tickets below (after gazing at this pretty cool photo I took at the Sambadrome in 2012).

Woman at Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

One of the more interesting floats I saw during Carnival in Rio De Janeiro.

  • Companies Certified by Embratur (i.e. the Brazil Tourism Board): I normally get my tickets for the big show at Carnival Service. A lot of people also use Rio Carnival Services (recommended by Lonely Planet). Both companies are certified by Embratur (i.e. the Brazil Tourism Board).
  • LIESA (Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro): The absolute best place to get Carnival tickets for the big parade in the Sambadrome in Rio De Janeiro (and for the cheapest prices) is from LIESA, the Independent Samba School League. In my opinion, this option is only feasible if you are actually in Rio De Janeiro or have a friend in the city who can purchase the tickets on your behalf. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first serve basis, and LIESA has specific dates when they announce they are selling Carnival tickets. For more information, go directly to the LIESA website here and click on “Noticias.”
  • The official guide and schedule of events during Carnival are at this website.

That’s it! I admit, getting Carnival tickets can be a bit of a headache, but I hope this post has been helpful and points you in the right direction. If you need any tips on things like where to stay and what to do during your time in Brazil, head over to my  Brazil Travel Guide to read my in depth information on traveling to and within the country.

Tchau!

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