3. Sambadrome ticket options
It is important to consider carefully what is important to you in attending the carnival, as this will ultimately dictate the ticket type that you will buy. There are a number of different types of seats that vary considerably in the nature of the experience and the amount you will be asked to pay. Please be careful when considering buying tickets online as there is a vast black market and a great many unreliable suppliers. We offer competitive packages including hotel, transfers and Sambadrome tickets.
1) Camarotes (Luxury Boxes) are the most expensive and desirable seats.
2) Frisas (Front Boxes) are open air boxes with 6 seats. When you buy a ticket for a Frisa it is important to note that you will have 1 seat per ticket purchased. As each box has capacity for 6 people you will share the box with other people unless you buy all 6 seats. These are located at street level and offer a close view of the parade.
3) Arquibancandas (benches) are the most reasonably priced seats. Their elevated position provides a better view of the samba school parades in their entirety. Standard Arquibancanda tickets are not numbered, EXCEPT for the VIP benches in Sector 9 which are more expensive. These open air sections of the Sambadrome do not have individual seats; instead, visitors will watch the festivities from large ascending concrete benches/steps like at a sports ground.
Depending on the budget we would recommend:
1) Frisas sector 9, 11 or 7
2) Grandstands (Arquibancandas) Sector 9 (numbered seats)
3) Grandstands (Arquibancandas) Sector 7 (seats are NOT numbered)
As part of our package, our local agent will have staff inside the sambadrome to help our travellers with their seats, transfers and any general queries. We recommend that you take a cushion to sit on - the seats can be quite hard !