Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city by population and one of the top tourist destinations in South America. Many investments in accessible infrastructure were made in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and the city has become one of the most wheelchair-friendly on the continent.

Travelers visit Rio de Janeiro for its natural beauty, events like the annual Carnival, beautiful beaches including Copacabana and Ipanema, shopping, cuisine (the street food is delicious!), museums and attractions like the wheelchair accessible cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Using the world’s most complete guide to wheelchair accessible travel in Rio de Janeiro, you will be prepared to vacation in Brazil’s Marvelous City.

Guide Contents

Wheelchair assistance at Rio de Janeiro Airport.

Airport Accessibility

Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim/Galeão International Airport is the 3rd busiest in Brazil and 4th busiest in South America.

Wheelchair accessible attractions in Rio de Janeiro.

Attractions & Sights

Historic buildings, public parks, museums of art, history and culture are all within reach.

Wheelchair accessible hotels in Rio de Janeiro.

Hotels & Accommodations

These hotels in Rio de Janeiro offer handicap accessible guest rooms with roll-in showers.

Wheelchair accessible public transport in Rio de Janeiro.

Public Transportation

Wheelchair users can ride city buses, trams and the metro/subway.

Wheelchair taxis in Rio de Janeiro.

Wheelchair Taxis

Wheelchair accessible taxis using lift-equipped vehicles are available throughout the city.

Wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks in Rio de Janeiro.

Sidewalk Accessibility

Rio de Janeiro sidewalks are accessible in many areas of the city.

Travel visa requirements for Brazil.

Visa Requirements & Safety

Rio de Janeiro sidewalks are accessible in many areas of the city.