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What should I decide before buying my tickets?
The day, sector and the ticket type (whether you want to stay on the bleachers, on one of the allocated Private Chairs, sit in a box, in a luxury suit or club in the Party Lounge).
For which day should I buy my tickets?
The best and most important parading nights are Carnival Sunday and Monday, when the biggest and best samba schools parade (the Main Parades). The two days are similar in terms of set-up and quality. 6 of the best 12 samba schools in the First League (the Special Group) march on both days. Monday might be a better choice, as the atmosphere reaches its absolute height by then.
The Champions' Parade is another good option if you want to see only the six best samba schools of the 2015 Rio Carnival. However this is rather like a gala night and the atmosphere is less heated as this Parade does not make part of the competition any longer.
Do opt for the Preliminary Parades, with schools in the Secondary League parading (Friday and Saturday being similar in terms of the quality of the schools) only if you cannot afford a night with samba schools of the First League.
Is it the same show on Sunday and Monday?
Different schools march on the Carnival Sunday and Monday, which are the two main parading days. Thus the show is different. See the 2015 Parading Order & Schedule to decide for the day, depending on which schools you want to watch. In 2015 the currant leader parades on Monday.
Why don't you offer Grandstand tickets and Private Chairs for the Preliminary Parades?
As Brazilians usually want to see the schools in the First League (the Special Group - on Sunday and Monday) Grandstand tickets for the Preliminary Parades do not need to be booked in advance.
Tickets for the Private Chairs are distributed for free by the samba schools among their communities.
Other good seats (in the boxes or our Luxury Suites), which are popular, should also be bought in time.
Which are the best sectors?
Sectors in the middle or slightly towards the end of the runway are excellent, such as sector 4 - 9. Paying just a little bit more for a ticket makes a big difference when it comes to the view.
Sector 8 is probably the best, as most judges are located at this height of the Avenue and you will be facing the Drummers’ Niche. Here you will enjoy the ideal view of the drummers who will stop, play and perform right in front of your eyes with some truly compelling atmosphere.
Shall I go for an odd or an even-numbered sector?
Even-numbered sectors 2, 4, 6 and 8 have recently been built. Although they offer the same view as the opposite odd-numbered ones, they offer newer facilities and access to a special area where live music is played. Note that Sectors 10 and 12 do not allow access to that popular space.
As a tourist, am I obliged to buy tickets for sector 9?
Although Sector 9 is generally known as "The tourist Sector", feel free to order any kind of ticket available on our dedicated Samba Parade ticket page.
Which sectors shall I avoid?
Beware Sectors 10 - 11 and especially 12 - 13 as they only offer a view of the end of the show.
Opt for Sectors 6 - 8 if you can afford it, as you will have a significantly better view of the performance of all parts of the schools at that height/section of the Avenue.
If you want to go for an even-numbered Sector because of the live music being played at the entrance of the Sectors 2, 4, 6 and 8 then note that Sectors 10 and 12 do not allow access to that popular space.
What shall I buy if I want allocated seats?
Go for the Open Font Boxes or the Grandstands in Sector 9 with less to spend, for the Grand Tier Boxes if you want more comfort and style and for the Luxury Suites for VIP seating and treatment. Book the Private Chairs in sector 12 and 13 only if you absolutely can't afford better seats to avoid disappointment, as they are at the far end of the show. (We receive complaints about them every year.)
If you want your numbered seat(s) allocated next to the seats of another order (grouped together with tickets of another order of yours or another customer of ours), request us to do so giving us the order numbers to be allocated together in a message from your Carnival Account page (up to 6 people for the boxes).
We allocate the exact seat numbers to the orders with numbered seats only before collection time, trying to optimize requests and to assign adjoining seats for people in groups together.
Do any sectors have restricted view?
After the Sambodromo's recent reconstruction, only the Grandstands in Sector 12 and 13 have restricted view, due to the fact that they are at the very end of the Parade.
Beware Sectors 10-13 and the Private Chairs in those sectors as they only offer a view of the end of the show.
Which are the very best tickets?
The Luxury Suites have by far the best seats in the Sambodromo. These suites are covered boxes with the best view, at an elevated level. The Luxury Suites on offer on this site are air-conditioned and come with VIP treatment such as sumptuous buffet supper where two butlers per suite serve up drinks the whole night through. You will be among the ultimate "A" crowd here. The special extra security guard at the entrance of the suites provide an added level of security granting admission only to our VIP guests with tickets for that suite.
Second best choice are the Covered Grand Tier Boxes in Sector 7 (at a much desired section of the Avenue), which represent a considerable upgrade and improvement from the other Front Boxes as they are covered and have more space, cushioned lounge type seats and also a coffee table for significantly more comfort. These seats are also ideal for larger groups to stay together as the other Front Boxes are only for 6 people.
The Open Front Boxes in front of most sectors are also excellent. Consider raw C or D for a better overall view at a slightly elevated level. As Brazilians prefer raws right on the samba runway, raw A is more pricey.
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What should I buy if I am on a tight budget?
If you are on a really tight budget go for the Grandstands in Sectors 2 - 3 rather than 10 - 11. Opt for the Private Chairs only if you cannot afford better seats, to avoid disappointment.
Which tickets are still available?
All tickets still available to order appear on our dedicated Samba Parade ticket page. Feel free to order them.
How much are the tickets?
See prices on the dedicated Samba Parade ticket page. That page is kept up to date. Our Administration Fee will be added in your shopping cart.
Are there any child or student discounts?
Children under 5 are not allowed to attend the Samba Parade. Children over 5 have to pay the full price and be in their parents' or legal guardian's company.
Student and elderly concessions are only available for the Grandstands in Sector 12 and 13 (which are not available through this site).
Do I need to give you the name whom the ticket is for?
Although we keep ticket orders under the Account Holder's name, names are not printed on the tickets. Thus the names of the actual patrons are not needed for ordering the tickets.
Anyone with a valid passport (or Brazilian ID card) can order Sambadrome tickets just opening a Carnival Account and the the account holder who orders the tickets does not have to be the actual user of the the tickets.
How do I know if my ticket order is accepted and booked?
Straight after sending us your order, you'll see your order on your Carnival Account page. It is always kept up-to-date and shows the status of your payment, too.
Certain security checks and card authentication might take place first before payment is taken from your account. Wait and do not try to make payment again as long as it says that payment is waiting to avoid double charge which could take weeks to rectify.
When your payment is successful and authorized by the third-party payment processing company, you will receive our written payment confirmation with all your order details. The status of your order on your Carnival Account page will also show that your payment has been received.
We will undertake all necessary procedures to book, hold, exchange the ticket vouchers, tickets, etc. for you until the actual magnetic cards are handed over.
Are tickets changeable or refundable?
Beyond your statutory rights, ticket orders are refundable and can be canceled until January 15th, 2014.
They are non-changeable and non-refundable thereafter in respect of the nature of the arrangements by our Event Partners.
How do I change or cancel my order?
How and when will I receive my tickets?
You can collect all your items from our Visitors' Reception Center for free during its Carnival collection times or you can have tickets delivered to your Rio address for a small fee.
You will be able to arrange a time for your collection or delivery from your Carnival Account page later, closer to Carnival.
Can you send tickets to my home address?
We do not send neither any vouchers nor the actual tickets to anywhere outside Rio.
You will receive all your items in Rio de Janeiro. You can choose whether you want to pick the tickets up from our Visitors' Reception Center or to have them delivered to an address (which could be your hotel) in the city of Rio de Janeiro a few days before Carnival (if you order also our Ticket Delivery service).
Can I have my tickets delivered?
Yes. We deliver tickets to any address within the boundary of the city of Rio de Janeiro for a small fee (some occasional rejections e.g. out of safety considerations).
You will be able to choose the day and time from the time slots still available at the time of selection, on your Carnival Account page, closer to Carnival. If you have paid for it, we will let you know when you can give us your delivery details.
Our delivery times are February 12-16 and 21 between 9:00-18:00
We also deliver tickets to the cruise ships arriving at the Port of the city of Rio de Janeiro upon their arrival, on February 12-16. We will ask for the name of the ship and provide the exact collection details later, closer to Carnival.
The same Account Holder only has to pay the delivery fee once, even for multiple orders, if all the items have to be delivered together to the same address. Please pay it on our site in advance.
When should I give my delivery address?
Account Holders who have paid for our Ticket Delivery service, will be able to enter their delivery details including the address and make modifications to it if required on their Carnival Account page later, closer to Carnival.
People arriving by a cruse ship will only have to select their ship name on their account page. Their tickets will arrive upon arrival and will be advised about where to collect them depending on their vessel.
Can my tickets be delivered to and left with someone else?
Yes. You can request us to deliver to and leave your tickets at a hotel reception or an authorized person, too.
You will be able to indicate your wish that you would like your items to be received by someone else on your Carnival Account page. You will only have to fax us your Authorization Form with a copy of your passport.
Is it safe in the Sambadrome?
It is considered to be the safest place in South America. There is a very high concentration of international celebrities, politicians and royalties among the crowd. It is surrounded by huge perimeter fencing which no-one can pass without being checked for both, safety, security and commercial reasons. All sectors are equally safe. To get there, you should consider the Sambodromo Round Transfer service, to safeguard your valuables.
When does the show start?
The parades start at 21:00. See the 2015 Parading Schedule.
When is the best time to arrive for the Parade?
An average person generally watches 3-4 samba schools. Arriving early is a good idea, to secure a good place, etc.
Particularly if you hold a grandstand ticket with no assignment, you should arrive early. This way you have good chances to sit where you please.
How do I get there and return home?
The best and easiest way to get to the Sambodromo to watch the Samba Parade is the Sambodromo Round Transfer. It has been especially set up to facilitate ticket holders' transfer to and from the Sambodromo on Carnival days when roads around the Sambodromo are closed and traffic comes to a standstill.
It is designed to give you direct, quick and safe access to the Sambodromo.
Taxis operate with an increased fare table and cannot get very close.
Avoid taking buses as they cannot arrive within walking distance.