New Year's Eve in Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, is considered one of the best parties in the world to celebrate the new year, with a spectacular fireworks show, as well as the presentation of several Brazilian artists.
The theme of New Year's Eve in Rio de Janeiro is “love at every sight”, and it will honor the title of World Capital of Architecture in 2020 received by the city. Fireworks at midnight on December 31st are expected to light up the sky for 14 minutes, which is the ideal time to avoid smoke formation, according to the event organizer.
As always, New Year's Eve in Copacabana should gather a huge audience on the beach. In the 2018/2019 edition, the New Year's Eve in Rio de Janeiro attracted nearly three million people, who attended the famous pyrotechnic show. The New Year's Eve schedule in Rio de Janeiro is not yet available.
For now, the organization announced that on December 26th seven big screens will be installed along the 2,5 miles of Copacabana beach and the famous Avenida Atlântica (Atlantica Avenue). These screens will display the main sights of the Marvelous City, with ten hours of daily programming. On the night of December 31st, all the details of the celebration will be displayed on the big screens, which will be removed from the beach on January 2nd.
More stages in Copacabana beach
The organization has announced some great news for New Year's Eve 2020 programming. Instead of the single-stage on the Copacabana beach, four stages will be set up, which will be scattered along the waterfront with different attractions. The main stage in front of the famous Copacabana Palace hotel will bring together a mix of musical styles.
The other stages - located in Leme, at Rua Santa Clara (Santa Clara St,) and next to Post 6 (next to Copacabana Fort) - will host specific music styles such as samba, pop, and Brazilian funk. It has not yet been announced who should play on stage.
Last New Year's Eve, the party had concerts played by Ludmilla, Gilberto Gil, Preta Gil, and Baby do Brasil, as well as DJs and the Beija-Flor de Nilópolis samba school, winner of the Rio 2018 carnival.
It was also not confirmed by the organization the assembly of other stages around the city. In the last edition of Copacabana New Year's Eve, there were stages and concerts played at Flamengo Beach, Guaratiba, Ilha do Governador, Paquetá, Parque Madureira, Penha housing estate, Piscinão de Ramos and Sepetiba, as well as fireworks shows in Barra da Tijuca.
Buy your bus ticket in advance
Due to a large number of tourists planning to spend New Year's Eve in Copacabana, many bus companies ask passengers to anticipate the purchase of bus tickets to Rio de Janeiro, because even with additional bus times available on peak days, the demand for tickets is very high. It is also important to anticipate the purchase of the subway ticket in Rio de Janeiro, due to the special scheme that is set up for the New Year's Eve party.
You can go by bus to Rio de Janeiro from several cities from all over Brazil. In Rio you will arrive at the Rio de Janeiro Bus Station, also known as Terminal Rodoviário do Rio de Janeiro. It is located at Francisco Bicalho street, near the city center.
During New Year’s Eve, a lot of streets will be closed or will suffer some traffic change, so we suggest you to avoid moving around by car.
To get to Copacabana from Rio de Janeiro Bus Station is possible to go with the bus shuttle Line 2017 (called Frescão). This bus departs from Rua Ecuador (Ecuador Street), near the Bus Station.
Alternatively, it's possible to get taxis, or a combination of LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) + Metro, and, finally, buses at Henrique Otte Bus Station, which is also close to Rodoviária Novo Rio and can be reached by a walking distance.
On the map below, select or search for your city. Find bus times to Rio de Janeiro, compare ticket prices and book bus tickets to Rio de Janeiro in our Bus Ticket Center
On the list below, check bus times to Rio de Janeiro from the main cities, compare prices and book your bus tickets to Rio de Janeiro in our Bus Ticket Center.