FYI: Ticket purchase rules have changed for the Corcovado. The decree, which purportedly aims at curbing unofficial transportation to the attraction, has forbidden ticket sales at the cogwheel station’s booth and also at the certified tourist van stops at Paineiras or at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue. (Only certified vans are allowed all the way to the top of Corcovado and the statue.)
Cogwheel train tickets can be purchased directly at two points: official kiosks at Largo do Machado, in the nearby Laranjeiras district or at the kiosk in Candelária, in central Rio. The same points of sale do offer an admission/van transportation combo.
The measure, which went into effect last Tuesday, reportedly caused a sharp decrease in ticket sales as well as disappointment and frustration among tourists who arrived at the cogwheel station only to find out they couldn’t buy their admission tickets there.
According to the latest reports in Rio de Janeiro media, the city administration has announced that it will spread the news about the changes more widely at hotels and in other ways, such as posters in the streets and in taxis.