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Is it possible to reach Ilha Grande leaving from Rio after 2 PM? I know I can make it the next day in the morning but my flight is scheduled to land at 1 PM and I would prefer to reach Ilha Grande on the same day.

Which port offers regularly scheduled late afternoon departures to Ilha Grande?

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While I am hoping there is a general answer showing the schedule, I would be going on a Sunday.

Are there buses leaving Rio to reach the right port which can reliably make the connection on time? If so, which are they and where do they depart from?

Rental cars are incredibly cheap, much cheaper than even one-way transfer service, including parking costs near Ilha Grande, so it is the boat schedule that matters. Acording to Google Maps, it takes 2-3h to reach most ports near Ilha Grande, so I could make it there between 17:00 and 18:00.

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    Sunday in March, if that matters. – Itai Jan 3 '17 at 1:19
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    Arriving at GIG airport. – Itai Jan 3 '17 at 1:26
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    @pnuts - That seems like a good answer! Hadn't found it despite spending a few hours searching. – Itai Jan 3 '17 at 1:43
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It is possible to reach Ilha Grande starting from Rio after 2 PM. How late depends if it is a Friday or not.

There are 3 ports to Ilha Grande: MANGARATIBA, CONCEIÇÃO JACAREÍ and ANGRA DOS REIS, in order from closest to furthest from Rio. Boats regularly depart each of these ports. On all days other than Friday, the last departure from CONCEIÇÃO JACAREÍ is either at 6 PM or 6:15 PM, depending on which site is correct. Friday, there is a departure at 9 PM according to both http://www.ilhagrande.org and http://www.caicarailhagrande.com.br.

ANGRA DOS REIS is risky as the last departure is 3:30 PM or 4 PM, depending on which schedule is accurate. MANGARATIBA has regular departues only until 2 PM which is too early, except on Friday when a 10 PM departure is scheduled.

To each CONCEIÇÃO JACAREÍ from Rio's GIG Airport it takes 1h32m according to Google Maps. It might be longer depending on traffic and being in an unfamiliar place, so I gave myself 2h30m just to be safe. Therefore one can expect to arrive on time to depart for Ilha Grande any weekday by leaving Rio before 3:30 PM which is the actual answer to my question. On Fridays, you can depart up to 6:30 PM instead.

Synchronizing this with a bus schedule is pretty difficult as one has to get to the bus station, wait for a scheduled departure, etc. For this reason, using a rental car to reach Ilha Grande late in the day is the best option. Cost is surprisingly low: $90 for 3 days of car rental, $30 for the boat between Ilha Grande and CONCEIÇÃO JACAREÍ (both ways), $24 for 3 days of parking. Total $144 CDN or $109 USD (at today's exchange rate). If you drive manual instead of automatic, the rental car goes down to $68.

  • Actually made it. Leaving Rio at 14:40 - it took a while to get the rental car - I arrived just in time for the 5 PM departure from CONCEIÇÃO JACAREÍ. Note that Google changed its estimate to 2 hours and 50 minutes but I made it in 2 hours and 8 minutes driving the way Brazilians do :) – Itai Mar 13 '17 at 1:55

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