The best ways to get to Conceição de Jacareí safely: routes, tips, and more!

When researching how to get to Ilha Grande, you probably came across the name of the little town called Conceição de Jacareí where boats depart to the island and now you are wondering how to get there.

There are three main ways to get to Conceição de Jacareí safely if you are looking to take a boat to Ilha Grande from thereby car, by shuttle, or by bus.  All three of these options will travel along the BR 101 – Rio/Santos highway and arrive at the town when they reach kilometre 455.

The main reason people stop at Conceição de Jacareí is that it is considered the best place to cross by boat to Ilha Grande. Read on to find out where Conceição de Jacareí is located and how is the best way to get there from these locations:

get to Conceição de Jacareí

Where is Conceição de Jacareí?

The coastal town of Conceição de Jacareí is the second district of the city of Mangaratiba, the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, and is located on the border with the municipality of Angra dos Reis. Conceição de Jacareí has about 3,000 inhabitants, and once there you can find restaurants, pousadas, mini-markets, pharmacies, and a gas station.

For people heading to Ilha Grande, the town finds itself with a privileged location as the closest point on the continent to access the town of Abraão, which is the major town and access point on Ilha Grande.  Most of the movement in Conceição de Jacareí takes place on the beach, close to the tourist pier from where our boat departs.

Important tip:
Neither Conceição de Jacareí nor Abraão on Ilha Grande, have banks, so it is important to bring enough cash with you, although most places accept credit cards.

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Below, you will find the best ways to get to Conceição de Jacareí from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Paraty.

How to get from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí

To get to Conceição de Jacareí you must travel 150 km from the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro which takes about 2 hours by car or 2.5 hours if taking a bus.

By Car

From the city or airports (RioGaleão Airport GIG & Santos Dumont Airport), take the Rio-Santos BR 101 highway as soon as you can and head south. Go to Mangaratiba and continue straight. The highway actually cuts through the city of Conceição de Jacareí. The beach is on your left and you must cross the road to find the tourist pier.

By Bus

The bus from Rio to Conceição de Jacareí is operated by Costa Verde Transportes, and there are 8 departures a day that leaves from the Rio Novo Bus Terminal.  Once you get to Conceição de Jacareí you will discover there is no bus terminal in the town, so you need to request a stop on the side of the highway. From where the bus stops you need to cross the highway and then it is an easy 300 meters walk to the tourist pier.

By Transfer

If you value comfort and ease, there is also the option of making your transfer to Conceição de Jacareí using the shuttle service from Travessia Ilha Grande.

Transfer from Rio to Conceicao de Jacarei

There are a few daily door-to-island transfers that circulate in the following Rio neighbourhoods:

Santa Teresa;
and much more.

When all passengers are on board, you will drive 2 hours south to Conceição de Jacareí. If your final destination is Abraão, on Ilha Grande, by contracting our transfer you will already have a boat ticket for crossing included in the price.


With the transfer you:

  • avoid the stress of driving on unfamiliar roads or having to go to the bus station to take the bus.
  • do not have to worry about where to leave your car during your stay on Ilha Grande.
  • guarantee your boat for the crossing to Ilha Grande.
  • prepay with different payment options.

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How to get from São Paulo to Conceição de Jacareí

By Car

Conceição de Jacareí is 400 km from the city of Sao Paulo, and it takes about 6 hours to travel there by car. The fastest route is to drive out of the city on the BR 116 north as if driving to Rio city.  Not far after Volta Redonda turn onto the RJ-149 Highway to Mangaratiba until you reach the BR 101 then head south to Conceição de Jacareí. The highway cuts through town and you will find the beach and the tourist pier down some streets off the highway to your left.

By Bus

There are no direct buses to Conceição de Jacareí from Sao Paulo.  There is a company called Reunidas Paulista which has daily departures from the Tiete bus terminal to Angra dos Reis, a town located 40 minutes south of Conceição de Jacareí.  There are also boats from Angra dos Reis to Vila do Abraão, as well as boats from Angra dos Reis to Araçatiba & Praia Vermelha on Ilha Grande.

How to get from Paraty to Conceição de Jacareí

Paraty is a popular colonial town about 2 hours south of Conceição de Jacareí, and many tourists visit Ilha Grande from there.

By Car

If you are driving, you simply travel north 135 km up the BR 101 in the direction of Rio de Janeiro and once you get to Conceição de Jacareí, you can find the tourism pier just 300 meters from the highway to your right.

By Transfer

There are regular departures per day from Paraty to Ilha Grande via Conceição de Jacareí.  You can be picked up from your Paraty accommodation and you will drive 2 hours north and be dropped off near the Tourism Pier where you will be given a ticket for the boat to Abraao on Ilha Grande.

Transfer Paraty to Conceicao de Jacarei

Ferry boats from Conceição de Jacareí to Abraão, Ilha Grande

With several departures per day and brand-new boats, be sure to look for us when you arrive at Conceição de Jacareí to ensure a quick and easy boat ride to Ilha Grande!


Conceicao de Jacarei boat to Abraao

How to find the Travessia Ilha Grande Ferry boats

You will find our staff at the tourist pier of Conceição de Jacareí, where they will be easy to spot with their t-shirt ́s with Travessia Ilha Grande written on them. The pier is located only 350 meters away from the BR101 highway, and there are several private parking lots in Conceição de Jacareí, with options for parking as close as 15 meters away from the tourist pier.

Upon arrival, you go directly to the pier where our staff will be waiting to sell you a ticket for the ferry boat crossing to Abraão on Ilha Grande.  If you have already bought your ticket, then check in with the staff, who will let you know the procedure for boarding our Flex boats when it is time to depart.

Why take a Travessia Ilha Grande Ferry boat from Conceição de Jacareí

Do you want to know why to take a motorboat for the crossing from Conceição de Jacareí to Abrãao in Ilha Grande? We have good reasons!

  1. Our starting point in Conceição de Jacareí is the best place to take the boat to Ilha Grande because the island is located just 11 kilometres away;
  2.  Our boats take only 20 minutes to cross from Conceição de Jacareí to the port city of Abraão, Ilha Grande;
  3.  Our vessels are flexboats, which are safe, comfortable, and stable;
  4.  The boat arrives at the principal tourist port of Ilha Grande which is the main entrance to the island.  The port is called Estação Abraão, and you disembark on a long wooden pier that protrudes from the city’s beach. The pier is located in the middle of Abraão and from there you make your own way to your accommodation on the island. There are no cars on Ilha Grande, so if you have a lot of luggage, consider hiring one of the porters around the pier who will take your luggage to your accommodation for a fee.