Tickets for the train to Christ Redeemer will no longer be sold at the Cosme Velho station.
Rio's mayor decided to prohibit ticket sales at the Cosme Velho train station starting May 1, 2013. Tickets will have to be purchased over the Internet or at external sales points (unclear).
The decision aims to stop the chaos that is sometimes found at the train station and its surroundings.
This will certainly pose a challenge to tourists, particularly the foreign ones as the website for online sales is only in Portuguese right now.
In order to decrease the demand for the train, two special bus lines will start transporting tourists between Parque da Catacumba (Lagoa) and Largo do Machado to Paineiras, from where shuttle vans take tourists to the monument.