Welcome to UTIL, The Union of Luxury Interstate Transport.
This page will provide you with information about our company and guide you through the process of planning and purchasing your trip to tourist and business destinations in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and Minas Gerais.
An Introduction toUTIL
Util was founded in 1950 and has grown, based on its reputation for efficiency and quality, to cover three Brazilian states – Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and Minas Gerais – with a fleet of 185 interstate coaches, employing 780 staff and transporting 120,000 passengers every year.
Util’s fleet of modern coaches (Click here to view) are all less than five years old and are equipped with GPS allowing them to be tracked in real time. Our dedicated team of drivers and auxiliary staff are highly trained, providing a service which ensures that you will have a safe, comfortable and punctual journey. All stops during the journey are chosen for their high level of hygiene and the quality of the products they offer. At the Util VIP lounge in the Rio de Janeiro coach station, Rodoviária Novo Rio, we offer an agreeable space with air conditioning, televisions and computers with free internet access for you to wait for the departure of your coach in comfort.
Util possesses a variety of coaches to suit the journeys it offers.
All the coaches are air-conditioned and have toilet facilities for passenger comfort.
Classic – 46 to 50 seats.
Plus –42 seats, foot-rests, TV and DVD.
Premium - 34 semi-reclining seats, foot-rests, TV and DVD.
Leito – 17 fully reclining, bed style seats or 26 reclining seats, foot-rests.
Tur – Standard executive class, 46 to 50 seats, TV and DVD.
Mix – A coach with two standards of service – 6 bed style sets in the front and 24 standard executive seats in the rear part of the coach or 12 semi-reclining seats in the front and 24 standard executive seats in the rear part of the coach, toilets located in the central part of the coach, two boarding doors, TV and DVD.
Planning your Journey
Clicking on the ‘Nossos Destinos’ (Our Destinations) link you will be given a choice of Litoral (Beaches), Capitals (State Capitals), Cidades Históricas (Historical Cities) and Outros (Others). Clicking on these links will provide you with a list of destinations in each of these categories.
Purchasing your ticket
You may purchase your ticket at any of the conveniently located sales points to be found using the link Pontos de Venda. Select the state where you are and then the city to find the closest sales point.
Alternatively you may purchase your ticket on-line using the Compre-aqui (Buy here) link. Click on the link and then select origem (your point of departure) and destino (destination). Next use the calendar to select the dates of your journey. Click on Comprar (Buy) and you will be presented with a table showing saída (the departure times of the coaches), chega (the arrival time), livres (the number of seats available), empresa (the company operating the coaches), preço (the price) and tipo (the type of coach). Select the journey you require and click on Comprar in the table.
The next page informs you of the conditions regarding your purchase.
- Only the holder of the credit card will be able to collect the tickets purchased from the Util ticket office at the coach station.
- It should be noted that on-line purchase print-outs are not valid for travel. They must be exchanged for a ticket at the Util ticket office 60 minutes prior to boarding.
- In the case of a passenger deciding not to travel, 5% of the ticket price will be retained by the company. The cancellation of an on-line purchased ticket must be made three hours before the departure time.
- There is no cash refund for credit card purchases. The transaction will be cancelled with the credit card operators.
If you agree to these conditions, click on Aceito (I agree). The next page confirms the details of your journey and asks you to select a seat on the coach. When you have done this, click on Adicionar ao carrinho (Add to cart) and you will then be asked to create an account: Novo usuário – cria uma conta (new user – create an account). Click on the link and fill in the information required.
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