Pão de Açúcar is the mountain on the far right of this photo. The main mountain in this photo is Morro da Urca.
Now let’s get into it.
The first bondinho (gondola) up to Pão de Açúcar is at 08:20 AM and the last bondinho up is at at 20:40 (8:40 PM). That means the ticket office is open from 08:00-19:50 (8 AM-7:50 PM) and only sell tickets for that actual day. You can also buy your ticket online, especially if you are planning on buying your ticket in advance by at least one day. The price for an adult (22 years old and up) ticket to go up is R$71.
I believe that it is open all year except on some holidays.
The bondinho usually leaves every 20 minutes and holds up to 65 people at once. It does get quite crowded and hot when the car is packed. The good thing is that the ride up/down is less than 5 minutes.
Once you get up to Morro da Urca, most people exit to the left where there is a great view of Christ the Redeemer. That area tends to get quite crowded as everyone wants to get a picture of that view. Morro also has a theater, old bondinhos, and an area with restaurants and stores. Here are some of the views from Morro.
Once you are done looking around Morro, make your way to the other bondinho (not the one you came from) and make your way up to Pão de Açúcar. It’s also another quick, short trip up in a usually crowded car.
Pão de Açúcar also has some stores and food stands, but it is smaller than Morro da Urca. The views from up there are also breathtaking.
My friend and I went up for sunset because someone recommended that to her. It was beautiful being up there at that time, but the views are breathtaking no matter what time of day that you go up.
You can find everything I just said and anything I might have forgotten on their website here: www.bondinho.com.br