As always in big cities like Rio de Janeiro, the place for building houses and having residential neighborhoods is limited. That is why on the other side of the bay of Rio, directly opposite to the city center at a place called Niterói, people started to settle down and to commute into the city by ferry boat.
Taking this chance to get out of the metropolis is easy: The ferry boats (9 R$) leave close to Praça Quinze de Novembro. They ferry boat is modern and takes you over in a low number of minutes. Though you can’t get on top of the boat you still have good views on Pão de Açúcar and you can see one remarkable sight: the neogotic Ilha Fiscal, built to control the habour.
In Niterói there is not too much to see. You can take a bus to the to the futuristic Museu do Arte Contemporânea (MAC). If you instead walk through the roofed bus terminal you get to the shore and the Teatro Popular Oscar Niemeyer – not to be confused with the MAC.