To and From the Airport

Rio de Janeiro - Galeão Intl - Antonio Carlos Jobim(GIG):

Location: 11 Miles/18 km N of the City Centre.
Website: www.rio-janeiro-airport.com/galeao
Airport Overview: 2 Terminals, 1 and 2, which both offer domestic and International flights.
Airline Locations: Terminal 1: Aerolineas Argentinas, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca Brazil, Azul, British Airways, Continental, Copa Airlines, Delta, GOL, Varig, LAN, TAAG Angola, TACA Peru, Transaero & Whitejets. Terminal 2: PLUNA, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, United, US Airways, WebJet.


By Taxi:
General: Taxis wait outside the arrivals area. Pre paid taxis operate from this airport. Vouchers can be bought from a booth in the arrivals area, or from the desk before you exit customs. Generally, white radio taxis are more expensive than the white and blue Comum Taxis.
Approximate Costs: To the City Centre BRL 40-50/20 mins. To Copacabana: BRL 50-90 depending on time of day and traffic/30 mins. To Ipanema ~BRL 48/26 mins, Leblon BRL 48/27 mins, Gavea/Jardim Botanico BRL 51/31 mins, Sao Conrado BRL 59/34 mins, Barra BRL 60/31 mins, Catete/Flamengo BRL 45/32 mins, Centro/Lapa BRL 36/24 mins, Rodoviaria Novo Rio (bus station) BRL 31/20 mins, Cosme Velho/Laranjeiras (Corcovado Train station) BRL 49/30 mins, Maracana BRL 33/25 mins, Urca/Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) BRL 52/30 mins & Santos Dumont Airport BRL 39/25 mins.
Taxi Companies: Aerotaxi 2467 1506. Transcootour have a desk in arrivals and offer fixed price taxis. Tel (21) 2590 2300. ArpoTaxi Tel 3977 0855. Aerocoop 3078 5050. Aerotaxi 2467 7408. Central Taxi 2195 1000. Cooparioca 2518 1818. Coop-mut 3579 0666. Coopsind 2589 4503. LiberTaxi 2105 0500. JB Taxi 2178 4000. Taxi Meter 2596 7007. Taxi Teleurca 2542 3188. Sul Taxi 3852 5181.

By Bus:
General: Buses depart from the lower/arrivals floor of the terminals and have schedules posted. Buses going to Galeao airport have Aeroporto Internacional written on the front, and call at the major hotels too. Buses will stop anywhere on the route.
Real AutoÔnibus Buses: Run buses on several routes throughout the city. Buses run from 0520-0010 roughly hourly.
Executive Bus #2018 from Galeão Airport to the Central Bus Station, downtown Rio de Janeiro, Santos Dumont Airport, and the southern parts of the city along the beach, ending up at Alvorada Bus Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Timings: Buses run every 30m mins 0530-2230. Cost: BRL 8 or more.
Another route goes along Copacabana beach and onto Ipanema, Leblon, Vidigal, São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca for BRL 5.
Other routes go to Centers, Guanabara, Gloria, Pouso Real, Sao Francisco, Ambassador, Itajuba, and many major hotels.
Real Auto Ônibus operates the The same company also offers a service to Alvorada Bus Terminal with a different and more direct route.[12] Ticket counters for this bus service can be found at the arrivals area of both terminals.
Public Bus 324: Runs from Galeao airport to Centro (Rio city centre).
Public Bus 326: Runs from Galeao airport to Centro (Rio city centre).



Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: AVIS, Hertz & Localiza have desks in arrivals.

Airport to Airport: Real AutoÔnibus Bus #2145 or #2018 from outside arrivals runs to Santos Dumont Airport. Cost: BRL 6.50. By Taxi to Santos Dumont BRL 39/25 mins.
Currency Services: ATMs are located on the 3rd floor of the International Terminal. Quite hard to find (follow signs or ask). There were 3 different bank ATMs on my visit in Jan 2011 but none of them accepted foreign cards or VISA cards. There is a Bureau de Change/Currency Exchange on the lower level of the International Terminal.
Notes: This is the International airport for Rio de Janeiro, though some domestic flights also operate.
Airport Hotels: Hotel Pousada Galeao is located at the terminal.
Airport Tel No: +55 21 3398 4527 or 4526.
Updated Jan11 Visit. Last Visit Jun12.

Rio de Janeiro - Santos Dumont (SDU):

Location: On an island very close to the Downtown area.
Website: www.rio-janeiro-airport.com/santos-dumont/
Airport Overview: The airport is divided into 2 separate buildings: Departures to the South Side and Arrivals to the North. It is a very short walk between the 2 buildings.
On Foot: Short walk to the city centre.


By Taxi:
General: Taxis wait outside the arrivals building. Generally, white radio taxis are more expensive than the white and blue Comum Taxis.
Approximate Costs: To the City Centre BRL 40-50/20 mins. To Copacabana: BRL 50-90 depending on time of day and traffic/30 mins. To Ipanema ~BRL 48/26 mins, Leblon BRL 48/27 mins, Gavea/Jardim Botanico BRL 51/31 mins, Sao Conrado BRL 59/34 mins, Barra BRL 60/31 mins, Catete/Flamengo BRL 45/32 mins, Centro/Lapa BRL 36/24 mins, Rodoviaria Novo Rio (bus station) BRL 31/20 mins, Cosme Velho/Laranjeiras (Corcovado Train station) BRL 49/30 mins, Maracana BRL 33/25 mins, Urca/Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) BRL 52/30 mins & Santos Dumont Airport BRL 39/25 mins.
Taxi Companies: Aerotaxi 2467 1506. Transcootour have a desk in arrivals and offer fixed price taxis. Tel (21) 2590 2300. ArpoTaxi Tel 3977 0855. Aerocoop 3078 5050. Aerotaxi 2467 7408. Central Taxi 2195 1000. Cooparioca 2518 1818. Coop-mut 3579 0666. Coopsind 2589 4503. LiberTaxi 2105 0500. JB Taxi 2178 4000. Taxi Meter 2596 7007. Taxi Teleurca 2542 3188. Sul Taxi 3852 5181.

By Bus:
General: Buses depart from outside the Arrivals Building.
Real AutoÔnibus Buses: Run buses on several routes throughout the city, calling at Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Sao Conradio, Rodoviara (Bus Station), Rio Branco & P Flamengo. A bus also runs to Galeao Intl airport (see below). Timings: Buses run from 0500-0000 roughly hourly. Cost: BRL 8.
Executive Bus #2018 from Galeão Airport to the Central Bus Station, downtown Rio de Janeiro, Santos Dumont Airport, and the southern parts of the city along the beach, ending up at Alvorada Bus Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Timings: Buses run every 30m mins 0530-2230. Cost: BRL 8 or more.
Public Bus 128: Runs from Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon.
Public Bus 132: Runs from Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon & Catete/Flamengo.
Public Bus 415: Runs from Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana & Ipanema.
Public Bus 497: Runs from Santos Dumont airport to Catete/Flamengo & Laranjeiras (Corcovado Train station).

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: Several companies have desks at the airport, including LocarAlpha, AVIS, movida, Hertz & Localiza. To find the desks, exit arrivals and turn right (remaining inside the terminal building).

Car Parking: The car park is opposite the departures building.
Airport to Airport: Real AutoÔnibus Bus #2145 runs to Galeão Intl. Cost: BRL 6.50. By Taxi to Galeao airport BRL 39/25 mins.
Money Services: There are ATMs in the arrivals building.
Baggage Storage: There are luggage lockers at the North end of the Arrivals Building (past the Rental Car Desks).
Notes: This airport is used for the São Paulo shuttle and flights to several other domestic destinations such as Porto Seguro & Belo Horizonte. Some domestic flights also operate from Galeao airport. There is a post office downstairs in the arrivals building and upstairs in departures. Baggage Carts/trolleys are free at this airport. Free wireless internet at the gates. Use the code on your boarding card.
Airport Hotels: There is no airport hotel, but due to the airport's proximity to downtown Rio de Janeiro, there are many hotels nearby.
Airport Tel No: +55 21 3814 7070 or 7246.
Updated Jun12 Visit. Last Visit Jun12.




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