Ports of Call
- Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro International Airport
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport is located 13 miles (20km) from downtown Rio de Janeiro. One of the busiest airports in Brazil, the facility serves more than 12 million people each year, which is far more than its official capacity of 7.5 million.
This excess traffic creates inconveniences like long queues and a lack of seating for passengers, however the airport is undergoing constructions to expand its terminals for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2014.
Flights to Galeão International Airport come from all over the world as holidaymakers flock to the sunny beaches of Ipanema and wild parties of Carnival, including routes to most major cities in Europe and North America. There are also a number of convenient local flights to Salvador de Bahia, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Vitoria.
The airport is located on Governor's Island, 12 miles (20km) north of Rio de Janeiro.
Getting to the city
The easiest and fastest transport from the airport is by taxi. Taxi vouchers should be bought from the Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Authority desk in the arrivals terminal to avoid any hassle and should cost about US$25. Public buses are available and passengers can connect to Rio's Novo Rio Rodoviaria bus station in the city centre. Fares are roughly US$3. More expensive airport shuttles are available to downtown hotels and popular destinations but can have an English speaking guide.
GMT -2 (GMT -3 between the third Sunday in October to the third Sunday in March).
Tel: +55 21 3398 4106, 3398 4208 or 3398 5050.
Car rental companies, including Avis and Hertz can be found in Terminal 1.
Airport TaxisTaxis are available outside the terminal. Visitors are advised to buy prepaid taxi vouchers at the Rio Tourism Authority desk; they are usually a little bit more expensive but give you peace of mind. It is advisable to ignore the RDE taxi desk and go to the Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Authority desk instead and buy prepaid taxi vouchers there. If you hail a taxi outside the terminal make sure the metre is cleared of the last fare.
Transfer between terminals
A moving walkway connects the two terminals.
The airport is well equipped with facilities including ATMs, banks and bureaux de change, shops, restaurants and bars, duty-free shopping, luggage lockers and a tourist help desk. Facilities for the disabled are good.
There is a multi-level car park across from the terminal that offers short and long-term parking.
US$12 to US$36 depending on category
Flights to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport are available on American Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, Avianca, British Airways, Copa, Delta, Emirates, KLM, Iberia, Lufthansa, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, US Airways and Webjet.
There are a few wifi hospots operated by pay services like Trustive and Boingo, however the only free wifi is in the American Airlines lounge.
The Luxor Hotel, attached to the airport, has some business and conference facilities.
Rio de Janeiro International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.