Airports in Rio De Janeiro

Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG)


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 has been undergoing construction to expand its terminals for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

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, with routes from 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, 10 miles (16km) north of Rio de Janeiro.

Getting to the city

Public buses are available and passengers can connect to Rio's Novo Rio Rodoviaria bus station in the city centre. More expensive airport shuttles are available to downtown hotels and popular destinations and often have an English speaking guide. Travellers can take buses to the closest subway station.


GMT -3 (GMT -2 between the third Sunday in October and the third Sunday in February)


Tel: +55 21 3004 6050.

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Rio de Janeiro International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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