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Airports in Rio De Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG)

Overview

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 16 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.

Location

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. Passengers can take the two Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) lines from and to the airport. There are train lines near the airport, the nearest metro station from Galeão Airport is the Vicente de Carvalho, on line 2. To get to the airport, it is necessary to transfer to the BRT at this station, with a direct route to the airport.

More expensive airport shuttles are available to downtown hotels and popular destinations and often have an English speaking guide. Taxis are available.

Time

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

Contacts

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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