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Airports in Brazil

Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB)

Overview

Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport is generally referred to as Brasilia International Airport. It is the key entry point for those visiting Brazil's capital. The airport is just seven miles (11km) from central Brasilia and serves over 14 million passengers annually.

There are a number of passenger facilities at Brasilia International Airport. Some favourites include the airport's movie theatres located on the upper level. There are also gardens for passengers to stroll through. On the downside, the airport doesn't have great public transport options connecting it to the city. However, the airport is currently undergoing a major upgrade ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Location

The airport is situated seven miles (11km) southwest of Brasilia.

Getting to the city

Buses and microbuses leave regularly from outside the terminal building for the main bus station in the city centre; however, taxis are generally the best option. Taxis are available 24-hours outside both terminals and the journey to the city centre only takes about 15 minutes.

Time

GMT -2 (GMT -3 between the third Sunday in October to the third Sunday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +55 (0)61 364 9000.

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Galeão 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 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.

Location

The airport is located on Governor's Island, 12 miles (20km) 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 but can have an English speaking guide.

Time

GMT -2 (GMT -3 between the third Sunday in October to the third Sunday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +55 21 3398 4106, 3398 4208 or 3398 5050.

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Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)

Overview

Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport is generally known as Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport and is one of the main entry and exit point for those travelling to Brazil. Sao Paulo International handles over 26 million passengers each year. However, the high volume of air traffic means that over a quarter of flights at Sao Paulo International experience delays of more than 15 minutes.

The airport is being revamped and upgraded ahead of the FIFI World Cup in 2014. The development planned for the airport includes an express railway into town as well as a third runway and terminal.

Location

The airport is located 16 miles (30km) northeast of Sao Paulo.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the terminals; visitors are advised to take the prepaid taxis, they are usually a little more expensive but give peace of mind. There is also an airport shuttle bus, which drops off at the main hotels. Public buses are also available.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +55 (0)11 6445 2945.

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Londrina-Governador José Richa Airport (LDB)

Location

Londrina Airport is located 3.93 mile (6.3km) from the city centre.

Getting to the city

Bus lines 306 and 108 connect the airport with central Londrina. Travellers can prebook a limousine or shuttle to transfer them to their destination in the city.

Time

GMT-3

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Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA)

Overview

Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport is generally just known as Salvador International Airport. It has recently been upgraded and boasts a spotlessly clean terminal serving many air passengers entering or exiting Brazil.

As Brazil is the host for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Salvador Airport is undergoing a number of further improvements. It has a VIP airline lounge as well as a number of shops and restaurants for passengers with a few hours to spare.

Location

The airport is located 17 miles (28km) north of downtown Salvador de Bahia.

Getting to the city

The green and white Ondina public buses run from the airport to the city centre. The Praça da Sé - Aeroporto route is the route to choose as it goes to the Rodoviária Bus Terminal. Tickets can be bought on the bus or within the terminal and the trip takes approximately 90 minutes on a good day.

Time

GMT - 2

Contacts

Tel: +55 (0)71 204-1130.

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Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU)

Location

The airport is located seven miles (12km) from downtown Foz do Iguaçu.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available at the taxi desk at the entrance to the terminal building. The airport is on the bus route between Foz do Iguaçu (45 minutes away) and the National Park entrance. The bus service runs every half hour, is efficient and costs R$2.20. The bus stop is outside the terminal building and tickets can be bought from the bus driver. The bus passes many of the main hotels and stops are frequently.

Time

GMT-3

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Presidente Castro Pinto International Airport (JPA)

Location

The airport is located seven miles (12km) from downtown João Pessoa.

Getting to the city

From the airport, the Aeroporto Direto bus goes to the bus station. The bus stop can be located outside the passenger terminal and buses run from 6am to 11pm.

Time

GMT-3

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Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes-Manaus International Airport. (MAO)

Location

The airport is situated nine miles (14km) north of downtown Manaus.

Getting to the city

Public bus number 306 services the airport about every 30 minutes, travelling to downtown Manaus; adult bus fare is BRL1.80. Taxis, shuttles and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT -4.

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Brasilia International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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