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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.

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.

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.

Location

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

Getting to the city

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.

Time

GMT - 2

Contacts

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

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Val de Cans-Julio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport (BEL)

Time

Local time is GMT -3 (GMT -2 October to March).

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Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport (CNF)

Location

The airport is located 24 miles (38km) north of downtown Belo Horizonte.

Getting to the city

The airport is quite far from the city and it takes about 50 minutes to drive to the city centre. The airport is served by regular buses, executive buses and taxis (tickets can be purchased from a booth in the arrivals area). The airport is not directly accessed by the Belo Horizonte subway, but buses can take passengers to the metro station.

Time

GMT -3 (GMT -2 between October and February)

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Sao Paulo Viracopos International Airport (VCP)

Time

GMT -2 (GMT -3 April to October).

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Santa Genoveva Airport (GYN)

Location

The airport is located five miles (8km) from downtown Goiania.

Getting to the city

Buses that travel to the centre of town are available from the stop on the city side of the airport terminal in the direction of Praça Tamandaré. Buses cost BRL2.70 for a one-way ticket.

Time

GMT -3

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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, and costs BRL 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 frequently.

Time

GMT -3

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Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB)

Getting to the city

Local buses to town are avaiable to the left of Las Velas Hotel, just outside the airport. Local buses cost BRL 2.10 or less. Taxis and rental cars are also readily available.

Time

GMT -4

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Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB)

Location

The airport is located in the municipality of São José dos Pinhais in Curitiba.

Getting to the city

An airport shuttle that departs every 20 minutes is available for BRL 10, and will take visitors to the city centre with many stops at hotels along the way. The local bus service also passes by the airport every 20 to 30 minutes. Taxis are readily available outside the airport, close to the parking area. The journey to the city centre by taxi takes about 20 minutes.

Time

GMT -3

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Hercílio Luz International Airport (FLN)

Location

The airport is located nine miles (14km) from downtown Florianopolis.

Getting to the city

Red local buses marked Correador Sudoeste run from the airport every 15 minutes and cost BRL 2 for the 45 minutes trip.

Time

GMT -3

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Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (FOR)

Getting to the city

The local bus service (Bus 404 Aeroporto/Benfica) runs frequently between the airport and the Foratleza. This bus also stops at the main bus station, but is not considered safe at night. A bus trip from the airport to the city centre costs about BRL 3.

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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Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport (MCZ)

Location

The airport is located 16 miles (25km) from downtown Maceió.

Getting to the city

Bus services are available in front of the airport and transport passengers to the bus station, centre of the city and Ponta Verde. Buses run from 5am to 10pm.

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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Augusto Severo International Airport (NAT)

Location

The airport is situated 11 miles (18km) from downtown Natal.

Getting to the city

Public buses, hotel shuttles, and taxis service the airport; rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT -3.

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Salgado Filho International Airport (POA)

Location

The airport is situated four miles (6km) northeast of downtown Porto Alegre.

Getting to the city

The Porto Alegre Metro connects Terminal 1 to the airport metro station, which is on the main metro line. Conorte provides public bus service via routes B09 and B091.

Time

GMT -3.

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Porto Seguro Airport (BPS)

Location

The airport is located three miles (4km) from the Porto Seguro city centre.

Getting to the city

Taxi services are available from the airport to the city centre.

Time

GMT -2

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Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport (REC)

Location

The airport is located eight miles (14km) from Recife city centre.

Getting to the city

There are three bus lines servicing the airport; one runs to the the main bus terminal, and the other two go to downtown Recife.

Time

GMT -3

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Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport (SLZ)

Location

The airport is located five miles (8km) from downtown Sao Luis.

Getting to the city

An urban bus line connects the city to the airport and is available from 5am to 11pm. Taxi services are also available at the airport.

Time

GMT -3

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Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport (VIX)

Location

The airport is located four miles (7km) from Vitoria city centre.

Getting to the city

Urban bus lines 163, 212 and 122 are available to and from the airport to various destinations in and around the city. Taxis are also available at the airport.

Time

GMT-3

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

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