Rio de Janeiro Galeao Intl

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

About The Airport

Galeão International is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro and is Brazil's second busiest international airport. It is also one of Latin America's top 10 busiest airports by passenger traffic. The official name is RIOgaleão International Airport Tom Jobim, named for the Brazilian composer and artist Antônio Carlos Jobim. The 'Galeão' part of the name refers to the beach near the airport. It has 2 connected terminals, linked by a covered walkway with a travelator.


Free Wi-Fi is available for an hour.

Getting to and from the airport

The airport is 20km from downtown Rio de Janeiro.

Taxi - you can hire a taxi at Terminals 1 and 2 Arrivals; they use expressways to and from the airport. There are 2 different types that operate from the airport. Metered taxis - usually yellow in colour - are readily available outside the terminal, while fixed rate taxis need to be booked at one of the booths. It's recommended that you use an official taxi service, as it will cost you only a few Brazilian reals more and you'll be escorted straight to the vehicle.

Bus - 10 or so bus routes run to and from the airport, including a 24-hour Rapid Transport by Bus (BRT) service that uses priority traffic lanes. An express bus connects the airport with Vicente de Carvalho metro station.

Hotel shuttle - there's a courtesy shuttle service every 20 minutes to the nearby Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão.

Car rental - car rental desks are at Terminal 1 and 2 Arrivals. It is recommended that only experienced drivers should rent a car in Rio de Janeiro. 

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The official indoor parking lot has space for 2,700 vehicles, direct access to the airport terminals and 24-hour surveillance. Spaces for disabled people and premium parking are also available. There's a free first-aid service available 24/7 as well.

Transit and in-airport hotels

The terminals are connected by a travelator. However, because of the time it takes to get through formalities, non-Brazilian nationals transferring to another flight here should set aside 2 hours for transit.

If you have a long layover, try the Rio Aeroporto Hotel on the 3rd floor of Terminal 1 before Security, or the Aerotel Rio de Janeiro in Terminal 2, after Security. The Linx Hotel is located 550 yards away from the hotel - its facilities include a swimming pool and a gym. 

Healthy Travel Tip

It's important to stay hydrated while travelling. There are plenty of drinking fountains located around the airport, so you may find it useful to bring an empty water bottle with you.

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