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Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport

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Introduction

Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), or Rio de Janeiro/Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport as it's officialy called, is the main airport for Rio de Janeiro and after Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport the most important and biggest in Brazil. It is located about 20 kilometres from the city centre.

For more information about other airports throughout the world, also see the list of airports.

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Getting there and away

  • Bus: There is a bus connection operated by Real to Flamengo, Botafoco, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and terminating at the Alvorada terminal at Barra da Tijuca. It departs every 20-30 minutes between 05:30am-10:00pm and takes at least 60 minutes to reach the final destination at Barra da Tijuca. It can be found outside the arrival areas at terminals 1 and 2. A single ticket R$ 6.50. A smaller bus, also run by Real, runs directly to Barra da Tijuca and takes only 30 minutes, depending on traffic. It runs every 30 minutes.
  • Another option is the shuttle bus, run by Shuttle Rio which drives via several large hotels. It has two routes; one stopping heading towards Ipanema (R$10 pp one way) and the other towards Barra (R$15 pp one way).
  • Taxis can easily be found outside the airport and should cost about R$30 for downtown destinations and about R$50 for Zona Sul (ie, Ipanema, Copacabana) areas. Rental cars are available as well.

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Airlines, Destinations and Terminals

There are 2 terminals at the airport. For more information about airlines, also visit the list of airlines or the details about travelling by budget airlines.

Terminal 1

  • Aerolíneas Argentinas - Buenos Aires-Aeroparque
  • Air France - Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • American Airlines - Miami, New York-JFK
  • British Airways - London-Heathrow
  • Continental Airlines - Houston-Intercontinental
  • Copa - Panama City
  • Delta Air Lines - Atlanta
  • Gol Airlines - Aracaju, Belém-Val de Cães, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campina Grande, Campinas-Viracopos, Córdoba, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Juazeiro do Norte, Londrina, Macapá, Maceió, Manaus, Maringá, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Santiago de Chile, São Luís, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Teresina, Uberlândia, Vitória
  • Gol Airlines operated by Varig - Aruba, Caracas, Punta Cana, São Paulo-Guarulhos
  • Iberia - Madrid
  • LAN Airlines - Santiago de Chile
  • TAAG Angola Airlines - Luanda
  • TACA Perú - Lima

Terminal 2

  • PLUNA - Montevideo
  • TAM Airlines - Belém-Val de Cães, Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Campinas-Viracopos, Caracas, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Frankfurt, João Pessoa, London-Heathrow, Maceió, Manaus, Miami, Natal, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, Santiago de Chile, São Luís, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Vitória
  • TAM Airlines Paraguay - Asunción, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza
  • TAP Portugal - Lisbon, Porto
  • United Airlines - Washington-Dulles
  • US Airways - Charlotte
  • Webjet - Belo Horizonte-Confins, Brasília, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Fortaleza, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador da Bahia, São Paulo-Guarulhos

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