Travel in Rio

Travel in Rio

Public Transportation
Rio de Janeiro has two subway lines (Metrô Rio) with 42 kilometres (26 mi) and 32 stations plus several commuter rail lines. The Metro is Rio’s safest and cleanest form of public transport. The Metro runs services from 05:00 am to 12:00 midnight, Monday to Saturday, and from 07:00 am to 11:00 pm Sundays and public holidays.

The City of Rio de Janeiro is served by 3 airports. Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is used for all international and most of the domestic flights. Besides linking Rio to the rest of Brazil with domestic flights, Galeão has connections to 19 countries. It has a capacity to handle up to 15 million users a year in two passenger terminals. It is located 20 km (12 mi) from downtown Rio.
Santos Dumont Airport is used mainly by the services to São Paulo, some short and medium-haul domestic flights.

Rio de Janeiro/Galeão (GIG) – Antônio Carlos Jobim Airport
Address: Av. 20 de Janeiro, s/nº
Rio de Janeiro – RJ
CEP: 21942-900

The distance from Rio Galeão airport to the downtown of Rio de Janeiro is approximately 20 KM

Santos Dumont Airport (SDU)
Address: Praça Senador Salgado Filho, s/n°
Rio de Janeiro – RJ
CEP: 20021-340

Distance from Santos Dumont airport to the downtown of Rio de Janeiro: 2 Km

Bus & Metro:
Two different bus lines directly transport people between Galeão and Santos Dumont Airport or between Galeão and Alvorada Bus Terminal (downtown Rio de Janeiro).

  • Line 2018: Galeão – Alvorada Bus Terminal (downtown Rio de Janeiro) – Santos Dumont Airport
  • Line 2918: Galeão – Alvorada Bus Terminal (downtown Rio de Janeiro) – Santos Dumont Airport

Walking out of the airport you will find yellow taxis waiting at the curb. It is advised that you have your hotel address printed on a piece of paper before getting into the taxi to avoid any possible problems. Make sure the driver agrees to use the "taximeter" before getting in the cab, they are obligated to do so, but some may try to set a fixed fee - which is okay if that fee is no more than $55. Further details on travel into the city from Galeao airport are on Trip Advisor here.

The following taxi companies are located in the passengers terminal 1 and 2, and in the arrival sectors A and B. It is possible to book a taxi to the airport if this is arranged by telephone in advance.

  • Aerocoop: + 55 (21) 3398-3691
  • Aerotaxi: + 55 (21) 3398-3163
  • Coopatur: + 55 (21) 3907 7000
  • Coopertramo: + 55 (21) 2209 9292
  • Cootramo: + 55 (21) 3976 9944
  • Transcootur: + 55 (21) 2590 2300
  • Transcopass: + 55 (21) 2209 1555.
22/05/2020 10:28:12
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