Rio de Janeiro Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG)
Airport (GIG) is located 20km (13 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro. The airport is
connected to Rio de Janeiro
by two major roads, Linha Vermelha and Avenida Brasil. It has two terminals
which are linked by a travelator. Information
counters can be found on the second floor in Terminal 1 and on the Departures
floor in Terminal 2. Computerized information screens are available in Terminal
Transfer and transport
from the Airport to the city centre
Car rental: Pick up desks for car rentals can be found
in Terminal 1.
Bus: Public buses operate 5:30am-11:30pm. There
is an airport shuttle bus (Empresa
Real ) every hour which stops at major hotels and beaches. They have
air-conditioned frescao buses that drive into the city as well as along the
seafront stopping off at the hotels (journey time - 45 minutes). There are also
other public buses run to the city centre. Average fares are R$35 to the
international airport and R$30 to Copacabana or Ipanema.
Taxi: Taxis are available, although visitors
are advised to ignore the RDE taxi desk and go to the Rio de Janeiro State
Tourism Authority desk instead and buy prepaid taxi vouchers. Otherwise,
passengers should ensure that their taxi's meter is cleared of the last fare.
within Rio de Janeiro
Taxi: This is the most
convenient way to navigate around the city during. It is not obligatory to give tips to the taxi drivers. Taxi drivers will
often round up the fare as a tip for their services. Special or radio taxis do
not use typical taximeters and always charge more than the original amount.
Metered taxis charge around R$4.30 flat rate, plus around R$3 per km – slightly
more at night and on Sunday. Radio taxis are more expensive, (approx R$5 per
km) but safer.
Buses: The cheapest means of transportation in Rio de Janeiro (R$1.90
to R$2.30). Public buses
operate 5:30am-11:30pm. Buses are fast and frequent. They run
on circular lines, and are typically only 15-20 minutes apart; excluding peak
hours which may take 30-45 minutes.
Minibuses: (local vans) provide a faster alternative between Av Rio Branco in Centro and the Zona Sul as
far as Barra da Tijuca. The destination is written in the front window. The
flat fare costs around R$4.
Subway: The Subway system
is an excellent, speedy way to get around. It opens from 5am to midnight
Monday through Saturday and 7am to 11pm on Sunday and holidays. During Carnaval
the metro operates nonstop from Friday morning until Tuesday at midnight. Various ticket options are available for the Subway.
has several islands in the bay that you can visit by ferry. There are various types of ferries that operate daily.