Information on Airports in Brazil
Brazil’s major international air travel hubs are the Rio de Janeiro Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (which is usually referred to by its original name, Galeão International), and São Paulo-Guarulhos International. The two serve Rio de Janeriro and São Paulo respectively.
Galeão International is investing heavily in infrastructure in advance of the 2014 FIFA world cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. For now, though, the airport is served by a shuttle bus that takes in the major hotels and beaches, and runs once an hour. There’s also a bus company, Empresa Real, that runs busses to the city as well as along the sea front, and a public bus service into the city centre.
There are also taxis available, though some drivers can be unscrupulous; one seasoned traveller advises that passengers either visit the Stata Tourims Authority desk in the airport to buy prepaid taxi vouchers, or carefully ensure that the previous passenger’s fare has been cleared from the meter!
Terminal 1 has a range of banks, Bureaux de Change and a post office. There are some restaurants in Terminal 1 and many more in the central commercial area of Terminal 2. Here there are also gift shops, duty free shops and bars and cafes. Terminal 1 also hosts a small 24 hour hospital and a baby-changing room.
There are some wheelchair facilities available, including lifts in Departures and Arrivals, but passengers are advised to check with their airline that their needs can be met.
São Paulo International has bus links with São Paulo and the local domestic airport, Congonhas, as well as an executive city bus and regular service busses. There are banks, ATMs and Bureaux de Change at the terminal and internet access is available. Shops and restaurants serve both terminals and the airport is highly adapted for disabled travellers, with ramps and lifts, and specially adapted toilets and phones. Several national and international car rental companies and a prepaid radiotaxi service augment the available transportation.
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