Galeao Airport Transportation Options

Arrival to Rio de Janeiro will predominantly be by long haul flight, arriving into Galeao International (code GIG), whose official name is Tom  Jobim.  Rio also has a smaller domestic/short haul airport called Santos Dumont (SDU)  ;.When arriving from Europe it’s worth noting most airlines should go to Guarulhos International (GRU) at Sao Paulo first.

After collecting your baggage and just before passing through customs you’ll walk past the Rio duty free store. Unlike most airports the work free store in Rio can be obtained to deplaning passengers. Prices as of this shop are pretty competitive especially for cosmetics, perfumes, and booze that is heavily taxed in Brasil. Tourists can make as much as 12 bottles of liquid refreshment ( only 6 of the same) totaling as much as $500 inclusive of all such duty free purchases. If you prefer to drink it’s advisable to fill up at the work free the place where a liter of Black Label will run you $36 instead of the $70 in a container shop in town.

Rio Limo Services

Rio de Janeiro Airport Transfer

Rio de Janeiro Airport Transfer

After passengers exit customs at the Rio international airport they will be subjected to the shouts of employees at about 1/2 dozen booths all supplying a car service.   For a trip to Copa/Ipanema/Leblon all the car services ask around $R99 (as of 11/11/11) (though you can haggle a bit) or about twice the purchase price of  regular metered yellow cabs which are typically accessible an additional 30 meters right outside the exit doors of the airport.  The downside to this service is you will pay almost twice around if you utilize a typical taxi.  The upside is that you don’t have to negotiate with the driver or worry he has brought a lengthier route or overcharged you for the trip (although you pay more for not being overcharged, a little counterintuitive).
Limo Service in Rio: DotTransfers



Bus in Rio de Janeiro

Air-conditioned bus service operated by REAL (sometimes called Frescao) departs every 20-30 mins from 0530-2200 and runs between both airports, the main bus terminal and further over the beachfront in  the next neighborhoods: Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana Ipanema, and Leblon.   Its terminus reaches the Alvorada terminal near Barra Shopping in Barra da Tijuca .The total run takes at the very least 60 mins, often double.   Single ticket R$ 6.50. There is enough of luggage space, and it’s comfy. An inferior bus, also by Real same price, runs directly every 30 mins from Alvorada to Galeão by Linha Amarela in as low as 35 minutes, according to traffic.  This is the best option if you should be alone. The bus stops per request in virtually any located area of the route, which helps lots.
Bus in Rio:


Metered Taxis:

Rio de Janeiro Taxis

If you decide not to pay the more expensive pre-paid taxis, continue out of the airport and find a yellow taxi waiting at the curb.  It is advised that you’ve your hotel address printed on a piece of paper before stepping into the taxi in order to avoid any possible problems.  Make certain the driver agrees to use the “reloch” or “taximeter” before getting back in the cab. They’re obligated to do this, however, many may try setting a fixed fee -which is okay if that fee is only R$ 55.
Taxis in Rio: TaxiFareFinder


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