Recife airport: Recife Guararapes International Airport (REC)

Recife Guararapes International Airport

The official name of Recife Airport is Aeroporto Internacional Gilberto Freyre, but it's better known as Aeroporto dos Guararapes. It's the largest airport in the northwest of Brazil. Just like many other Brazilian airports the airport is getting a face-lift for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Recife is one of the cities where matches are going to be played.

Recife is a gateway for many tourist resorts in Boa Viagem and Porto de Galinhas.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: REC
ICAO airport code: SBRF


Local transport


The subway station is nearby although not directly connected with the terminal. The South line of Recife's subway system takes you quickly to the city center.

Car and bus

Recife Airport is situated 11 kilometers south of the city center. From the city the airport is easily accessible by rental car via freeway BR-101. The exit to the airport is about 1 kilometer past the university campus which you'll see on your right hand. The way to the airport is signposted. The airport is also close to the beach of Boa Viagem (about 2 kilometers, more remote hotels are located at a maximum of 8 kilometers from the airport).

Minibuses (line 42) run to Recife via the Avenue Conselheiro Aguiar (parallel to the beach) on a regular basis.

Car rental Recife Airport

Only one international car rental company has a presence at Recife Airport: Avis. The others are local providers: Localiza, Locar Alpha, Movida, Unidas and Transnet. You can also book your rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.


There are two types of taxi companies at Recife Airport: 'normal' and 'special' ones. The latter has more luxury cars, but is of course more expensive. There's a sign showing the rates at the taxi stand. Make sure to agree on price with the driver upfront.

Airport Parking

Right in front of the terminal lies a large (and peculiarly designed) parking garage with space for more than 2,000 cars. On the roof a sort of terrace has been laid out. The first 20 minutes are free, the next hour costs 4 real, and after that 2 real per hour. The day rate for the first day is 30 real, and after that 20 real.




Nearby the airport you'll mainly find tourist hotels along the beach of Boa Viagem, but there's also a hotel offering business facilities, the Atlante Plaza Hotel (Tel. +55(0)81 3302-3333). Other hotels nearby the airport include Golden Tulip Recife Palace (Tel. +55(0)81 3201 8200), Best Western Manibu (Tel. +55(0)81 3084 2811) and Golden Tulip Recife Palace (Tel. +55(0)81 3201-8200). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There's a good range of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops: more than twenty shops and about ten eating facilities. This number is expected to increase for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


There's a lost-and-found desk in the Departure Hall. There are no lockers to store your baggage at Recife Airport; you also can't deposit your baggage.


In both the Arrivals and Departure Halls you'll find an information desk (Tel. +55(0)81 3322 4353 or +55(0)81 3322 4685) for inquiries about Recife Airport, flight schedules and airport services. There's also a desk of the Tourist Office Empetur (Tel. +55(0)81 3232 3594).


The airport doesn't offer business facilities. For this you need to turn to business hotels in Recife (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Recife Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and some adapted elevators and toilets. These facilities are likely to be improved when adaptations will be made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Other services

You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals.




Aeroporto Internacional Gilberto Freyre
Praça Ministro Salgado Filho
Recife – PE

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +55(0)81 3322 4188
Fax: +55(0)81 3322 476
Email: unknown

Airport codes

IATA airport code: REC
ICAO airport code: SBRF