Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport
Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport is officially called Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. It's named after a famous Brazilian musician. The airport is investing tens of millions of dollars in improvements and expansions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which takes place in Brazil and the Summer Olympics of 2016, for which Rio de Janeiro is the organizing city.
This airport is also famous for Iris Lettieri. For over thirty years she has been making the announcements. It's whispered that travelers were so enthralled by her sensual voice that they missed their flight... We can only hope she'll continue to do so for a long time, in 2011 she turned 70!
IATA airport code: GIG
ICAO airport code: SBGL
There's no rail connection with Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 20 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro's center. The airport is located on an island and there are therefore not many ways to get from Rio to the airport. You can either take the Linha Vermelha or the Avenida Brasil (freeway BR-101). The way to the airport is clearly signposted on both roads as Aeroporto Internacional Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Regular buses maintain the connection with Rio de Janeiro's center, but we recommend you take one of the express buses. The Empresa Real buses run to Santos Dumont Airport, Rio's business center and the beaches of Copacabana.
Car rental Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Halls of both terminals. There are five rental companies, the international providers Avis, Hertz and National, and the local rental companies Localiza and Unidas. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There are a tremendous number of taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. To avoid being harassed by tens of drivers, you better book a taxi at the Tourist Office counter in the Arrivals Hall. You pay a fixed rate which doesn't change, even if your taxi gets stuck in the sometimes busy traffic of Rio de Janeiro. The journey to Rio's center takes about 45 minutes (outside rush hour).
There are large covered parking garages and parking lots with places for both short and long-term parking at both terminals. More information about parking at Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport can be obtained via telephone number +55(0)21 398 4597.
There's one hotel at Galeão Airport, the Luxor Hotel (Tel. +55(0)21 2468 8998). On the verge of the airport you'll find Hotel Pousada (Tel. +55(0)21 3398-3848). Other hotels nearby the airport include the Stop Time Hotel (Tel. +55(0)21 3976 0082), the Windsor Guanabara Hotel (Tel. +55(0)21 2195 6000) and Hotel Ibis (Tel. +55(0)21 3506 4500). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Both terminals offer a reasonable number of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops, whereby the newer Terminal 2 clearly beats the old Terminal 1. The Luxor Hotel offers a Brazilian grill restaurant.
You can find lockers for baggage and lost-and-found desks in both terminals. You can also have your baggage wrapped in plastic.
Both in the Arrivals and Departure Halls you can find information desks for inquiries about Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport, flight schedules and airport services. In addition Terminal 2 offers touch screens where you can search for information. The Tourist Office has a counter in the Arrivals Hall of both terminals.
Apart from some basic facilities such as faxing and copying there are no business facilities available in the terminal. For this you need to turn to the Luxor Hotel (see Hotels) which also offers meeting space and conference rooms.
Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. Parking places have also been reserved for disabled travelers nearby the terminal.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There are also a post office, a pharmacy, a First Aid station and baby rooms. The airport offers internet cafés, as well as hotspots providing wireless internet (Wi-Fi), for example at Bob's Restaurant, Rei do Mate restaurant and the Via Mundi café.
Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Avenida 20 de Janeiro
Ilha do Governador
21942-900 Rio de Janeiro
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +55(0)21 3398 5050
Fax: +55(0)21 3393 2288
IATA airport code: GIG
ICAO airport code: SBGL