Rio de Janeiro airport: Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU)

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport

Santos Dumont is the second airport of the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro. Just as at Galeão Airport tens of millions of dollars will be invested in the coming years to improve and expand the airport for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Summer Olympics of 2016, for which Rio de Janeiro is the organizing city.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SDU
ICAO airport code: SBRJ


Local transport


There's no train connection with the airport.

Car and bus

Santos Dumont Airport is situated only two kilometers from Rio de Janeiro's center, right on the Baia de Guanabara. The airport is easily accessible by rental car, because the road along this bay also runs past the airport.

There are two bus companies with connections from Santos Dumont Airport. The Realtur buses take about twenty minutes to run from the airport to the beaches of Copacabana. Every half hour, Real Auto Ônibus shuttle buses leave for the central bus station in Rio de Janeiro, Galeão Airport and the city's southern suburbs to its terminus Barra da Tijuca.

Car rental Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Two rental companies have a presence at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport: Avis and Hertz. 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 taxis outside the Arrivals Hall for which you buy a ticket at a fixed rate at a kiosk. A ride from Santos Dumont to Ipanema costs about 30 Reals.

Airport Parking

There's a parking garage near the terminal; you can also park your car at an open-air parking lot. In total there's space for over a thousand cars. You can get more information about parking at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport via the Multipark website, or via telephone number 0800 116 001 (only within Brazil).




There are no hotels at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport, but there are plenty in the vicinity. One of the nearest hotels is the Ibis Hotel (Tel. +55(0)21 3506 4500). Other hotels nearby the airport include the Novotel (Tel. +55(0)21 3506 8500), Windsor Asturias (Tel. +55(0)21 2195 1500) and Aeroporto Othon Hotel (Tel. +55(0)21 3575 7200). 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 are a limited number of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops at Santos Dumont Airport.


There are no baggage lockers at the airport. You can inquire about lost objects at the information desk.


In the central hall there's an information desk for inquiries about Santos Dumont Airport, flight schedules and airport services.


The airport doesn't offer business facilities. This may change once the expansions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been implemented, but until then you need to turn to hotels in the vicinity (see Hotels) for business facilities.

Disabled facilities

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.

Other services

You'll find banks (Banco do Brasil, HSBC), exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. In addition you can access the internet via the computers at one of the internet cafés.




Aeroporto Santos Dumont
Praça Senador Salgado Filho
Rio de Janeiro

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +55(0)21 3814 7070
Fax: +55(0)21 2220 2218
Email: unknown

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SDU
ICAO airport code: SBRJ