Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport) Guide (GIG)
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport is located 20km (12 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro, on Governador Island.
One of the busiest airports in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport (also known as Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport and by the brand name RIOgaleão – Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim) serves the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro in the southeast of the country. Our Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport guide includes information on transport to and from the airport, terminal facilities and nearby accommodation.
Infraero information counters can be found on the second floor of Terminal 1 and on the departures floor of Terminal 2. Computerised information screens are also available in Terminal 2. There is also a tourist information desk at the airport.
The airport is connected to Rio de Janeiro by two major roads, Via Expressa Presidente João Goulart (Linha Vermelha) and Avenida Brasil. If using the former, head northbound from the city centre and follow the road all the way to Governador Island, from which the airport is clearly signposted. If arriving from the latter, head north until Avenida Brigadeiro Trompovski and merge onto Via Expressa Presidente João Goulart (Linha Vermelha), before continuing as above.
Bus: The air-conditioned Empresa Real (tel; (21) 3035 6700; www.realautoonibus.com.br) Premium Bus services 2018 and 2918 link the airport to key parts of the city centre (journey time: approximately 45 minutes).
Shuttle: There is an hourly airport shuttle bus that stops at major hotels and beaches.
Taxi: Taxis are available outside the terminals. Visitors are advised to ignore the RDE taxi desk and go to the Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Authority desk for prepaid taxi vouchers. Otherwise, passengers should ensure that their taxi's meter is cleared of the last fare.
Terminal 1 has a range of ATMs, banks and bureau de change facilities. Currency exchange services are also available in Terminal 2.
There are restaurants in Terminal 1 and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafés in the central commercial area in Terminal 2.
Visitors will find a good selection of shops, including duty-free and gift shops, in Terminal 1 and in the central commercial area in Terminal 2.
Security baggage-wrapping is available in the check-in areas. There are lost and found offices in each terminal (tel: (21) 3398 4152 or 3044 for Terminal 1 or 2013 for Terminal 2).
Conference and business facilities are provided at the Linx Hotel (tel: +55 21 2468 3400; www.linxriodejaneiro.com.br), which is located in Terminal 1.
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport has four parking areas with a total of 5,211 parking spaces, covering long-term and short-term stays. The Terminal 2 car park has premium parking located on the second floor. Parking fees must be paid inside the airport terminals at either a cashier desk or designated ATMs. Payment options are cash, debit card and credit card. ATMs only accept cards.
Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Sixt and Localiza are represented at the airport, along with several other local operators; their desks can be found in Terminal 1. Car hire is also available in Terminal 2.
There are a number of hotels with basic facilities either at or near Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport, but a wider choice can be found in the city. Hotel reservations can be made at the 24-hour desk on level 3 of Terminal 1. Our Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport guide includes the following accommodation option: