Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport) Guide (GIG)
Code: GIGNo. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +55Timezone: GMT -3:00
Avenida 20 de Janeiro s/nº, Ilha do Governador, 21942-900, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The airport is located 20km (13 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro.
(21) 3398 5050.
Here you'll find essential information on Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, including contact details, airport transfer facts, details of airport facilities, and how to get there.
The airport is investing heavily in its terminals and infrastructure in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, which are both taking place in Brazil.
Infraero information counters can be found on the second floor in Terminal 1 and on the Departures floor in Terminal 2. Computerised information screens are 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, Linha Vermelha and Avenida Brasil. The airport is signposted on both roads.
Bus: There is an airport shuttle bus every hour which stops at major hotels and beaches. Empresa Real have air-conditioned frescao buses that drive into the city as well as along the seafront stopping off at the hotels (journey time: 45 minutes). Public buses run to the city centre.
Taxi: Taxis are available, although visitors are advised to ignore the RDE taxi desk and go to the Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Authority desk instead to buy prepaid taxi vouchers. Otherwise, passengers should ensure that their taxi's meter is cleared of the last fare.
There are restaurants in Terminal 1 and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafés in the central commercial area in Terminal 2.
There are shops, including duty-free and gift shops, in Terminal 1 and in the central commercial area in Terminal 2.
Security baggage-wrapping is available, and there is a lost and found office in each terminal.
Conference and business facilities are available at the Luxor Hotel (tel: (21) 2468 8998 or 0800 282 2070; www.luxorhoteis.com.br), which is located at the airport.
There is a long-/short-term car park with 1,600 spaces outside Departures and a long-/short-term car park with 880 spaces outside Arrivals.
Avis, Budget, Dallas, Hertz and Localiza are represented at the airport, along with several other local operators; their desks can be found in Terminal 1.
There are a number of hotels at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão airport. There is a 24-hour hotel reservation desk in Terminal 1 on Level 3.