Airport Transportation in Rio de Janeiro

Options for getting to and from your hotel and the airport in Rio de Janeiro

Boarding a bus at the airport
Boarding a bus at the airport cc licensed photo by juliana swenson

Rio de Janeiro is served by 2 major airports; RJ International (Galeão) which serves international flights and Santos Dumont which is for domestic flights. There are some options for public transit available from either of these airports which we outline below. Neither airport is served directly by the metro which leaves buses, taxis or shuttles.

One option is to use regular city buses, but the routing and options are many making them complex and it can be difficult to board with luggage. They also make many stops on the way to the hotel zones where you are likely to be travelling. For this reason would not recommend them to visitors who are not well versed in the city and bus network.

The best bus option is to take the Premier Onibus Route 2018 operated by Real. This bus, which is identified with the word Aeroporto on the front and sides, serves both airports and takes you right into the hotel zones along Copacabana and Ipanema Beach. The bus runs every 30 minutes from 5:30am until 10:30pm (11:30pm on weekends and holidays). You can purchase tickets inside the arrivals area of the terminal. The price is currently R$ 13,50 one way.

Catching the bus at one of the airports is very straighforward, but be forewarned that for the return trip to the airport the stops are rarely signed and you must wave down the bus. The #2018 can be waved down just past any pedestrian crossing light along the beach side of Delfim Moreira Ave or Vieira Souto Ave in Ipanema (except on Sundays and Holidays until 6pm (7pm during Daylight Savings time)) when you must flag the bus down on Rua Visconde de Pirajá. In Copacabana you wave the bus down along the beach side of Atlantica Av.

Be advised that running intervals are not always consistent due to traffic tie-ups and other issues. Also if, in the driver's opinion, the bus is already full with either people, too much luggage or both, he or she will not stop and you will have to wait for the next bus to come along.

Picture yourself waiting on the sidewalk with all of your luggage; hoping you are in the right spot; waiting patiently for the right bus to come along and, when it finally does, waving frantically to get the driver's attention, only to be passed by because he or she sees your luggage and doesn't think there is room for it in the onboard racks. It does happen and could happen to you. Then, when you finally do arrive at the airport, you also need to be vigilant that no one else grabs your bag. Considering the above, even though public transit is an option if you are travelling light, you may want to book one of the private airport transport services listed below and save yourself some frustration. They will drop you off and pick you up right in front of your hotel.

Private Transfers

If the above options sound too daunting, consider pre-booking one of the airport transport options below. Rates shown are per person, based on filling the vehicle making these a good option for families or those traveling in a small group. It’s a good idea to book at least 48 hours before arrival.

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Rio de Janeiro ROUND TRIP private Airport-Hotel-Airport Transfer (IN/OUT)

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $128.36 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Transfers From/To:– International Airport (Galeao – GIG).– Domestic Airport (Santos Dumont SDU).– All Hotels and Private Apartments in Rio de JaneiroOur Services:– Availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week.– Door-to-door transportation.– Private service, not shared with other travelers.– Air conditioned executive Sedan vehicles.– Flat rate fares, nothing will be charged to you on arrival.– Airport Meet and Greet service.

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Private Arrival Transfer from Galeão Airport (GIG) to Rio de Janeiro City Center

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $29.04 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

By booking with us, you will get:• Cars up to 6 passengers• 1 standard luggage per passenger - 158 cm, 62 inches (height + width + long)• Fixed price without hidden costs• Certified local professionals• 24/7 customer support ready to helpFull refund guaranteed in case of cancellation 24 hours prior to start time service.

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Transfer Rio / Buzios / Arraial Do Cabo / Cabo Frio / Angra dos Reis - 6 People

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $182.02 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Vehicle with capacity for up to 6 passengers with luggage. Wifi on board. Driver certified by the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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Rio de Janeiro Airport Roundtrip Shuttle Transfer

Rating 3.5 Star Rating

From: $60.05 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy convenience and peace of mind when you book a round trip Rio de Janeiro Airport Transfer. Avoid the hassle of local transport and high cab fares, when you book your seat for a comfortable ride to your Rio de Janeiro hotel.

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Rio de Janeiro Airport Roundtrip Private Transfer

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $142.64 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Arrive and depart from Rio with the minimum of fuss and enjoying value for money with a Rio de Janeiro Airport Roundtrip Transfer. Forget negotiating unfamiliar streets in a rental car, or battling the crowds on public transport, travel in comfort to the door of your downtown Rio de Janeiro hotel.

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Private Transfer: Rio de Janeiro to Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG)

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $38.86 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

English-speaking, affordable airport pickup that accounts for flight delays. Enjoy a safe, comfortable ride wherever you need — hotel, short-term rental or a meeting.

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PRIVATE Airport Transfer - Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $30.03 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Start your trip in style and pre-book a private transfer from Rio de Janeiro to All Airports and travel in our cars. The professional service saves time and money and is better than unreliable taxi lines or the hassle of the public transport network. A personal airport team will attend to your comfort and needs, providing door-to-door service at affordable prices. Let them take the strain of the unfamilar roads and heavy traffic as you sit back and relax, and enjoy the views en route to, or from, Zona Sul. Simply pre-book with a recommended 24 hour notice. Flights are tracked to allow for delays and a complimentary 1 hour waiting time is provided in case of unexpected delays upon landing.

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Private Transfer Rio de Janeiro Cruise Port to Rio City or Airport

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $57.33 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Start your trip in style and pre-book a private transfer from Cruise Port Rio de Janeiro to All Airports or Rio City and travel in executive style cars. The professional service saves time and money and is better than unreliable taxi lines or the hassle of the public transport network. A personal airport team will attend to your comfort and needs, providing door-to-door service at affordable prices. Let them take the strain of the unfamilar roads and heavy traffic as you sit back and relax, and enjoy the views en route to, or from, Zona Sul. Simply pre-book with a recommended 24 hour notice. Flights are tracked to allow for delays and a complimentary 1 hour waiting time is provided in case of unexpected delays upon landing.

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Private Transfer from Rio de Janeiro cruise port to Rio de Janeiro city

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $53.81 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Book your private transfer from Rio de Janeiro cruise terminal to Rio de Janeiro city, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With us you will avoid waiting, delays, queues or any other issue. With our taxi service you will always know in advance what you're going to pay, without any surprise.

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Private Transfer GIG International Airport To or From Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $65.52 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy and travel in comfort on a private transfer to and from GIG "Antonio Jobim" Rio de Janeiro international airport. Transfers are available from GIG airports to a hotel or a private address within the Rio de Janeiro south zone.

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