How To Get From Rio de Janeiro Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on April 21st, 2021 at 05:28 am

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We will write how to get from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center. The distance from Galeão International Airport to city center is 16 kilometers and the travel time from Rio de Janeiro airport to city is around 20 minutes by taxi and if you go by bus around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The cheapest way from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center is by bus for 4 BRL plus metro 4 BRL which is less than €2 and if you go by taxi will be around €13-20.

You can also rent a car in Rio de Janeiro airport or get a private transfer. Read here Brazil sim card for tourist. how to get from Recife airport to city center, Salvador de Bahia airport to city center and Sao Paulo airport to city center

RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

AIRPORT BRT BUS RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center is by BRT bus. The BRT Buses are leaving from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center are available 24/7 running every 15 minutes. The BRT bus fare is 4 BRL which is less than €1 and you you will have to buy a Rio Card in the vending machine at the airport for 3 BRL (it’s mandatory to use the system in Rio and you can refund later).

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The bus travel time from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center is around 1 hour and 20 minutes depending on the traffic. The BRT Buses are going with their own traffic line around the city but there are 50 stops coming from the airport. The buses are leaving at Arrivals Terminal 1 and 2 at Rio de Janeiro airport you will see them easily.

From Rio de Janeiro airport to city center you have to get the TransCarioca (Orange Line) and you can stop at Vicente de Carvalho Metro Station and Madureira Train Station. From these places you can connect to Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana (most popular destinations for travelers) with metro until your final destination in Rio de Janeiro. The metro ticket is only 4 BRL and you can use top up in your Rio Card.

ESPRESS SHUTTLE BUS FRECAO RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY

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You can go by shuttle bus from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center. The shuttle bus fare from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center is 19 BRL which is less than €3 per person and the buses are running every 30 minutes starting from 5 30 am until midnight.

The travel time by shuttle bus from Galeão International Airport to city center is around 40 minutes to 1 hour. You can pay with cash and with the Rio Card and see them in at the Terminal color Blue is called Frescao Buses for the locals.

The shuttle bus is a direct service and it’s faster than the BRT Buses since is doing less stops and it’s going to the touristic destinations in the city (you will avoid to get the Metro going walking distance from your bus stop). Check below the main routes of the shuttle buses from Rio airport:

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PUBLIC BuSES FROM GALEAO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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If you want to go by regular public bus from Rio de Janeiro airport to city center. There are a local buses leaving outside the airport and you will have to walk 3-4 minutes to get there jsut ask locals. The public bus fare is 4 BRL which is less than €1 and you can pay by cash. It will make a lot of stops on the way and these are the public buses going to city center from the airport in Rio:

Paranapuan 915: Galeão Airport – Bonsucesso

Paranapuan 922: Galeão Airport – Tubiacanga

Paranapuan 924: Galeão Airport – Bananal

Ideal 925: Galeão Airport – Bancário

RIO DE JANEIRO METRO MAP

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The Metro in Rio de Janeiro has two Metro Lines connecting the airport: Metro Line 2 Vicente De Carvalho Station and Metro Line 4 Jardim Oceanico Station both of them you can connect BRT Buses going to Galeão Airport.

The metro fare is starting from 4 BRL which is less than €1. The metro schedule at Rio de Janeiro is starting from 5 am to midnight and on Sundays from 7 am until 11 pm.

BY TAXI RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Rio de Janeiro to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 20 minutes and the taxi fare from Galeão International Airport to city center is around 130 BRL which is €13-20. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

UBER RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you are ordering Uber in Rio de Janeiro you should know that prices are similar than taxi. You can pre book with the app from your phone and going to the pick up point in the airport. Expect to pay around €10-15 depending on your destination and time of the day with Uber from Galeão International Airport to city center.

CAR RENTAL AT RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Rio de Janeiro’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Rio de Janeiro. It will take you 20 minutes to get to Rio de Janeiro from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport. Prices are around €30-40 per day.

Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Rio de Janeiro. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Rio de Janeiro.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Prices are around €24 and you will be able to fit up to 6 people. It could be €4 per person.

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For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!

Best Way From Galeão International Airport To City Center

The best way from Galeão International Airport to city center if you are traveling alone and your final destination is near BRT Buses will be the cheapest option for less than €1. The shuttle bus is more comfortable for only €3 and you will be able to avoid commuting if you have so much luggage.

The most comfortable way if you are traveling 2-3 people is getting Uber or a taxi from the airport since you will save a lot of time to reach to your destination and you will pay around €4 per person.

ACCOMMODATION IN RIO DE JANEIRO

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There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from Rio de Janeiro. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Brazil. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN BRAZIL

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A total of $10 USD dollar can be your daily food budget travel in Brazil. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $3-5 USD. And you can get snack like street foods for $1 USD. You can buy a combination of acai and cheese with a drink for only $1-2 USD.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN BRAZIL

You can go to Brazil any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Brazil because is the sunniest also the peak season. October to November are the months ideal for those working with a budget, because its is considered the low season in the country.

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ATMS AND CASH IN BRAZIL

The official currency of brazil is called Brazilian Reais (BRL). And $1 USD=5 BRL. ATM’s are available all throughout the country but my advise to you is to us those are inside the banks. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transaction tend to be higher for foreign cars.

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Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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