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

Last updated on January 26th, 2023 at 01:15 pm

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How To Get From Rio de Janeiro Airport To City Center – You can go by bus, taxi and private transfer.

What Is The Distance 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.

What Is The Cheapest Way From Rio de Janeiro Airport To City Center?

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. Read here how to get from Rio de Janeiro airport to Copacabana and Ipanema and Sao Paulo vs Rio de Janeiro

You can also rent a car at Rio de Janeiro airport or get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi if traveling in a group.

SIM CARD AT RIO AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Rio airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Rio de Janeiro. Read here Brazil sim card for tourist and best Brazil eSim

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WHERE TO STAY IN RIO DE JANEIRO

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Accommodation prices can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid-budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and for more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Brazil. 

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HOW TO GET FROM 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).

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.

EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS FRECAO FROM 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 local buses leaving outside the airport and you will have to walk 3-4 minutes to get there just 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.

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BY TAXI FROM 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 from Rio de Janeiro to downtown is around 20 minutes.

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 depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you are ordering Uber in Rio de Janeiro you should know that prices are similar to taxis. You can pre-book with the app from your phone and go 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 in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available at the airport. Prices are around €30-40 per day.

Car rental options 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 a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Rio de Janeiro.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM RIO DE JANEIRO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are convenient but can be expensive. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Prices are around €40 and you will be able to fit up to 6 people. It could be €6 per person.

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, private transfer 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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Accommodation prices can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid-budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and for more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Brazil. 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN BRAZIL BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING.

TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Pedra Do Telégrafo

Pedra Do Telégrafo Rio de Janeiro

For our tours in Rio de Janeiro we chose Jeeptour going around by jeep in Rio de Janeiro with a Tour Guide. Our favorite one is Pedra Do Telégrafo an hour driving from Rio de Janeiro. You will have to hike 45 minutes to reach Pedra Do Telégrafo views.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a must-see in Rio de Janeiro. You will have to go there by train, van or hike. There is an entrance fee of 55 BRL and on the top you will be able to enjoy the views of Rio de Janeiro and Christ the Redeemer.

Escadaria Selarón

Escadaria Selarón

Escadaria Selarón is an amazing spot in Rio de Janeiro if you are looking for colorful pictures. Santa Ana is the neighborhood located near city center. In Escadaria Selarón you will find a great vibe, coffee shops and nice places to walk around.

RAINFOREST

Rainforest In Rio de Janeiro

Rainforest in Rio de Janeiro is located a few minutes outside the city. You can go for a walk and you will find waterfalls in a green area. Apart from the waterfalls after the Rainforest on the way back to Rio de Janeiro you will find amazing views.

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 snacks 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 and also the peak season. October to November is the months ideal for those working with a budget, because it 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. ATMs are available all throughout the country but my advice to you is to use those who are inside the banks. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transactions tend to be higher for foreign cars.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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