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Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport popularly known by its original name Galeão International Airport is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located 20 km from the city centre of Rio de Janeiro, and around 8,5 km from the Conference venue. Please note that there will not be any conference organized transfer to and from the airport (however, there will be organized shuttle transportation from the conference venue to selected conference hotels in the Copacabana area). Just about all the major international airlines use Galeão as a major destination including Air France, British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia Airlines and Lufthansa. There are also several domestic airlines that use Galeão as a destination including Webjet, Gol Airlines and Tam Airlines. You can check airlines that operate domestic and international flights at Galeão – Rio de Janeiro Airport on the following website.

Find out about the main bus lines, taxis and best routes to get to and from RIOgaleão here.

Several bus, taxi and transfers companies provide airport shuttle. Hiring a taxi at the RIOgaleão airport is probably the most common transfer method. You can book a taxi on their company booths at arrival halls at the airport, for example Radio-taxi company will charge R$100 to Copacabana area (ride takes minimum 30 min or usually more depending on the traffic). Ordinary yellow taxies are the cheaper version than the prepaid taxies but it is very important to make sure the driver has the taximeter on. Also, yellow taxies need to be paid in cash while prepaid taxies offer credit card payments at the company booths. See here for some more information tips for travellers and here for a list of companies.

You can also book private transfer service on the following link.

Premium Auto Ônibus operates safe air-con buses from the international airport along several different itineraries. For the Zona Sul, take Premium 2018, which heads southward through the bairros of Glória, Flamengo and Botafogo, and along the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon to Barra da Tijuca (and vice versa) every 30 minutes from 5:40am to 22:30pm and will stop wherever you ask. It costs R$16,00 and takes 75 minutes to two hours depending on traffic. Heading to the airports, you can catch this bus from in front of the major hotels along the main beaches, but you have to look alive and flag them down.

BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) is a fast option for Galeao Airport, as the buses move through exclusive lanes in Rio de Janeiro. There are two BRT lines options to reach the airport: the TransCarioca line with stops, passing through 47 stations and 5 terminals along the way, and TransCarioca Express, which departs from Terminal Alvorada, with stops on the Fundão Terminal, Vicente de Carvalho Station (integration with the subway) and Madureira. On the following website you can see the map of BRT public transportation system in Rio de Janeiro. BRT fare is R$ 3.60.


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