5 Tips by How to Get from Rio de Janeiro Airport to the City without Any Problem

Who ever heard cases of unfair charges by taxi drivers, often illegal, in the Rio de Janeiro International Airport, also known as Galeão Airport? You can be sure that this causes fear in many visitors arriving in the Marvelous City. During landing large flows can be more passengers than taxis, which makes form large waiting lines. First of all, you need to know that most of the time these unfair charges by taxi drivers occurred because many people try to stick to this line or catch a dubious taxi outside the areas allowed for shipment. So, for you also do not be fooled by taxi drivers, we have created this article with 5 Tips by How to Get from Rio de Janeiro Airport to the City without Any Problem.

Traffic Congestion

Tip 1 – Taxis Credentialed with Special ticket windows inside the airport.

This is one of the safest ways to get downtown or even in Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca from Rio de Janeiro international airport, however, is also one of the most expensive options. Even before leaving the landing area you will see the desks of some companies where employees announce the taxi service. The price is fixed, varying according to destination. Copacabana, for example, the price ranges from R$ 80 to R$ 120 in the summer. You pay in cash or card and the company sends you to a safe and generally more educated taxi driver. This option is recommended for foreign tourists who do not speak Portuguese or travelers with a baggy budget.

Tip 2 – Taxi from the airport own cooperative – Aerocoop.

This is the most common choice of who gets to Rio de Janeiro airport. Taxis of Aerocoop are just outside the airport and its drivers are already on standby to help with your bags. When there is low demand for taxis, there will be some taxi drivers of Aerocoop inside the airport offering you the service. However always be aware! Make sure the rear of the vehicle is written Aerocoop. All taxis have a taximeter and therefore prices vary according to time and distance to the destination. Copacabana the price will be around R $ 60.

Unfortunately there are reports of people who thought the taxi driver cheated her running around the city and charging more expensive than normal. However, as the company is the only one to operate in Rio de Janeiro Airport, this rarely happens. When in doubt, write down the vehicle plate and contact the company after transport.

Tip No. 3 – Bus: the famous “Frescão”.

The “Frescão” is a super-cold bus operated by “Real Auto Bus” which has a stopping point within the Galeao terminals. It is destined to Barra da Tijuca through two paths: South Zone or Yellow Line. The first is for those who will come down by downtown, Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon. For those who are going straight to Barra da Tijuca, the best is to take the bus that goes by the Yellow Line.

This is one of the cheapest options for those who want to escape “the mafia of taxis”, however it is one of the most time consuming. For those going to the South Zone, unfortunately this transport first passes through the city center and the airport Santos Dummond, before heading to the beaches, which can take up to 2 hours or more. Remember that there is no bus option to go directly to Ipanema or Copacabana. So reserve a good amount of patience if you choose the “Frescão” because the city is at work everywhere, generating even more traffic jams. The ticket costs around $ 15.

Frescão Bus
Frescão Bus

Tip No. 4 – BRT (Bus Rapid System) + Metro:

This is the cheapest way to get from Rio de Janeiro airport to anywhere in the city. However, this is the least desirable option, because it presents some hassles. First a special bus about 40 minutes to the nearest metro station. Once there, if it is from Monday to Friday, you will find with people who daily use this transport to work. If you are with a large suitcase, that’s when you’re really in trouble. On the weekend it is less difficult, but still spend at least 1: 30h to arrive in Copacabana. The costs are approximately R$ 10.

Tip No. 5 – Transfer-in WhyNotBrasil

This is the safest option to get from of Rio de Janeiro airport to the city, and is also the most interesting. One of WhyNotBrasil? guides will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall and from the first meeting he will give you all the tips to enjoy the Marvelous City in the best possible way. The transfer in and transfer out should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, it is a service subject to availability. For more information send us an email to [email protected].

Well friends, that is. If you have any questions about how to get in Rio de Janeiro, or even want some tips about the Marvelous City, send us an email. We would love to help you. If you enjoyed this article and think it can help your friends, please do not hesitate to share it. And to stay inside more tourist tips in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, we also have a lot of cool stuff there.

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Gustavo Faro
Um dos fundadores da Why Not Brasil?, Gustavo é brasileiro e guia experiente no Rio de Janeiro. Antes de fundar a empresa, esteve sempre entre os guias de turismo altamente cotados pelo site TripAdvisor, apresentando excelentes comentários pelos clientes e sendo requisitado diariamente por turistas de todo o mundo. Apaixonado por outras culturas e idiomas, fala português, inglês, espanhol, francês e italiano fluentemente, e adora viajar para o exterior em busca de novas experiências.


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