When booking your next trip to Brazil, one of the first decisions you will have to make is which airport to fly into.
Brazil has three major cities: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia. All three have international airports with daily flights from the US, UK and elsewhere around the globe.
Rio de Janeiro’s Airports
Most of the travelers from the US and the UK fly into either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo.
Like most of the rest of the city, Rio’s biggest airport revolves around the sea. Or rather it is surrounded by it.
Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport — also known as Rio de Janeiro International — is located on its own island in Guanabara Bay. Its two terminals handle the majority of the international air traffic flying in and out of Brazil including flights from United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and British Airways.
Like most major international airports, Galeao International is a full-service facilities, featuring shops, restaurants, health and beauty services and a duty-free store. There’s also car rental desks, taxi stands, and bus service that goes directly into the central city.
Rio’s second largest airport, Santos Dumont Airport, services mostly flights to other Brazilian cities and South American countries. There’s also a third airport — Francisco de Assis Airport — that serves only four locations within Brazil.
Sao Paolo Airports
Sao Paolo also has three airports, the biggest and most popular of which is Guarulhos International. Located about 18 miles outside of the city, the airport is well-connected via shuttle buses, taxis, and even a rail line.
If you are flying from Sao Paolo to another location within Brazil, you probably will use Congonhas Airport, which is only about eight miles from the city.
Campo de Marte Airport is Brazil’s oldest airport, but not frequently used by foreign visitors. Today, it is home to a number of flight schools as well as Brazil’s largest helicopter fleet.