Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport

Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport (GIG  IATA) (Galeão International Airport), is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at Av. Vinte de Janeiro, s/n; Ilha do Governador. It is the country's second-busiest international airport.



The airport is named after Praia do Galeão (Galleon Beach), which is in front of the present passenger terminal of the Brazilian Air Force. It is the largest airport site in terms of area in Brazil. Since 2014 it has been operated by the concessionary Rio Galeão, a consortium formed by the Brazilian investor Odebrecht and Changi Airport Group, with a minority participation of the government-owned company Infraero, the previous operator.The new concessionary has been using the brand name RIOgaleão – Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim.

Rio Galeão has revised, modified and upgraded the construction of a new pier with 26 new bridges, a new apron for 97 aircraft, and 2,640 car parking spaces have been added in 2016-17.



Terminal 1 Terminal 1 have been de-activated since the end of 2016. Its only functions are for embarkation and disembarkation of aircraft, access to Rio Aeroporto Hotel, passport issuance by Federal Police and airport operations. All airline check-in, baggage reclaim, ground transportation, retail stores/restaurants and other services to the public have been moved to Terminal 2.

Terminal 2

  • Aerolineas Argentinas, Azul Linhas Aéreas, Amaszona, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta, Edelweiss, Emirates, Gol, Iberia, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Paranair, SKY, TAP Portugal, United Airlines

Ground transportation


The airport is 20 km from the city center of Rio de Janeiro. There are executive (blue) and ordinary (yellow) taxis available and bookable on company booths at arrival halls of both terminals.

TransCarioca line of the BRT integrated public transportation system links Terminals 1 and 2 with Terminal Alvorada in Barra da Tijuca, with an intermediate stop at the Line 2 subway Vicente de Carvalho station, where one can access the entire subway system. At Alvorada one can transfer between the TransCarioca and TransOeste lines. The system operates 24 hours a day and tickets are sold in the BRT booths on the arrivals level.

Premium Auto Ônibus operates executive bus 2018, that runs half-hourly between 05:30 and 23:30 hours from the airport to Central Bus Station, Rio de Janeiro downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, and the southern parts of the city along the shore, with final stop at Alvorada Bus Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. Bus 2918 follows a similar schedule to Alvorada Bus Terminal, but using a different and more direct route via the Linha Amarela ("Yellow Line") expressway. Bus 2101 is an express link between Galeão and Santos Dumont airports, and bus 2145 is a normal city bus service to the Central Bus Station, downtown, and Santos Dumont Airport. It runs every 20 minutes between 05:30 and 22:30 hours. Ticket counters for these bus services are located at the arrivals area of both terminals.

Viação 1001 operates the urban bus line 761-D from the airport to Niterói. Furthermore, the same company operates an executive service to Armação dos Búzios four times a day. Departure is from the arrivals level of Terminal 1.

Get around




Eat and drink










The airport has following ATMs in concern Terminals:

Terminal 1:

  • Bradesco - 3rd floor
  • Caixa Econômica Federal - 3rd floor
  • Banco do Brasil – 3rd floor
  • Itaú - 3rd floor
  • Santander - 3rd floor
  • HSBC - 3rd floor, 1st floor

Terminal 2:

  • Bradesco – 1st floor and 3rd floor
  • Caixa Econômica Federal -1st floor and 3rd floor
  • Itaú - 1st floor
  • Santander - 1st floor and 2nd floor
  • HSBC - 2nd floor – Departures, 3rd floor


  • 1 Rio Aeroporto Hotel, Av. Vinte de Janeiro, S/N, Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 21941-570, Brazil (3rd floor of Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Terminal 1)), +55 21 3383-9800, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. The hotel has a restaurant, sauna, gym and free Wi-Fi, ideal for those with long connections at the airport.

There are additional hotels on Ilha do Governador (the island) near and accessible from the Airport grounds:

  • 2 Linx Galeão, Av Vinte de Janeiro s/n, Ilha do Governador, +55 21 2468-3400.
  • 3 More 6, R. República Árabe da Síria, 203 - Jardim Guanabara, +55 21 96437-5064.



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