Brazil’s largest airport, Rio Galeão Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim (a real mouthful of a name) serves Rio de Janeiro, the country’s party city. The airport - often referred to simply as Galeão Airport - is the larger of 2 air transport hubs in Rio (the other being Santos Dumont Airport), and mainly handles international flights to and from the city. Due to Rio’s popularity, the airport receives huge numbers of visitors and handles more than 10 million passengers a year, making it one of the country’s busiest airports as well as its largest. Galeão Airport boasts 2 terminals – named Terminal 1 and 2 – is served by more than 20 airlines, and flies to about 50 destinations worldwide.
Rio Galeão Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim is about 20 kilometers from the heart of Rio de Janeiro city, but with numerous ground transport options available direct from the airport the commute can be fast and efficient. A large number of different buses going into central Rio can be found just outside the airport terminals – these include regular public buses, special airport buses and even a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for express service. Buses heading to Vicente de Carvalho subway station are also available.
Those in a hurry may want to consider grabbing a taxi from outside the airport direct to their destination in the city – the ride should not take much longer than a half hour. Otherwise, car rental agencies can also be found in the airport.
What to see and do
Rio de Janeiro - second largest city in Brazil - occupies one of the most scenic land areas of the world, backdropped by mystical mountains and fronted by shining beaches and sparkling seawater (with a green belt of tropical rainforest thrown in for good measure). A bustling, lively city with a laid-back, easygoing population all too ready to have a good time sunbathing, doing the samba or enthusiastically engaged with football matches in some way or another, life in Rio can feel like a perpetual holiday detached from the stress, hustle and bustle of most modern metropolises.
Plan your Rio trip right to catch the city’s annual Carnaval, considered one of the largest street fiestas in the world. With thousands of samba dancers shaking and shimmying with abandon, brightly-lit floats, millions of partygoers everywhere and percussion beats infecting every corner of the city with its jubilant energy, Carnaval promises to be an out-of-the-world experience you won’t forget for quite a while.
Other must-sees in Rio include the Maracanã Stadium - one of the largest football stadiums in the world and site of the national tragedy Maracanazo (where Brazil lost to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup) - as well as the iconic mega-statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing atop Corcovado Mountain with wide-open arms. But of course, no trip to Rio is complete without an obligatory visit to the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, with its golden sands, clear waters and beautiful bronzed people.
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