Airport in Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (GIG)

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Avenida 20 de Janeiro s/nº, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Airport in Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (GIG) Reviews

yadilitta yadilitta
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Airport in Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro-Galeão (GIG) Mar 28, 2008
When I was traveling around South America, because of business, Rio was part of my agenda, poor girl, haha. And these are my impressions of this aiport and some tips about arriving / leaving:

-It's the main airport in Rio de Janeiro, receiving people from 18 different countries. So expect a busy airport. But I didn't have problems with security. It was easy and quick.

-It's located 20km (13 miles) north of Rio, which is not so far, but the traffic gets crazy, so better leave early in order to arrive there on time.

-It has 2 terminals that are linked by a "travelator".

-There are buses which could drive you to the city, but the best would be take a cab. If you take one from the airport it'd be expensive. Better ask a friend or the hotel to send you one.

-You can exchange money here, in order to get the local currency. But I recommend to exchange just the necessary. You'll get a better rate in the exchange houses.

-There are restaurants in Terminal 1 and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafés in the central commercial area in Terminal 2.

-Rio is well known as a Shopping destination and the airport is not the exception. But be aware that as in any airport, things are more expensive here. But you can find good deals.

-When you arrive or leave with your bags, men will approach you to help with the luggage expecting a good tip.

-They have lockers to storage luggage, but they are small.

-A while ago, we (Peruvians) should fly through Sao Paulo to get to Rio, but now there are direct flights from LIM-GIG, yay!

-Have your Yellow Fever Certificate close to you.

-Oh well, and you are in Brazil, people are friendly.
1 / 1 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
yadilitta says:
No this is not new. No idea why you did not need it... maybe it depends where you are coming from
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012
HuBison says:
Yellow fever certificate? Why do you need to get a vaccination? Is this new? I was there 5 years ago and we didn't need one!!!!
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012
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