Transfer to/from - Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport (SDU)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport (SDU)




An alternative to public transportation is to request a ride using the Uber app. The pick-up points are in the central island, at the Departures entrance. However, this can change without notice and according to the type of vehicle you request, so it is best to follow the directions from the app to find your driver.


VLT Carioca (Tel 0 800 000 0858) operates services between 6:00 am and 0:00 am, with stops at Antonio Carlos, Cinelândia, Carioca, Sete de Setembro, Candelária, São Bento, Parada dos Museus, Parada dos Navios, Utopia AquaRio, Cidade do Samba, Santo Cristo, Cordeiro da Graça and Rodoviária. The fare is R$3.80.

Rent a Car



Taxi stands are located in front of the Arrivals Hall. Cars are available between 6:00 am and 0:00 am and the official operators are AerosDumont (Tel +55 21 2589 8012), Coopatur (Tel +55 21 3885 1000), Coopertramo (Tel +55 21 2209 9292), Cooptáxi (Tel +55 21 3295 9606 - adapted for people with reduced mobility), Cootramo (Tel +55 21 3814 7361), Transcoopass (Tel +55 21 2209 1555) and Transcootur (Tel +55 21 2590 2220). The trip to the city center takes about 15 minutes.

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Latest updates: January 29, 2024

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign. If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.
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