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

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Public transport options, licensed taxis and rideshare, buses, coaches and car hire services in Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport (SDU)

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Bus - Every 30 minutes, buses from Empresa Real (Tel +55 21 800 240 850) depart from the airport towards the main areas of the city: Galeão Airport, the bus terminal, Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado, Alvorada. Tickets can be purchased at the counters located in the Arrivals area.

Metro - VLT Carioca (Tel +55 800 000 0858) operates services between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm, 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.

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Taxi - Ranks are situated opposite the Arrivals Hall. There are cabs available between 6:00 am and 0:00 am and 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 centre takes around 15 minutes.

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Latest updates: September 20, 2019

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Transportation Tips to/from the airport?

 
While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, 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 more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.