Rio de Janeiro International Airport
Rio de Janeiro's Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport, also known as Gale?o, is located 12 miles (20km) from the city centre. Around 12 million passengers pass through its two terminals every year. The airport is the second-largest in Brazil and will undergo significant expansion and improvements before soccer?s 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Transfers from downtown can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on traffic.
Real Auto Onibus operates a special express service between the international airport and downtown Rio de Janeiro, the bus station, the domestic airport of Santos Dumont and the beaches. Buses leave approximately every 30 minutes between 5:30am and 9:30pm. This is the most cost-effective way of travelling to and from the airport: a single fare costs R$9. Allow at least an hour, more during peak hours.
Taxis are the most convenient method of transport to and from the airport but more expensive than the bus. Metered yellow taxis and pre-paid white taxis (purchase a voucher inside the terminal building) are available just outside each terminal. The trip to downtown Rio de Janeiro takes roughly 20 minutes (but may take up to an hour and a half during peak times). Pre-paid white taxis are the most expensive; a ride to downtown costs R$65, but the advantage is that you can pay by credit card and the price is set. Metered yellow cabs cost around R$40, but could be more depending on traffic.
Coopertramo Taxi website