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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.

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Rio de Janeiro Airport has a limited number of retail outlets. The best selection of stores is outside the customs area. Books, magazines and newspapers can be purchased at Sodiler, but the selection is mostly in Portuguese. For toiletries and fragrant souvenirs visit O Boticario in Terminals 1 and 2. International travellers can take advantage of tax-free prices on alcohol and tobacco, fragrances and cosmetics, sunglasses and watches. Passengers flying in from an international destination may also purchase up to US$500-worth of duty free articles upon arrival in Brazil. Visit the Dufry store in the baggage claim area before clearing customs. You do not need to declare this amount on your customs form.


The airport has very limited internet services. Your best bet for finding wireless internet access is the food court at Terminal 2.

East & Drink

There is a much larger selection of food and beverage establishments in the food court before customs. Coffee lovers can grab a last-minute Brazilian cafézinho at Palheta or Casa de P?o de Queijo. For tropical fruit juice, ice tea, sandwiches and snacks visit Rei do Mate. Fast food chain Bob's serves up a range of burgers, chicken fingers and milkshakes. Once you pass customs, there is only a very basic snack bar.

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