Santos Dumont Airport - SDU

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (BR)

Getting around the airport


  • Santos Dumont Airport is the second major airport serving Rio de Janeiro and is located two kilometres from downtown.
  • The passenger terminal is under one roof, divided into Arrivals and Departures terminals. The ground level has taxi stands and elevators and escalators that go up to the Arrivals and Departures areas on each side of Level 1.
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Getting into the city

Taxi or Bus


Taxis are located directly outside the terminal. A Taxi ride from the airport to central areas of the city will cost is approximately BRL 30-45 and take around 20-40 minutes depending on the neighborhood and time of the day.


There is an Uber lounge at the airport to relax until your cab arrives. The lounge has water, Wi-Fi and charging stations. It is easy to request Uber at Santos Dumont Airport. You just need to open the app and choose your pickup location. There are three special pickup venues: at the entrance of the Bossa Nova Mall, the Uber Lounge or the hotel entrance.

Bus and Subway

Another alternative is to take a bus that runs along all central neighborhoods. However, it takes around 30 minutes of waiting at the bus stop.

Rio de Janiero Downtown is served by the subway, and has several stations. The closest station is around 20 minute walk from the airport (not recommended at night)

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  • Sala VIP American Express Centurion Club, main terminal, airside. Hours: 5:00-21:30 daily.
  • Sala VIP Diners Club, main terminal, airside. Hours: 6:00-22:30 daily.
  • Sala VIP Turismo, main terminal, airside, right after security. Hours: 6:00-21:30 daily. 
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Where to eat

Food and Drinks

  • Bombonier Torcan, departures terminal, 1st floor.
  • Café Bar SDU, departures terminal, 1 st floor.
  • Café Pimpinela, departures terminal, 1 st floor.
  • Kopenhagen, departures terminal, 1 st floor.
  • 14 bis - Restaurant, arrivals terminal.
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Car rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

You will find car hire companies in the arrivals terminal of the airport, provided by Localiza, Movida and Hertz. Hours: 6:00-22:00 daily.

You can book a car at the airport, or save money by booking online before you travel.

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