São Paulo has
three major airports: Guarulhos
International and Viracopos for
international and some domestic arrivals,
and Congonhas for most medium and short haul
Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
into São Paulo from abroad, you'll mostly
likely land at Guarulhos International
Airport, also known as Cumbica. Located 40
km from the city centre, the airport has two
terminals that are served by Brazilian
airlines Varig, TAM, Gol and by
international flights from United, Delta,
American, Continental, Air Canada, Air
France, British Airways, TACA, TAP, Iberia,
Alitalia, KLM, JAL, Korean Air (via Los
Angeles), South African and many others.
shuttle buses are available from Guarulhos
to Congonhas Airport, Praça da República
(Downtown), Paulista/Jardins region, Barra
Funda bus station and Tietê bus
station(fastest access to the subway).
except Congonhas connect to the Metrô. There
is also a regular urban bus every 20-30 min
and goes to and from Tatuapé Metro station.
Exit Terminal 1 Arrivals and head for the
middle island. Look for buses 257 or 297. Be
aware that you might be denied access with
luggage that won´t fit on your lap.
TAM and Gol,
the two main Brazilian airlines, offer free
shuttle buses for their passengers with
flights to/from Guarulhos International
Airport and Congonhas Domestic Airport.
co-operative, Guarucoop (tel: +55 11
2440-7070), has a monopoly on cabs leaving
Guarulhos. They are plentiful and the queue
is outside the arrival terminal. Credit-card
users can pay for their journey in advance
at the booth. Passengers can ask to see the
tabela, which shows the fares for each
neighbourhood. A taxi ride into the city can
take up to two hours during peak times; 30
min late at night or early in the morning.
Congonhas Airport (CGH)
Airport is in a very central region, 15 km
(9 mi) from downtown. This airport handles
most of the domestic flights and the popular
São Paulo - Rio (Santos Dumont) short-flight
or air shuttle (nicknamed Ponte Aérea). As
it was built in the 30s, its simple but
glamorous architecture is worth seeing.
(and cheapest) way to get to Congonhas is by
taking any of the "Aeroporto" regular line
buses that run in Paulista Ave. After some
40-60 min in modest traffic you'll be
dropped right in front of the airport. It
is faster to take the metro to the São Judas
or Conceição subway stations, and then the
bus from there (10 min).
Viracopos International (CPQ or VCP)
the city of Campinas, around 99 km (62 mi)
from downtown São Paulo, Viracopos
International is the second biggest airport
in Brazil but is mainly used for air cargo
transport; however, domestic and
international flights also arrive there and
it can be used when weather conditions
prevent landing in Cumbica. Brazilian
airline Azul serves important cities
throughout the country from this airport.