A major international aviation hub serving Rio de Janeiro, the 2nd largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is one of the biggest airports of Latin America. With its annual passenger enplanement number and cargo handling capacity estimated to be 17 million and 116,147 metric tonnes respectively, Rio de Janeiro Airport continues to be amongst the busiest aviation terminals of Brazil. The airport complex recently underwent a major renovation to accommodate large number of tourists arriving for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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An incredibly large metropolis, Rio is spread across an expansive 486.5 sq mi, essentially requiring you to rent a car at Rio Airport. While you can always arrive at the airport and initiate the process of finding the right car for you, it becomes a time consuming activity. Moreover, you never know how long you would need to wait in queue as Rio Airport caters to thousands of tourists every day. CarRentalRioDeJanerioAirport recommends advance booking to avoid last minute inconveniences at the airport with all your baggage.
As Rio is connected to several roads leading to other cities, a rental car seems perfect to reach your destination. Moving out in a rental car can let you drive to number of tourist hotspots such as, Petrópolis, Teresópolis, Arraial do Cabo, Paraty, and Serra dos Órgãos National Park. Take Via Expressa Presidente João Goulart to reach Estádio do Maracanã, one of the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The largest open-air stadium in South America, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho is located about 10 miles south of Rio Airport. Major interstate freeways that transverse through Rio include – BR-116, BR-101, and BR-040.
Passenger terminals at Rio Airport are dotted with an array of amenities such as, currency exchange counters, ATMs, waiting rooms, baggage locker room, baby changing rooms, 24-hour hospital facility, and a business center equipped with decent conference rooms.
Terminals 1 and 2 are famous for its string of duty-free shops. From clothes, confectionary, to souvenirs and handicrafts, you would find wide variety in product assortment at the retail counters. In addition, Terminal 1 is also home to several cafes, restaurants as well as bars that are open 24 hours.
With a collective parking space available for more than 2400 cars at short and long-term car parking bays, you can find a suitable place for your car. As thousands of soccer fans are expected to visit city during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, additional parking garages are being erected at the Rio Airport.