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Busy airport

by luisff86 (December, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Weather/airline delay
Where: Landside


Its a very busy airport, specially around 8pm when international calls start.Things are hectic, just getting through can be a problem. Its really hard to sleep cause usually all seats are taken. For the main international brazilian airport, GRU is too small and too old.

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by web-administrator (April, 2004)


(Contributed by Felipe Barini) - "Hands down to the administration of this bus terminal. New resting areas, including a (good) food square, good ilumination, better signs, easier access from Tiet subway station to the terminal, new ticket counters and improved security. However, it stills a bus terminal, so, as we say here in Rio, "one eye on the celebration, another one on the priest". Always keep your bags close to you. The seats have high armrests, probably designed to not allow anyone to sleep. But you can have a nap at the tables in front of Bobs snack bar, near the 1001 boarding room. Oh, a tip: if youre heading Rio, try to get a 1001 ticket. It has the same price of the other companies, but they have an amazing boarding room, with terrific chairs, air conditioning, water and a free magazine. Thats what it counts!!!" Added 14 MAY 04

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by web-administrator (February, 2000)


(Contributed by Filipe Barini) - "NEVER EVER EVER think of sleeping in here!!! Only if you love to be robbed or even got spanked by some skinheads who travel by subway and go there to find poor people coming from the North. The travellers from the North are also a problem, cos if one goes or arrives, about twenty relatives go there to see him/her. There are a lot of strange people who walk around and try to cheat all those who are arriving. Some of them even speak English. There is a constant smell of urine all around. The terminal is open all night, and really unsafe. There are no security guards and, to make things worse, the seats are plastic made, impossible to sleep. Oh, another thing: there is also a cold wind, which makes you freeze all night, even if it's summer. NO WAY!!!"

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by web-administrator (July, 2004)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by Mikka) - "I ended up sleeping at the bus station as I my bus from Buenos Aires was nearly 6 hours ahead of schedule for some strange reason and I missed the last to Rio by 15 minutes so I had to stay overnight at the bus station. The bus itself is OK for staying overnight, however, itsnt probably a good idea stay there overnight with all your luggage, as had to do. Besides all the seats are with armrests, so isnt so comfortable unless you are really tired like I." Added 06 April 06

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by web-administrator (February, 2007)


Where: Landside


Contributed by Tina) - "After travelling 76 hours through south-america, I decided to take the last 1500 km by plane. The problem was, that this hadn't been the official turn, so that I had to check in again in Sao Paulo.Ok until Now.After 6 hours waiting I went to the check in and the lady told me that I should pay 77 Reals,(about 25 Euro) in Argentina I had lost my master card, and had no money at all, and the stewardess did not want to check my stuff in. I went almost crazy, because she wasn't able to speak either spanish nor english, so she told me to go to "conny?" and conny said that she couldn't do anything and told me to go back to "debby". I spent my last 4 hours discussing with half of the TAM-crew. They didn't want me to go through. I was desperate and also asked the pilot to help me. The last 1 minutes before check-boarding time began and I still had my two backpacks with me. I did not know what to do and started to ask passengers to give me money. One man, from Paraguay, Mohammad, helped me at once and we started a marathon through the airport. I just jumped into the airoplane, and prommissed him to name my first child MOHAMMad;) well, I will think about that.SO, for the next time, always have the "untouched money" hidden somewhere for these situations.About the sleeping situation I unfortunately can't say much^^ love bye bye, Tina from Hamburg" Added 01 April 2007

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by web-administrator (September, 1996)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by Jess) - "While traveling, I found GRU to be safe and sound. I spent 3 different nights there while traveling between Brazilian cities and never had a problem. I managed to create a comfortable/safe bed with the backpack I was traveling with, and get a decent night sleep each time. PS, GRU is quite the international airport and I loved passing time looking at the flight schedule wishing that I could just fly to any of those international cities!" Added 06 April 06

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by web-administrator (November, 2005)


Where: Landside and Airside


(Contributed by Tara) - "Wanting to catch a bit of shut eye during the 14 hours I had between flights I decided to stay in Sao Paulo airport. Rather than venture out into the city that I heard only bad stories about I consulted this website for the best place to rest my nog. I arrived at two am in the morning and found the place fairly populated but was determined to find a little area to call my own. After reading another entry i was headed for a quiet passage way on the first floor in terminal 2 were i could rest undisturbed. However, thinking I knew the ins and outs I peaked too early and set up my sleeping bag and using my back pack as a hugable sleeping companion I drifted off in the wrong wing. It wasnt too bad I was able to sleep unroused for about three hours with a sleeping mask on as it was very light. but at around 5.30 -6 am my dreams started to merge with reality as flight hostessess arrived to the staff lounge down the hall dragging their wheely suitcases along the bumpy floor causing motorcycles to appear in my slumber. I tryed to ignore it for about an hour but then the offices in the hall opened. I sat up and peeled off my eye mask to see a nicely dressed lady sitting behind a desk in the office smiling at me. The rest of my day untill four in the afternoon was spent sitting near the check in desks watching big screen tv in portugese as people come and went. Here I drifted in and out of sleep no probs. The seats are uncomfortable buckets seats but if you put your backpack in the one beside you, it can double as a pillow. Overall the place was quite safe, but the ideal spot for a good rest is on the second floor. When i checked it later during the day was continued >>

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by web-administrator (March, 2005)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by mohammed) - "i landed on Sunday afternoon in Sao Paulo but by connecting flight to Mexico city was the next morning.i was not really hungry so i just had a coffee. things seemed expensive to me - as in almost all airports.i had my sleeping bag with me so i just laid it out behind the information desk on the 1st floor. i had an excellent sleep.there was not much noise from announcements but whenever a flight landed there was a burst of noise - but it was Ok.i didnt really notice cleaning staff- maybe since it was Sunday afternnoon, they were off?i woke up fresh the next morning, i washed/brushed at the restroom- it was kinda clean- but not really so.i had a coffee and some little cake/muffin thingie.then i rested until the boarding for my flight started-overall-OK experience but hardly anyone seemed to speak an acceptable level of English." Added 07 April 06

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by web-administrator (November, 2005)


Where: Landside and Airside


(Contributed by Tara) - "Wanting to catch a bit of shut eye during the 14 hours I had between flights I decided to stay in Sao Paulo airport. Rather than venture out into the city that I heard only bad stories about I consulted this website for the best place to rest my nog. I arrived at two am in the morning and found the place fairly populated but was determined to find a little area to call my own. After reading another entry i was headed for a quiet passage way on the first floor in terminal 2 were i could rest undisturbed. However, thinking I knew the ins and outs I peaked too early and set up my sleeping bag and using my back pack as a hugable sleeping companion I drifted off in the wrong wing. It wasnt too bad I was able to sleep unroused for about three hours with a sleeping mask on as it was very light. but at around 5.30 -6 am my dreams started to merge with reality as flight hostessess arrived to the staff lounge down the hall dragging their wheely suitcases along the bumpy floor causing motorcycles to appear in my slumber. I tryed to ignore it for about an hour but then the offices in the hall opened. I sat up and peeled off my eye mask to see a nicely dressed lady sitting behind a desk in the office smiling at me. The rest of my day untill four in the afternoon was spent sitting near the check in desks watching big screen tv in portugese as people come and went. Here I drifted in and out of sleep no probs. The seats are uncomfortable buckets seats but if you put your backpack in the one beside you, it can double as a pillow. Overall the place was quite safe, but the ideal spot for a good rest is on the second floor. When i checked it later during the day was continued >>

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by web-administrator (January, 2005)


(Contributed by ?) - Sao Paulo's international airport is far from Sao Paulo city (and a very ugly ride through grim industrial areas), there is no train service yet (but planned)...the cheapest bet is to take an Airport Bus (for around 15). Some of the airlines provide free transfers to the national airport, in the city. It is a moderately large, ugly, concrete airport, and a hub for flights to the southern cone region. Most airline staff should speak English and Portunhol. Overnight sleeping shouldn't be a problem. Security is low-key, but existent. Should exchange money at the official exchange houses, not with strangers. Not much different than a smaller, older European or North American airport, not nearly as nice as some of the newer, smaller Brazilian airports. " Added 16 Oct 05

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by web-administrator (August, 2005)


(Contributed by mikensf74) - "Flying Varig - we had a 5 hour layover. We were permitted thru security 5 hours before departure so opted to sleep in the boarding area.We were not the only ones sleeping in the airport. There were many people, usually in bunches of groups. The chairs have arm-rests but we were creative; for every 3 chairs is a table. We alligned the chairs up in rows in order to lay in a chair, while our legs spread out over 2 tables. Bearable!The TV'S at every gate cannot be turned down manually. They were loud. But, at a certain how they "magically" all turned off and a very cool 80s one hit wonders/pop American music mix played instead. Very cool! Hearing this music I didn't want to sleep after all. LOLThe cleaning staff was LOUD and not respectful to us or other sleepers. Boo to them!Security was around, but could care less.The airport is not closed at this hour, and there are occasional bunches of people in transit who don't expect people sleeping, thus a bit loud.I had a hard time sleeping here, but others did not. For that i'd say it's worth a try. " Added 23 Sep 05

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by web-administrator (June, 2004)


(Contributed by Rabble) - "My flight back from Brazil to the Miami was canceled due to weather in the US. American Airlines refused to put me up in a hotel, so i slept in the airport. If you go up to the second floor there is a rather expensive internet cafe. On the third floor on the runway side there are a number of hallways which go back to where you can see out to the planes. If you wander around you'll find little knook hallways which deadend. They aren't visited by cleaning staff nor security in the night.I had a very night's sleep with my mat and sleeping bag. Nobody bothered me, perhaps because i went unseen.There were anoying anoucements over the loud speakers, but they aren't that loud on the third floor.The hotels in the area cost a minimum of 50 a night, so if you're saving money it's a nice airport to sleep in." Added 23 Sep 05

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by web-administrator (January, 2004)


(Contributed by Filipe Barini) - "Just passed by this airport again while returning to Rio. They have presented a new boarding area, which is MUCH better than many boarding areas in famous international airports. However the flight announcements are a quite bug mistery: sometimes they make you crazy, but sometimes they simply do not exist, even though they are calling for you to board. The coffee area is ready, after a lenghty reform, they look really fine, but the prices tend to be airport-style: going up and up! There are 3 bookstores, but the best one is placed at the main lobby area, with newspapers from around the globe, as well books and magazines. The best seats are there, but youll get one only if youre lucky enough (they are all taken, always). The airport closes at 23:00, and the guards often tend to send you to the Ibis Hotel, placed right across the (busy) street. For a nap, Congonhas is thumbs up!" Added 30 January 2005

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by web-administrator (August, 2003)


(Contributed by regina from san francisco, california) - "it was august 2003 and my husband and i were on the last leg of a 2 week vacation in rio. we were in buzios, and for about 5 days, we had been using our credit card for purchases on rooms and nick nacks. we were out of money, but knew we could still indulge with our credit card.after lunch, we wander into a jewelry store, i choose a necklace, and we proceed to pay, but the credit machine doesn't accept the transaction. we kinda look at eachother like "oh shit", because we are completely out of currency. so, we go to a nearby souveneir shop, where we can "test" our card on a 3 item. sure enough, it's maxed out!so, we scurry back to our pousada, talking about what we would do. our flight from sao paulo to lax won't leave for two days, and we're flat broke.so, since i'm the only one who speaks 5th grade portuguese, i'm elected to do the most shamefull thing in this situation, which is to ask the pousada owner for our money back for the following night, which was payed in advance. but the pousada owner is no where to be found! since we have no money, and we don't know when the owner will return, i do what many people would do to pass the time....drink the rest of our 2 cachaca and play cards. 8 hours later, the owner returns.i ask him about the money, drilling in the fact that he is our only hope in getting to the airport, and although he is very upset (understandably), he agrees to reimburse us for the night we paid for.we take this money, and use it to buy an overnight bus ticket from buzios to sao paulo airport. since our flight doesn't leave for another day, we are forced to stay overnight, in the airport, on the c continued >>

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by web-administrator (March, 2003)


(Contributed by Adam Buckley) - "I had an 8 or 9 hour stopover in this airport, waiting for an Amsterdam flight. The seats were comfortable, I remember, but were full of people also waiting 8 or 9 hours. So I slept on the floor - nobody seemed to mind.The noise of announcements and people was minimal, although I remember it wasn't quite warm enough. There was also a small snack bar, which had an OK vibe, but with crap food.I was 'behind' passport control, so at no point did I feel unsafe." Added 12 OCT 03.

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