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Recife Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Recife Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

From the outside this airport looks like it might be a comfy fit inside. Not at all, it is very sterile and lighting is poor. No carpets so one can lay out on the floor in an attempt to doze off.
- mberton

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large, recently-built single-terminal airport with clean and modern facilities and a wide variety of shops and restaurants. 24-hour shopping and dining options are available!
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviewers report that the terminal is spacious, with plenty of (uncarpeted) empty floor space and comfortable chairs around. Have a sleeping bag or travel mat handy for added comfort when sleeping on the floor! Write a review to help future travelers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • For safety reasons, do not wander off airport grounds at night!

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Recife Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Recife Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Sala VIP Luck Viagens - Location: Domestic Terminal, Landside, in front of Gate 5. Hours: 6:00AM - 12:00AM (Mon - Fri) • 6:00AM - 11:00PM (Sat & Sun). Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
  • Sala VIP Casablanca Turismo Recife - Location: Landside, in front of the Arrival Gate (South), near the A4 exit. Hours: 6:00AM - 11:00PM (Mon - Fri) • 8:00AM - 2:00PM (Sat) • Closed (Sun).
  • Proair VIP Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside, in front of Gate 16. Hours: 8:00AM - 11:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Priority Pass.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Recife Airport. Connect to the "INFRAERO wi-fi Gratis" network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Recife Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Siesta Box - Location: Airside. Find rest and relaxation in one of these self-service sleep cabins. Each climate-controlled cabin offers privacy, a single bed, free WiFi, cable TV, ambient lighting, mirror, laptop table, universal power and USB outlets. Simply select an available cabin from the touchscreen menu, select the length of time needed, and enter your credit or debit card information. A PIN-number will be printed, which you then use to access your cabin. There are only four cabins in Recife Airport, so snag one quickly if you need it! Rates are as follows: 49,90 R$ (1 hour) • 69,90 R$ (2 hours) • 89,90 R$ (3 hours) • 109,90 R$ (4 hours) • 129,90 R$ (5 hours) • 149,90 R$ (6 hours)
  • Ibis Recife Aeroporto - Located across from the airport, this hotel is within walking distance, but Tripadvisor reviews state it is easier and safer to take a taxi due to lack of direct footpath from hotel to the airport. No airport shuttle.
  • Hotel Veraneio - Located 250m from the airport. No airport shuttle.
  • Hotel Nacional Inn Recife - Located 300m from the airport. No airport shuttle.
  • Guyamar Hotel - Located 500m from the airport. No airport shuttle.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Recife Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Bradesco • Caixa Econômica Federal • HSBC • Itaú Unibanco • Santander - Location: Ground floor Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Banking - Banco do Brasil Location: Ground floor Hours: Normal banking hours.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Currency Exchange - Confidence Exchange (Ground Floor. Hours: 24 hours) • Europe Exchange (Ground Floor. Hours: 24 hours) • Europe Exchange (Arrivals. Hours: Not known).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free is available as well as a variety of shops (souvenirs, bookshops, etc.).
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, these options are open 24 hours: Fran’s Cafe • Grain Coffee • Roast Chicken.
  • Information Desk - Location: 1st floor Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Pharmacy - Drogafarma Location: 1st floor Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Post Office - Correios Location: ground floor Hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM (Mon-Fri) 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Sat) 9:00AM - 1:00PM (Sun).
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Local bus 33 (Aeroporto) goes to Coty Center and Boa Viagem, with departures available every 20 minutes. Local bus 152 (Jordao Baixo) stops in Boa Viagem en route to the city center. Other bus lines that link the airport to the city center include Bus 153 (Jordao Alto), Bus 161 (Brigadeiro Ivo Borges), and Bus 163 (Cajueiro Seco). Bus 33 stops in front of the airport terminal, while the other bus lines stop on the opposite side of the street.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies are available on the ground floor of the passenger terminal: Avis • Hertz • Localiza • Movida • Unidas. Metro - Recife Airport is a stop on the MetroRec Subway southern line, offering a connection to downtown.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

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Last Updated: 14 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .