Sleeping in Airports

Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

guards came round shaking people and saying ‘no sleeping’! We were allowed to sit all night, as long as we didn’t fall asleep…. – Alex

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport.

What to Expect

  • The airport comprises two terminals, T1 and T2, located next to each other and connected.
  • Renovations may be going on to update the facilities.
  • The airport is fairly old and its facilities and amenities reflect that, though bathrooms are clean.
  • Travellers report that security are tolerant of overnight guests.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
  • Economy class travellers can buy entry to several airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • Head towards T1’s food court – travellers have reported couch-like spots to sleep.
  • Most travellers don’t recommend sleeping here as it’s very cold at night, with little seating; the seating that does exist is metal with armrests. The floor is generally not carpeted.
  • Explore our guide to sleeping in Galeão Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, two hotels are located at the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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 by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, South Pier, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Admirals Club Membership. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  GOL Premium Lounge (Domestic) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures, 2nd Floor, opposite Gates B36 and B37. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  GOL Premium Lounge (International) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, International Departures, South Pier, Airside, 3rd Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic) – Location: Terminal 2, Domestic Departures, Airside, 1st Floor, Mezzanine Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge (International) – Location: Terminal 2, International Departures, Airside, 3rd Floor, South Pier. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Plaza Premium Lounge (Arrivals) – Location: Terminal 2, Arrivals Area, Landside, Car Park Building, Level 1. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

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

In Transit Aerotel – Located in the secure area (airside) of the International Terminal, on Level 3, South Pier. Rooms come equipped with showers, WiFi, television and wake-up call service. A 1-hour shower only package is available for 150BRL. Room rates are 300BRL (3 hours) and 450BRL (6 hours) including a 1 hour lounge use package. » Check Rates

Inside Airport Rio Aeroporto Hotel – Located on the 3rd Floor of the terminal (landside). Day rooms are available 8:00AM to 8:00PM (from 3 hour stays). » Check Rates

At Airport Linx Hotel International Airport Galeao – Located adjacent to the airport terminal. This hotel offers a free airport shuttle service that runs to/from the airport every 20 minutes betweenthe hours 5:00AM – 12:00AM. Look for the hotel’s white van by Gate B. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Galeao Airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the ”RIO GALEAO Wi Fi” network.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminal 1, 3rd floor, in the Food Court • Terminal 2, Landside and Airside, on the 2nd floor.

Baby Care Facilities – Available in both terminals.

Banking Services – Santander Bank, Caixa Econômica Federal and Itaú Bank are available onsite Location: Terminal 2, 2nd floor.

Beauty Salon – Spanorâmico, Terminal 1, First Floor. Hours: unknown.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to one of the children’s play areas. Locations: Terminal 1, Landside, 1st Floor • Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic, 2nd Floor • Terminal 2, Airside, International, 2nd Floor.

Currency Exchange – There are currency exchange counters available in both Terminals. Global Exchange operates 7 locations in Terminal 2 alone (Landside and Airside) which are open 24 hours.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available to refill your water bottles free of charge.

Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry offers several Duty Free stores, these locations are open 24 hours: Terminal 2 (Ground Floor, Airside, International • 1st Floor, Airside, International • Second Floor, Airside, International x 2 locations). You will also find a variety of shops to pass the time. Hudson News has 3 locations open 24 hours: Terminal 1, 1st Floor, Airside, Domestic • Terminal 2, 2nd Floor, Airside, Domestic x 2 locations.

Family Services – Comfortable armchairs, diaper-changing tables, bath tubs and other facilities for infant and child care are available at one of four airport nurseries. Locations: T1, Domestic Departures, 2nd floor • T2, Arrivals, 1st floor • T2, Domestic Departures, 3rd floor • T2, International Departures, 3rd floor. Hours: Open 24 hours. For children age 2 years old and younger, parents can rent a stroller for use in the airport, free of charge. Must fill out a form and present valid photo ID at one of the Information Desks.

Food & Drinks – There are food and beverages concessions available in both Terminals at the airport. These options are available 24 hours:
» Terminal 1: Cafe Palheta (1st Floor) • Casa do Pao de Queijo (1st Floor, Airside, Domestic) • Mais Pipoca (2nd Floor, Landside).
» Terminal 2: 365 Deli (2nd Floor, Airside, Domestic) • Cafe Suplicy (1st Floor, Landside) • Casa do Pao de Queijo (Ground Floor, Landside • 2nd Floor, Airside, Domestic) • Deltaexpresso (2nd Floor, Airside, International x 2 locations • 2nd Floor, Landside x 2 locations) • Kafe (Ground Floor, Landside) • Mais Pipoca (First Floor, Airside, International • 2nd Floor, Airside, International x 2 locations) • Palheta Lanchonete Popular (First Floor, Landside) • Starbucks (First Floor, Landside).

Information Desk – Locations: T1 (1st and 2nd floors) and T2 (1st and 3rd floors), Departures and Arrivals Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM

Luggage Storage and Lockers – Malex left luggage storage is available in Terminal 2, on the Ground floor. Hours: 24 hours. Rates: unknown.

Luggage Wrapping – Protec Bag provides wrapping services at 2 locations in Terminal 2, Landside, 2nd Floor. Hours: 24 hours. Safe Bag also offers services in Terminal 2; however, they have reduced hours at 6:00AM – 11:00PM.

Medical Services – If you require medical attention, there is a Medical Center. Location: unknown.

Mobile Charging – A reader informed that there are mobile charging towers “everywhere”.

Pharmacy – Air Farma Drugstore has three locations: Terminal 2, 2nd Floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM • Terminal 2, 1st Floor, Landside. Hours: 24 hours • Terminal 2, 1st Floor, Airside, Domestic. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Post Office – Location: T1, Arrivals lounge, 1st floor

Prayer Room – Location: Terminal 1, 3rd Floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM every day. Catholic and Evangelistic Services are offered throughout the week.

Rest Zones – In the new pier that are sections of reclining chairs to rest while you await your flights. Based on photos we’ve seen, the chairs seem to be lined up along windows, so you should bring eyeshades and a blanket if you want to try to sleep.

Showers – Showers are available in a few of the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Spa – Wellness Spa offers services. Location: Terminal 2, 3rd Floor, Airside. Hours: 12:00PM – 10:00PM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


As of March 2018, Rio de Janeiro Galeão airport is served by the following airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas • Air France • Alitália • Amaszonas • American Airlines • Avianca • Azul • British Airways • Copa Airlines • Delta • Edelweiss Air • Emirates • GOL • Iberia • KLM • LATAM • Lufthansa • Royal Air Maroc • SKY Airline • TAAG • TAP Portugal • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Rapid Transport by bus (BRT) is a fast travel alternative for users. It makes quick travel an option by utilizing exclusive travel lanes through traffic. At the time of this January 2018 update, fares start at R$ 3.60. For hours, schedules, routes and fares, visit the Rio Galeão website.


There are four lines, offered by the Real Auto Bus that travels directly to and from the Airport. For a complete run down on schedules, costs and companies operating the routes, visit the Rio Galeão website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Galeão Airpor: Avis (Terminal 1, Arrivals and Terminal 2, Arrivals) • Hertz (Terminal 1, Arrivals and Terminal 2, Arrivals) • Thrifty (Terminal 2, Arrivals).


The Oak Vicente subway is tied in with the BRT (The Rapid Bus Transport) and provides direct access to RIOgaleão. When you leave the airport, you will need to take an express bus to connect to the subway station.

For hours of operation, schedules, fares and locations, visit the Rio Galeão web site.


Expressways provide easy and quick access for Taxi services to Rio Galeão Airport. They can be picked up at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrivals. Routes include:

  • Center: Presidente Vargas/Red Line to Governor’s Island to Road Galleon. Time: 30 mins
  • South Zone: Tunnel Rebouças/Red Line to Governor’s Island to Road Galleon. Time: 31 mins
  • North Zone: Yellow Line via Dom Helder Camara to Governor’s Island to Road Galleon. Time: 20 mins
  • Barra da Tijuca: Avenue of the Americas by Avenue Ayrton Senna, Yellow Line to Governor’s Island, Road Galleon. Time: 28 mins

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]