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

rio de janeiro galeao airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport.

What to Expect

The larger of two airports in the city, Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport has two connected terminals. Original facilities are old, but ongoing renovations are modernizing the terminals. Amenities include a variety of shops and eateries, many of which may be open 24 hours during high season and otherwise close between 11:00PM and 3:00AM. Unfortunately, WiFi is free for only one hour. Economy class passengers can pay to enter several airport lounges, most of which have showers for freshening up. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Campers report tolerant airport staff, though limited seating and cold temperatures make it a less-than-comfortable place to rest. Come prepared with a sleeping bag for the carpet-free floor plus extra layers and even an eye mask. Head to rest areas in newer piers for reclining chairs. For uninterrupted sleep, you don’t have to go far. The airside Aerotel caters to international transit passengers, renting rooms hourly and offering a shower-only package. The landside Rio Aeroporto Hotel offers day rooms and overnight stays. Another hotel is adjacent to the main entrance and additional hotels are in the vicinity. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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.

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 ]

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. Single room rates start at 180BRL (3 hours) and 380BRL (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. 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.

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

 

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. Hours: 3:00AM – 11:00PM.

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 and you will also find a variety of shops to pass the time including 3 locations of Hudson News for any last minute drink and snack needs. Hours: 3:00AM – 11:00PM – note, it could be that many of the shops are open 24 hours a day during high season.

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. A reader tells us that a few restaurants are open 24 hours (Landside), we have not been able to independently confirm this. Plan ahead.

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. Safe Bag also offers services in Terminal 2.

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, Airside, International. Hours: 3:00AM – 11:00PM • Terminal 2, 1st Floor, Landside. Hours: 3:00AM – 11:00PM • Terminal 2, 1st Floor, Airside, Domestic. Hours: 2:00AM – 10:00PM.

Post Office – Location: T1, Arrivals lounge, 1st floor. Hours: 3:00AM – 11:00PM.

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.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.

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

Spa – Buddha Spa offers a variety of services. Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Domestic Departures. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of June 2019, Rio de Janeiro Galeão airport is served by the following airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas • Air France • Alitália • American Airlines • Avianca • Azul • British Airways • Copa Airlines • Delta • Edelweiss Air • Emirates • GOL • Iberia • KLM • LATAM • Lufthansa • Norwegian Air • Royal Air Maroc • SKY Airline • TAAG • TAP Portugal • United Airlines.

BRT

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 June 2019 update, fares start at R$ 4.05. For hours, schedules, routes and fares, visit the Rio Galeão website.

Bus

There are five 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 • Localiza Hertz • Movida • Unidas.

Metro

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.

Taxi

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.

Last updated: 2019-07-16

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 or  write a review.