Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont 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.
I settled in there, was asleep again, and within 20 minutes they were asking us to move into a narrow hall because they had to clean the big hall. – giggglius
SDU Airport Overview
To 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 Santos Dumont Airport.
What to Expect
Located along the waterfront, Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (code: SDU) handles domestic flights from its two terminals, Departures and Arrivals. A few shops and eateries are available both landside and airside and free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
The airport closes nightly at 11:00PM, but if you arrive before the doors are locked, you should be able to stay the night. Still, don’t expect comfort – seating is limited and security or cleaning crews may move you to a designated spot, often with just floor space. Bring a travel mat or sleeping bag and dress in layers for varied temperatures. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby are nearby, including two in walking distance. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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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. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Santos Dumont Airport:
- Prodigy Hotel Santos Dumont Airport – Connected to the terminal. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Ibis Santos Dumont Airport – 6-minute walk to the terminal. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Novotel Santos Dumont – 5-minute walk to the terminal. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Rio de Janeiro, search deals and read traveller reviews.
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 about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Advantage VIP Lounge – Location: Landside, 1st Floor, Boarding Area. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Related Pages: Santos Dumont Airport Lounges
Free WiFi is available at Santos Dumont Airport. Connect to the ”Infraero WI-FI Gratis” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Banco do Brasil • Bradesco • HSBC • Itaú • Santander. 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. Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall, Ground Floor • Landside, Arrivals Hall, 1st Floor.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, a baby changing room is available. Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall. Hours: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM.
Currency Exchange – Invest Câmbio provides currency exchange. Location: unknown. Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available (5:00AM – 10:00PM) as well as a small selection of shops.
Food & Drinks – There are food and beverage concessions available both Landside and Airside. At the time of this update, none were open 24 hours.
Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an airport information desk available to provide assistance! Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Malex luggage storage/lockers are available landside outside the airport terminal. Rates: Unknown.
Luggage Wrapping – Protec Bag offers services to help protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Rates: unknown. Hours: 4:30AM – 8:30PM.
Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, a medical clinic can be found in the departures terminal. Hours: 6:00AM – 11:30PM.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Pharmacy – Location: Departures Terminal, 1st floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the post office. Location: Departures terminal, first floor. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Shoeshine – Location: Departures terminal, ground floor. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:00PM.(Mon-Fri).
Showers – Not available.
The airport closes at 11:00PM and reopens again around 4:30AM. Travellers will not be let in or out of the airport between those hours, so get there before closing if you wish to spend the night!
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport is served by the following airlines: Avianca • Azul • GOL • LATAM • Passaredo.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Real Premium Bus lines 2018, 2145, and 2101 serve Santos Dumont Airport, with departures available every 30 minutes between 5:30AM – 10:00PM. These buses are air-conditioned, and offer ample room for storing your luggage. To catch a bus from the city to the airport, just wait for one in front of any major hotel. Tickets are sold onboard, but exact change is necessary.
These car rental agencies offer service on the ground floor of the Arrivals Hall: Avis • Hertz • Localiza • Locaralpha • Movida • Unidas.
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.
The city introduced a light rail train system (VLT) during the 2016 Olympics. The train connects the airport to the main bus station with 12+ stops along the way. At the time of this update, the train operates from 6:00AM – 12:00AM and a ticket costs R $ 3,80.
Last updated: 2022-03-31
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.