Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Salvador 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.
you can sleep at the first floor (terrasse) on the floor. the military police was cool with me, and all people work there too. – mathieu
SSA 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 Salvador Airport.
What to Expect
Salvador Airport (code: SSA) has a large, single terminal that handles domestic and international flights. Amenities include more than 25 eateries and a variety of shops and duty-free areas. WiFi is free but travellers report that it doesn’t always work.
Where to Sleep
Travellers recommend heading to the observation deck on Floor 3 for peace and quiet. Seats have armrests, so you’ll probably wind up on the floor – bring a sleeping bag or travel mat for some warmth from the cold granite tiles. Another spot for relaxing is near gate 17, where you will find benches and hammocks. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.
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 Salvador Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Ibis Salvador Aeroporto Hangar – (5 minutes from the airport) The hotel provides free transfers from the airport to the hotel upon request. Transfers from the hotel to the airport cost BRL 15. Service is available daily from 8:00AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates
- Novotel Salvador Hangar Aero – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle departs every 30 mins to/from the airport. No need to book. To find the shuttle, head to the ground floor (postal/lottery store exit door). Service is provided daily between 8:00AM – 9:00PM. » Check Rates
- Pousada Salvador Paradise – (7 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle available for 25,00 Reais each way (stays of 5 nights or more get free airport transfers). » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Salvador Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Free WiFi is available at Salvador 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. 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: unknown.
Currency Exchange – Services are available. At the time of this update, a few locations are closed due to renovations. AG Câmbio e Turismo provides currency exchange services and Banco 24 Horas appears to provide banking services 24 hours. Location: unknown.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a large selection of shops, most of which are located Airside.
Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, it is not known if there are any food concessions open 24 hours. You will find over 25 options both Landside and Airside.
Hairdresser – Hair and beauty services are available if you want to look your best for your flight. Location: Departures floor. Hours: unknown.
Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk can be found on the arrivals floor. Hours: unknown.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Luggage Wrapping – Protec Bag, located in the departures floor, landside, offers luggage wrapping services. Cost of service is unknown.
Medical Services – If you require medical attention, there is a Medical Center, on the Arrivals Level. Hours: unknown.
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 – Farmacia Santana. Departures Floor. Hours: unknown.
Post Office – Send out our last-minute post cards from the post office. Location: on the arrivals floor. Hours: unknown.
Rest Zones – An area has been set-up near Gate 17 that includes benches and hammocks. It is reportedly not quiet, so we’re not sure how much sleep you will get, but the space may work for you if you just want to relax.
Shoeshine – Your shoes looking a bit rough? Get a shoeshine! Location: departures floor. Hours: unknown.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The airport connects travelers to hotels via the First Class Bus route. The Executive Airport-Downtown route (S040, S041 and S041-01) connect travelers to downtown via many of the cities main tourist attractions. For more information, visit the Salvador Airport website.
These car rental agencies operate on the ground floor of the passenger terminal: Avis • Localiza/Hertz • Movida • Unidas.
The airport offers a free shuttle bus connection to the closest subway station for onward travel. For more information, visit the CCR Metro website.
“Executive taxis” (prepaid flat-rate taxis) are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Stop at the taxi booth in the Arrivals hall to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi. A second option are the metered “normal taxis”, also available in the ground transportation area.
Last updated: 2020-01-29
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.