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São Paulo Congonhas Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our São Paulo Congonhas 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 had my sleeping bag with me so i just laid it out behind the information desk on the 1st floor. i had an excellent sleep. – Mohammed

CGH Airport Overview

sao paulo congonhas airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at São Paulo Congonhas Airport.

What to Expect

The large, busy terminal at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (code: CGH) handles domestic routes. Amenities include a variety of shops and eateries, including a few that are open 24 hours. 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

Based on a recent review, it seems that travellers should have no problems camping out here overnight. The area near Starbucks is a popular sleep spot. For uninterrupted sleep, one hotel is within walking distance and additional hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

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.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Congonhas Airport Guide.

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.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Hotel Ponte Aerea – (600 m from the airport) No airport shuttle. Taxis are available; however, the hotel is within walking distance. » Check Rates
  • Ibis São Paulo Congonhas – (4 minutes from the airport) An airport shuttle ($) is available between 5:00AM – 11:15PM. » Check Rates
  • Nobile Suites Congonhas – (11 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle bus runs to and from the airport every 30 mins between 5:00AM and 11:00PM. No reservations required. To find the pick-up zone at the airport, head to the doors by the Latam Air check-in and look for the hotel shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Transmerica Executive Congonhas – (10 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour between 4:50AM and 11:00PM. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge 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: Terminal 1, Landside, Ground Level. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Congonhas Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Congonhas 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 24 Horas • Banco Real • Unibanco • HSBC • Itaú and 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, Main Hall.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a room for diaper-changing. Location: Landside, Main Hall / North Wing.

Currency Exchange – Cotação Exchange – Location: Landside, First Floor. Hours: unknown.

Duty Free and Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a small selection of shops.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update there were a variety of food concessions at the airport including a few that are open 24 hours.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance. Location: Landside, Arrivals / Main Hall – Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Malex – Location: Landside, South Wing – Hours: 6:00AM – 11:00PM.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us mobile charging is available at the airport. (December 2021)

Pharmacy – Drogaria São Carlos – Location: Landside, South Wing – Hours: 5:00 AM – 00:00 AM (Monday – Friday) • 5:30 AM – 11:30 PM (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays).

Post Office – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s post office. Location: unknown.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in São Paulo Congonhas and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. ABAV, BBTur and Sweet Way all operate at the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


São Paulo Congonhas airport is served by the following airlines: Avianca • Azul • GOL • LATAM • NHT • Pantanal • TAP Portugal • WebJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Buses are available to connect to the Guarulhos Airport.  If you are in downtown Congonhas, there are buses that pass close by the airport. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the SPTrans website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Congonhas Airport: Avis • Hertz • Localiza • Unidas.


The closest metro station to the airport is Tietê (Line 1 – Blue). From there, a bus will be required to get to the airport. While Tiete is the closest, there are other stations that also provide direct connection to the airport via bus: Barra Funda (Line 3 – Red); República (Line 3 – Red) and Tatuapé (Line 3 – Red).


Taxis are readily available outside the terminal.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.