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São Paulo Guarulhos Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our São Paulo Guarulhos 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.

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GRU Airport Overview

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport Guide
Terminal 3 (Photo courtesy of SleepingInAirports contributor / April 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport.

What to Expect

São Paulo Guarulhos Airport (code: GRU) has three terminals: T1 is the smallest, limited to a couple domestic airlines; T2 is the oldest but largest, serving domestic, Latin American, and some longer-haul destinations; T3 is the newest, handling primarily long-haul traffic. A shuttle bus connects to T1, and a walkway allows travellers to stroll between T2 and T3. Travellers describe poor terminal layouts, with long, confusing hallways.

Amenities include dozens of eateries and shops, many of which are open 24 hours. WiFi is free for only one hour. Economy class passengers can pay to enter several airport lounges, some of which have showers. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

Airport staff seem quite tolerant of the many overnight sleepers. The most comfortable terminal is T3, though benches throughout all terminals are equipped with armrests. For floor sleeping, bring a sleeping bag or blanket for warmth on the cold tiles. A few travellers suggest the chairs at Starbucks. For more on what to expect, check out our guide to sleeping in Guarulhos Airport. For uninterrupted sleep, two hotels are located inside the airport. The Slaviero Fast Sleep offers hourly sleep cabins in T2’s National Area and Tryp by Wyndham is a traditional hotel located in the transit area of T3. Otherwise, nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

Coronavirus 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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Guarulhos 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.

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. 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!

Terminal 2

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Wing D, Mezzanine Level. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Admirals Club Membership.

Passes  GOL Premium Lounge (Domestic) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Domestic Departures. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  GOL Premium Lounge (International) – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, International Departures. Hours: open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Villa GRU – Location: Terminal 2, Landside, 1st Floor, Sector D. Lounge Access: Lounge Membership Program • Prepaid lounge passes • Pay at the Door.

Terminal 3

Executive Lounge GRU Airport – Location: Terminal 3, Airside. Showers are available ($). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Star Alliance Lounge – Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Mezzanine Level, above the Duty Free Shopping Area. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door  • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  American Express Lounge – Location:  Terminal 3, Airside.  Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Guarulhos Airport Hotels

Quick Facts

Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
Sleep Cabins or Pods: Yes
Day Rooms: Yes
Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, there are two transit hotels offering both short-term and overnight rates. There are a few nearby hotels within a 10 minute drive walking distance that provide free airport shuttles.

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Hotels inside the airport

Slaviero Fast Sleep – Located inside Terminal 2, National Wing, ground floor near Arrivals. Sleep cabins come equipped with a bunk bed, bathroom, TV, A/C, electrical outlets, and free WIFI. Available for rent by the hour or blocks of time. Rates start at R$ 94,00 +4% ISS. Shower package is R$ 50 for 1 hour. » Check Rates

Tryp by Wyndham São Paulo Guarulhos Airport – This new transit hotel is located inside the boarding area of Terminal 3 on the 1st Floor. You MUST have an international boarding pass or international connection in order to check in and stay at the hotel. All rooms have unlimited free WiFi. Family rooms and “Fitness” rooms with an exercise bike are also available. Hourly rates are available. Inquire at the front desk. » Check Rates

Hotels near Guarulhos Airport

Near Airport Sleep Inn Guarulhos – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service runs every hour. » Check Rates

Near Airport Sao Paulo Airport Marriott Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service runs every 30 minutes from 6:00AM to Midnight. Airport shuttle picks up from Terminals 1, 2, and 3. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available for one hour at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport. Connect to the “GRU WIFI” Network. You may purchase additional time and/or faster service.

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 de Brasil • Bancos Bradesco • Caixa Econômica Federal • Itaú • Rede Banco 24 Horas • Unibanco • HSBC • 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. Locations: Landside, Arrivals Hall (Terminal 1/ 2) • Landside, Terminal 2, Mezzanine Level, C Wing • Landside, Terminal 1, Departures, B Wing.

Baby Care Facilities – The airport has 56 washrooms equipped with baby changing facilities throughout all 3 terminals.

Currency Exchange – Location: Banco Safra (T2, Landside, Check-in D • T2, Airside, International Arrivals • T3, Landside, Check-in G • T3, Airside, Arrivals) • Banco de Brasil Exchange (T2, Landside, Check-in C) • Cotacao Exchange (T2, Landside, Check-in D and E). Hours: all operate 24 hours.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available in all Terminals, these locations operate 24 hours: T2, Airside, Departures • T2, Airside, International Departures • T3, Airside, Arrivals. There are plenty of shops available to pass the time, several of which are also open 24 hours including three Hudson News locations for any last minute snacks and drinks (Airside, Terminal 3).

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
» Terminal 1, Airside: Rei do Mate (Departures).
» Terminal 2, Landside: Ballon Cafe (Arrivals) • Cafe Kopenhagen (Departures) • McCafe (Departures East) • Pizza Hut (Departures) • Starbucks (Mezzanine • Departures) • Subway (Mezzanine East • Mezzanine West) • Vienna Snacks (Departure East • Arrival West).
» Terminal 2, Airside: 365 Deli (Departures • Arrivals) • Bleriot (Departures) • Burger Boss (Departures East) • Rei do Mate (Domestic Departures) • Starbucks (International Departures) • To Go Coffee & Deli ( East Pier • West Pier).
» Terminal 3, Landside: Burger King (Mezzanine) • Cafe Kopenhagen (Mezzanine) • Pizza Hut (Mezzanine) • Rei do Mate (Mezzanine) • Suplicy (Mezzanine) • Vienna Snacks (Departures).
» Terminal 3, Airside: 365 Deli (Departures • Mezzanine) • Bleriot (Mezzanine) • Starbucks (Departures) • Subway (Departures) • Vienna Cafe (Departures).

Information Desk – Location: Landside, Arrivals • Departures Hall, Terminal 1 / 2, Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Malex do Brasil lockers are available. – Location: T2 (Arrivals West, Sidewalk) • T2 (Arrivals East, Sidewalk) • T3 (Arrivals, Sidewalk). Hours: Open 24 hours.

Luggage Wrapping – Look for the following companies at the airport which will protect your bags for you. Protec Bag (T3, Mezzanine) • Truestar Securebag (T1, Departures • T2, Departures) • Exacta (T3, Departures). Hours and rates are not known.

Massage – Clínica Oriental offers massage. Location: T3, Departures Hours: 11:00AM – 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.

Medical Services – Medical offices are located in Terminals 1 and 2 on the Mezzanine Level (landside).

Pharmacy – Location: Droga Raia (T2, Airside, Departures • T3, Landside, Departures) • Farmais (T1, Landside, Departures • T2, Landside, Departures West). Hours: 24 Hours except the Farmais T1 location which is open 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Post Office – Correios Location: T2, Departures Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Prayer Room – Available in the the corridor between Terminals 2 and 3, Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 12:00AM. Note, you must pre-booked to use the room.

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

Seamstress – Repair those rips, tears and missing buttons at Ophicina de Costura. Location: T3, Mezzanine Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM

Showers – Showers are available in the lounges.   The Executive Lounge GRU Airport and the Slaviero Fast Sleep Cabins (R$ 50 for 1 hour) offer shower only packages.  [ see Airport Lounges  and Airport Hotels above ]

Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures and more are available at Hands ‘N Feet Location: T3, Mezzanine (Hours: 7:00AM – 11:00PM). Big Boss Barber Shop. Location: T2, Departures West (Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM).

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

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

São Paulo Guarulhos airport is served by the following airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas • Aeromexico • Air Canada • Air China • Air Europa • Air France • Alitalia • American Airlines • Austral • Avianca • Azul • Boliviana • British Airways • Copa • Cubana Airlines • Delta • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad • GOL • Iberia • KLM • Korean Air • LATAM • Lufthansa • Passaredo • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Singapore Airlines • South African Airlines • Swiss • TAAG • TACA • TAP Portugal • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Guarulhos Airport: Avis/Budget • Hertz • Localiza • Movida • Unidas.

Bus

GRU airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you need to reach the city center, a downtown hotel or a surrounding area, there should be a bus for you. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Sao Paulo Airport website.

Airline Buses

At the time of this update, GOL and TAM provide shuttle service to their passengers betweeen Congonhas Airport and the Sao Paulo Airport. For more information, visit the Sao Paulo Airport website.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

The airport provides a free shuttle connecting all three terminals. Shuttles operate every 15 minutes except between 5:00AM and 1:00AM when shuttles depart every 30 minutes.

Train

Guarulhos airport has a station along the local train system (access at Terminal 1) from which you can connect to an additional train line for further travels. For more information, visit the Sao Paulo Airport website.

Taxi

Guarucoop is the exclusive taxi operator from the airport. They offer fixed rates according to the area of the city you are travelling to.

Last updated: 2020-10-20

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.