Travel Info

AILA 2017 Innovation and epistemological challenges in Applied Linguistics - July 23rd to 28th 2017

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There are two airports (Galeão-Tom Jobim, for international flights; Santos Dumont, for national ones) and a bus terminal (Novo Rio) in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

  Tom Jobim International Airport is covered by an express bus service called BRT, connecting the airport to some places in the city of Rio de Janeiro, including Barra da Tijuca, which is the neighborhood where the conference will take place. It is a good means of transportation for people going to different neighborhoods. There are also taxi cooperatives and bus lines at both airport terminals. Galeão-Tom Jobim provides information on its flights, stores and services besides providing a guide for passengers and online customer services on its website.

To use BRT, you must buy a RIOCARD card that costs R$ 1 and is sold at the counter of BRT at Galeão-Tom Jobim airport. The estimate time span is about 30 minutes. At Galeão-Tom Jobim airport, there are two accesses to BRT:

Galeão Station – Tom Jobim 1: disembark of terminal 1, gate H

Galeão Station – Tom Jobim 2: disembark of terminal 2, gate D

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If you prefer to take a taxi from Galeão-Tom Jobim airport to the center of Rio de Janeiro, we suggest you use taxi cooperatives. There are also ordinary buses connecting the airport to other places in the city of Rio de Janeiro. For further information, visit the airport website.

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Santos Dumont airportlocated in the center of the city, is another option for people arriving from other cities in Brazil. Santos Dumont website provides information on its airport, location and accesses, parking lot, car rental, hotels and airlines:

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Novo Rio Bus Terminal, located on Avenida Francisco Bicalho (Leopoldina), is the main way of arriving and departing for those traveling by bus. There is an online ticket service purchase available on its website:

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For further information, call: (21) 3213-1800


The city of Rio de Janeiro has several subway line as well. The first line serves Copacabana, downtown, and Tijuca. The second line has stops for Maracana stadium, the zoo and Rio State University and then goes to the suburbs. The fourth line serves Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado, and Barra da Tijuca. However, there is no subway station up to the city's airports. From Mondays to Saturdays, the subway service system works from 5 A.M. to 12:00 A.M. and on Sundays and holidays from 7 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. You can get a daily subway ticket or a two-day one (valid for up to 48 hours). You can buy a unitary card or a round-trip ticket, both valid for up to 48 hours. You can also reload these cards at box offices or machines installed at subway stations.

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Last but not least, the city of Rio de Janeiro also has a VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) service between the Novo Rio Bus Terminal and Santos Dumont Airport via Rio's central region. The VLT line is connect to the city's subway lines. To use VLT, you must buy a RioCard card that is sold at self-service terminals available at the VLT stations.


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