Santos Dumont Airport

Santos Dumont Airport: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande: One-Way Shuttle Transfer

1. Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande: One-Way Shuttle Transfer

Take the hassle out of transfers with a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer between Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande. Enjoy both a boat transfer between the island and the mainland, and a vehicle transfer on the mainland.  Book in either direction, with the boat traveling between Conceição de Jacareí Pier and Abraão Village on Ilha Grande. Pick from Rio's two international airports or South Zone / Barra neighborhood hotels as your beginning or end points of the transfer. When heading to Ilha Grande, be picked up by your driver on the mainland, either from your hotel or an airport, and be dropped at right at the pier, where staff will be waiting with your boat tickets.  When heading to Rio, meet staff at the pier to collect your tickets, and then relax on the boat and vehicle transfer to your final destination. 

From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

2. From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

Enjoy a convenient shared transfer to Angra dos Reis from your accommodation or the airports in Rio de Janeiro. Get transferred to a flex boat that takes you the final stretch to Abraão on Ilha Grande in only 40 minutes. Choose a transfer in either or both directions according to your needs.   The service from Rio to Ilha Grande runs 365 days a year. Departure available from Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels (Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Leblon, Centro, Santa Teresa, Lapa and Ipanema), as well as from Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU. You will be taken to the Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis, and by flex boat to Abraão Village in Ilha Grande.  The service from Ilha Grande to Rio also runs 365 days a year, from Abraão Village to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. There, a local driver will be waiting for you to take you to Rio. Drop-off is possible at Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels, as well as Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU

Paraty: Shared Transport to/from Rio de Janeiro

3. Paraty: Shared Transport to/from Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer to your accommodation in Paraty from Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (otherwise known as Galeão), Santos Dumont Airport, or from hotels in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Choose 1-way in either or both directions according to your needs. Book your shared transfer in advance and arrive safely at Paraty without the inconvenience of the public transport network or the expense of a last-minute taxi ride. Relax in the safety and comfort of a licensed, air-conditioned vehicle driven by a professional driver. From Rio Airports to Paraty, the service runs 365 days a year and the departures are available from 8 AM-9 PM. Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it at the meeting point in the international arrivals hall. From Rio South Zone Hotels to Paraty, the service runs 365 days a year and the departures are available at 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM or 5 PM. From Paraty to Rio, the service runs 365 days a year and the departures are available at 8:30 AM or 12:30 PM.

Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle Transfer to/from Arraial do Cabo

4. Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle Transfer to/from Arraial do Cabo

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer to your accommodation in Arraial do Cabo from Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (also known as Galeão), Santos Dumont Airport, or from hotels in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Choose a one-way transfer in either or both directions according to your needs. Book your shared transfer in advance and arrive safely at Arraial do Cabo without the inconvenience of the public transport network or the expense of a last-minute taxi ride. Relax in the safety and comfort of a licensed, air-conditioned vehicle driven by a professional driver. The route between Rio de Janeiro and Arraial do Cabo is about 100 miles, covered in 3.5 hours in normal conditions. On holidays, the journey can take twice as long. Service runs 365 days a year and below are suggested departures according to your flight schedule: • From airports in Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo 7:30 AM - flights arriving before 6:00 AM at SDU and 6:40 AM at GIG 10:30 AM - flights arriving before 9:00 AM at SDU and 9:40 AM at GIG 12:30 PM - flights arriving before 11:00 AM at SDU and 11:40 AM at GIG 2:30 PM - flights arriving before 1:00 PM at SDU and 1:40 PM at GIG 5:30 PM - flights arriving before 4:00 PM at SDU and 4:40 PM at GIG 8:00 PM - flights arriving before 6:00 PM at SDU and 7:00 PM at GIG 11:00 PM - flights arriving before 9:30 PM at SDU and 10:00 PM at GIG • From Arraial do Cabo to Rio de Janeiro airports 1:00 AM - flights departing between 6:00 AM-10:00 AM 3:00 AM - flights departing between 10:00 AM-2:00 PM 6:00 AM - flights departing between 2:00 PM-5:00 PM 9:00 AM - flights departing between 5:00 PM-9:00 PM 1:00 PM - flights departing after 9:00 PM

Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

5. Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

Get a new perspective of Rio on a catamaran tour, on which you'll check out all the bright spots while exploring stunning Guanabara Bay. Your tour begins at Marina da Gloria, boarding a modern and well-equipped catamaran. Depart in the direction of the Museum of Tomorrow, one of the architectural icons of Porto Maravilha, Rio's port region. On the way, get a look at amazing Villegagnon Island, Santos Dumont Airport, Fiscal Island, and the Arsenal of the Navy. Continue towards Niterói, passing beautiful Rio-Niterói Bridge and the famous Concha Acústica (Acoustic Shell) before heading to the MAC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Be enchanted by its unique disc shape. Before returning to Rio de Janeiro, get to know other remarkable sights that surround the shores of Guanabara Bay, such as Adão and Eva Beaches, Santa Cruz Fortress, Lage Fortress,São José Fortress, and São João Fortress. Take in views of the famous Sugarloaf, where you'll have a few minutes to take pictures of the mountain from the catamaran. Before returning to Marina da Gloria, you'll pass the old Urca Casino and Flamengo Beach.

Rio de Janeiro: Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) Private Transfer

6. Rio de Janeiro: Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) Private Transfer

Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from Rio de Janeiro Airport RJ Santos Dumont (SDU). Rest back knowing you will be dropped off anywhere between Rio de Janeiro and SDU Airport conveniently, safely, and in comfort. Tailor your private transfer to your needs by indicating what you need when you book. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, a customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. When you book your private transfer, remember to include your flight details. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, your driver will be there to greet you on arrival. Your driver will pick you up from the arrivals hall or at an agreed upon meeting point in Rio de Janeiro and help you to the vehicle with your luggage.

Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

7. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight, experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana.  Next, see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour, which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM..

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Sunset Tour with Beer

8. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Sunset Tour with Beer

The speedboat tour starts at the Urca pier, where the boarding takes place. From there, the captain of the speedboat will begin to tell a brief story as he passes through each tourist spot in the city. Among the places to be visited are: São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, among others. Diving stops will be made for you to enjoy even more. The entire itinerary lasts 3 hours and the disembark will be done on the same pier as the boarding.

Rio Airport Layover: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Tour

9. Rio Airport Layover: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Tour

Start with pickup from either Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) or Galeão - Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG). Sit back and relax as your expert guide takes you to see two of Rio’s main highlights on this private tour. Enjoy great jungle views as you drive through Tijuca Forest and take in the stunning surroundings of the Corcovado Mountain. Ascend to the peak of the mountain and see the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Admire the sweeping views of Rio behind those famous arms that open across the city. Next, head to the Urca neighborhood and marvel at the beauty of Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy a cablecar ride to the summit and look down at the city and sea below. From 220 meters above sea level take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. At the end of the tour, benefit from drop off at one of the airports and continue to your next destination.

To/From Rio de Janeiro Airports: Private Transfer

10. To/From Rio de Janeiro Airports: Private Transfer

Book private transfer between any airport in Rio de Janeiro (GIG or SDU) and any destination in the Downtown, South Zone, or West Zone areas. Save time and energy with a professional, stress-free service. If you choose the airport transfer option, the driver will be waiting at the arrival gate with the lead passenger’s identification plate and will transfer you to the desired destination. If you chose the option to transfer to the airport, the driver will be waiting at the lobby or entrance of your hotel and will transfer you to the desired airport.  For your convenience, flights are tracked to allow for adjustments in case of delays.

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What people are saying about Santos Dumont Airport

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 156 reviews

Fernandes was wonderful. He speaks good English. He recommended a place for us for lunch and it was fabulous. That wasn’t even part of the tour. He goes above and beyond. Would definitely recommend this tour if you have a 6-8 hour layover at the airport.

Driver met us at the airport and was very respectful and professional. I was really pleased. In addition, he recommended some great food spots and things to do.

Paraty Tours, agency offering maximum comfort for its excursions and transfers, I recommend without hesitation.

Really enjoyed the cruise - fantastic views! Ample photo opportunities.

Great service, on time, worried about passengers. Trust worthy.