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Arriving in Rio de Janeiro

Below you will find information on arriving in Rio, money, weather/temperature, safety and transportation to your hotel from Rio’s airports and main bus terminal. For information on transportation to the conference location, please see the “Event venue” tab.

**IMPORTANT for non-Brazilians: DO NOT lose your entrance form stamped by the Brazilian immigration officials. You must present this form upon leaving the country and will be charged a heavy fine if you do not have it!**

Money: The Brazilian currency is the “real” (plural: “reais”). This website may be useful for seeing the current exchange rate between the Brazilian real and your local currency: http://www.xe.com/.

· Upon arrival, there are places for currency exchange in the Galeão International Airport, but NOT in the Santos Dumont City Airport or Rodoviária Novo Rio (main bus terminal). We recommend exchanging some money before coming or bringing some of your local currency to exchange at the international airport, in order to have enough money to take a bus or taxi to your hotel

· Although you will find many ATMs (cash machines) in the airports, bus terminal and throughout the city, due to the peculiarities of the Brazilian banking system, international ATM cards (cash cards) often only work in large international banks such as Citybank and HSBC, and in “universal” ATMs/cash machines (often found in supermarkets and shopping centers). Also, banks will not allow you to take out money after 9:00 or 10:00P.M.

· Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Rio de Janeiro, although they cannot be used in taxis or on buses.

Weather and temperature: Our visitors from the northern hemisphere should remember that it will be WINTER here in July and August. However, most people accustomed to colder climates will find Rio’s winter temperatures to be pleasant and spring-like: the average winter high is 26ºC (78ºF), and the average winter low is 18ºC (65ºF). Although it rarely gets cold in Rio, cloudy or rainy days can be a bit chilly to be out on the beach, and you may wish to have a jacket for after the sun goes down. July and August are also the months with the least rainfall.

Safety: Visitors should have a safe and enjoyable time in Rio de Janeiro just by following their common sense: keep cameras and camcorders out of sight when not using them; do not wear flashy, expensive jewelry and watches; use maps and guidebooks discretely; do not carry around large sums of money, but, if you must, distribute it in several different places on your person; keep an eye on your wallet, purse, mobile phone and other valuables in crowded areas; avoid walking alone in dimly lit places and empty streets at night; etc.

Arriving at Galeão / Antônio Carlos (Tom) Jobin International Airport (GIG), Santos Dumont City Airport (SDU) or Rodoviária Novo Rio (main bus terminal):

You have three main transportation options for going to your hotel from these places of arrival: regular metered taxis, pre-paid taxis or bus (coach). There are no train or metro stops at these places.

Regular, Metered Taxis: Upon exiting the airports or bus terminal, you will find an abundance of yellow taxis – these are the regular, metered taxis. Here is some general information on fares and tipping:

· Taxis only accept cash (Brazilian reals).

· You may want to print out the address of your hotel to avoid misunderstandings.

· Legally, the driver must use the meter to determine your fare. If your driver tries to negotiate a fixed price, you may insist that s/he use the meter (“taxímetro”).

· There are two different rates in Rio: a number 1 on the meter indicates “bandeira um”, which is for daytime travel; a number 2 on the meter indicates “bandeira dois”, which is for travel after 8:00P.M. and all day on Sundays and holidays (the difference is about 20%). If a number 2 is displayed on the meter during the day from Monday to Saturday, insist that the driver use “bandeira um”.

· Upon reaching your destination, do not be surprised if the driver takes out a chart and uses it to determine a fare that is slightly higher than what is displayed on the meter – this happens when the rate increases city-wide, but the taxi’s meter has not yet been adjusted to the new fee.

· It is common for drivers to charge an extra real or two per bag for large suitcases.

· Tipping your driver is not customary, although you may wish to round up your fare or offer a real or two if your driver helps with your suitcases.

· This website may help you calculate the fare from the airport or bus station to your hotel: http://www.taxiautofare.com/br/Default.aspx

Pre-paid Taxis: As you exit the airports or bus terminal, you will see several stands offering a pre-paid taxi service (“rádio taxi”). The prices tend to be double those of the regular, metered taxis.

 

Bus (Coach): The bus (coach) company PREMIUM AUTO ÔNIBUS offers a bus that goes from both airports and the bus terminal to the city center and neighborhoods of the “Zona Sul” (southern zone).

· Take the dark blue bus marked “Aeroporto Internacional/Alvorada via Orla da Zona Sul” (number 2018). In the Galeão International Airport, on the arrivals level of either terminal, just walk out of the airport and to the right and you will see the bus stop. From the Santos Dumont City Airport, walk out of the airport and across the street, past the taxi stand. In the median, you will see the bus stop. From the Rodoviária Novo Rio, walk out of the bus terminal’s main entrance and past the taxi pick-up/drop-off area. The buses pass under the elevated highway.

· Tickets are R$12 (as of June 2012) and may be purchased (cash only) at the stand or onboard.

· Buses run every 20-30 minutes from 5:30A.M. to around 10:00 or 11:00P.M. If you arrive after this time you will have to take a taxi.

· Route: The bus departs from the Galeão International Airport; goes to the main bus terminal (Rodoviária Novo Rio); passes through the city center, stopping in places such as Praça Mauá, Carioca, Cinelândia and the Santos Dumont City Airport; and then continues along the coast, stopping in neighborhoods such as Glória, Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado and Barra (see this webpage for information on the exact route: www.premiumautoonibus.com.br). When arriving at the Santos Dumont City Airport, if your hotel is in the city Center (near Cinelândia, Carioca, Praça XV or Praça Mauá), you will need to take the 2018 bus going towards the International Airport, not the Zona Sul.

· If you tell the bus driver the name of the street on which your hotel is located, s/he will drop you off as close as possible (you may want to print out the address to avoid misunderstandings).

· It is safe to stow your luggage in the compartment under the bus.

 

From the Rodoviária Novo Rio, you have two other options, also offered by PREMIUM AUTO ÔNIBUS. Both depart from BEHIND the bus terminal:

· the 2017 bus (“Rodoviária/Leblon via Aterro do Flamengo”), R$6, every 15 minutes from 6:00A.M. to 9:30P.M. on weekdays and every 40 minutes on weekends. Route: this bus passes through the city center, stopping in places such as Praça Mauá, Carioca and Cinelândia; and then continues along the coast, stopping in neighborhoods such as Glória, Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.

· the 2014 bus (“Rodoviária/Gávea via Praia do Flamengo”), R$6, every 15 minutes from 6:00A.M. to 9:00P.M. on weekdays only. Route: this bus passes through the city center, stopping in places such as Praça Mauá, Carioca and Cinelândia; then continues along the coast, stopping in neighborhoods such as Glória and Flamengo; and then goes inland through neighborhoods such as Botafogo, Humaitá, Jardim Botânico and Gâvea.

 

More information about the city of Rio de Janeiro can be found on the following websites:

http://www.braziltour.com/destino/estados/riodejaneiro/rio_de_janeiro.html?locale=en
http://www.rioguiaoficial.com.br/
http://riogayguide.com/