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Rio Airport Transfer

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Rio Airport Transfer

Has anyone booked online for and used Rio Airport Transfer?

Are they reliable?

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1. Re: Rio Airport Transfer

They're reliable, but expensive: 50% more than a radio taxi.

My advice would be to book a radio taxi at the airport.

Immediately upon exiting the customs clearance area at GIG, you will find three or four booths for the radio taxis. Just speak with any one of the attendants and pay for your taxi (cash or credit card). Process takes about three minutes. (Ask for a discount, and you can get around 10% off.)

You’ll be given a slip and told where to meet your driver outside of the terminal. You then hand the driver the slip, tell him the name of your hotel, and you are immediately on your way. It’s really very simple.

Radio taxis are for the most part new, clean, and the drivers, many of whom speak some English, are professional and trustworthy. You pay a bit more, but you do avoid the usual hassles.

You can pre-book a radio-taxi return at the airport when you first arrive. Before you are ready to be picked up at your hotel, it’s best to call the radio taxi number to confirm your prearranged time and place for your departure.

Yellow metered taxis can sometimes be problematic. It’s very likely that 90% of metered drivers are honest and trustworthy, but as TripAdvisor points out in its Rio Travel Guide, you may occasionally encounter a swindler driving a metered cab.

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2. Re: Rio Airport Transfer

Look for Aerocoop (it's a radio taxi company) inside the terminal. As per some reviews here, they've been lowering their prices. Cheers

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3. Re: Rio Airport Transfer

We used Rio Airport Transfer (http://www.rioairporttransfer.com) and found them to be very good. The booking was done online, and the driver arrived on time at our hotel in Ipanema to drive us to the cruise ship. Courteous, punctual, reliable.

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4. Re: Rio Airport Transfer

No need to book ahead to go from the airport to your hotel, if you use the "radio taxis" (flat rate taxis you book at the airport; you'll see the stands). You can use a credit card. Even a metered taxi would be fine, and it would cost less than the "radio taxi," but you need to pay the driver in Brazilian Reais. I think there are 2-3 radio taxi companies, all of equal price and reliability as far as I know. If you get a metered taxi, there should be a dispatcher telling you what the fare should be and directing you to a taxi. Do not use the gypsy cabs parked up the road.

To go back to the airport, you can use either type of taxi or your hotel can certainly arrange a driver (at a higher price).

Edited: 09 February 2014, 21:03
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