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World Cup - transfers - Airport, Hotel, Stadiums

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World Cup - transfers - Airport, Hotel, Stadiums

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I have acquired tickets for my son and I for 4 games: one of them is game #50 in Rio. Any suggestions on how to get to and from both airports, a Copacabana hotel, and the stadium? We fly into Rio (GIG) from Brasilia and also have a flight booked from Santos Dumas (SDU) for a day trip to Sao Paulo (GRU) for game #55.

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My advice would be to book a radio taxi at the airport because peace of mind is very important when you first arrive at an unfamiliar destination.

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. Recently a metered taxi driver caused injury by driving away to avoid giving a passenger R$4 in change:

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Maracanã—the Stadium Guide:

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FIFA Stadium Code of Conduct for the World Cup:

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Tips for catching a soccer match in Rio:

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Maracanã Stadium reopens for tours:

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So from GIG you have some options regarding public transportation. There is the radio taxi service, which is a more expensive service booked from inside the terminal, which takes credit cards. You can also take a regular yellow cab outside the arrivals area. You’ll probably see them lined up. They are usually cheaper, but don’t take cards (or usually don’t). If you’re taking a yellow cab, make sure it’s from a company (you’ll see the cab company name written on the side of the car). A radio cab should cost US$ 50 or 60, whereas a regular yellow cab should cost US$ 40.

Santos Dumont is the regional airport and it’s cheaper. A cab ride from Copacabana to Santos Dumont should cost, at today’s rate, something around US$ 20.

US dollars are NOT accepted in Brazil and it is unlawful to use foreign currency in services, restaurants, etc. I highly recommend you avoid ATMs located in public spaces, including GIG and subway stations. This is probably something to be fixed, but many travelers have reported problems using them (for some reason, foreign credit cards are more prompt to scams). Instead, get your cash from ATMs located inside bank lobbies after you settle in Copacabana. There are several banks there, such as Banco do Brasil, HSBC and Citibank. If you prefer to exchange cash, remember that airport exchange booths have much worse rates than exchange offices in Copacabana (there are plenty of them in Copa so make sure to compare prices a little – I’ve seen some considerable differences myself).

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@DB-MapleRidge: another important thing is that Canadian nationals are required to have a visa issued by the local Brazilian consulate in Canada in order to be admitted into Brazil. There have been talks of exempting the visa fee, which is required upon the submission of the visa application, for those coming to the 2014 WC. However, I cannot confirm this. Check with your local consulate, which in your case is Vancouver: …itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/visa_for_fifa_world_…

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Yes, the visa fee will be waived for the FIFA World Cup even though you have to get the visa(know this for US nationals).

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6. Re: World Cup - transfers - Airport, Hotel, Stadiums

This is great, actually. Thanks for the update, Vijay.

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