Sao Paulo Flights

Sao Paolo Airport (GRU)

Sao Paolo-Guarulhos International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Brazil. The airport opened in 1980 to replace the old Sao Paolo-Congonhas Airport. Work began on a third terminal and a third runway in 2010. Further improvements are planned for the influx of visitors for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. These will significantly improve the quality of the terminals and facilities like shops and restaurants. The airport is 25km north east of the city centre. The lowest fares are frequently found with British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, TAM, Iberia, Air France and Emirates. The cheapest option may be an indirect flight. Flight options from the UK are likely to improve ahead of upcoming international sporting events.

Airport Location

Sao Paolo,
Tel: 55 (0) 11 6445 2945


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Local Transport

Airport bus services head for key city centre locations, the bus station and the main hotel district on Paulista Avenue and Rua Agosta. (₤12). There is also a bus link to Congonhas Airport for domestic flights. Journey time is around I hour. Much cheaper (₤1.50) local services (257 & 299) head for Tatuapé metro station every 30 minutes. The nearest metro station to the airport (served by bus) is Tiete on the blue line.

Taxis are available from outside both arrival terminals.

Projected improvements include a new express train service to central Sao Paolo and high speed rail connections to Rio de Janeiro Airport.


The best deal is usually found from major UK airports like Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow International. Flights from regional airports will be a little more expensive.


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