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How to get from Brasilia International Airport to Brasilia City Centre

Brasilia, famed for its modern and futuristic architecture, is a fantastic city to visit. Many travellers enjoy wandering around Brasilia’s unique streets, getting lost in Praça dos Três Poderes, the Promenade of Ministeries or seeing its exquisite landmark, the unique circular cathedral.

So when landing at Brasilia International Airport, you have 2 transportation options to get to the city centre; you can take a taxi or private transfer or a public bus. Taking a Brasilia airport taxi is the easiest and fastest way of getting around, taking a short 20 minutes to reach the city centre. Alternatively, for a more cost-savvy option, many direct buses travel from the airport to Downtown taking 1 hour to reach.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €7.30 20min 24/7
Bus €4.40 60min 06:30–00:00

How to get from Brasilia International Airport to Brasilia City Centre by taxi

Choosing to take a Brasilia airport taxi is always the best option when arriving in the city. Taxis are very reasonably priced, providing easy and safe door-to-door transportation in the comfort of a private vehicle, taking just 20 minutes to reach the city centre.

Taxi fare from Brasilia airport to the city centre

Taxis in Brasilia calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. The 20-minute taxi transfer should cost around €7.30 (BRL 40) during the day and €8.70 (BRL 47.50) at night and on Sundays.

Cost

€7.30 (BRL 40)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Brasilia International Airport.

Where do I get it from?

Brasilia airport’s official taxi ranks outside Terminal 1 at Arrivals level, on the access road facing Domestic Arrivals, and outside the main entrance at Terminal 2.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Brasilia airport to your hotel in the city centre is the best way to travel. Taxis are cheap, safe and provide excellent door-to-door transportation, taking care of your loved ones and personal belongings.

Nevertheless, if you want to travel at a fixed rate with no extra fees, you can pre-book your Brasilia airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Editor’s Note

It is not common to tip your taxi driver in Brasilia; however, it is appreciated. Most round up their end fare to the higher amount.

Useful Tips

Brasilia taxi drivers should accept card payments, although most don't. It is best to ask your driver before starting your trip.
Please note that two tariffs are applicable: tariff 1 during the day and tariff 2 during the night and on Sundays.
Ensure that your driver resets their taximeter and applies the correct tariff before starting your journey.

How to get from Brasilia Airport to Downtown Brasilia by bus

For those on a budget, a great travel alternative is to take Brasilia’s public transportation. Many bus lines run between Brasilia airport and Downtown, with the three main lines being: line 11: Airport – Esplanada, line 30: Airport – W3 Norte Sul which stops at the Hotel Sectors and line 102: Airport – Rodoviária, the main bus terminal. On average the Brasilia airport to city centre trip takes around 1 hour.

How much is a bus ticket from Brasilia airport to city centre?

A one-way bus ticket from Brasilia airport to Downtown costs €2.20 (BRL 12). You can purchase your bus tickets on board directly from the driver in cash. The driver only accepts local currency.

Cost

€2.20 (BRL 12)

Trip Duration

1 hour

The bus departs every 30 minutes from Brasilia airport.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus is available Monday to Friday from 06:30 to 00:00 and on weekends and holidays from 06:30 to 23:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the airport’s bus stop next to the International Arrivals on the ground level.

Convenience

Taking the bus from Brasilia airport to Downtown is an excellent alternative for travellers on a budget. Most bus vehicles are modern and comfortable and provide cheaper transportation.

However, if you travel late at night, you will have to find another way to get to your hotel. Moreover, taking a taxi or a private transfer is a more comfortable and cost-savvy option if you are a bigger group.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

Please note that depending on the bus line your choose to take, travel time, prices and comfort may vary.

Useful Tips

If you are travelling to any major hotel in Brasilia, the best bus lines to take are No. 113, 113.1 and 113.2.
Some bus vehicles are very comfortable and provide air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.
You can purchase your bus tickets directly on the bus in cash.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Brasilia airport to the city centre?

There are two transportation options to get from Brasilia airport to Downtown; you can take a taxi which takes 20 minutes or a public bus which takes about 1 hour to reach the city centre. Alternatively, you can book your transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups, for a guaranteed price and meet and greet at the airport.

What's the average cost of a taxi from Brasilia airport to the city centre?

Taxis in Brasilia calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location. The 20-minute ride from Brasilia airport to the city centre costs around €7.30 (BRL 40) during the day at €8.70 (BRL 47.50) at night.

What's the distance from Brasilia airport to downtown Brasilia?

Brasilia International Airport is located a short 14.5 km away from Downtown. It takes around 20 minutes to reach by car or by taxi and one hour by public bus.

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