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Getting from Fortaleza airport to the City Centre

One of Brazil’s biggest cities, Fortaleza draws tourists from all over the world; it is an economic magnet for people from Ceará and beyond. The beaches, party atmosphere and picturesque villages are unparalleled. The vibrant night scene is also well-known overseas, with something happening almost every night of the week.

There are two transportation options to get from Fortaleza Airport to downtown; one is to get there by an airport taxi and another is to use the local bus. Taking a Fortaleza airport taxi is by far the most convenient option of transportation with an overall cost of €8.55 (BRL 45) covering the distance in merely 8 minutes. Buses can also be picked up at the urban bus stop outside the Arrivals gate. Bus line 404 covers the itinerary from the airport to the Rodoviária bus stop in the city centre for just €0.60 (BRL 3.40) per traveller.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €8.55 8min 24/7
Bus €1.20 15min 05:10–22:00

How to get from Fortaleza Airport to the city centre by taxi

Getting a taxi is the fastest way to get from Fortaleza airport to downtown. With a far shorter time duration compared to the alternative, not only will you arrive sooner but in a far more convenient manner. Hopping on a Fortaleza airport taxi is also recommended if you are visiting the city for the first time or travelling with family and children.

Taxi fare from Fortaleza Airport to Fortaleza City Centre

Taxis from Fortaleza Airport to the city calculate your fare using a taximeter. A one-way trip from the airport costs around €8.55 (BRL 45), however, this price is further affected by the time of day, traffic conditions, and tolls. The fee also increases if you are travelling with more than four passengers. With a total distance of 10 km, you can expect to arrive at your destination in approximately 8 minutes.

Cost

€8.55 (BRL 45)

Trip Duration

8 min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis at Fortaleza airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get the taxi from?

Taxi ranks at Fortaleza airport can be spotted on the ground floor outside the Arrivals terminal.

Convenience

Taxis will take the stress out of your transportation, drop you at your desired location and help you save time for more important things. Forget about waiting outside in the hot sun and humidity and picture yourself in a clean, cool and well-maintained vehicle. Taking a taxi is also very convenient when travelling with older people or young children.

Editor’s Note

It is advised to book a taxi with a company in advance; due to the fact that those drivers get rated frequently, the quality of service tends to be higher.

Useful Tips

Tipping at the end of the journey is not obligatory but is always appreciated.
Always make sure you carry cash in the local currency; most taxis in Fortaleza are not equipped with POS machines.
Make sure you learn some words in the local language or write down your destination and hand it to the driver to avoid misunderstandings.

How to get from Fortaleza Airport to the city by Bus

Getting to the city centre by bus is the second fastest option. It may be slightly cheaper than simply hopping on a taxi but it is far less convenient due to the low frequency of the buses. There is a bus every 45 minutes, except on weekends and public holidays where buses are even less frequent, with one passing every one hour and 10 minutes. Buses leave from the urban bus stop outside the main airport gate and terminate the ride at the bus station Rodoviária.

Bus fare from Fortaleza Airport to the City Centre

A single-way ticket for bus line 404 costs €0.60 (BRL 3.40) per traveller and the ride lasts approximately 15 minutes, not including wait times.

Cost

€0.60 (BRL 3.40)

Trip Duration

15 minutes

*Tickets cost less than €1 but there is a bus coming every 45 minutes on weekdays and every 70 minutes on weekends.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Bus line 404 operates from 05:10 to 22:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can pick the bus from the urban bus station, just outside the Arrivals gate.

Convenience

Taking the bus is a far less convenient choice for many reasons. First of all, it is not available 24/7 as it stops operating around 22:00. That means that if you are arriving at night, taking the bus is not an option. A second drawback is the timetable – due to the bus’ low frequency, if you miss one you will have to wait another 45 minutes at best. This can be excruciating under the summer sun or simply after a long flight.

Editor’s Note

The same bus line also serves the station Benfica. It’s worth using a GPS app to find the best stop to get off at, depending on your accommodation. Keep in mind that once you reach the last bus stop, some walking or a different mode of transportation may be required to complete your trip.

Useful Tips

Make sure to check the schedule for the buses and if it works well with your landing time. The frequency of the bus during weekends and public holidays is one bus every 1 hour and 10 minutes and during the week every 45 minutes.
Operating hours for the bus are from 05:10 to 22:00.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Fortaleza Airport to Fortaleza City Centre?

The distance between Fortaleza airport and the city centre is around 10 kilometres. There are two transportation options for this route; taking an airport taxi will cover this distance in 8 minutes, while if you opt for the bus, you will arrive in roughly 15 minutes.

Is it best to pre-book my airport transfer from Fortaleza airport to the city centre?

Pre-booking your airport taxi transfer is always your safest bet when you visit a foreign city. That way you can rest assured knowing that the taxi driver is waiting for you and that come rain or shine, your transportation has already been settled. Booking with Welcome guarantees a safe and enjoyable ride with a local professional who knows the place you are visiting and can provide helpful tips and top recommendations away from tourist traps.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Fortaleza airport to downtown?

There is no set fee for a ride from Fortaleza airport to the city of Fortaleza and drivers usually turn on the taximeter to determine the final fare. However, given that the distance is 10 km and that it takes less than 10 minutes to reach the city centre, passengers usually pay around €8.55 (BRL 45) to get to their destination.

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