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How to get from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas

Once a sleepy fishing village, Porto de Galinhas – located 52km south of Recife – has become one of Brazil’s most popular seaside resorts. Porto has become famous for its sandy beaches and gorgeous tidal pools off the coast, where visitors can snorkel and observe the rich marine life.

To get from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas, there are two options; taxi and bus. A Recife airport taxi is the fastest and most convenient option, as it takes around 45 minutes to reach Porto de Galinhas. On the other hand, the bus has a journey time of 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions, with several stops along the way. A one-way ticket costs €3.60 (BRL 20).

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €42 45min 24/7
Taxi €27 45min 24/7
Bus €7.20 90min 04:50–22:30

How to get from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas by taxi

If you opt for a Recire airport taxi or private transfer, you have chosen the most hassle-free way to get to Porto de Galinhas. Taxis are readily available 24/7 outside the arrivals terminal, and the ride takes approximately 45 minutes.

What's the cost of a taxi from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas?

Local taxis in Recife use a taximeter to calculate rates. The final cost depends on various factors, such as luggage fees, tolls along the way, the number of passengers, and the time of the day. Overall, you can expect to pay a fare between €27 (BRL 150) and €33 (BRL 180).

If you want to start your Porto de Galinhas holiday with a convenient set-rate fare and zero waiting times, you can always pre-book your transfer with Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

45 min

*Prices may vary unless you book in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Recife airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

The taxi rank is located right outside the arrivals terminal. So, as soon as you claim your luggage and exit the building, you must go to the front of the line and board the first available vehicle.


A taxi is undoubtedly the most comfortable transportation option to reach Porto de Galinhas, as it provides door-to-door service, no matter what time you arrive. The ride time is cut to half compared to the bus, and the waiting time is minimum. Plus, taxis are air-conditioned, and you won’t have to face the tropical heat in a crowded environment.

Editor’s Note

Despite the obvious perks of a taxi transfer, a bus is a more budget-friendly option if you travel solo or with light luggage.

Useful Tips

Ensure the vehicle’s taximeter is reset before you get on your way.
In some instances, taxi drivers at Recife Airport offer discounts to travellers willing to share their rides with other passengers, especially to destinations outside the city.
A gratuity is not mandatory, but always highly appreciated and welcomed.

How to get from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas by bus

Taking a bus from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas is pretty easy, as the line coaches board passengers at the airport area. The journey takes one hour and a half to two hours, depending on traffic, and a one-way single ticket costs €3.60 (BRL 20).

Bus fare from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas

A single ticket on bus number 195 costs €3.60 (BRL 20). Tickets are to be bought onboard the bus.



Trip Duration

90 min

*Line 195 buses to Porto de Galinhas leave twice hourly.

Value for money

Buses are available all week from 04:50 to 22:30.

Where do I get the bus from?

The buses bound for Porto de Galinhas do not initially depart from the airport. They come from Boa Viagem or Cais de Santa and stop at the airport. The bus stop is located in front of the arrivals terminal. Outside exit A5 and just across the street, you will see a sign saying “Porto de Galinhas”.


The bus is a reliable and affordable option if you travel on a tight budget. If you have many pieces of luggage with you, or your travel group consists of many people, it would be more convenient to share the cost of a taxi or a private transfer.

Editor’s Note

There is no bus terminal in Porto de Galinhas. The main stop is in front of the gas station. You can take a short walk to most accommodations from there, or take a taxi if your hotel is not within walking distance.

Useful Tips

Keep some change with you, as you’ll have to pay the driver for your ticket in cash.
Besides line 195, there is also a line 191 bus doing the same itinerary. It is slightly cheaper (€2.50 – BRL 13.70), but line 191 buses are not air-conditioned.
Make sure you arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before departure, as sometimes drivers leave before the scheduled time.
Some buses to Porto de Galinha finish their itinerary at Maracaipe beach.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Recife. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Recife airport to Porto de Galinhas?

You can get from Recife Airport to Porto de Galihas by taxi or bus. The taxi takes around 45 minutes and costs €27-€33 (BRL 150-180). The bus needs one hour and a half, and one-way tickets cost  €3.60 (BRL 20).

What’s the cost of a taxi from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas?

A taxi ride from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas will cost you something between €27 (BRL 150) and €33 (BRL 150). The final fare may include luggage fees, a small night surcharge, and toll costs depending on the taxi provider you choose. For total peace of mind and a set-rate fare in less than 60 seconds, consider pre-booking your transfer with Welcome Pickups.

How far is Recife Airport from Porto de Galinhas?

The distance from Recife Airport to Porto de Galinhas is 52km. Reaching your destination by car or taxi shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes.

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