The city of Rio de Janeiro is about 16 km, around a 20 minute drive, from Rio de Janeiro airport, named the Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG). To get from the airport to the city, you can take a taxi, a bus, or a combination of the bus and metro. You can hire either a taxi with a fixed rate inside the airport, or you can take a metered taxi from just outside the airport for a cheaper rate. A great alternative to the taxi is to book a transfer with one of Welcome Pickups’ professional English-speaking drivers for a competitive flat rate. To reach the city by bus from the airport, you can take one of Expresso Recreio’s Frescão buses – lines 2145 and 2016 pass through the city. Another option is to take a BRT bus to the Vincente de Carvalho metro station from where you take the L2 metro into the city. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Rio de Janeiro at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.