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Sao Paulo boasts more than one airport, but most visitors prefer to fly into Guarulhos - Governor Andre Franco Montoro Intl. Airport (GRU).
It’s 21 kilometers from Sao Paulo Airport (GRU-Guarulhos - Governor Andre Franco Montoro Intl.) to downtown Sao Paulo. Make things easy by working out the best way of traveling from the airport to the city center before you touchdown.
With a few airports to choose from, Sao Paulo is the sort of place that’s easy to book a ticket to at the last moment. The terminals that deal with the majority of the city’s air travel are Sao Paulo Airport (GRU-Guarulhos - Governor Andre Franco Montoro Intl.) (21 kilometers from downtown), Sao Paulo Airport (CGH-Congonhas) (10 kilometers from downtown) and Viracopos - Campinas Intl. Airport (VCP) (80 kilometers from downtown).
There are a total of 27 air carriers connecting Sao Paulo to 93 airports across the world.
LATAM Airlines, Gol Transportes Aéreos and Azul Brazilian Airlines are the most frequent fliers to Sao Paulo. The majority of these flights come in from Rio de Janeiro, with LATAM Airlines offering the most services on this route.
With around 3832 nonstop flights running every week, you’ll be hitting the tarmac in Sao Paulo before you can say, “Are we there yet?”
Travelers frequently jet off from Petropolis, Boa Vista and Rio de Janeiro airports when heading to Sao Paulo.
If it’s Petropolis you’re leaving behind, you’ll be airborne for around 1 hour and 23 minutes before you arrive in Sao Paulo. Tarmac to tarmac from Boa Vista takes approximately 2 hours and from Rio de Janeiro, the flight time is 1 hour and 8 minutes.
We’ve all come across those jet-setters who manage to nab extremely cheap airfares whenever they fly. Want to know how to do it for your Sao Paulo vacation? Don’t leave it until the very last minute to lock in your flight. Don’t stop there, however. Do some research and check if there are multiple airports at your destination. Fares often differ depending on the airport you go for. Remember to compare fares across airlines too. Last of all, another easy way to save a few dollars is be ready to book fast. If you find an irresistible deal, don’t hold off — grab it while you can.
No matter where you’re coming from, flying can be a seamless experience if you prepare well enough. Follow these handy tips and tricks that will get your Sao Paulo vacation started on the right foot.What to pack in your hand luggage:
The trick to having a stress-free travel experience is to plan ahead. First up, the essentials: passport, travel documents, cash and daily medications. Next, bring on board items that’ll help while away those hours, like some electronic gadgets or a thrilling novel. It’s also smart to bring your chargers, a comfy neck pillow and a pair of earplugs. Last but not least, be sure to pop in toiletry items like a toothbrush, cleansing wipes and a spare change of clothes.
Do not pack the following items in your hand luggage:
Check carefully that you don’t have a Swiss Army knife hiding in the bottom of your hand luggage. Other banned items include explosive or flammable products, such as fuel and matches, and liquids and gels in containers with a capacity of more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters).
What to wear on a flight:
Your number one priority is to be as comfortable as possible. Layer up in natural-fiber clothing and remember to pack a cardigan just in case you get chilly. Go for a pair of well-fitting, flat shoes as it’s possible that your feet and ankles will swell during the journey. Leave the high heels and hiking boots in your luggage.
Unfortunately, one risk of long-distance travel is developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a blood clot condition caused by extended periods of inactivity. To avoid this, take every opportunity to walk around the cabin and stretch your legs. Compression tights and socks are also a great idea to help minimize this risk.
Being organized before you get to the airport will make your getaway to Sao Paulo easy and painless. Read through our handy tips and tricks for a speedy journey past security:
Security personnel first need to determine that you have a valid ID and boarding pass before you’re allowed to proceed any further. Have them ready for inspection.
Your belt, coat, keys and other items in your pocket, like your earphones, will need to go through the X-ray machine. Make your life easier by removing them as it gets closer to your turn.
For just a few minutes, you’ll need to unplug from technology. Your tablet, phone and any other electronic gadgets will also need to go through the scanner.
Remove all liquids and gels from your carry-on bag. They usually need to be sent through the X-ray scanner separately. Each item should be no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and everything must fit inside a single quart-size (one liter), clear zip-lock bag.
The right choice of footwear can save you several precious minutes. Hiking or heavy-style boots are often required to be removed and X-rayed separately. Slip-on shoes are usually not.
Take all prohibited items out of your carry-on bag. If you have any sharp objects like a pocket knife or tools, put them in your checked baggage. They won’t be allowed on board and will be confiscated.
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