São Paulo – Guarulhos Airport (GRU) is Brazil’s largest airport, with almost 40 million passengers carried last year.
The airport is located about 25 kilometres (16 miles) from downtown São Paulo.
No matter your budget and how you choose to travel, there are several transport options to and from Guarulhos Airport.
By bus (ônibus)
Taking the Airport Bus Service is a very comfortable and practical option for travellers going to hotels in downtown São Paulo (Praça da República or Avenida Paulista).
There are several routes between Guarulhos and the city centre stopping at Tietê and Barra Funda bus terminals, Itaim Bibi, Avenida Paulista, including the hotel circuit, Tatuapé metrô station, and Congonhas Airport.
The service runs every 30 minutes (1 hour on weekends and holidays) between 5.40am and 10.40pm. A trip between Guarulhos and downtown São Paulo takes approximately 1h30. The fare costs R$ 47.50 one way, and you can pay in cash and debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club).
The regular bus operated by EMTU is a cheaper option. Line 257 runs between Guarulhos Airport and Tatuapê metrô station (red line), stopping at Rodovia Ayrton Senna da Silva, Avenida Morvan Dias de Figueiredo, and Rua Tuiuti. The fare is R$ 6.45 (cash only). The bus departs from Terminal 3.
From Tatuapê metrô station, you can go to other parts of the city using the metrô network that runs between 4.40am and 12.30am. Check the São Paulo metrô map.
Taking a taxi will pay off when three people are travelling together. It’s also the most convenient option if you have two or more pieces of luggage.
Taxis are located outside the arrivals terminal. Guarucoop has the monopoly on picking up passengers at Garulhos Airport. The fares are fixed. Expect to pay R$ 100-150 depending on your final destination. Credit-card users can pay for their journey in advance.
You can take an Uber in São Paulo. You need a smartphone to access the Uber app. Depending on your destination, there’s a chance an Uber ride may cost less than a cab ride.
The main rent-a-car companies have desks at the airport, namely Avis, Hertz, Localiza, Movida and Unidas.
Free shuttle from Guarulhos Airport to Congonhas
Gol and TAM offer a free non-stop shuttle for passengers with connecting flights. To use this service, simply show your boarding pass (printed or digital version on a mobile device) or ticket reservation to the bus driver. The bus runs on the half-hour from 6.30am to 11.30pm.