Airport Guide: Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport is the international airport of Sao Paulo. The airport, which is located relatively far away from the city centre, is also the biggest airport in Sao Paulo. Many airlines are offering connections from Sao Paulo to other continents like Europe, North America, Australia or Africa. Our new airport guide will help you to get to know the airport better!

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport was growing constantly in the last years. As a matter of fact, the airport is still in the process of renovation. As of now, there are three terminals. Terminal 1 is solely used by Azul and Passadero for domestic flights, Terminal 2 is used by all other airlines for domestic flights and selection international flights and Terminal 3 is the main terminal for international and especially long distance flights. The most important carrier at the biggest airport in South America is the LATAM Group, which offers several domestic, international and intercontinental flights. Other airlines of huge importance at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport are Avianca Brazil, Azul and Gol.

Most important carriers at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport:

  • LATAM Group: Dozens of domestic and international flights
  • Gol: Several domestic and international flights
  • Azul: Several domestic flights
  • Avianca Brazil: Several domestic flights

Shopping and dining at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport

Shopping and dining facilities are very limited at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport if you are departing from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. There are a few shops selling souvenirs and other stuff and also some snack and fast food options, but no real restaurants after security. Prior security, you can also find a few restaurants and shops.

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport

There are lots of shops in the international terminal

The relatively modern Terminal 3 is a stark contrast to the other terminals. It offers an extensive choice of restaurants and shops before and after security. The prices are quite high for Brazilian standards, but this also means that you are getting most luxury brands you might be looking for. Especially the main area of Terminal 3 can really be considered a shopping paradise!

Sleeping at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport

Sao Paulo Guarulhos is one of these airport where sleeping while spending a layover is everything but a pleasure. There are rarely any shops open during the night and there is no area dedicated for sleeping. Not even the benches are comfortable enough for sleeping. That said, there are two options for a more comfortable layover inside the airport.

Hotel Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej Collection Suite

Luxury hotels can be found in the city center

At “Slaviero Fast Sleep”, located in Terminal 3, close to the walkway to the other terminals, you can rent a sleep cabin on an hourly basis. Another option is Tryp by Wyndham Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport, located inside the security area of Terminal 3. You can either book a room for a day or night or on an hourly basis. If you want to leave the airport, you may also choose one of the other airpots in the approximate. These include brand hotels like Pullman or Marriott.

Lounges at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport offers very limited space for lounges right now. That’s because of the renovation of Terminal 2. At the moment, there’s just a single lounge in the domestic part of Terminal 2, which is exclusive for guests holding an American Express Card. At the moment, there is also no lounge at Terminal 1. In the international section of Terminal 2, you can find two VIP Lounge, one called Smiles VIP Lounge and another called Proair Sala VIP.

LATAM Lounge Sao Paulo

The LATAM Lounge Sao Paulo is one of the international lounges

Both lounges can be accessed either with Priority Pass or buy paying cash at the door. At Terminal 3, there are four different lounges. Star Alliance passengers holding a Business or First Class ticket as well as frequent travellers get access to the Star Alliance Lounge. Passengers flying oneworld might access either the American Airlines Admirals Club or the LATAM Lounge (we’ll review all of the three mentioned in the next weeks). Last but not least, there’s also the Executive Lounge GRU, which can be accessed by SkyTeam passengers as well as selected passengers of other airlines. Priority Pass holders got access to the Star Alliance Lounge (starting from 12 pm) and the Executive Lounge (till 12 pm) in Terminal 3.

Lounges at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport:

  • Smiles VIP Lounge Terminal 2: Gol FF, PP, $
  • Proair Sala VIP Terminal 2: PP, $
  • American Express Lounge Terminal 2: AA cardholders
  • LATAM Lounge Terminal 3: OW FF, OW BC, OW FC
  • American Airlines Admirals Club Terminal 3: OW FF, OW BC, OW BC
  • Star Alliance Lounge Terminal 3: *A FF, *A BC, *A FC
  • Executive Lounge Terminal 3: ST FF, ST BC, ST FC, PP, $

Transportation at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport

Access to Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport by public transportation is only available by bus. The railway connection should be open by now, but was postponed to 2019. As of now, there are two options to get to the city centre from Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport. One is the “Airport Bus Service”, which offers regular connections in executive buses with several stops in the city centre. The price for a oneway ticket is 45 BRL (~ 11.50 Euro / 13 US-Dollar).

Uber Rio de Janeiro

Uber is a good and cheap option to get to the city center

However, the prices for this service are relatively high. The cheaper option are the public buses 257 and 299, which connect Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport with the subway station Tatuape (Red Line). The most comfortable option to get from Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport to the city centre is a taxi. Be aware that taxis can cost up to 120 BRL (~ 30 Euro / 35 US-Dollar) depending on where you are going. Another option is Uber, which usually is a little less expensive than a taxi and might even be a cheaper option than the bus if you are travelling with someone.


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