Airport Guide: Foz do Iguacu Airport
Foz do Iguacu Airport is the airport on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls. It is located just a few kilometers away from the park as well as the city Foz do Iguacu.
Be aware that there are two airports at the Iguacu Falls, with Cataratas del Iguazú Airport being the one on the Argentinian side, and the Foz do Iguacu Interantional Airport, which I’ll write about in this post, is located on the Brazilian side. This might also be of importance for you due to Visa questions.
That said, the airport is on the small side with just a few airlines flying there on a daily basis. LATAM Brasil (TAM) is the most important carrier, while there are also flights offered by Azul and GOL. Plus, there is one international flight by LATAM Peru (LAN) to Lima!
Most important carriers at Foz do Iguacu Airport:
- LATAM (flights to Brasilia, Curitiba, Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo)
- Azul Airlines (Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Curitiba, Porto Alegre)
- GOL (Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo)
Shopping and dining Foz do Iguacu Airport
When I said that Foz do Iguacu Airport is a small airport, I might have understated. The airport is actually really small and doesn’t have any jet bridges. Thus, there is also rarely any infrastructure.
The airport comes with a half dozen of shops offering small snacks, coffee, drinks as well as a very basic shopping experience. What you can find is a shop selling newspapers, books and magazines as well as anoter one selling souvenirs and local items. Most of the shops and cafes can be found after security.
Sleeping at Foz do Iguacu Airport
While it is generally possible to sleep at Foz do Iguacu Airport as the airport operates 24 hours a day, it is not recommendable according to sleepinginairports.com. Yet, there are several hotels near Foz do Iguacu Airport as the airport is actually located in-between the city and the entrance to the Falls. The options close to the airport include several three and four star properties like San Martin Hotel & Resort or Hotel Harbor Colonial, both located just a five minute drive away from the airport.
The rates for these properties are generally below the 100 Euro (~110 US-Dollar) mark. If you are looking for a luxurious choice, you may also book a room at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which isn’t too far away from the airport either. Yet, rates there rarely start below 250 Euro (~ 280 US-Dollar).
Lounges at Foz do Iguacu Airport
As it seems to be the norm for Brazil, there are no lounges at Foz do Iguacu Airport. Taking into account the size of the airport, this might not come as a surprise.
Transportation at Foz do Iguacu Airport
The transportation facilities at Foz do Iguacu Airport are also slightly limited. There is a regular bus service connecting the airport to the city center for a very small fee. Yet, the bus rides relatively infrequent and also stops quite often on the way. Instead, you might also make use of a taxi, which can get you to the entrance of the national park in a mere five minutes. Rides to the city center take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on the traffic and your destination. Taxi prices are relatively reasonable. A ride to the city center costs approximately 40 BRL (~ 11 Euro / 12 US-Dollar). If you want to get to Puerto Iguacu (Argentinia), the duration and price will be approximately double of what I quoted for Fo do Iguacu!