Stuck on a Brazil layover at Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB)? The airport is one of Brazil’s most modern, and is located roughly 7 miles from the city center of Brasilia, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Brasilia layover, click here for useful tips.
The airport has lots to do for those stuck inside during your Brazil layover. With dozens hundred shops (duty free and regular shopping), a restaurant, snack shops, and bars, there’s plenty to do. The airport also has banking and currency exchange facilities, a post office, traveler information center in the Departure Hall, and left luggage facilities. There’s also a VIP lounge inside the airport.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your Brasilia layover, there is no hotel at the airport but there are a number of hotels nearby. For a comprehensive list of hotels of varying price points, click here.
Departure tax can range from $12USD to $36USD. Depending on where you are traveling (your airport category and type of flight), you may need to pay a departure tariff. For more information on the different types of fees, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Brasilia layover, taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall, and are generally considered to be the most efficient form of transportation into town, taking roughly 15 minutes (depending on traffic). In addition, buses and microbuses leave regularly from the airport into Brasilia (taking roughly 30 minutes). Car rental is also available.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Brasilia Layover:
To get a great panorama view of the area, take a trip to the Brasilia TV Tower where you can take a look from the observation deck at 246 feet high! On weekends, you can often find street markets around the bottom of the tower.
Brasiaila’s main Roman Catholic cathedral, the Catedral Metropolitana is a completely unique landmark to the city. Check out the spectacular nave stained glass window, the bronze sculptures of the Evangelists, and make sure to wander around the exterior to take in the architecture.
Parque Nacional Brasilia
Need to stretch your legs during your Brasilia layover? The Parque Nacional Brasilia has two pools of mineral water, a couple of walking trails, and many trees to spend the afternoon picnicking under.
Santuario Dom Bosco
Honoring an Italian saint who once dreamt of a utopian city, the Parque Nacional Brasilia honors this inspiration which Brasilia was founded on. Built on the 15th parallel of Brazil, the church is filled with a beautiful blue light due to the stained glass windows which cover the walls.
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