Stuck on a São Paulo layover at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Brazil? The airport is located roughly 15 miles from downtown São Paulo which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your São Paulo layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the airport during your São Paulo layover, there’s a lot to do to keep you entertained while you wait for your connecting flight. In addition to restaurants, coffee shops, bars and dozens of shops, the airport also has a Panoramic Terrace in Terminals 1 & 2 where you can view the runways, a Dental Clinic in Terminal 2 Wing C, a number of banks, a post office in Terminal 1 Wing B, and a Drug Store in Terminal 1 Wing A.
If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation, there is a Massage and Acupuncture Clinic RPG in Terminal 1 Wing B (Phone: 2445-4637), and a Beautiful Hair Beauty Institute hairdresser in Terminal 1, Wing A, Mezzanine Floor. Also a Traveler Beauty Spa is located in Terminal 2 in Wing C. For the full list of shops, restaurants, airport lounges and services, click here.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the Quick Hotel Stay (Phone: 2445-2356) is located on the floor level of passenger Terminal 2 in the International Connector. If you’d prefer to stay at a hotel in São Paulo, click here for a comprehensive list of hotels. For hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your São Paulo layover, there are taxis available in the Passenger Terminals in arrivals, operated by Guarucoop 24 hours a day (Phone (0xx11) 2445-3104. In addition, there are Metro and Subway service – more information including routes and times, can be found here under “transportation” near the bottom of the page.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Layover In São Paulo, Brazil:
Looking for a nice view of São Paulo? Check out the Edficio Italia, a 46-story high skyscraper in São Paulo. On the 44th floor is the Terraco Italia restaurant and an observation deck with a view over the city.
The Mercado Municipal is the city’s biggest food market with roughly 320 stands that sell everything including seafood, spices and cheese. Wander through the market and check out all the great Brazilian cuisine and stop by a restaurant to grab a bite.
Parque do Ibirapuera
Want to stretch your legs during your São Paulo layover? Check out the Parque do Ibirapuera urban park where you can attend events, stroll around and check out the famous architecture by Oscar Niemeyer.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo
An art museum focusing on Brazilian, African and Western art, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo has more than 8,000 works of art.
For some shopping, fine dining and great people watching, check out the Jardins District is considered to be the center of São Paulo’s social scene with late-serving restaurants, bars and nightlife.
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