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Layover In São Paulo, Brazil (Congonhas-São Paulo Airport)

| December 17, 2014

Stuck on a São Paulo layover at Congonhas-São Paulo Airport in Brazil? The airport is located roughly 5 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.

Sao Paulo stopoverFor the full Layover Guide to the São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, CLICK HERE.

If you’re stuck inside the Congonhas-São Paulo airport during your São Paulo layover, there’s a lot to do to keep you entertained while you wait for your connecting flight. There are a number of options for eating, drinking and shopping. The airport also has dozens of facilities and services including a pharmacy, bookstore, bank, post office, medical center, shoeshine and more.

As for VIP rooms and lounges, the Congonhas-São Paulo airport has three: the HSBC is located on the first floor of the central lobby from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM – phone (11) 5542-7050, Citibank Dinners is also on the first floor of the central lobby open from 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM – phone (11) 5532-1105, and the American Express Centurion Club is located on the first floor of the Boarding Room open from 5:30 AM to 10:30 PM.

If you’re looking to unload your luggage and bags while you explore during your layover, the airport has Baggage Storage. Malex do Brasil is located in the basement of the South Wing and is open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. For more information, call (11) 5090-9836.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels near the airport. To see the full list of hotels near Congonhas-São Paulo airport at varying price points, click here.

There are a number of transportation options available to leave the airport and explore São Paulo during your layover, including taxis, executive coach (call center: 0800 770 2287), the EMTU – Metropolitan Urban Transport Company of São Paulo, SP Trans bus lines, and more.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Layover In São Paulo, Brazil:

Edificio Italia

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.

Mercado Municipal

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.

Jardins District

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.

None of these interest you? Check out tons more suggestions of things to do on your São Paulo layover.

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