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taxis from Congonhas domestic airport in São Paulo

taxis from Congonhas domestic airport in São Paulo

Whereas at Guarulhos international airport only one taxi company is allowed to operate (taxis from Guarulhos int’l airport in São Paulo), at Congonhas domestic airport there are two different taxi companies with an authorisation to work at the airport: Táxi Comum (which is really your run-of-the-mill taxi) and Rádio-Táxi.

After you claim your luggage, follow the signs that point to the taxi stop. On your way you are likely to be approached by illegal taxi drivers offering you their services, do not accept them (Congonhas has just been modernised and yet, the authorities seem to be unable/unwilling to get rid of unscrupulous taxi drivers).

You will descend a ramp at the end of which you will see two different taxi booths, belonging to each of the taxi companies mentioned at the beginning of the entry.

aeropuerto de Congonhas

Both companies offer their customers two choices: you can either ask the driver to switch on the taximeter and pay whatever fare is shown at the end of your ride, or you can pre-pay a fixed rate (based on the distance to your destination). When traffic conditions are ok, the taximeter is the cheapest option. But the fixed rate has the advantage of knowing beforehand how much the ride is going to cost you. You don’t have to worry about the taxi driver taking you for a ride (no pun intended!). If you choose the fixed rate, you will pay in advance at the counter, you won’t pay anything to your taxi driver.

Táxi Comum is cheaper than Rádio-Táxi. Both are safe and reliable.

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June 23, 2008 | By More
Taking-off and landing: Congonhas airport

Taking-off and landing: Congonhas airport

On our last trip from Congonhas airport, in São Paulo, we were lucky enough to take off on the direction of the Moema neighbourhood, where a high concentration of high-rises is found. On the approach route, we also went through the same neighbourhood. With my compact digital camera I shot two videos of both the take-off and the landing stages. As you will be able to tell, the aircraft shook quite a bit – it was cloudy and with gusts of wind.

Bear in mind Congonhas airport is a bit of an anomaly. An incredibly busy airport bang in the middle of a heavily built city, as you will be able to see on the satellite image:


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The first video shows the first seconds after taking-off from Congonhas on a north-west direction (depending on the time of the day the video might take a while to load; load it first, watch it then):


despegando de Congonhas from tony galvez on Vimeo.

The second video shows the final approach to Congonhas, when it feels as if the airplane wing could be touching at any moment the roofs of the skyscrappers.


aterrizando en Congonhas from tony galvez on Vimeo.

April 16, 2008 | By More
Avoid Congonhas airport at all costs

Avoid Congonhas airport at all costs

If you are coming to Brazil and are planning to take domestic flights, you should avoid at all costs Congonhas airport in São Paulo. An tragedy like the one last week is unlikely to happen in the short term again. The problem is that the chaos that descended on Congonhas after the accident last week is still there in force. Out of 215 scheduled flights today, 167 were cancelled and 18 took off with a delay of more than 1 hour. Those with a cancelled flight are having to wait two or three days until they are realocated onto another flight.

To make things worse, a couple of hours ago there was a landslide right at the end of the runway where the TAM Airbus left the airport before crashing last week. The runway ends on a steep decline, and part of that decline has come down. It would seem that when the Airbus went through the end of the runway it damaged the drainage system of that part of the airport.

Keep an eye on this spot, there’s plenty more news coming. Among them, a substantial increase of air fares in Brazil, fares that had had for a good while prices similar to those of the first world.

July 23, 2007 | By More
From Guarulhos to Congonhas

From Guarulhos to Congonhas

QUESTION: How do I get from Guarulhos airport to Congonhas airport?

ANSWER: The easiest way is the shuttle bus service that links both airports. There’s a bus every half hour, and it costs R$30. In normal traffic conditions, it can take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to cover the distance between the two airports – bear in mind that there isn’t such as thing as normal traffic conditions in São Paulo.

A more expensive alternative would be a taxi. Only interesting if shared by four passengers. Approximate fare, R$100.

Combinations of local buses and the underground are not really convenient. There are no underground stations close to any of the two airports.

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March 15, 2007 | By More