Porto de Galinhas
Recife - arriving and leaving
Take a look at the
maps of Recife
to better understand the info below.
Arriving to Recife and Pernambuco by plane
The airport of Recife was recently refurbished, and is today the largest airport in Brazilian northeast. The official name is Aeroporto Internacional Gilberto Freyre, but it's better known as Aeroporto dos Guararapes.
For tourists staying in Boa Viagem or in Porto de Galinhas, the airport is conveniently located.
Boa Viagem is a few minutes away; the distance from the airport main gate to the Boa Viagem beach is about 2 km. Notice, however, that depending on where a hotel in Boa Viagem is located, that distance could be up to about 8 km (but not much more than that).
Warning: the area around the airport is not very safe. Avoid walking around the area, especially at night (there is not much to be seen, anyway).
There are "special" taxis outside the airport; these are more comfortable - and safer - than the ordinary taxis across the street, but they are also more expensive (check for fares at the taxi balcony, to avoid rip offs). Also, there is a line of air conditioned micro buses (Line 42) with frequent departures from right outside the main gate; this bus travels all along Avenue Conselheiro Aguiar, a paralell to the main beach avenue, and can be a good option to save a few bucks, if you know where you are going.
From the airport, it´s easy to reach the highway BR-101, which leads to Porto de Galinhas and the other beaches southern of Recife; there is no need to cross the city of Recife.
Arriving to Recife and Pernambuco by bus
The inter-State bus station of Recife is called TIP - Terminal Interestadual de Passageiros.
TIP is far from the Boa Viagem area and far from the downtown area; the terminal is on the road to the interior of Pernambuco, about 20 km away from Boa Viagem.
If you are going to stay in Boa Viagem, there is no need to take this long trip to the TIP.
If you are coming by bys from the South (Maceio, Aracaju or Salvador), try to get off as close as possible to the airport, and get a taxi from there.
If you are coming by bus from the North (Joao Pessoa, Natal, Fortaleza), get off at a stop named Caxanga (most passengers will know it; about half the passengers get off here).
If you have to go to TIP, the best way is to use the metro (urban trains); see more info below.
Update: the TIP is very near Arena Pernambuco, the stadium of the World Cup in Recife.
If you are arriving in Recife just before the match, it's better to go to the Terminal and from there to the stadium; read more about it in the Metro section below.
Arriving by car
Coming from the South, via BR-101 South, watch out for the airport (at your left). Right in front of the airport, take to the right and follow all the way (about 2 km) until the Avenida Boa Viagem.
Coming from the North, via BR-101 north, watch out for the campus of the Federal University (at your right). About 1 km past the campus, take to the left (don't miss the entrance, a return is several kilometers down the road) and follow the signs to Boa Viagem (about 10 km).
Recife has a system of urban trains.
Official site: metro of Recife (little informative).
Update: for those coming to attend the World Cup in Recife, the metro will be the best (actually, possibly the only) way to reach the stadium Arena Pernambuco.
«Maps of Recife and neighbour area