General Information

Airports

There are two major airports in Rio. The Tom Jobim International Airport, located on Governor’s Island, is easily accessible by modern highways to the center, Barra da Tijuca and the south of the city, where the major hotels are. The Santos Dumont Airport, located in the city center, operates regional flights linking the main cities of the country, business jets and smaller aircraft. An excellent taxi service and bus links the airport to the main hotels and residential areas.

Business hours

Most offices open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Most large Shopping Centers are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 10 pm, and on Sundays from 3pm to 9pm. Rio has several convenience stores open 24 hours / day. Banks are open from Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Climate

The Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer runs from December to March with temperatures ranging from 25 ° C (77 ° F) to 42 ° C (108 ° F); Winter lasts from June to August with temperatures around 20 ° C (68 ° F) during the day and 16 ° C (60 ° F) at night.

Clothing

The sport costume dominates in Rio, although during working hours men usually wear a suit and tie and women fine clothes. Few places in Rio require formal attire. For men slacks and sports shirt are sufficient; for women casual dresses. A light jacket is enough for the winter evenings.
The closed environments at the Convention Centers, hotels, movies, theatres and Shopping Centers usually have a strong air conditioning.

Communications

The city has an excellent communications system linking Rio to the rest of Brazil and the world. Direct dialing and collect calls can be made from any phone. Public phones are found throughout the city, and can be operated with phone cards. Portable cell phones can be rented at low costs by visitors, or even through the purchase of chips. The city code for Rio de Janeiro is 21.

Electric current

The electric current in Rio de Janeiro is 110 or 120 volts. Many hotels and buildings have electrical outlets for 220 volts.

Police

The State of Rio de Janeiro has a police battalion – BPTUR – specialized in patrolling the city to protect tourists. Properly trained and equipped to meet all kind of incidents, the police officers of this corporation are in charge of patrolling sights, beaches and areas near hotels.

Station Tourist Service – DEAT
Tel: (21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170

Hotels

Currently the city of Rio de Janeiro has more than 500 hotels, one to five stars, also including guesthouses, hostels and apartment-hotels offering more than 33,000 rooms.

Taxis

Rio has a large fleet of taxis, all equipped with air conditioning. Ordinary taxis are identified by the yellow color. Taxis charge according to their meter. Special taxis operated by licensed companies serve the airports and hotels and can be called by telephone. At airports and major shopping centers, most of the special taxis work on a fixed fare by area which is paid in advance on the company’s counter- consult the price list.

Tips

Hotels: hotels generally include the service charges on accounts.
Restaurants: tips are optional but are often found at the end of the bill as a “suggestion”. In Rio the average tip is up to 10%.
Taxis: Taxi drivers do not require a tip, although most passengers round up the value.
Hotel and airport carriers: R$ 3.00 per bag.

Baggage carts at the airport: free