There are two airports serving Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais; the Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF) and Belo Horizonte/Pampulha – Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport (PLU). Tancredo Neves International Airport is the primary airport serving the first planned modern city in Brazil, while Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport is the secondary airport. Pampulha or Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport used to be the main airport but was later restricted to airlines with 50 passenger capacity only because it became overcrowded.
We summarize all the information you need to know about the airports to help you make a choice when planning your next trip
Tancredo Neves Airport (CNF)
Belo Horizonte/Pampulha Airport (PLU)
Getting To The Airports From The City Centre
|Distance from City Centre||24 miles(38 kilometres)||5 miles (8 kilometres)|
|Public Transport Operating Hours||Public transport operates 24 hours daily.||24 hours daily, 7 days a week.|
UNIR Buses operate 24/7,it has the Urban, Executive, and Conventional buses that takes travellersto and from the airport.
Executive bus: R$19.25 ($5.09) and it takes 50 minutes to the city centre.
Conexao Aeroporto is another bus company that serves this airport daily with fares starting from R$12.70 ($3.36) to Belo Horizonte bus station.
The UNIR buses operate from Pampulha airport to the city centre. Use the bus Line 5251: Pampulha Airport - Belo Horizonte bus station
You can get to the city centre from Tancredo airport by using the Belo Horizonte airport taxis to avoid taxi scams.It takes about 35 minutes depending on the traffic situation. The taxi ranks can be located at the ground level of the airport terminal. Other taxi companies that operate from this airport include Tele Taxi, Ligue Taxi, and Coopertaxi. Fares start from R$89.46 and R$106.21 ($23.65 and $28.08), when night fare is included from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am Monday to Friday, and from 2:00 pm on weekends and public holidays. Night fare is at R$ 2.69 ($0.71) per km, and it costs approximately R$ 15.00 ($3.97) for short trips across the city centre.
There are metered taxis available at the airports ground transportation area. Fare starts from R$105.09 depending on location and car type. It takes about 24 minutes to get to the city centre from the airport.
|Uber in Belo Horizonte||
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Which Airport Is Most Suitable For Me?
|How Close to Belo Horizonte City Centre||
CNF Airport is located 38 kilometresfrom Belo Horizonte Centro (City Centre). making it the closest to the city centre and its top attractions. It takes about 60-75 minutes to get to Belo Horizonte Centro, which happens to be the city centre due to unpredictable traffic on the routes. This airport is farther from the city centre but close to the main attractionsaround it till you get to the city. The airport is well connected by roads since there is no direct rail to the airport. Transportation is cheap, fast, comfy,affordable for travellers and operates 24/7.
PLU Airport is located 8 kilometresfrom Belo Horizonte city centre and takes 30 minutes to get to the city centre depending on traffic conditions in the city.
CNF serves over 22 million passengers per year and it handles both international and domestic flights in and out of the Belo Horizonte.
Pampulha Airport is solely for domestic flights and general aviation purposes. But it is closest to Belo Horizonte city centre. It is a better choice but the airport has been closed from commercial use for now.
|Airport Delays||The delay frequency for Tancredo Neves International Airport is average. Flight delays and security/immigration delays don't exceed 20-30 minutes.||No Flight delays.|
Flight Fare From November 2018 (Searched On 10-10-2018).
|Flight Fares||From $476 to Lisbon,$868 to Panama, $835 to Barcelona, $443 to London, $417 to Madrid, and $514 to Paris.||The last flight from this airport ended in August 2018.|
Hotel Prices Per Day From (01-11-2018 to 02-11-2018) Searched on 10-10-2018
Confins Suítes Hotel (3-star)at $40 per night
Pousada Luak(2.5-star) at $40 per night
Samba Lagoa Santa Hotel(3.5 star) at $40 per night
Nobile Inn Pampulha (3.5-star)at $29per night
Quality Hotel Pampulha(3.5-star)at $53 per night
Pampulha Flat Hotel(3-star) at $32 per night.
Car Hire Prices From01-11-2018 to 07-11-2018 (searched on 10-10-2018.
Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport has car hire companies with good deals and discounts on any car hired
Car hire rates start from $112 - $357 ($16-$51) for 2-5 door cars.
You can reserve a car online and pick it up at the Pampulha Airport. The car range from economy to premium cars at $130 to $647 ($16-$92 per day).
|Car Hire Companies||
Alamo, Movida Rent A Car, Avis, Foco, Hertz, National.
Hertz and Movida Rent A Car.
|Online car hire|
|Shopping and Dining||Laselva Livraria, Air Farma, Dufry Brasil, Brasil Dourado (Jewelry), Elegant (Jewelry), H & M Artes, Leve Minas (Handicraft), O Boticário, Vermelho Pimentão, Chopperia do Rosa, Black Coffee, Paneria, Viena Snacks, Nutty Bavarian, King PopCorn, Qoy, Doces de Minas, BOB'S, Spoleto, Confins Gourmet, Sá e Pimenta, The Collection, Amiamo, Art Mines, Bagaggio, Bola Show, Chilli Beans, Drink it, Duffry Duty-paid, Ehen Stones, Fantasia, Frau Bondan, Global Exchange, Havaianas, Take Mines, L'occitane Au Bresil, Maybelline, Melissa, Sketch, Spa of the Air, and All is Passenger.||The Coffee Shop.|
|Wi-Fi Services||Free High-Speed Wi-Fi Available.||Free Wi-Fi Available.|
|Transfer in and Around The Airport||CNF has two terminals currently in use (T1 and T3) with T2 under-construction. T1 is the main terminal and it is divided into 3 P1, P2 and P3. It houses both domestic and international flight departures and arrivals. Travellers can move around easily on foot, but taxis are available at T1 and T3 for transfers.||PLU is a single terminal airport, which makes movement on foot around the airport easy for travellers. There are no shuttle services available.|
|Currency Exchange & ATM cash Points||Currency exchange points run by Banco Safra located at T1 and T3. Banco do Brasil and Santander banks are available at the airport. ATMs operated by Bradesco, Itaú, Santander and HSBC are also available on the ground floor at T1 and T3.||There are no currency exchange points at the airport, but ATMs operated by Banco do Brasil, Santander, Caixa Econômica Federal & Itaú are available inside the T1 (passenger terminal) and opposite the airport at Bagatelle Square.|
|Important phone numbers||Tancredo Neves Airport: 0800 037 1547, Lost and Found: +55 31 3689-2089, Police: +55 31 3689-2310, First Aid: +55 31 3689-2133.||PLU Airport: +55 31 3490-2000,|
|Major Operating Airlines||TAP Portugal, Latam Airlines, Gol, Copa Airlines, Azul, Avianca, and American Airlines.||Passaredo, and Gol.|
|Major Connecting Destinations||São Paulo-Guarulhos, Lisbon, Panama City–Tocumen, Aracaju, Araxá, Belém, Brasília, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cabo Frio, Caldas Novas, Campinas, Campo Grande, Carajás, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Feira de Santana, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, Ilhéus, Ipatinga, Jericoacoara, Londrina, Maceió, Manaus, Marabá, Montes Claros, Natal, Orlando, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Porto Velho, Recife, Ribeirão Preto, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Salvador, São Luís, São Paulo-Congonhas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Teixeira de Freitas, Teresina, Uberaba, Uberlândia, Vitória, and more.||None|
Tourist Information Centre
|Tourist Info Centres||There is a TOPTUR VIAGEM E TURISMO tourist information centre situated in the arrivals terminal.||None|
Two airports serve Belo Horizonte; Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF) and Belo Horizonte/Pampulha – Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport (PLU). The closest airport to the city centre is Belo Horizonte/Pampulha airport just 5 miles, using the UNIR Line 5251bus, will get you to the city centre inBelo Horizontein in about 35 minutes and taxis in 10. Belo Horizonte/Pampulha Airportis a hub for regional flights and general aviation serving Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Tancredo Neves International airport is the primary airport serving Belo Horizonte, it is the furthest airport about 24 miles from the city centre. The fastest means of public transport is by taxi, which transfers passengers to the city centre for a journey time of 35 minutes.
Distance to Central Belo Horizonte:
Tancredo Neves International Airport:24 miles / 38 km
Belo Horizonte/Pampulha Airport:5 miles / 8 km
Tancredo Neves International Airportto Central Belo Horizonte Journey Times:
By Bus: 60 minutes
By Taxi: 35 minutes
Belo Horizonte/Pampulha – Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport to Central Belo Horizonte Journey Times:
By Bus: 35 minutes
By Taxi: 24 minutes
Belo Horizonte/Pampulha Airportis the best choice for business travellers or people who are travelling for vacation and fun to Belo Horizonte Brazil. PLU is closer to the city centre where all the major city attractions are situated in Belo Horizonte. The airports UNIR buses take 35 minutes to reach central Belo Horizonte with all the top attractions are located such as Santuario Schoenstatt Tabor da Liberdade, Lapinha Cave, Lagoa Santa Regional Archaeology Museum, Casa Chico Xavier, Museu Peter Lund, Centro Espirita Luiz Gonzaga, Archeology Center Annette Laming Emperaire, Kartodromo RBC Racing, and many more. Public transport from this airport is convenient for travellers with plenty of luggage and children walking through the single terminal to the bus station. As a secondary airport in the city, low-cost carriers like Passaredo, and Gol serve this airport with short haul flights to destinations within the country.
CNF (Tancredo Neves International Airport)is the primary airport serving Belo Horizonte, major airlines operate from this airport with short haul and some long haul flights to Lisbon and Panama City. CNF airport is the furthest away from the city centre, making journey times longer. But, it has good public service links like buses and taxis for transfer to the city centre to see an attraction or other places in Brazil. The airport has two terminals which can be discouraging with long queues and delays should be expected. If choosing this airport to fly into in Belo Horizonte, consider the long journey time, public transport fares and distance to cover.
Belo Horizonte/Pampulha Airport is a better choice than Tancredo International Airport because it is closer to the city centre where all the major attractions are located. This means less journey time from the airport to central Belo Horizonte.It is a secondary airport serving Belo Horizonte, so few airlines operate from the airport with low-budget flights to destinations within South American and Europe. It is served by fast public transport services, under a single terminal meaning less crowd, less immigration and security delays. It is better for passengers because it takes less transfer time to the city centre cheap and comfortably fast public transport services.
If you are wondering how long it takes to get to central Belo Horizonte from Belo Horizonte/Pampulha Airport, it takes 35 minutes by bus and 24 minutes by taxi when traffic is really good.PLU Airport is located 5 miles (8km) by road and it is possible to visit attractions in the city centre from the airport.
Taxi is the fastest way to travel between the airport and Praça da Liberdade, the main city square with green space, surrounded by historic buildings & museums. Taxis are available on demand at the airport 24/7.
From Tancredo Neves International Airport by:
Bus:(UNIR bus) $8– http://www.conexaoaeroporto.com.br/home Buses run every 30 minutes 24/7.
Taxi: $40-$50 – http://www.coopertaxi-bh.com.br/ Available 24/7
From Belo Horizonte Pampulha Airport by::
Bus::(UNIR)$4–http://www.conexaoaeroporto.com.br/aeroporto-da-pampulha_2Buses run every 5 minutes daily.
Taxi$10-$25 – http://www.coopertaxi-bh.com.br/ Available 24/7.
Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Tancredo Neves International Airport Hotels:From $40 per night
Belo Horizonte Pampulha Airport Hotels: From $29 per night
If you have a lot of luggage and don't want the expense of a taxi, you might prefer to rent a car to get to Belo Horizonte city centre or elsewhere in the city, particularly if you're flying into the far away Tancredo Neves International Airport. Both airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Tancredo Neves International Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars (Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices start at $91.00 per day
Intermediate Cars(Toyota Avensis, Ford C Max, etc) Prices start at $91.00per day
Luxury Cars(BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz E Class etc): $103.91 per day
Compare prices here - - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-rental.html
Belo Horizonte Pampulha Airport Car Rental:
Budget Cars(Ford KA, Fiat Panda etc) Prices start at $91.00 per week
Intermediate Cars (Toyota Avensis, Ford C Max, etc) Prices start at $91.00per week
Luxury Cars(BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz E Class etc): $103.91 per week
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-rental.html
Tancredo Neves International Airport is the main airport in Belo Horizonte, while Pampulha airport is for low budget domestic and general aviation purposes.
Tancredo Neves International Airport is closer to top attractions the top attractions in the city centre such as Santuario Schoenstatt Tabor da Liberdade, Lapinha Cave, Lagoa Central, Lagoa Santa Regional Archaeology Museum, Casa Chico Xavier, Parque Estadual do Sumidouro, Museu Peter Lund, Centro Espirita Luiz Gonzaga, Archeology Center Annette Laming Emperaire, Kartodromo RBC Racing, Casa Fernao Dias and many more. It is conveniently connected by buses, and taxi services.
Pampulha–Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport is very close to the Belo Horizonte Centro, the city centre.
At CNF: Confins Suítes Hotel (3-star), Pousada Luak (2.5-star), and Samba Lagoa Santa Hotel (3.5 stars);all at $40 per night.
At PLU: Nobile Inn Pampulha (3.5-star) at $29per night, Quality Hotel Pampulha (3.5-star) at $53 per night, and Pampulha Flat Hotel (3-star) at $32 per night.
Due to the high rate of travellers that use Tancredo International Airport and distance to the city centre, traffic conditions are unpredictable when using public transportation from CNF to Centro-Belo Horizonte.