Brasilia Layover Guide (BSB)

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Brasilia–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek Airport (BSB) is one of the major international airports in Brazil. It was first opened in 1957 and named after the 21st President of Brazil i.e. “Juscelino Kubitschek”. It is located at a distance of 680 km (4,230 mi) from its center city. Brasilia is famous for its modern futuristic architecture is absolutely outstanding. This beautiful city of Brazil is also known for its cultural and futuristic architecture and avant-garde design.

Can you leave Brasilia Airport (BSB) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave the airport during a layover. However, visitors will require visa. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Brasilia Organized Tours

Tour at Ipanema River Guest House

Discover the fascinating Amazonian flora and fauna as you embark on an amazing journey through the stunning and diverse Amazon Jungle to the mysterious Ipanema River area. Manaus is 100 km (62 mi) away from Pension of the Ipanema; it takes around 3 hours to travel there by car and boats. The Lodge, which features a restaurant and capacity for up to 50 people, is located alongside the Negro River. » book this tour

Iguaza Falls Brazilian Side & Bird Park Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls while having the convenience of round-trip transportation. Pickup from the hotel or meeting location in Puerto Iguazu signals the beginning of the day. Explore the Brazilian side of the falls by crossing the border in an air-conditioned car. Enjoy the expansive views of the cascades as a knowledgeable guide speaks in both English and Spanish about the park’s vegetation and fauna. » book this tour

Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

Take the plunge and enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio’s well-known beaches, Christ the Redeemer’s statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and more. GoPro cameras mounted to the wing will record the entire journey as your tandem flight comes to a smooth landing on the beach at So Conrado. In Rio de Janeiro, take in some amazing sightseeing. » book this tour

Brasilia Things to do / Sightseeing

Palácio dos Arcos

One of Oscar Niemeyer’s finest works is the Palácio dos Arcos, better known as the Palácio Itamaraty, which houses the Foreign Ministry. A reflecting pool is surrounded by a long row of symmetrical arches, all of which were created by renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. A semi-roofed patio with a garden surrounds the ornately designed interior. The spiraling freestanding staircase, which appears to be hanging in the air, is one of the interior highlights of the building, which is open to the public.

Time required: 2 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 18 minutes via Private transport.

The National Library of Brasilia

The National Library of Brasilia is housed in a magnificent edifice that is also highly distinctive. When you first arrive here, you’ll note that the building’s outside features an easily recognizable egg-shaped construction. As soon as you enter the building, you will be able to see some fantastic temporary exhibits and a sizable collection of intriguing literature.

Time required: 1 day.

Airport to here: 15 hours via Private transport.

Monumento JK: President Kubitschek Memorial

The spectacular tribute to President Juscelino Kubitschek, the charismatic Brazilian leader who is regarded as the architect of Brasilia, is located on Praça do Cruzeiro. Many people rate Oscar Niemeyer’s design for the monument as one of his best. The monument houses interesting displays of the city Kubitschek imagined and saw through to completion, including early designs, construction pictures, and other documents that highlight Brasilia’s history. It also houses Kubitschek’s tomb and a museum dedicated to him.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 18 minutes via taxi.

Paranoa Lake

If you happen to be in Brasilia during a good period of time, you should not pass up the chance to see the renowned Paranoa Lake. The original Lake, which has a maximum depth of 30 meters and three tiny Islands inside, was built in the 19th century. Today, the lake is the ideal location for swimming, tanning, and engaging in a variety of water sports. Alternately, you may simply unwind and take in the unusual sunset in the late afternoon.

Time required: 2 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 21 minutes via Private transport.

The Planetarium

The Planetarium is an engaging location for both adults and kids, giving guests the chance to view a variety of exhibitions on topics like the Big Bang and human evolution. In the planetarium, there is a projection film that explains the fundamentals of the origins of human life, and there is also contemporary astronomical equipment that you may admire and try using when the sky is filled with stars.

Time required: 2 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 21 minutes via Private transport.

Banco do Brasil Cultural Center

The Banco do Brasil Cultural Center is a must-visit location for lovers of the Fine Arts in Brasilia and is host to stunning shows. Since its debut in 1993, the location has acted as a reference hub for a number of cultural shows, including both temporary exhibitions by local Brazilian artists as well as some permanent collections of artwork. Every once in a while, the Museum also hosts some amazing parties.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 21 minutes via Private transport.

The Itemerary Palace

The building’s whole structure was constructed using local materials, and Brazilian artists’ works were used to decorate the space. Some of these well-known musicians include Rubem Valentim, Bruno Georgi, and Maria Martins. You can take a guided tour to learn some interesting information about the structure and to see some fantastic antique furniture, modern artworks, traditional sculptures, and iconic items.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 18 minutes via taxi.

Praça dos Tràs Poderes (Square of three Towers)

The administrative hub of Brasilia blends some of the city’s most prominent landmark structures and monuments into a breathtaking display of contemporary design. The Supremo Tribunal Federal (Supreme Court), the Congresso Nacional, and the Palácio do Planalto, the President’s official house, are all located around the Praça dos Tràs Poderes (Square of the Three Powers), which carries the moniker “Square of the Three Powers.”

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 20 minutes via Private transport.

Things to Do in Brasilia Airport (BSB)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are several lounges available at the domestic and international terminal of the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are hotels available inside and near the airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones at Brasilia Airport (BSB).

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at Brasilia Airport (BSB). Connect to the “Brasília Airport” Network.

SIM Card: You can buy differnet SIM cards by reaching the various shops at the Brasilia Airport. » buy a global sim card for Brasilia, Brazil that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Train: There is no train service at Brasilia Airport (BSB).

Bus: There are at least 20 buses that serve the airport. Buses 102 or 102.1 run between the airport and the main subway station at Rodoviária. (more info).

Shuttle: There is no shuttle service available at the Brasilia Airport.

Car rentals: Companies including "Avis", "Hertz", "Localiza", "Movida", "Unidas" provides Car rental services at the Brasilia Airport. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: Brasilia Airport Parking is located outside the terminals and has more than 1,034 parking spaces for vehicles and 81 spaces for disabled passengers.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Malex do Brasil offers temporary luggage storage and other services. Storage for larger items is also available at Brasilia Airport. » book a luggage storage or locker at Brasilia Airport (BSB) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Brasilia Airport (BSB) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks