TIPS OF RIO DE JANEIRO
Tom Jobim international airport, located on Governor’s Island is easily accessible by modern highways, the center and the south of the city, where the major hotels. Twenty-six international airlines and all Brazilian airlines operating at the airport, which recorded in 1998 a movement of about 8 million passengers between domestic and international flights. 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.
International Airport of Rio de Janeiro – Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim:
Tel – information: (+55 21) 3004-6050
Flights: (+55 21) 3398-4527 / 3398-4526
Santos Dumont Airport Domestic:
Information and flights: (+55 21) 3814-7070
The official time in Brazil is 3h behind GMT (London).
Most offices open from 09:00 to 18: 00h Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 13: 00h on Saturdays. Most major shopping malls such as the Rio Sul and the Barra Shopping is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22: 00h and on Sundays from 15:00 to 21: 00h. Rio has several convenience stores open 24 hours / day. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 16: 00h.
The language spoken in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. English is widely taught in schools and a large share of the population understands Spanish.
WINTER AND SUMMER IN RIO DE JANEIRO
The Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer extends from December to March with temperatures ranging from 25 ° C (77 ° F) to 42 ° C (108 ° F); Winter lasts from June to August, with the temperature around 20 ° C (68 ° F) during the day and 16 ° C (60 ° F) at night. There are sunny skies throughout the winter period, which means it is perfect to enjoy the beaches and the many tourist attractions.
The sport suit prevails in Rio, although during working hours men often wear a suit and tie and women thinner clothes. Few places in Rio require formal attire. For men slacks and sport shirt are sufficient; for women casual. A light jacket is enough for winter nights.
ELECTRICITY / VOLTAGE
Voltage in Brazil is not fixed. The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts. Travel adapters are required for certain electric devices. Many hotels and large apartment blocks, however, do have 220 volts outlets.
Rio has an excellent telecommunications system. Direct dial and collect calls can be made from any telephone. Pay phones are available across the city and are phone card operated. Portable cell phones are available to visitors for a small rental charge. The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Brazil is 55 and the city code for Rio de Janeiro 21.
The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (BRL). Exchange rates are available in every daily newspaper, followed by the U.S. dollar exchange rate used in international business transactions. Cash, especially in U.S. dollars, can be exchanged in almost every bank, currency exchange houses and hotels.
The main credit cards are accepted in Brazil, particularly in Rio. Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express are accepted in almost all commercial facilities.
The State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro has a battalion – BPTUR – specialized in ostensive patrolling the city of Rio to protect the tourists. Properly trained and equipped to meet the police incidents with tourists, police officers of this corporation are in charge of patrolling sights, beaches and areas near hotels.
BPTUR – Police Battalion in Tourist Areas
Address: St. Clement Street, 345 – Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil
Tel: (21) 3399-7565 / 69
(21) 3399-7457 call center
(21) 3399-7562 Service intelligence
Fax: (21) 3399-7450
The Police Tourist Service – DEAT – a specialized branch of the Civil Police, is composed of delegate, detectives, investigators and clerks responsible for investigating and any occurrences record. The DEAT has its own headquarters conveniently located in Leblon in front of the Teatro Casa Grande and near the Scala. The station was established and the police specifically trained to meet foreign visitors.
Police Station Tourist Service – DEAT
Address: Afrânio de Mello Franco, s / nº – Leblon
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil
Tel: (21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170
Fax: (21) 3399-7172
Rio has a large fleet of taxis, almost all equipped with air conditioning. Ordinary taxis, identified by the color yellow, roam the streets metered. Special taxis operated by licensed companies serving the airports and hotels or 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 above which must be affixed to the price list.
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”. Rio normally pay up 10%.
Taxis: Taxi drivers do not require a tip, although most passengers round for more tariff to be paid when you are satisfied with the service.
Hotel Chargers and airport: R$ 3.00 per bag.
Carts to load bags at the airport: Free
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Ambulance – 192
Fire Department – 193
Civil Defense – 199
Civil Police – 197
Federal Police – 194
Military Police – 190
Rodoviária Novo Rio Bus Terminal – (+55 21) 2263-4857 / (+55 21) 3213-1800 R 397