Rio de Janeiro International Airport:

Named after musician Antonio Carlos Jobim, it is one of the most important international hubs in South America and receives over 10 milliion passengers per year. Currently, the airport is directly linked with over 40 international destinations in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.

The airport has been renovated for the Summer Olympic Games in August 2016. The airport is located about 20 km from the southern districts of Rio, which includes Ipanema, Leblon and Gávea.

The trip duration is about 30 minutes by standard taxi, which costs around US$ 15, whereas it might cost about US$ 10 with Uber. These estimates are for light traffic. Heavy traffic is experienced from 7am to 10:30am and from 5pm to 7pm.


It is highly recommended that attendees of ISWCS 2024 stay close to the conference venue in neighbourhoods such as Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. These areas offer plenty of options for accommodation, dining and leisure.

We have reserved some rooms in selected hotels for ISWCS 2024 attendees and you can book them using directly with the hotel or via your preferred booking website. The suggested hotels are shown below.




Getting around:

Rio is a city to be enjoyed by the day and walking around the southern districts is an excellent way to get to know how cariocas live.  The easiest way to get around is using taxis or Uber which are inexpensive.

The underground is particularly useful to get to PUC-Rio (requires a bus transit) and to the city centre. There are underground stations spread across the southern districts and a map can be obtained from the Metro Rio website.

Another inexpensive alternative is to use buses.


Holders of passports issued by countries which have an exemption agreement with Brazil do not need a visa and can stay up to 90 days in the country. These include EU, Israel, most American countries except USA, Canada and Cuba. 

Travel and Safety Information:

Rio is a large city with many social inequalities, relatively high levels of crime and requires attention. However, the southern area is quite safe and tourist friendly.