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Flights to Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte may not have a beach, but it’s famous across Brazil for its vibrant nightlife and culture. The city is peppered with museums, has a busy cultural calendar, and more bars per capita than any other city in Brazil. The high quality of life has been noted internationally, with the UN claiming that Belo Horizonte has the highest standard of living in all of Latin America.

Airports in Belo Horizonte

The city is served by two airports. If you’re flying into Belo Horizonte, it’s likely that you’ll land in Tancredo Neves Airport (CNF).  Formerly known as Confins International Airport, it’s one of the busiest airports in Brazil.  It sits 38km outside of the city itself, and supports both domestic and international traffic.

If you’re flying internally within Brazil, you may also find flights to Pampulha- Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport (PLU). This smaller airport is closer to the city itself, and some domestic carriers prefer it due to the convenience.

Airlines that Fly to Belo Horizonte

There are a few airline choices for travellers heading to Belo Horizonte.

The main international airlines flying into Tancredo Neves Airport are American Airlines, TAM Airlines, and TAP Portugal.  Domestic airlines include Aerolineas Argentinas, Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Copa Airlines, and Gol Airlines.

It’s also worth noting that Azul Brazilian Airlines and Passaredo Linhas Aereas both fly to and from Pampulha- Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport.

Getting into Belo Horizonte

Both airports are served by the Conexao Aeroporto buses, which run 24 hours a day. From Tancredo Neves Airport, you can catch a bus to Alvares Cabral Avenue in the centre of Belo Horizonte for R$19.75. The journey takes just under an hour (50 minutes) and the route takes in Pampulha- Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport, too. If you’re starting at Pampulha, the fare is slightly cheaper at R$8.70 as the airport is only 6km from the city centre.

You can also catch one of the local buses which serve the airport. Line 5250 and 5270 run to the bus station of Belo Horizonte, and the fare is much lower at R$8.70. This bus takes a little longer, at 60 minutes. Another option is to take the Urban bus (lines 5252 and 5271) to the 75 minutes, but cost R$7.05.

It’s also possible to catch a taxi from the airport, if you’re willing to spend a little extra. From Tancredo Neves Airport to downtown you can expect to pay roughly R$70.

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