Flights to Natal

Natal is known for its beautiful beaches, clean air, and its reputation for being the safest capital city in Brazil. It’s a popular destination for tourists who want to explore Rio Grande do Norte, with the breathtaking beaches along the Atlantic coast and its inland sand dunes. The natural beauty of Natal is a big draw, as the city boasts the second largest urban park in Brazil and is home to the world’s largest cashew tree. Although Natal isn’t famous for its nightlife, each December it throws Brazil’s largest off-season carnival: the Carnatal.

Airports in Natal

Natal is served by Augusto Severo International Airport (NAT) which is 20km away from the city centre. The airport has a good selection of shops and restaurants, some of which are open 24 hours a day. Internet access at the airport costs R$8 per hour.

Because Natal is becoming more popular as a tourist destination, a new airport complex is currently being built. Greater Natal International Airport is currently being built in Sao Goncalo do Amarante and is expected to start operating in April 2014. It’s expected to be the busiest airport in Brazil’s North East once completed.

Airlines that Fly to Natal

Direct international flights to Natal are operated by Arkefly from Amsterdam, Meridiana from Milan and Rome, and TAP Portugal from Lisbon. Augusto Severo Airport also receives a lot of domestic travel, with regional airlines Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL Airlines and TAM Airlines flying from vities such as Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Recife.

Getting into Natal

Public buses run frequently to Natal from the airport. If you’re going to the city centre, catch the Natal bus outside the airport terminal for R$2.60. It’s also possible to get a bus directly to Ponta Negra by crossing the pedestrian bridge. Lines 43 and 56 will take you to Ponte Negra for R$2.20. The urban buses run from 4:35am to 11:15pm during weekdays, 4:35am to 11:10pm on Saturdays, and 4:30am to 11:15pm on Sundays.

Taxis are stationed outside the airport 24 hours a day, and operate on a fixed price rather than on a meter. A journey to the tourist districts of Natal will cost in the region of R$43, although it’s worth confirming with the driver before setting off.

You can also rent a car at the airport if you want to head out and explore Rio Grande do Norte.

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