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International Flights & Airports

International flights to Brazil

A few international airports offer direct flights to Belo Horizonte.  These direct flights depart from Miami, Panama City, Lisbon, Paris and Montevideo.

However, most international flights to Brazil land at the international airports of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife or Salvador, where there are connecting flights to most other major Brazilian cities, including Belo Horizonte.

NOTE: When booking a flight via one of these cities, please be aware that some connecting flights depart from the city's domestic airport.  As transfer between airports may take a considerable amount of time, especially due to traffic, we recommend booking connecting flights from the same airport.



Visitors who are intending to travel on from their point of entry to explore the rest of Brazil should consider investing in a Brazilian Airpass before arriving in the country. The Airpass can only be sold outside of Brazil and to non-residents with a return air ticket.


Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF)

Belo Horizonte is serviced by Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF). The airport is located 38 km (24 mi) north of downtown Belo Horizonte, in the municipalities of Confins and Lagoa Santa, part of the greater metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte.

Mostly serving domestic flights to and from other Brazilian cities, Tancredo Neves International Airport also serves international flights to and from five cities: Miami, Panama City, Lisbon, Paris and Montevideo.

The airport is regularly served by buses, taxis and Executive Airport Shuttle Buses. Tickets can be purchased at booths in the arrivals area.  

Time to downtown Belo Horizonte: 50 minutes  


Flights from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro

Belo Horizonte is located at the intersection of the main roads to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia. The distance between Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro is 340 kilometers (7 hours distance by bus/car and 50 minutes by airplane)

It is recommended that travellers fly to Rio de Janeiro. 

The Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF) offers several flights to Rio de Janeiro throughout the whole day. Please check out the options for flying to Rio de Janeiro.


To Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro

Due to its prime location in Rio de Janeiro downtown, the Santos Dumont Airport allows arriving passengers to quick travel to hotels and touristic areas.

  • Distance to Downtown: 20 km
  • Time to Convention Centre - RioCentro: 35 min


To Galeao Airport in Rio de Janeiro

Galeao Airport is one of the main gateways to Brazil. It is served by several expressways, including the Red Line, the Yellow Line, and the Brazil Avenue, which facilitates traffic from several points across the South, North, and West regions of the city. Taxis and special bus lines connect Galeao Airport to many destinations around Rio de Janeiro.

  • Distance to Downtown: 20 km
  • Time to Convention Centre - RioCentro: 20 min

Airline Companies

The following airline companies offer flights between Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro: