The closest airport to Porto de Galinhas is Recife International Airport (REC), which is among the best airports in Brazil. There are direct flights connecting Recife to more than 50 destinations, including every region and major city in Brazil. The list of international cities with direct flights include:

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosário
  • Cape Verde: Sal
  • Chile: Santiago
  • Panama: Panama City
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • Spain: Madrid
  • U.S.A.: Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale
  • Uruguay: Montevideo


Porto de Galinhas is located 55 km (34 miles) from Recife airport and can be easily accessed by rented car, taxi, Uber*, private transfer or regular bus. It takes around 55 minutes to get to Porto de Galinhas (expect by regular bus, which takes 1 hour and 30 minutes)

* Make sure to configure the Uber account on your mobile phone before you leave your home country. Uber will request a valid Brazilian ID number if you try to set it up for the first time after arriving in Brazil

Driver's License

If you want to drive, the driver's license of most countries is valid in Brazil for up to 180 days (more information here). You can rent a car online and pick it up at the airport or you can rent at the airport. Renting a car should cost around R$75.00 (US$18.00) per day plus gas, which costs around R$4.75 (US$1.15) per liter. The road to Porto de Galinhas is safe and tolled, which costs R$8.30 (US$2.00)

Transfer Options

As for the other means of transportation:

  • Taxis are available at Recife airport and one-way trip to Porto de Galinhas cost around R$145.00 (US$35.00)
  • Uber is also available at the airport and one-way trip to Porto de Galinhas cost around R$110.00 (US$26.00)
  • You can hire private shuttles from ISMAR official travel agency and the round-trip to Porto de Galinhas cost R$150.00 (US$36.00)
  • The regular bus to Porto de Galinhas departs at every hour from Recife Airport. The one-way fare is R$15.00 (US$4.00). There is one bus stop 500 m (1/3 mile) to Hotel Armação, which is the one before the last stop. The last stop is in downtown Porto de Galinhas, 2 km (1 1/4 mile) to Hotel Armação

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