The bustling metropolis of Curitiba is the largest city in Southern Brazil, and has been praised by a number of organisations for being one of the world’s best models of urban planning. In 2010, the city was awarded the Globe Sustainable City Award, and according to Reader’s Digest it’s the best “Latin American Big City” to live, and is Brazil’s most efficient city.
Many immigrants chose to settle in Curitiba during the 19th Century, and the city has commemorated them with parks and monuments dedicated to different ethnic groups. Italian Wood with its boisterous food festivals, German Wood with its replica buildings, and the peaceful Japan Square with its cherry trees and statues of Buddha are a few examples.
There’s always tons of things to see and do in Curitiba, with a range of festivals, museums, and cultural events running throughout the year.
Airports in Curitiba
Curitiba is served by Afonso Pena international Airport (CWB), named after the 6th President of Brazil. Over seven million passengers pass through its doors each year. The airport was originally built during World War II to help the allied effort during the war, and maintains the same runway layout today.
Currently the airport has two terminals, although one is strictly for cargo. The passenger terminal is well equipped for layovers. As well as having 60 stores, a number of restaurants, and a children’s play centre, it also boasts a small museum.
Airlines that Fly to Curitiba
The only international airlines flying into Curitiba are American Airlines from Miami, Aerolineas Argentinas and GOL Airlines from Buenos Aires. You will have to transfer at another Brazilian airport to get to Curitiba.
Domestic flights to Curitiba are operated by Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Brava Linhas Aereas, GOL Airlines, and TAM Airlines from a range of Brazilian cities including Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, and Rio de Janeiro.
Getting into Curitiba
Afonso Pena International is 18km away from the city centre.
Taxis are available outside the terminal 24 hours a day, and a journey down town costs around R$50. It’s worth speaking to the driver before getting in, as the price can vary depending on the time of day and the length of your journey.
If you’re travelling on a budget, you can catch a city bus. These leave the airport every 20 to 30 minutes, and are very cheap. You can expect to pay R$2.60 on weekdays and R$1 on Sundays.
By Airport Bus
There’s also an Airport Shuttle, which is faster, more comfortable, but more expensive than the city buses at R$8.
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