Getting Around

The streets of Belo Horizonte are arranged in a grid pattern, which makes it easier to navigate despite the urban sprawl. The city is a major transport hub for buses, with the bus terminal at the northern end of Afonso Pena Avenue servicing most major cities in Brazil.

Belo Horizonte itself has a good bus network, though it can be confusing for tourists. The buses are colour-coded: yellow buses circulate within the same city region; blue buses head in and out of the city centre; red buses travel between the city centre and more distant neighbourhoods; orange buses go from one region to another without stopping in the city centre; and green buses travel between BHBUS stations.

Belo Horizonte also has a metro train, though the network is limited and rather useless for travellers. Against that, the city has one of the best taxi fleets in the country. Taxis are white, ever-present and relatively inexpensive.


Belo Horizonte Airport

The airport is located 24 miles (38km) north of downtown Belo Horizonte.

Belo Horizonte Airport (CNF)


The airport is located 24 miles (38km) north of downtown Belo Horizonte.

Getting to the city

The airport is quite far from the city and it takes about 50 minutes to drive to the city centre. The airport is served by regular buses, executive buses, and taxis. The airport is not directly accessed by the Belo Horizonte subway, but buses can take passengers to the metro station.


GMT -3 (GMT -2 between October and February)

Car rental

Car hire companies at the airport include Avis, Hertz and Movida.

Airport Taxis

Taxis from a number of different companies are available at the airport, including Cooperfins, Coopertramo, Cootramo, and Mines Taxi. Taxi counters are available in Hall of Terminal 1 and 3.


Facilities at the airport include banks, ATMs, medical facilities, a pharmacy, baby-changing facilities, baggage storage, shops (including duty-free), and several restaurants and bars.


Short- and long-term parking is available within walking distance of the terminal.