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Aeroporto Internacional Eduardo Gomes

Manaus is an important air hub for the Amazonas region. The main airport, Aeroporto Internacional Eduardo Gomes, is located 13km north of the city center. Modern, spiffy and cavernous – thank you World Cup 2014! – it has info kiosks, ATMs (but no foreign exchange desk at the time of writing), luggage lockers, restaurants, shopping and wi-fi. Charter planes and smaller regional airlines may use a separate terminal (known as ‘Eduardinho’), about 600m east of the main one.

Transport Options

Buses 306 ‘Aeroporto’ (R$3.80) and 813 ‘Aeroporto-Ejecutivo’ (R$8) run about every half-hour between the airport and Praça da Matriz in the center of town; the latter is air-conditioned, less crowded and definitely worth the extra reais. At the airport, turn right out of the main doors and walk to the bus stop at the end of the terminal. In town, the most convenient stops are Praça da Matriz and on Av Getúlio Vargas near Rua José Clemente.

Taxis at the airport charge a fixed R$75 for the 20-minute ride into town, while the return trip costs around R$65; some hotels have an arrangement with taxi drivers whereby you pay R$50 if going from the hotel to the airport. In any case, always be sure to agree on a price before setting off.

Airlines

American Airlines Direct flights between Manaus and Miami.

Azul Connects Manaus with Boa Vista, Tefé, Tabatinga, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Santarém and Fortaleza.

Copa Airlines International flights to/from Manaus, including Panama City, Miami and Bogota.

Gol Manaus to/from Boa Vista, Porto Velho, Santarém, Belém, Brasília and Sao Paulo.

LATAM Direct flights between Manaus and Boa Vista, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Fortaleza and Belém, with extensive onward domestic and international connections.

MAP Connects Manaus with smaller airports across the Amazon and beyond, including Barcelos, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Eirunepé, Tefé, Coari, Lábrea, Itaituba, Parintins and Porto Trombetas.

TAP Has an office in Manaus, but no flights into the city.

Boat

The main port's ticket office sells passage for most long-distance riverboats. It is not recommended to buy tickets from the men with desks along the sidewalk in front of the boat terminal; although they're slightly cheaper, you're the first to be bumped if the boat is full.

Rio Solimões

Large passenger boats plying the Rio Solimões use Manaus' main passenger port, Estação Hidroviária de Manaus. Speedboats use the smaller Porto Manaus Moderna.

Headed up the Rio Solimões, boats call at Tefé, Benjamin Constant and Tabatinga.

Tefé

Type of Boat

Riverboat

Departure

5-6am Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun

Duration

36 hrs

Hammock or seat (R$)

175

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

650

Tefé

Type of Boat

Speedboat

Departure

6am Tue

Duration

13 hrs

Hammock or seat (R$)

270

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

-

Tabatinga

Type of Boat

Riverboat

Departure

noon Wed, Fri & Sat

Duration

7 days

Hammock or seat (R$)

400

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

1620

Tabatinga

Type of Boat

Speedboat

Departure

6am Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun

Duration

36 hrs

Hammock or seat (R$)

600

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

-

Rio Negro

Both slow (river) boats and speedboats going up the Rio Negro use Porto São Raimundo, a seedy port about 1.5km northwest of the center. If traveling by speedboat, bring a camping pad if you've got one: many passengers lie in the aisle to get some sleep.

Novo Airão

Type of Boat

Riverboat

Departure

8pm Tue & Thu

Duration (hrs)

9-10

Hammock or seat (R$)

48

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

-

Barcelos

Type of Boat

Riverboat

Departure

6pm Tue, Wed & Fri

Duration (hrs)

25-30

Hammock or seat (R$)

140

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

350

Barcelos

Type of Boat

Speedboat

Departure

3pm Tue & Fri

Duration (hrs)

12

Hammock or seat (R$)

180

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

-

São Gabriel da Cachoeira

Type of Boat

Riverboat

Departure

5pm & 6pm Fri

Duration (hrs)

72

Hammock or seat (R$)

390

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

-

São Gabriel da Cachoeira

Type of Boat

Speedboat

Departure

3pm Tue & Fri

Duration (hrs)

24

Hammock or seat (R$)

450

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

-

Rio Amazon & Rio Madeira

Passenger boats going downstream to Belém depart from the Estação Hidroviária de Manaus and usually make stops in Itacoatiara, Parintins, Santarém and Monte Alegre.

Boats to Porto Velho take the Rio Madeira, making stops at Manicoré and Humaitá.

Belém

Departure

11am Wed & Fri

Duration

4 days

Hammock (R$)

from 350

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

from 1100

Porto Velho

Departure

6pm Tue

Duration

4 days

Hammock (R$)

240

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

660

Santarém

Departure

11am Mon-Sat

Duration

36 hrs

Hammock (R$)

180

Cabin, 2 pax (R$)

from 800

Bus

Eucatur has services to Boa Vista (R$170, 10 to 12 hours, 10am, 6pm, 7pm and 11pm). If you plan to continue directly to Venezuela, take the 6pm or 7pm buses from Manaus in order to have the best chance of catching the one and only bus to the border, which leaves Boa Vista at 7am.

Asatur also serves Boa Vista (R$170 to R$230, 7pm; 11¾ hrs); there are two departures at 7pm, one of which is 'VIP' with nearly fully reclining seats and on-board wi-fi.

Aruanã Aruanã has seven daily buses from Manaus to Presidente Figueiredo (R$35, two hours), leaving from Manaus at 6am, 10am, 12:30pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 11pm) and to Itacoatiara (R$55, four hours, six daily).

Long-Distance Bus Station

Manaus' small long-distance bus station is 6km north of town, in the same direction as the airport.

Transport Options

Buses 306 and 813 (the same ones you take to the airport) also pass the bus station; get on either at Praça da Matriz or on Av Gétulio Vargas. Tickets cost R$3.80. The bus station is small and easy to miss, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

You can catch the same buses back into town. Leaving the bus station, use the pedestrian bridge to cross Rua Recife and turn left along the busy street on the far side of the gas station there. The bus stop is 100m further along, on the far side of the street.

A taxi between the bus station and the center costs R$50.

Car

Rental agencies at the airport include Localiza, Unidas, Avis and Hertz.