Travel Info

AILA 2017 Innovation and epistemological challenges in Applied Linguistics - July 23rd to 28th 2017

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the 18th AILA 2017 World Congress and the city of Rio de Janeiro, the first city in the South America to host it.

This is an excellent opportunity to exchange experience and also to discuss the innovations and epistemological challenges in Applied Linguistics. In addition to the selection of plenaries, symposiums, individual communications and posters, which draws a diverse and an instigating panel on themes that cross the area of contemporary language studies, we are working to provide a favorable environment for this meeting. Taking this into account, we suggest you some tips on how to proceed in your arrival in Rio de Janeiro

The Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport is the main gateway to the city for those who come from abroad and travel long distances. The airport has an express bus service (BRT) for passengers transportation, which connects the airport to some points of the city, such as Barra da Tijuca, where the Congress will take place. It is a good transportation option for those traveling to neighborhoods of the north and west zones.

In order to take advantage of BRT, the passenger must purchase the Riocard card, which costs R $ 3.00 and is sold at the BRT booth at Galeão-Tom Jobim airport. The waiting time is 30 minutes. At the Galeão-Tom Jobim airport, there are two accesses to the BRT: Galeão Station - Tom Jobim 1: landing from terminal 1, gate H Galeão Station - Tom Jobim 2: landing from terminal 2, gate D

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If you choose a taxi, from the Galeão-Tom Jobim airport to the hotel/ headquarters or to any other part of the city upon arrival, we do suggest you to get one of the taxi authorized cooperatives, which are inside the airport. We recommend this option for those who are not familiar with Rio de Janeiro, it is also possible to schedule a transfer with the travel agency by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is relevant to mention that there are also regular buses that connect the airport to other points in the city. For more information, see the airport's website: If you are going to stay at the Hotel Windsor Barra, some of the possible routes for public transportation are shown in this simulation:


If you arrive in Rio at Santos Dumont Airport, in addition to the urban bus service, there is also the VLT (Light Vehicle on Rails). The service, whose fee value is R$ 3.80, has connection with subway, train and boats, as well as the cable car. Although its circulation is more restricted to the downtown area, the VLT, inaugurated during the Olympics, integrates with other means of public transportation. Please, for more information, access:

Santos Dumont's website has general information about the airport: location and access, parking, car rental, hotels and airlines that operate there: We recommend taxi authorized cooperatives for those who are not familiar with Rio de Janeiro, it is also possible to schedule a transfer with the travel agency by the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On the other hand, if you arrive in Rio via Rodoviária Novo Rio, located at Avenida Francisco Bicalho (Leopoldina), the options for travel to the hotel/headquarters would be as follows:


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Rio de Janeiro also has a subway service, which, although it has recently gone to serve the region of Barra da Tijuca, the location of the Congress headquarters, has not yet reached the airports of the municipality. The subway, however, is a good choice for transit passengers between the north, south, west and center zones. From Monday to Saturday, the subway runs from 5am to midnight, and on Sundays and holidays, from 7am to 11pm.

You can buy the ticket for single or return trips, both valid for 48h, with the option of buying a card and refilling at the box office or machines installed at the stations.

For information about the Rio Metro (one of the safest ways to move around the city):

Other transportation options are Easy Taxi, 99 applications, UBER, Cabify and 99 Pop. For them, you should download these apps from online stores. To avoid ‘overpriced races' (Tourists who do not know distances to be traveled, can be taken by longer routes), request travel through applications. It is possible to share routes and driver information, as well as, record your travel route.

Finally, some tips for your safety: as in any big city, we recommend you take care of your things. Avoid leaving your belongings in any place, walking around in isolated places if you do not know them, especially if you are alone. It is also important to avoid risky areas and walk with digital cameras by the shoulder, bags in sight and with cell phones in hand etc. Preventing yourself and have wonderful moments in Rio!

Welcome to the 18th AILA 2017 World Congress and to Rio de Janeiro!!

AILA 2017 Committee