Foz do Iguaçu – Cataratas Airport (IGU) is not far both from the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu and Iguaçu Falls.
The airport is located halfway between the entrance to Iguaçu Park (about 14km / 9mi) and the city (about 17km / 11mi). It’s about 10km / 6mi from Ponte Tancredo Neves (Argentina).
The airport handles almost 2 million passengers annually. It receives daily flights from several Brazilian cities, namely Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, operated by Azul, Avianca, Gol and Tam airlines.
On arrival you have a few options to get from the airport to Foz do Iguaçu.
By bus (ônibus)
The cheapest option is to use the city’s public transport system. There are several buses connecting the airport and the city, as well as Argentina and Paraguay’s border cities.
To reach the centre of Foz do Iguaçu, take the regular bus 120. It goes through Avenidas das Cataratas, Jorge Schimmelpfeng and Juscelino Kubistcheck. The service runs every half an hour approximately from 6am to midnight. It’s efficient and inexpensive – a single ticket costs R$ 3.95.
Taxis are available at the airport for about R$ 55 to the city.
If you stay on the Argentine side, either at Melia Iguazu (former Sheraton) or in the city of Puerto Iguazu, your best option is to rent a car. In any case, a taxi ride to Melia Iguazu is about R$ 100, not including the park entrance fee of R$ 62 per person.
A more comfortable option is to hire a private transfer provided by travel agents. Loumar Turismo has different timetables and prices from R$ 20 per person.
Hiring a car is the most flexible option to visit both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the Iguaçu /Iguazu falls, as well as the Itaipu dam.
The main car rental companies have desks at Foz do Iguaçu Airport. Don’t forget to mention that you want to cross the border to the Argentine side, as that requires paying additional insurance.