Airports in Minas Gerais In Belo Horizonte: Airport Belo Horizonte, much better known as Airport Pampulha. Despite being clearly undersized, this airport is still the busiest, because of the proximity with the city (about 10 km). There are plans to transfer most of the flights to the newer Airport of Confins (see below), leaving Pampulha handling only the short distance flights (to Rio and São Paulo).
In Confins, near Belo Horizonte: Airport Tancredo Neves, better known as Aiport of Confins (Infraero didn´t publish official information about this airport; for technical information, click here). Biggest airport of the state, currently (2004) handling all international flights. Distant 45 km from Belo Horizonte. According to Infraero (read note), as from March 2005, the traffic which currently is concentrated in Pampulha will be split with Confins. There are also airports in Uberaba and Uberlândia. Check out the list with the airports of Minas Gerais
Buses The main bus station of Belo Horizonte is
Rodoviária Israel Pinheiro - Belo Horizonte
Address: pça. Rio Branco, 100
Tel.: (31) 3277-6907
Some important bus operators:
Gontijo from Belo Horizonte to São Paulo and Salvador
Cometa from Belo Horizonte to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
Util from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro
São Geraldo from Belo Horizonte to Salvador
Itapemirim from Belo Horizonte to Brasília
Map of Minas Gerais. Multimodal Transportation in Minas Gerais Roads, ports, airports. Notice that some links are clickeable.
Conditions of federal roads in Minas Gerais. Up to date info. Click on the name of the road to read details about it.
The most important highway in the State is BR-381, known as Rodovia Fernão Dias, which connects Belo Horizonte and São Paulo. This road is extremely busy, with plenty of big trucks, and its bad conditions make it one of the most dangerous in the country; the governments are spending efforts to duplicate the road (build more lanes), but the work is still in progress.
Another important road is BR-040, which goes from Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro, passing near important Historic cities.