Usually, if you want to visit Manaos, a flight is necessary from any of the main cities in Brazil like Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza or Salvador. But of course, you can arrive by land or also by river. Take a look at the following information about how to arrive to Manaos.
Arriving to Manaos by air
If you arrive by plane, and it`s very usual, you will arrive to Manaus International Airport, called Eduardo Gomes (MAO) located only 15 km from city centre. The airport is modern and clean.
Manaus is over 2.700 km from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro which takes about four hours by air. Coming from North America or Europe, if you can't get a direct flight, the best option price- and route-wise is probably to connect in Fortaleza the international hub of Northern Brazil
Arriving to Manaos by boat
Manaus is a major destination for boats on the Amazon River. From Belém on the Atlantic Coast, it takes about five days. Boats go to Porto Velho two-three times per week. Tabatinga on the border with Colombia can also be reached by boat from Manaus, with connections further on to Iquitos in Peru. To save a few hours on your way to Colombia or Peru, you can take a boat from Manacapuru instead.
Arriving to Manaos by land
Due to road conditions, there is very little (if any) long-distance bus service originating from major cities in Brazil. There are daily buses to Boa Vista in the north and to destinations in Venezuela. The bus from Caracas in Venezuela takes about 36 hours, but it is air-conditioned, has comfortable reclining seats and a toilet.