São João del-Rei can be easily accessed by car (BRS 265, 383 and 494), from the main cities of southeast Brazil. The drive corresponds to a few hundred kilometres from Brazil’s main airports:

Distance from Belo Horizonte:
Confins Airport (CNF): 3 hrs 30 min (230.5 km) via BR-040 and BR-383
Pampulha Airport (PLU): 3 hrs  (199 km) via BR-040 and BR-383

Distance from Rio de Janeiro:
Tom Jobim/Galeão Airport (GIG): 4 hrs 45 min (325.6 km) via BR-040
Santos Dumont Airport (SDU): 4 hrs 55 min (336 km) via BR-040

Distance from São Paulo:
Guarulhos Airport (GRU): 6 h 30 min (469 km) via BR-381
Congonhas Airport (CGH): 6 h 45 min (481 km) via BR-381