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Flights to Rio de Janeiro in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 11% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average price£478Average for round-trip flights in May 2022
Round-trip from£453From London to Rio de Janeiro
One-way from£8One-way flight from London to Rio de Janeiro

Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro in May, June 2022

The best prices found for GIG flights for May, June
13 Jun - 27 Jun
£391pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
13 Jun - 27 Jun
£447pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Lufthansa
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
13 Jun - 27 Jun
£503pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Lufthansa
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow

Rio de Janeiro 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro found for this year
13 Jun - 27 Jun
£391pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow
13 Jun - 27 Jun
£447pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Lufthansa
 
1 STOP
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Lufthansa
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow
18 Sep - 30 Nov
£453pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
KLM
 
1 STOP
LHR
London Heathrow

Last minute flights to Rio de Janeiro

Late deals on return flights to Rio de Janeiro, departing today and this week
3 Jun - 20 Jun
£731pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick
3 Jun - 17 Jun
£732pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick
1 Jun - 17 Jun
£751pp
LHR
London Heathrow
LATAM Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SDU
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
SDU
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
LATAM Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LHR
London Heathrow

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Rio de Janeiro

Can I fly to Rio de Janeiro from United Kingdom right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Rio de Janeiro

Most visitors from United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Rio de Janeiro.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Rio de Janeiro.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Rio de Janeiro.

Can I fly back to United Kingdom from Rio de Janeiro?

Returning to United Kingdom from Rio de Janeiro

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Rio de Janeiro are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Rio de Janeiro are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.

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What is the cheapest month to fly to Rio de Janeiro?

The cheapest ticket to Rio de Janeiro found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
£520
February
£549
March
£445
April
£559
May
£447
June
£526
July
£573
August
£542
September
£434
October
£405
November
£458
December
£638
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Rio de Janeiro is October. The most expensive month for flights is December. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Rio de Janeiro?

Average Rio de Janeiro flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
LON - RIO
Price
£477 - £975
RIO
Temperature
25 - 31 °C
RIO
Rainfall
1 - 14 mm

When is the best time to book a flight to Rio de Janeiro?

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Rio de Janeiro, you should look to book at least 61 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Rio de Janeiro?

The cheapest day to fly to Rio de Janeiro is usually Tuesday. At the moment, Saturday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Rio de Janeiro?

At the moment, flights at midday are likely to offer the best value for money for your Rio de Janeiro trip. A flight in the morning will more often than not be of higher cost.

When to book a flight to Rio

The summer season plays host to one of Rio’s biggest celebrations, Carnival. This 5-day festival gives visitors the chance to learn about Brazilian culture through parties which last all day and night. The atmosphere is euphoric across the city, with people singing, dancing and having lots of fun. Rio de Janeiro is considered the Carnival Capital of the World, so it’s no wonder this is “the” time to come. This is clearly reflected through accommodation and flight prices becoming more expensive, therefore, it is advised to book your hotel and flights to Rio de Janeiro at least a year in advance. To take in some sights and museums, you should aim to arrive a few days before the party starts and linger a few days after.

Another grand party is New Year’s Eve, called Reveillon. Millions pack the beach for the all-night celebration, music, and fireworks. Bear in mind this event can also affect hotel rates and makes it harder to find any cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro.

When planning your trip, it should be taken into consideration that businesses are usually closed from just before Christmas through to the beginning of January.

The city is less crowded and prices are a bit lower during winter, from July to September. This is still a great time to visit and chances of getting a cheap flight to Rio de Janeiro are high, weather-wise, as there is very little rainfall and there are still sunny days, although the nights and some cloudy days can be a little chilly.

City overview

Cidade Maravilhosa or “Marvellous City” is what the locals call their beloved Rio and visitors coming off their Rio flights will quickly agree. Its recognisable landmarks: Sugar Loaf mountain, Christ the Redeemer and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema provide the dramatic backdrop to the world’s most decadent city.

Nestled between 56 miles of beach and two lush green rainforests, Rio’s natural beauty is spellbinding and cariocas take full advantage of it. On any given day, come rain or shine, the locals are out jogging along Ipanema, skydiving close to Sugar Loaf or climbing a tree in Tijuca. But apart from its aesthetic beauty Rio’s cultural and historical sights are just as fascinating. The Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) and Museu Histórico Nacional are well worth a visit while the port of Paraty, a Unesco World Heritage Site, provides a glimpse into Rio’s colonial past.

Most visitors book flights to Rio during Carnaval, but this is also the busiest time, when thousands of people from all over the world fly in especially for the event, making it difficult to get around the city and finding a hotel room can be a challenge. However if you think a visit to Rio isn’t complete without attending at least one Samba show, samba schools conduct pre-Carnaval rehearsals year-round.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) on Corcovado Mountain, the stadium of Maracanã, and the Sugar Loaf Mountain are among its many landmarks. Two cable cars take you 396 metres up the mountain, above Rio’s harbour, where breathtaking views of the city will be indelibly etched into your mind. Sun worshippers should make a beeline for Copacabana beach, while much of the historic architecture can be found in Rio’s financial and business centre.

The Municipal Theatre, National Library and National Museum of Fine Arts are must-sees. If you think you’re a party animal at home, think again. Once in Rio de Janeiro you’ll discover that Brazilians don’t hold back when they let their hair down, putting many other nations to shame whether it’s Carnival time or not.

Rio de Janeiro climate

Summer in Rio is from December through to mid-March where the hot weather is matched with quite a bit of rain. The hottest months, December and January can see temperatures soar to well over 40 degrees Celsius. Flights to Rio and hotel rates can be quite pricey during this time and beaches can be crowded. This is not only due to the glorious weather but also a number of celebrations which take place.

Getting around Rio de Janeiro

The Rio de Janeiro subway doesn’t reach all parts of the city, but it is air-conditioned and quicker and cheaper than the buses, which can take you anywhere. You will need to learn enough Portuguese to ask for directions though, since few drivers speak English. Avoid taking buses at night; they can be a hotspot for robberies. The private buses have regular stops and can be flagged down anywhere on the way to the beach, centre or the airport. If you’re travelling anywhere in the city at night, take a taxi to play it safe. There are plenty of taxis around, and you shouldn’t have trouble flagging one down. For a more reliable and air-conditioned cab, your best bet is one of the radio taxis and cab companies that serves hotels. It’s always a good idea to negotiate your fare before you get in the car if the meter isn’t running. If you rent a car, stay alert and keep the car doors locked. You’ll have to deal with heavy traffic, poorly labelled streets and scarce parking.

Getting downtown

There are two main airports for travellers taking flights to Rio: Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) located on Governor’s Island, north of Rio de Janeiro and Santos Dumont Regional Airport (SDU)). The airport is just a mile or so from the centre.  Guanabara Bay.An airport bus leaves regularly for the major hotels along the beach road. Taxis are available outside the terminal; visitors are advised to buy prepaid taxi vouchers at the Rio Tourism Authority desk; they are usually a little bit more expensive but give you peace of mind. Public buses are also available.

Rio de Janeiro airport overview

Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport, better known as Galeao International Airport, is one of the busiest airports in Brazil. Galeao is Portuguese for galleon, and the airport is named for Galleon Beach, where the majestic ship Padre Eterno was built in 1663.

Located 20km (13 miles) from central Rio de Janeiro, the airport is a favourite gateway for travellers looking to soak up the sun on Copacabana Beach or party the night away during Carnival. Its proximity to such a major international tourism destination means you can find flights to Galeao International Airport from all over the world, including local connections from Salvador da Bahia, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Vitora; and international ones from most major European and North American cities including London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and Washington DC.

With the addition of the second terminal in 1999, the airport increased its capacity to 7.5 million passengers per annum, however it is currently handling more than 12 million each year. This adds up to long queues for everything from security to coffee, and a lack of seating in the departure lounges. However, the airport is currently beefing up its terminals and infrastructure in a big way ahead of Rio de Janeiro hosting the World Cup in 2014.

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