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Cheap Flights to Rio de Janeiro

Popular in December High demand for flights, 10% potential price rise
Cheapest in May Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price £519 Average for round-trip flights in October 2020
Round-trip from £340 From London to Rio de Janeiro
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Rio de Janeiro related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Rio de Janeiro along with the rest of Brazil. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Brazil has restricted the entry of all travellers who are not citizens, residents, government employees and their family members, immediate family members of citizens, diplomats, travellers with authorisation from the government, travellers with a National Migration Registry, or travellers in transit who do not leave the international area of the airport. Spouses of Brazilian nationals must have a Brazilian marriage certificate to enter the country. If the certificate is not issued by Brazil, it must be apostilled by a consulate and be accompanied by a non-official translation in Portuguese. Technical landings to refuel where passengers of restricted entry do not disembark may also enter the country.. If you are looking to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.

Cheapest prices for Rio de Janeiro flights by month

January
£511
February
£521
March
£447
April
£447
May
£433
June
£429
July
£592
August
£553
September
£460
October
£490
November
£447
December
£579
Currently, June is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Rio de Janeiro. Flying to Rio de Janeiro in July will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

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

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LON - RIO
Price
£429 - £877
RIO
Temperature
25 - 31 °C
RIO
Rainfall
1 - 14 mm
June is typically the best time to fly to Rio de Janeiro, but there are other times where great deals are available. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to Rio de Janeiro, the warmest period tends to be February, with the wettest being November.

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 60 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 flights to Rio de Janeiro are usually found when departing on a Wednesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Saturday.

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

At the moment, flights in the morning are likely to offer the best value for money for your Rio de Janeiro trip. A flight at midday 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.

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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.

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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.

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