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Top tips for finding cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro
- Looking for cheap airfare to Rio de Janeiro? 25% of our users found return tickets to Rio de Janeiro for the following prices or less: From Manchester £440, from London £448, from Aberdeen £496
- Book at least 4 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
- High season is considered to be February, March and April. The cheapest month to fly to Rio de Janeiro is February.
- When booking your flights to Rio de Janeiro, you can choose to fly into either Galeão International Airport (GIG) or Santos Dumont Airport. The larger Galeão Airport is 25min north of downtown Rio de Janeiro, whereas Santos Dumont Airport is located within the city.
- If you’re travelling with children, there are a number of children’s play areas throughout Galeão Airport to keep them entertained. One is located beyond security in Terminal 1, one in the domestic area of Terminal 2 and the third in the international area of Terminal 2.
- For those who need to travel from the Santos Dumont Airport to the Galeão Airport, the fastest way is to catch a taxi. However, a more affordable option is the Express Bus 2145 which runs between the Airports via downtown Rio de Janeiro, every 20min.
- If you are in Santos Dumont Airport for a long layover, it is important to know that the airport closes between 23:00 – 04:30 each day. While you can remain at the airport when it’s closed, you can only enter the airport during opening hours. Galeão Airport is open 24h a day.
- For those looking to purchase some of the local currency, Brazilian real, after your flight to Rio de Janeiro, you can find Global Exchange Airports throughout Galeão Airport, including in the arrivals area of Terminal 2. The Invest Câmbio currency exchange at Santos Dumont Airport is open 07:00 – 19:00.
FAQs - booking Rio de Janeiro flights
How long is the flight to Rio de Janeiro?
What is the cheapest flight to Rio de Janeiro?
The cheapest airline ticket to Rio de Janeiro from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours was £335 return on the route London to Rio de Janeiro. The most popular route is London to Rio de Janeiro and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was £760 return.
Which airlines fly to Rio de Janeiro?
In general from United Kingdom, LATAM Airlines, Iberia and British Airways fly the most to Rio de Janeiro. The most popular route is from London, and LATAM Airlines, Iberia & British Airways fly this route the most.
Which Rio de Janeiro airport is closest to central Rio de Janeiro?
Rio de Janeiro is served by 2 major airports. Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont (3 miles) is the closest to the centre of Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janeiro-Galeao Airport is 7 miles away from the centre. View on map.
Are there any passenger lounges at Rio de Janeiro Airport?
You can find various passenger lounges at Galeão Airport. If you’re travelling with economy class tickets, the GOL Premium Lounge on Floor 3 of Terminal 2 can be entered for R$ 180 (£35), or the Plaza Premium Lounge on Terminal 2’s South Pier can be entered for R$ 290 (£57). If you are flying into Santos Dumont Airport, the Advantage VIP Lounge can be found in the public area.
What dining options are there at Rio de Janeiro Airport?
If you’re looking for something to eat after your flight to Rio de Janeiro, you can find a food court in the public area of Terminal 2 of the Galeão Airport. If you’re just looking for a snack or a hot drink, Café Suplicy and Casa Bauducco offer coffee and pastries. If you are flying into Santos Dumont Airport, 14 bis restaurant can be found in the airport arrival area.
How do I travel to the city from Rio de Janeiro Airport?
Located close to the city centre, you can find a number of public transport options leaving from Santos Dumont Airport. The Real Premium Bus Lines 2018, 2145 and 2101 serve the airport, as well as the light rail train system (VLT), which can take you to the main central bus station for R$ 3,80 (£0.75). If you are travelling from Galeão Airport, the Rapid Bus Transport system (BRT) can take you into the city centre for R$ 3,60 (£0.70).
What hotels offer a shuttle to the Rio de Janeiro Airport?
If you are flying into Galeão Airport, the Rio Aeroporto Hotel is on the airport campus and provides a place for those in transit in Rio de Janeiro. If you wish to stay in the city, budget-friendly hostels such as Hostel Zainha and Books Hostel offer an airport shuttle to either Galeão Airport or Santos Dumont. For those staying in more luxury hotels, the Belmond Copacabana Palace or the Santa Teresa Hotel also offer airport transport options.
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