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Flights to Rio de Janeiro in 2021

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, 25% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average price$1,380Average for round-trip flights in April 2021
Round-trip from$2,554From Sydney to Rio de Janeiro
One-way from$1,780One-way flight from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro

Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro in April, May 2021

The best prices found for GIG flights for April, May
16 Apr - 18 Apr
$5,707pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
16 Apr - 18 Apr
$7,813pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
16 Apr - 18 Apr
$8,204pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Rio de Janeiro 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro found for this year
4 Nov - 8 Nov
$2,132pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
15 Nov - 19 Nov
$2,157pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
GIG
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
15 Nov - 19 Nov
$2,293pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SDU
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
SDU
Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
American Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Cheapest prices for Rio de Janeiro flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Rio de Janeiro found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$1,683
February
$1,616
March
$1,410
April
$1,157
May
$1,207
June
$1,172
July
$1,277
August
$1,297
September
$1,267
October
$1,550
November
$1,474
December
$2,037
April is currently the cheapest month to fly to Rio de Janeiro. At this moment in time December is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

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

Average Rio de Janeiro flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
SYD - RIO
Price
$1,157 - $2,669
RIO
Temperature
25 - 31 °C
RIO
Rainfall
1 - 14 mm
Flying to Rio de Janeiro in April is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. February sees the temperatures in Rio de Janeiro peak to their warmest. November tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

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

Booking 61 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Rio de Janeiro?

At the moment, Thursday is the most economical day to take a flight to Rio de Janeiro. Saturday is likely to be the most costly.

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

Flights in the morning are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to Rio de Janeiro. Flights at midday are usually the most expensive.

When to fly

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.

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 Rio de Janeiro flights 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 the price of airline tickets.

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, 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.

Why visit?

Cidade Maravilhosa or “Marvellous City” is what cariocas 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 90 km 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 their airline tickets to Rio during the 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.

Once you’ve taken Rio de Janeiro flights, the Municipal Theatre, National Library and National Museum of Fine Arts are also must-sees.

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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 Fresco buses have regular stops and can be flagged down anywhere on the way to the beach, downtown 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

An airport bus leaves Galeão International Airport (GIG) 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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