Flying to Brazil
Brazil Flight Info
If you aren’t entering Brazil from a neighboring country, you’ll most certainly arrive by air. Choose your airfare based on the season, for the best price. Travelers typically schedule flights to Brazil for July and August and in December to Christmas Day. During these times, airfare can be quite steep, and availability becomes difficult. Surprisingly, the airfare pricing doesn’t typically rise during the time of Carnival. The low season for Brazil airfare is any other time of the year.
There are several airport hubs in Brazil. The main airports for international flights include Aeroporto Galeão (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s Aeroporto Guarulhos (GRU). Other important airports include Salvador (SSA), Recife (REC), and Manaus (MAO). When booking your flight, consider arriving at a different airport than São Paulo’s Aeroporto Guarulhos (GRU), because of its popularity, the airport can be crowded, and the layout can confuse international travelers.
There are plenty of gateways to Brazil if you’re traveling from the United States or Canada. From the United States, direct flights to Brazil leave from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Toronto, etc.
If you plan to do a lot of traveling within Brazil, consider purchasing a TAM air pass with your main ticket. TAM offers direct flights from New York, Miami, Paris, and London. Other carriers include Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeroméxico from Mexico City, Aerosur from Bolivia, Air Canada from Toronto, Air France from Paris, American Airlines from Dallas and Miami, Avianca from Bogota, British Airways from London, Continental from Houston and Newark, Copa from Panama City, Delta from Atlanta, Iberia from Madrid, LAN from Santiago, Lufthansa from Frankfurt, South African from Johannesburg, and United from Los Angeles. Australians can fly Qantas with a stopover in Santiago.
Flight delays and cancellations can occur, so you may want to schedule your trip with some buffer days. You can also purchase travel insurance that would cover trip cancellation for any reason and/or trip delays.