You can currently buy tickets to Rio de Janeiro for as little as €555 from various countries in Western Europe, such as Spain, France, the UK, and the Netherlands. The flights are operated by the Italian airline ITA. However, the cheapest price only includes 8 kg of hand luggage, often has you spending a lot of hours in Rome (which you could use for some sightseeing), and is only offered by online travel agencies. If you want to book the flights on ITA’s website, with luggage and short layovers, the price starts at €718.
It is also possible to add a stopover in Rome – i.e. you can spend as many days in Rome as you wish before continuing your trip. More on that below.
These prices can only be found in November. Feel free to select your preferred airport of departure and dates, and we’ll either redirect you to our Travel-Dealz flight search, where you’ll find the cheapest price, or to ITA’s website (a good choice if you want to travel with luggage).
Here is the list of cities that you can depart from. Sometimes, you’ll have the option to pay less and spend the entire day in Rome before continuing your trip that night. ITA doesn’t fly to all airports from Rome, so from some cities, you’ll have to have 2 layovers, first flying to Milan, then to Rome, then to Brazil (and vice versa):
- From Barcelona: €555 (+ €20 for short layovers)
- From Paris: €557 (+ €27 for short layovers)
- From Madrid: €559 (+ €25 for short layovers)
- From Amsterdam: €620 (short layovers)
- From London: €624 (2 layovers)
- From Valencia: €631 (2 layovers)
- From Bilbao: €632 (2 layovers)
- From Alicante: €636 (2 layovers)
- From Brussels: €640 (short layovers)
- From Luxembourg: €665 (short layovers)
ITA uses an Airbus A330 for its 12-hour flight to Brazil. These planes are equipped with a 2-4-2 economy class. You’ll also be served free food and drinks on all flights.
Search & Book
This deal expires on October 3, 2023. You have to fly before December 3, have to spend at least 5 days or a Sunday in Brazil, and cannot stay for more than 3 months.
You can find all available dates on Google Flights and then either get the cheapest price on our Travel-Dealz flight search, or book on ITA’s website for around €40 more. Especially if you want to fly with luggage (which costs another €100 more), you should book on ITA’s website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
Add a Stopover in Rome
It is also possible to extend your layover in Rome for multiple days. Hotels and everything else are not included, but it’s a great chance to explore the Italian capital at almost no extra (flight) cost. It doesn’t matter if you add the stopover on the outbound flight, inbound flight, or even both.
To book a stopover, you’ll have to search for a multi-stop booking. Here’s an example:
Here’s a pre-filled search for orientation:
The tickets are issued in booking class O. Barely any programs credit miles for ITA flights. To give you an example, flying from Paris, you can expect the following credits:
- 6,384 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 3,192 Award Miles + 70 Tier Points on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 3,192 Miles on Air Europa Suma
Information & Tips for Rio de Jainero
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest but especially for tourists probably the most important city in Brazil. Famous for its carnival, Cristo Redentor statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana, Rio offers visitors a variety of experiences and sights.
The city has excellent flight connections to Europe. Fares are generally around €400 to €600 with the occasional steal of less than €400.
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Rio is between December and March. At this time of year, the weather is warm but moderate, and the water temperature is perfect for swimming. Carnival takes place in February.
From the airport to the city
Express buses with air conditioning and lots of space for your luggage will take you to the city in about half an hour for the equivalent of €3. The taxi ride costs between €14 and €25. Make sure that you only take licensed taxis!
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