Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro – Image courtesy of hotelroomsearch.net
Where is Rio de Janeiro . . .
Rio de Janeiro – the second largest city in Brazil – is located on the South Atlantic coast.
Getting to Rio
Rio de Janeiro is well serviced by a number of international airlines.
From Australia: The most convenient flights are on Qantas to Buenos Aires, with connecting flights to Rio de Janeiro on Gol. From Perth, the best route is on South African Airlines via Johannesburg.
From New Zealand: The most convenient flights are on Aerolineas Argentinas to Buenos Aires, with connecting flights to Rio de Janeiro on TAM Linhas Aereas.
From the UK: The most convenient direct flights to Rio are on British Airways from London Heathrow.
From the USA: American Airlines offers direct flights to Rio from New York Kennedy. From Los Angeles, American Airlines flies via Dallas/Ft.Worth.
Flight time to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brisbane to Rio is 20 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Rio is 17 hours 49 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Rio is 20 hours 10 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Rio is 23 hours 10 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Auckland to Rio is 16 hours 21 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Rio is 11 hours 40 minutes, direct flight
New York to Rio is 9 hours 50 minutes, direct flight
Los Angeles to Rio is 14 hours, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)
Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (better known as Galeão International Airport) is located 20km north of the city centre. Hotels can provide pre-arranged transport for guests. Car hire and taxis are also available. To avoid any hassle, taxi vouchers should be bought from the Rio de Janeiro State Tourism Authority desk in the arrivals terminal.
A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Apart from walking, the easiest way to get around is by subway. Taxis and local buses are plentiful and inexpensive. Car hire is available at the airport and in town, and is best for trips out of Rio – city traffic is hectic and parking almost nonexistent.