Flights to Rio de Janeiro

Find great value flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second city

Find great value airplane tickets to Rio de Janeiro with Air France . This airline operates daily flights from Hong Kong to Rio de Janeiro . You'll touch down at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, named after Antônio-Carlos-Jobim, a Brazilian musician who co-founded the Bossa Nova genre. The airport is located on Governador Island, which is connected to the city by several bridges. Taxis and buses will take you to the city centre.
Located in the southeast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro proper has over 6 million inhabitants (greater Rio has a population of more than 12 million), making it the second largest city in the country, after São Paulo. It is world-famous for its two week-long carnival, the celebration of samba par excellence.

Nicknamed the cidade maravilhosa (the marvellous city), Rio de Janeiro has lots of tourist attractions, including:

  • Sugarloaf mountain: a 396 metre high peak overlooking the entrance to Guanabara Bay. A cable car runs to the summit. It gets its name from its similarity in shape to the blocks of refined sugar in earthenware moulds that would have been shipped out from Rio in the 16th century during the early days of the sugarcane trade.
  • Corcovado: the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, 30 metres high, which dates from 1931.
  • Rio's beaches: the beach of Copacabana, which extends for 6 km, is the best-known of all and plays host to hundreds of thousands of people each summer. On Ipanema beach, located in a fashionable district in the south of the city, sports galore are on the menu, such as beach volleyball, footvolley and skimboarding.
  • The picturesque district of Santa Teresa, with its winding, narrow cobbled streets.
  • Tijuca forest: right in the heart of the city, this is the largest urban forest in the world, spreading out over 2,300 hectares. It contains hundreds of species of flora and fauna, waterfalls and much more…

In addition to buying your airplane ticket to Rio de Janeiro, you can also book accommodation or hire a car through Air France.

Use Rio de Janeiro as a base from which to explore the Amazon region and the iconic Iguaçu falls!

Rio city centre, with its blend of modern office buildings and echoes of the past has lots to offer. There's plenty of choice in terms of restaurants, clubs and pubs. It's well worth trying out a juice bar to savour some exotic flavours! Or why not go dancing in a samba club in the Lapa district, where music and partying are a way of life? Avid shoppers, meanwhile, will head for the market on Avenida Atlantica, at Posto n°5, Copacabana.
For some rest and relaxation, Ilha Grande is ideal. A two hour drive followed by a one hour boat trip takes you to this peaceful paradise, where no cars are allowed. It's located opposite Angra dos Reis, a town to the west of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
If you have plenty of time, you could explore more of the country and its melting-pot of peoples and cultures - taking internal flights is a good way of doing this: Amazonia and its tropical rainforest, Iguaçu falls, Pantanal Matogrossense National Park, the Brazilian coast and its beaches, and the concrete jungles of its cities, including Rio, São Paulo and Salvador de Bahia…In all, Brazil covers almost 8,512,000 km², 7710 times the size of Hong Kong!
Before heading off, there are some practicalities to be taken into consideration. Remember to find out more about the entry requirements to Brazil . Tourists from Hong Kong do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or under.
The best time to go to Rio de Janeiro is winter in the southern hemisphere, in other words, from June to September, which is also the dry season. Temperatures range from 12 °C at night-time to 25 °C during the day. The currency is the Real and the official language is Portuguese. Go to your local travel health clinic for advice on vaccinations and other health matters. Rio is 11 hours behind Hong Kong in the summertime and 10 hours behind in the winter.

For more information about the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro

Take a look at the HKSAR outbound travel alert pages for travel advice for visitors to Brazil .
All the tourist-related information you need is on the official Brazilian tourism website .