Brazil is an extremely popular tourist destination, and as a result there are lots of flight options to this wonderful country. Aside from national airlines (Air France and TAM), several other companies offer flight routes to major Brazilian cities such as Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo, Manaus and Porto Alegre. Cheap and low-cost flights are available for travel within the country, especially in Belem, Iguaçu, Goiânia, Macapa and Porto Seguro. Depending on your preferences you can choose a direct flight to Brazil or one including stopovers. Flights to Brazil with stopovers are longer but often cheaper. To find cheap flights to Brazil, use our online price comparator which will sift through different flight promotions across the market.
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When searching for cheap flights to Brazil it is most important to know when to go! Brazil is an enormous country with fifteen major cities each with their own unique climate and the price of airline tickets to Brazil varies dramatically from one city to the next. Brazil is located in the southern hemisphere therefore the seasons in Brazil are the reverse of those experienced in Europe. Salvador de Bahia has a tropical climate, and Manaos, the capital of the Amazon, an equatorial one, both of which don't change throughout the year.
To find a well-priced flight to Brazil you could opt to fly to Rio de Janeiro from August to November. Take care though, it is winter in Rio in August, so don't bank on being able to swim in the sea! The most expensive time to fly to Brazil is between May and July. Funnily enough it is during the Carnival in February when there are the most cheap flight deals to Brazil! The weather in Brazil in December and January, during the summer, can be stiflingly hot with highs of 40°C! Flights from London to Rio de Janeiro for these months cost on average £1000.
Iguaçu with its world-famous falls are found in the south of the country, on the border with Argentina. Here it is cold in August (almost 0°C!) and warm in December and January (30°C). The cheapest flights to Iguaçu are in October; however even then tickets to Brazil are relatively high. The Brazilian company TAM, Air France and TAP Portugal via Lisbon are the main airline companies offering flights to Brazil, but for the cheapest flights to Brazil you should choose a flight from the Spanish company, Air Europa, via Madrid.
February: Carnival. Every year the carnival takes place over the 3 days preceding Ash Wednesday. A folk festival bursting with colour, with music, shows and parades, to see the most beautiful of the celebrations head to Recife, Salvador or Rio, home to the globally renowned carnival.
21st April: Tiradentes' Day. From the 19th century to this day, 21st April has been celebrated as Tiradentes' Day to commemorate the martyrdom of Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, also known as Tiradentes. It wasn't until three decades after his death, when Brazil was declared a republic, that Tiradentes was declared a national hero.
June: Festa Junina. These nocturnal festivals take place throughout the month of June and honour the saints throughout the country. They are an opportunity to celebrate around bonfires and light firecrackers.
7th September: Independence Day. Brazilians celebrate with patriotism, the day of the declaration of independence. Celebrations include parades, sporting events, concerts etc.
31st December: Feast of Yemanja. Honouring the goddess of the water, the mother of all the gods, rituals and offerings take place at night on the beach, notably in Rio and Salvador. This celebration is a must see.