Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's second largest city and is home to a population of over six million people. Throughout the Portuguese colonial era, this city was the capital of Brazil and today it is one of the most frequently visited cities south of the Equator. Many international airlines fly to this city including British Airways and KLM, and direct flights to Rio de Janeiro are available from European cities such as Rome and Paris. If you are looking for a direct Rio de Janeiro flight departing from London, use our online comparison tool to help you with your search. You will be able to compare deals online and then select a cheap flight to Rio de Janeiro that meets your preferences. This city has so much to offer tourists, it is renowned for its natural beauty and its beaches such as Leblon and Copacabana are popular with sun worshippers from across the globe. The various peaks around the city such as Sugarloaf Mountain offer glorious panoramic views of the city and there is an abundance of world class hotels in the city centre.
There are four main methods of transport into the downtown area from the airport. You can either jump on a bus or use the prepaid or regular (metered) taxi services. Alternatively you can always use the new online transfer service which will cost around £5.00. Book at least 24 hours in advance. In general the transportation in the city is very safe and consists of bus, subway and ferry services. The sights and attractions in this city are voluminous in quantity so staying occupied will not be a problem. The Christ the Redeemer statue is a well known landmark of this wonderful Brazilian city and the Corcovado mountain offers great views of the area. Other attractions include Tijuca Forest, Teatro Municipal and Recreio dos Bandeirantes.