SWISS‘ sister airline Edelweiss and Lufthansa are selling super cheap tickets for flights to Rio de Janeiro! Departing from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport fares are starting as low as €359, including one piece of checked luggage (23 kg). If you prefer the German carrier, you’ll have to add about €70 extra.
The option to book open-jaw flights might be very interesting as well. For just a little over 400€, you can get to Sao Paulo and then fly back from Rio to Paris. Of course, you could also integrate other destination, like the Iguazu Falls, into your trip.
The trip to Brazil itself is surprisingly short. Most options include a short layover in Zurich before you cross the Atlantic ocean. However, the departure flight from Paris will leave quite early. If your journey there will take you a while, you might want to consider an overnight stay.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, this offer will be available until July 19, 2019 for flights departing on or before March 31st, 2020. We found scattered availabilities from November 2019 through March 2020.
Minimum stay is 4 days or at least one night from Saturday to Sunday, and you can’t stay longer than 3 months if you want to book this fare.
To find the best available dates, we recommend using Google Flights (instructions) or Lufthansa’s Best Price Search. You can also book your flights directly on the carrier’s website or use Travel Dealz Flight search to get an even better price.
As already mentioned, you can also book open-jaw flights for a little extra. For 428€ you could book a trip from Paris to Sao Paulo and return from Rio:
You’ll only need another domestic flight to connect between the two airports. Fares for such a flight start at €25:
All tickets are issued in booking class K. Depending on the operating airline and your frequent flyer program of choice, you‘ll usually earn 25% to 100% tier miles and (except with Miles&More) a similar number of award miles.
For flights with Edelweiss, things are different. You’ll only be credited with miles if you’re a member of Miles&More or United MileagePlus. And please note that Edelweiss is not a member of Star Alliance. So you can’t take advantage of your tier status privileges (e.g., additional baggage allowance).
Tips for Brazil
Brazil is probably the country in South America that is most frequented by tourists. Whether it’s the carnival or the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro or touring the Amazon, visitors will get their money’s worth here.
Traditionally, flights to South America and Brazil from Europe are quite expensive, but since a few years, there are increasingly cheap offers, especially with Iberia and TAP.
Best Time to Visit
Brazil is a vast country – so there is no such thing as an overall best travel time. It all depends on what you want to see. It is best to visit the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort he rainforest is from May to September.
Entry & Visa
EU citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days and can enter with a passport only. Note that, similar to the USA, that after your first stop in Brazil your luggage must be collected and brought through customs. Calculate accordingly when booking a connecting flight.
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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 Europ. Fares are generally around 400€ to 600€ with the occasional steal of less than 400€.
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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