Cheap flights to South America

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Flights to South America in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJanuaryHigh demand for flights, 14% potential price rise
Cheapest inSeptemberBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average priceR10 514Average for return flights in May 2022
Return fromR8 914From Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro
One-way fromR6 113One-way flight from Johannesburg to South America

Cheap flights to South America in May, June 2022

The best prices found for RIO flights for May, June
Jun 30 - Jul 1
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

GRU

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl

1 stop

14h 00m
GRU

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

16h 35m
R11 202

TAAG

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Deal found 5/16/22

May 31 - Jul 27
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

GRU

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl

1 stop

14h 00m
GRU

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

16h 35m
R13 011

TAAG

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Deal found 5/17/22

Jun 16 - Nov 30
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

GRU

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl

1 stop

14h 00m
GRU

Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

1 stop

16h 35m
R13 059

TAAG

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Deal found 5/17/22

South America 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to South America found for this year
Sep 22 - Sep 27
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

2 stops

33h 45m
SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

38h 35m
R8 914

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 5/17/22

Aug 18 - Aug 23
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

2 stops

33h 45m
SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

36h 50m
R10 674

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 5/17/22

Aug 18 - Aug 23
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

GIG

Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl

2 stops

23h 45m
GIG

Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

36h 35m
R10 802

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 5/17/22

Last minute flights to South America

Late deals on return flights to South America, departing today and this week
May 26 - Jun 12
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

2 stops

34h 45m
SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

36h 50m
R16 820

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 5/18/22

May 26 - Jun 11
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

GIG

Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl

2 stops

57h 05m
GIG

Rio de Janeiro–Galeão Intl

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

29h 45m
R16 916

Qatar Airways

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Deal found 5/17/22

May 26 - Jun 11
JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

2 stops

29h 50m
SDU

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

JNB

Johannesburg OR Tambo

2 stops

28h 55m
R16 948

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 5/17/22

When is the best time to fly to South America?

Average South America flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

JNB - RIO

Price

R14 872 - R21 884

RIO

Temperature

21 - 28 °C

RIO

Rainfall

40 - 130 mm

Peak season:

South America is a massive continent so it’s almost impossible to highlight just one peak tourism season. Countries such as Brazil and Argentina are pretty much year-round destinations, but the peak season in both these countries run from December through March, which is the summer months in which most tourists show up. It can be challenging to find cheap flight deals to South America from December through March for obvious reasons. Other countries such as Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador don’t have winter or summer months, but they do have wet and dry seasons. Due to the various seasonal changes, each country has its peak and off season. Generally speaking, the festive season over Christmas is when flight prices to South America are at their most expensive.

Off season:

Just like the peak season, it’s hard to differentiate between off seasons in the South American countries. The cheapest flights to South America can however often be found during the months of June and October, which is when the majority of South America’s countries experience their winters or monsoon seasons. Once you’ve decided where exactly you’d like to go in South America, you should aim to book your flights to that country during the off season to help you save as much as possible on flight and accommodation prices.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in South America?

Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Ecuador are the most popular flight destinations in South America.

With its plethora of natural and cultural wonders, South America has always been a continent that captivates travelers from across the world. From its idyllic beaches to its snow-capped mountains, the tropical rainforests and the intriguing natives, when taking a quick inventory of what South America boasts, it’s not hard to understand why it’s such a fascinating destination. If you’re planning on taking a cheap flight to South America, you’ll be welcomed by a curious combination of familiarities, such as colonial churches, beach culture, and European languages, all topped off with a touch of the exotic!

Which airlines operate flights to South America?

Since South America comprises out of a variety of countries, you’ll see that there are plenty of airlines that offer flight routes to and from South America. Once you’ve figured out where you’d like to go in South America, you’ll have a clearer indication of exactly which airlines operate flights to your countries of choice. You’ll probably end up seeing names such as British Airways, Brasil Central Linha, LAN Airlines, Tap Air Portugal, and Finnair coming up once you’ve refined your destination-specific search.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

Brazil – Rio de Janeiro

If you’re heading to Brazil and touching down in Rio de Janeiro, you’ll have a few different options as to how you can get to the heart of the city. The Bus Rapid Transport system is a popular public transport service that’ll get you to the city center quickly and affordably. The airport is also serviced by a range of metered and pre-booked taxis, all of which can be found outside of the arrival terminals, which can be an excellent way of getting to the city in no time.

Argentina – Buenos Aires

For travelers heading to Argentina and arriving at Buenos Aires International airport, there are a few options which can be used to get to the city center. Buses and taxis provide safe, affordable, and efficient solutions for tourists looking to get into the city center from the airport. Alternatively, you can also check with the hotel you’re lodging with to enquire about any free shuttle services that might be on offer from the airport to the hotel premises.

Peru – Lima

You can easily get to the Lima city center if you’ve decided to arrive in Peru as part of your South American holiday. Taxis can be booked inside of the airport and found parked outside of the arrival terminals. Taking a cab to the city is one of the quickest and easiest ways on commuting around the city as well. If you don’t mind walking to the bus stop just outside of the airport, you can also make use of one of the buses which shuttle between the airport and the city center, although this might not be a viable option for travelers with loads of baggage.

Chile – Santiago

Simply put, public transport isn’t widely available at Chile’s airport in Santiago. One of the best and most affordable ways of getting to the city center from the airport is by using a metered or pre-booked taxi. Alternatively, you may also check with your hotel to find out whether or not they offer a complimentary shuttle service from the airport.

What is the best way to travel around South America?

Countries in South America are large, and many parts of the inner continent are not easy to access by road. The fastest and often cheapest way of getting around is by plane. Domestic flights are a convenient option in larger countries such as Argentina and Peru, while international flights offer connections to other countries on the continent. You can save money on flights to South America's many cities when you book flights in advance. If you are flexible on time and prefer a more scenic route, long-distance buses are very affordable. Want to keep your options open? You can also hire a car. Lookup vehicle rental services at your destination airport once you've booked flights to South America.

What are some things to do in South America?

From stunning natural landscapes to world-renowned cultural landmarks, South America has plenty to offer tourists. Dance the night away and try tango dancing in its home of Buenos Aires. Discover the lush rainforests of Costa Rica and spot turtles and lizards on the volcanic Galapagos Islands. Avid hikers will enjoy exploring the Andes, from the rocky peaks of Patagonia to the Inca trail leading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru.

How long is the flight to South America?

You can find cheap flights to South America from various international airports in South Africa, such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are currently no direct flights to South America from South Africa, so your journey time will depend on the number of stops on your route. The quickest flights from Johannesburg to Costa Rica usually take around 23h 50min. Flying from Cape Town to Buenos Aires takes around 35h 25min. For those travelling to Peru, you can fly from Durban to Lima in around 29h 15min. When you book flights to South America, consider that journeys with two or more stopovers may be quicker than journeys with one long stop. Compare flights to find the best South America flight deals for you in both price and journey time. Given the time difference when crossing the Atlantic, we recommend finding flights to South America that depart in the evening to arrive the following afternoon.

What do I need to do before my flight to South America?

Before you book flights to South America, research the visa requirements of your destination. While South African citizens do not need a visa to visit some countries such as Argentina and Peru, other nations like Bolivia and Colombia require a visa for South African passport holders. Keep in mind that visas do add an extra cost to your journey, even if you find particularly cheap flights to South America. You should also research currency exchange rates before your flight to South America as it may be cheaper to exchange US dollars with local currency.

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