|Origin Airport IATA Code||GIG|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||LHR|
|Number Of Flight Options||1|
|Average Flight Time||15 hours 20 minutes|
Once you're done soaking up the sun on Ipanema and Copacabana, you could make your next pitstop the capital city of the UK. It might seem like a hefty hop to make – right across the Atlantic Ocean – but there are plenty of Rio de Janeiro to London flights that link these two sprawling urban playgrounds every day, with departures ranging from the early morning to late at night.
The availability of cheap flights to London from Rio de Janeiro changes throughout the year. Be sure to book your seats from the carnival capital to the Big Smoke between early March and April if you're looking for the best bargains, and always be sure to avoid the most expensive times during the peak summer months and around the Christmas period. Stats also reveal the cheapest tickets on the route are typically on offer around 60 days before departure.
All Rio de Janeiro-London flights, both direct and indirect, depart out of the Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG). It sits just 12 miles to the north of Copacabana beachfront, on its own island in Guanabara Bay. To get there, you can ride Line 2 of the Rio Metro and change to the BRT connection at Vicente de Carvalho. However, it might be easier to simply ride the BRT bus all the way from the centre of the city – they have dedicated traffic lanes to keep journey time down.
Direct flights from Rio de Janeiro to London, which are operated by British Airways and LATAM Airlines Brasil, will take around 11.5 hours in the air before touchdown in Heathrow (LHR). Connecting flights, which are generally cheaper, will cross the trio of time zones and the 5,800 miles of ocean in anything between 13 hours and 20 hours. Some of the most affordable options on those routes include TAP Portugal via Lisbon and Delta Air Lines via Atlanta.
After landing by the Thames River on those cheap flights from Rio de Janeiro to London, it's time to head into the big city. Thankfully, most arrivals from Brazil's famous metropolis come into Heathrow, which means it's just a quick train connection on the Heathrow Express – book in advance online to secure big discounts on the ticket. Alternatively, you could simply ride the London Underground all the way to the city centre on the Piccadilly Line.
The big city delights of Rio continue on in London, even if they are a little less carnivalesque. You can head down to the Tate Modern and see mind-boggling artworks by global greats, or spend your time in the quirky, punk bars of Camden – that should be something you're used to after Rio de Janeiro's caipirinha-doused drinkeries. Or, you could go for some more straight-laced English history in the acclaimed British Museum – think ancient Greek relics and Roman wonders – or satisfy your inner shopaholic with an amble around Oxford Street.
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