Average flight time from London to Rio de Janeiro: 11 hours 40 minutes
Airlines flying direct from London to Rio de Janeiro: British Airways
Airports in Rio de Janeiro: Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobm International Airport, Santos Dumont Airport, Francisco de Assis Airport
Distance from London to Rio de Janeiro: 5,775 miles
Business Class flights to Rio de Janeiro
British Airways is the only airline to offer non-stop flights from London to Rio de Janeiro. You can also book indirect flights with one-stop connections on KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Iberia or TAP Air Portugal.
When flying British Airways Business Class you’ll receive a complimentary spa treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa along with access to the Galleries Lounge at Heathrow. You ticket allows you to fast track through security at Heathrow and includes a generous baggage allowance of one cabin bag plus a laptop or handbag on board and up to two bags in the hold.
Onboard the aircraft Club World seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration so everyone has direct aisle access, plus they recline to become a fully flat bed when it’s time to sleep. All seats have 10.4 inch entertainment screens, power outlets and USB ports so you can keep your electronics charged. Bedding is provided by The White Company and the amenity kit contains Elemis skincare products. At meal times you’ll be served a 3-course meal with dishes inspired by the world’s top chefs, and between meals you’ll also be able to help yourself to snacks such as fruit and sandwiches from the Club Kitchen.
Getting to and from the airport
Taxis are available at arrivals and a one-way fare will cost you about R$80 to Copacabana on the meter. Alternatively you can pre-book transfers to the popular hotels with a company called Book Transfer.
If you wish to travel by public transportation, the BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) is a faster option as the buses travel through exclusive lanes in Rio de Janeiro. There are two BRT lines options to reach the airport: the TransCarioca line with stops, passing through 47 stations and 5 terminals along the way, and TransCarioca Express, which departs from Terminal Alvorada, with stops on the Fundão Terminal, Vicente de Carvalho Station (integration with the subway) and Madureira.
Where to stay
Belmond Copacabana Palace is a landmark hotel that was built in 1923. The hotel is situated on the world’s most iconic beach – Copacabana – and has entertained the rich and famous for decades. Rooms feature antique furniture, French textiles and original art works, as well as offering sea or city views.
The upmarket area of Leblon is a convenient area to stay in if you wish to explore Rio de Janeiro – we’d recommend the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort, which features a gorgeous outdoor pool just steps from the beach. Set amongst lush, landscaped grounds, it’s the city’s only beachfront resort that has an extensive recreational area, spa, and amenities.
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the beautiful cities in the world, with incredible landscapes and beautiful beaches. The city has that perfect mix of culture and beaches, leaving you with plenty to explore. Here are some of Rio’s best attractions:
Christ the Redeemer – Make sure you have your photo taken with Christ the Redeemer, a 30 metre-tall statue that sits on top of Corcovado mountain, keeping a watchful eye over the city of Rio.
Selaron Steps – Escadaria Selarón is flight of stairs in Lapa created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón. In 1990 he began renovating the set of steps in front of his house and it soon turned into a bigger project- today there are 250 steps measuring 125 metres long which are covered in over 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries around the world.
Sugarloaf Mountain – For the best views over Rio de Janeiro, pay a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain, which gets its name from its shape, since it resembles a hard block of loaf sugar. Take a cable car up to the top for panoramic views over the city, mountains, beaches and ocean.
Parque Lage – Parque Lage is a beautiful mansion house that was used as the backdrop for Snoop Dogg’s 2003 single “Beautiful”. This lush residence was once the home of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriela Bezanzoni, until it eventually became a public park in the 1960s.
Copacabana – Copacabana is one of the world’s most famous beaches and for good reason. This beach is great for people watching, soaking up the sun and drinking caipirinhas.
Rio Scenarium – If you want to experience the samba and musical culture of Brazil, then head to Rio Scenarium, which offers live music and samba dancing all night long.
British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist and your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil. February is the hottest month in Rio when temperatures reach about 27 degrees Celsius. July is the coldest month although the temperature is still mild – temperatures reach an average of about 21 degrees Celsius.