Traveling by air in Brazil is as usual as traveling by train in Europe.
Unfortunately, Brazil does not have the tremendous railway-network or
express-trains like in Europe or the US. Neither are there highways across
the whole country. Therefore, the theory of traveling on a shoestring
across the Brazilian territory works out differently, unless you have
plenty of time!
Given the size of the country, the most practical and economical way
of getting around Brazil is by air. If you are going to travel extensively
around Brazil, you should consider buying a Brazil Airpass prior
to arriving in the country. In our opinion, it is highly recommended and
worth the money paid for it.
To give you an idea about the distances in Brazil :
the distance from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus = more than from Amsterdam
to Istanbul! Rio- Manaus is a 2 ½ hour direct flight in a jet-plane. For
a Dutchman, Istanbul is quite far and to reach it, you need to cross many
European countries. Rio and Manaus are in one and the same country, and
even further.... One return ticket Rio de Janeiro - Iguaçu costs more
than the air-pass!
From São Paulo to the Amazon;
from the Amazon to Salvador;
from Salvador to Foz do Iguaçu;
from Foz do Iguaçu to ...........
The BRAZIL AIRPASS lets you decide were to go!
Discover the magic of this magnificent country with the Brazil Airpass.
When you purchase your international round trip ticket outside of Brazil,
take advantage of this great affordable way to experience the exquisite
culture that is Brazil. Visit the opera house at the edge of the Amazon
in Manaus, relax on the beaches of Bahia, go whale watching south of
Florianópolis or walk along the palm covered boulevards of Rio. With the
Brazil Airpass, you choose the places you want to visit.
It can be purchased for the flights of Varig or Tam, each pass only being
valid for the flights of the issuing carrier. The price of the Airpass
varies depending on the number of domestic flights and company, but considering
the size of Brazil and the cost of internal Brazilian air travel
a return flight from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus costs over US$ 640,00 and
Rio to Foz do Iguaçu, US$ 450,00 it offers excellent value
The main national carriers are Tam and Varig. There are also a number
of low-cost carriers such as Gol, Fly and Ocean Air. These use certain
airports as major hubs for serving regions of the country. Visitors are
often surprised that in the south east, São Paulo (GRU), rather
than Rio de Janeiro (GIG), is the main hub. Other hubs include Porto Alegre
(POA) and Curitiba (CWB) in the south; Brasília (BSB) in the central
west; and Salvador (SSA), Recife (REC) and Fortaleza (FOR) in the north
As many visitors plan their trip to Brazil around Rio de Janeiro, some
of the most popular internal flight times are: Rio to Belo Horizonte,
50m; Rio to Brasília, 1h 30m; Rio to Campo Grande, 3h 30m; Rio
to Curitiba, 1h 30m; Rio to Fortaleza, 4h 25m; Rio to Foz do Iguaçu,
3h; Rio to Manaus, 5h; Rio to Natal, 3h; Rio to Porto Alegre, 2h; Rio
to Recife, 2h 45m; Rio to Salvador, 2h; and Rio to São Paulo, 55m.
There is also a South American Airpass which allows the holder to travel
economically throughout Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.
The cost of the South American Airpass is based on the number of miles
flown. Prices start from just US$225,00 for up to 1900 miles.