Brazil domestic Airlines
Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the 5th largest in the world. Though most international travelers enter the country through Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, there is so much more to Brazil. It would be a shame to come to this incredible country and see only one small corner of it, so once you’ve booked your flight to Brazil, you should consider adding at least one domestic flight to another Brazilian city.
The Biggest Domestic Destinations in Brazil
There are so many things to see in a country the size of Brazil that no traveler is going to get to see them all in a single trip, so it’s important to get acquainted with the most popular destinations in the country, and choose which is right for your trip. A few of the big ones, outside of Rio and Sao Paulo:
- Brasilia: Brazil’s capital is a World Heritage Site, the only city built in the 20th century to be given this status. Some of the country’s most impressive modern art and architecture can be found here.
- Manaus: Nicknamed “The Heart of the Amazon”, this is by far the largest city in the region, and the perfect gateway to exploring the forests of northwestern Brazil.
- Fortaleza: A growing tourist attraction, Fortaleza features some of the best nightlife in the country, as well as several “urban beaches” for surfing, snorkeling and swimming right in the city limits. Not to be missed if you like a good party.
- Recife: Known as the “Brazilian Venice”, this city of rivers and islands is one of the mostly undiscovered travel gems of Brazil. Also include a visit to arguably the best beach in the country, Porto de Galinhas.
- Belo Horizonte: A huge business center in Brazil, Belo has positioned itself as a city for “business tourism”, hosting hundreds of high-profile conferences and meetings each year. Not a huge vacation spot, but if you are traveling to Brazil on business, you could very well be headed here.
Flights from Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro
Travelers from outside of South America might be surprised to learn that the largest and busiest international airport in Brazil (and South America as a whole) is not in Rio, but Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is the most likely entry point for international travelers coming to Brazil, and it’s also a hub of domestic flights to points throughout the country. Rio’s Galeao International Airport (GIG) handles most other international flights to Brazil, and also offers the same domestic flights. Whichever entry point you choose, you can get to any major airport in the country, and since Sao Paulo and Rio are relatively close together, neither offers any real advantage in distance to a particular region of Brazil.
Domestic Airlines Operating in Brazil
Most of the domestic flights in Brazil are run by the following regional airlines: Avianca, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines, and WebJet. Gol and TAM have the most flight options, including to smaller airports like Natal and Londrina. Always compare the various airline options and look for the best price.