Save on travel to South America with flight deals from across Australia.
The vast continent of South America has something to enchant every type of traveller, from the backpacker to the family holidaymaker. The sprawling Andes, the awesome Amazon, roaring waterfalls, pristine beaches and ruins dating back to ancient civilisations are just the start of it. Major cities showcase South America’s love for life, bursting with culture, cuisine and nightlife. The variation in topography and climate is incredible and means you need to put some planning into your trip, and flexibility is key.
You’ll find flight deals to South America’s main international gateways in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. There are several direct flights per week from Sydney and Melbourne to Santiago de Chile.
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South America flight times
- From Sydney: 12 hrs 40 mins+
- From Melbourne: 13 hrs 15 mins+
- From Perth: 17 hrs 45 mins+
- From Brisbane: 15 hrs 35 mins+
Airlines that fly to South America
- Air New Zealand
- American Airlines
- LATAM Airlines
- United Airlines
South America insider flight tips
- If you’re looking to get to South America quickly, Qantas and LATAM Airlines offer direct flights to Santiago de Chile from Sydney and soon from Melbourne. LATAM have extensive connections to major cities across South America. Air New Zealand also operate direct flights between Auckland and Buenos Aires with connections from all Australian cities and onwards to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Lima.
- Yoga fans will love that there are free yoga classes at Santiago Airport’s Gate 15 all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What better way to unwind before a flight!
- Los Angeles is one of the easiest places for Australians to get to on that side of the pond with regular direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines all offer lots of connections, especially to Central America. This can be the best way to get a flight deal to South America, particularly in peak seasons (July to August and around Christmas).
- Local low-cost airlines are the quickest and most convenient way to travel around South America, and you’ll get a bonus bird’s-eye view of the scenery. These airlines don’t always show up on flight comparison sites so research which have routes you might use and sign up to their newsletters. Some of them offer airline passes which are worth looking into.
How to get from the airport
Major airports in South America are generally well served by public transport, private transfers and taxis, as well as car hire companies. Here’s a rundown of four major hubs:
Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) in Chile: Public bus services serve the city centre, metro stations and surrounds from 6am to midnight. There are also shared shuttle bus transfers available 24 hours. Car hire and taxi desks are found in arrivals. There are reportedly vast numbers of hawkers offering taxi rides who might try to scam you. Ignore them and instead arrange a fixed-rate taxi in the baggage claim area.
Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Argentina: There are several public buses and express airport shuttles to the centre of Buenos Aires and the rest of the country. Taxis and major car hire company desks can be found in Terminal A arrivals.
Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (GIG) in Brazil: Public buses and express services (BRT) which also connect to the Metro go to downtown Rio, and there are car hire desks in Terminal 2. Taxis are readily available too.
Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Peru: Public buses leave from outside the airport to the centre of Lima and surrounds. Taxi and car hire desks are found in arrivals.