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Flights to South America for 2021

Save on travel to South America from Australia with this guide for flights and transport.

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South America has something to enchant every type of traveller, from the backpacker to the family holidaymaker. The sprawling Andes, tranquil waterfalls, pristine beaches and the ruins dating back to ancient civilisation are just the start of it.

Major cities showcase South America’s love for life, bursting with culture, cuisine and nightlife. Find flights to South America’s main international gateways in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru with this guide.


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Qatar Airways Qatar Airways

Worldwide flights from $1,329 return + earn bonus Qmiles

Available on flights from 3 March - 30 November 2021 to United Kingdom, France, Greece and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Barcelona. T&Cs apply.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Peru flights from $1,548 return with LATAM

Available on select flights in 2021 to Cuzco and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Lima. T&Cs apply.

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Priceline.com Priceline.com

Up to 50% off worldwide flights

Available on select dates when you book Express Deals. Destination include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and more. T&Cs apply.

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How much are flights to South America?

South America is a fair distance from Australia, so you can expect airfares to be on the pricier side. If you can secure a flight deal to Los Angeles or Toronto as your stopover point, this will cut the price down a little.

When is the cheapest time to fly to South America?

Booking flights between August and October will give you the best chance of securing a great deal.

How far in advance should I book flights to South America?

If you know the specific dates you want to travel, here is when you should book your flights.

More frequently asked questions about flights to South America

How long does it take to fly to South America?

Here's how long you can expect to spend in the air when flying to South America.

If you're flying from Sydney to:
  • Argentina: 17 hours, 15 minutes with a stopover
  • Brazil: 17 hours, 35 minutes with a stopover
  • Chile: 14 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover
  • Colombia: 25 hours, 5 minutes with two stopovers
  • Peru: 19 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover
If you're flying from Melbourne to:
  • Argentina: 27 hours with two stopovers
  • Brazil: 18 hours, 30 minutes with a stopover
  • Chile: 30 hours, 40 minutes with a stopover
  • Colombia: 23 hours, 20 minutes with two stopovers
  • Peru: 22 hours with a stopover
If you're flying from Brisbane to:
  • Argentina: 20 hours, 30 minutes with two stopovers
  • Brazil: 30 hours, 45 minutes with a stopover
  • Chile: 28 hours, 35 minutes with two stopovers
  • Colombia: 29 hours, 15 minutes with a stopover
  • Peru: 24 hours, 20 minutes with two stopovers
If you're flying from Perth to:
  • Argentina: 30 hours, 40 minutes with two stopovers
  • Brazil: 28 hours, 40 minutes with two stopovers
  • Chile: 27 hours with two stopovers
  • Colombia: 29 hours with two stopovers
  • Peru: 27 hours with two stopovers
If you're flying from Adelaide to:
  • Argentina: 22 hours, 5 minutes with two stopovers
  • Brazil: 25 hours, 25 minutes with two stopovers
  • Chile: 30 hours, 10 minutes with two stopovers
  • Colombia: 29 hours, 15 minutes with two stopovers
  • Peru: 25 hours, 4o minutes with two stopovers

Which airlines fly to South America from Australia?

Which airlines fly from Australia to Argentina?
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • United
  • Emirates
  • Delta
  • Air Canada
  • Air New Zealand
  • British Airways
Which airlines fly from Australia to Brazil?
  • Emirates
  • American Airlines
  • United
  • LATAM Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Air China
  • Qatar Airways
  • South African Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Air Canada
Which airlines fly from Australia to Chile?
  • Qantas
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Canada
  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • United
Which airlines fly from Australia to Colombia?
  • LATAM Airlines
  • United
  • Air Canada
Which airlines fly from Australia to Peru?
  • LATAM Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • United
  • Qantas
  • Air Canada
  • British Airways

Where are the major airports in South America?

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE)
  • Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (GIG)
  • Chile: Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL)
  • Colombia: El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
  • Peru: Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)

How long does it take to get from the airport to major cities around South America?

Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport: 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. It takes 30 minutes (31 km) to drive from Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport to Buenos Aires.

Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport: Head out of the airport and you'll find public buses and express services (BRT) which also connect to the Metro to downtown Rio. There are also car hire desks in Terminal 2, as well as readily available taxis. It takes 19 minutes to get to Rio de Janeiro from Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.

Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport: 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 a day. Car hire and taxi desks can be 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. It takes 18 minutes (18.5 km) to drive to Santiago from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport.

El Dorado International Airport: There is a free airport bus to and from the airport to Portal El Dorado. Metered yellow taxis can be found outside the airport, though you may need to wait in a line. Alternatively, private drivers service Bogota Airport, which is the most convenient option for getting to and from your accommodation if money is not a factor. It takes 19 minutes (12.6 km) to drive to Bogota from El Dorado International Airport.

Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport: You can get a public bus from outside the airport to the centre of Lima and surrounds. Taxi and car hire desks can be found in arrivals. It takes 22 minutes (10.6 km) to get to Lima from Jorge Chaves International Airport

Do I need a visa to travel to South America with an Australian passport?

If you are an Australian passport holder, you do not need a visa to enter Argentina or Colombia for less than 90 days. Australian passport holders need a visa to enter Brazil. An application is available via the Embassy of Brazil website. Applications take approximately 15 working days to process and there is no priority or express process for processing applications.

There is no visa required for Australian passport holders entering Chile, but it is important to note that tourists are required to to pay a reciprocity fee. As of March 2020, the fee is US$117 and allows for multiply entries into Chile within a 90-day period commencing the day you enter the country. When travelling to Peru, Australian passport holders do not need a visa for stays of up to 183 days.

Am I required to book an onward or return flight when travelling to South America?

You should always have proof of onward travel or a return flight when entering South America. Brazil and Peru are particularly strict about this, and being unable to produce this proof may result in you not being able to enter the country.

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