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Low Season:
October
Best time to beat the crowds
4%
expected price decrease
High Season:
December
Most popular time to fly
18%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$1646
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$1496
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro

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The cheapest flight from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro was found 90 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 1% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro Flights

How long does a flight from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro take?
An average nonstop flight takes 15h 10m, covering a distance of 6617 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Copa Airlines ($744), Avianca ($755) and Multiple Airlines ($769).
Do I need a passport to fly between San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro?
Yes.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro?
For San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, Thursday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from Rio de Janeiro back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Monday, with Tuesday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
$744
only
$744
Destination
Rio de Janeiro
$744
only
$744
$769
only
$769
Thu, Nov 23
SFO
GIG
23h 45m
Wed, Dec 6
GIG
SFO
16h 38m
Trip: 14 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5862 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
PTY
VVI
Excellent 10.0

I have not flown on such a nice well organized airline like Copa! And they actually serve really good food.

The service and food.

SJO
PTY
Excellent 9.6

The crew was super polite!

Seats were too cramped.

PTY
GYE
Mediocre 2.0

Unfriendly staff at Panama airport

LAX
PTY
Good 6.3

Flight was on time, crew was polite and there was variety of entertainment.

Food quality was very poor. Need to improve. Chicken empanada thin as paper. "Waffle" was made of an unknown substance that tasted terrible. Egg breakfast was mostly chunky potatoes half cooked accompanied by 2 leafs of overcooked spinach. Only good thing: platanitos' chips. Long overnight flight with No pillow and No blanket offered.

MIA
PTY
Excellent 8.0

The flight was on time and the crew was nice

Food was not good and since the plane was old, entertainment was poor

Wed, May 2
SFO
GIG
19h 40m
Sat, May 19
GIG
SFO
44h 15m
Trip: 18 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6494 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
CLO
MAD
Mediocre 2.0

Is the Worst; i wait almost Four hours to take the flight from madrid!!! I lost the flight to valencia an the company give me another flight at 10:50 pm im going to arrive un valencia 12 am!!!! Im angry

SJO
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Duty free in El Salvador rocks, great choices and un real prices

The food on the plane was edible but far from being good, it’s airplane food so all good

BOG
MIA
Mediocre 3.0

NOTHING

Flight was delayed. We were placed on a bus for over 40 minutes. Plane was not ready. Gate personnel had no idea, lied to us. A complete disaster. NEVER AGAIN

GIG
BOG
Mediocre 2.0

No prior notification was given about the yellow fever requirements on the trip from Brazil to Columbia.

MIA
BAQ
Excellent 10.0

Comfortable chairs great staff

Tue, Mar 13
SFO
SDU
29h 50m
Tue, Mar 20
SDU
SFO
22h 10m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Nov 24
SFO
GIG
17h 10m
Sun, Nov 26
GIG
SFO
29h 59m
Trip: 3 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51386 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
JAC
DEN
Okay 5.3

Repairs caused a long delay, they kept us informed but it was a hurry up and wait forever

SLC
SFO
Excellent 8.5

More comfortable seat. The seat on this airplane offers little back support.

ORD
MIA
Excellent 8.3

Food was great!

Drinks took a while to receive after takeoff.

IAD
SYR
Good 7.0

Short flight

Landing was not smooth

IAD
IND
Excellent 8.0

2 short a trip to serve food

Thu, Feb 1
SFO
SDU
20h 55m
Mon, Feb 12
SDU
SFO
22h 45m
$1011
Trip: 12 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 13658 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.7
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.3
CVG
BOS
Good 7.0

Friendly crew with modern plane

Why am I paying for first class for just snacks I can buy in an airport shop?

JFK
CUN
Excellent 9.0

Entertainment and crew were great- comfortable seats, got to watch a couple of movies with headphones provided by Delta; forgot mine so I assumed I would be miserable thru the whole 4 hour flight. so glad I was wrong! Would definitely take another flight with Delta... looking into the frequent flyer program as we speak

SEA
SJC
Okay 5.6

No vegetarian options in first class.. and go go wouldn5 hook up. Flight was an hour late...but that was ok.

The pilot did a nice job of flying in and banking so we could see the view..

SFO
SEA
Excellent 10.0

The t.v. 's at each seat

Nothing

ATL
HPN
Good 7.3

It was on time

It was crowded and cramped.

Thu, Feb 22
SFO
SDU
20h 45m
Mon, Feb 26
SDU
SFO
24h 53m
$1011
Trip: 5 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 2654 reviews
Overall
7.5
Boarding
7.6
Comfort
7.1
Crew
8.0
Entertainment
7.2
Food
6.7
SSA
BSB
Mediocre 2.0

Flight was late, the sits were uncomfortable, there was no food offered.

MVD
GRU
Good 6.0

Food

GRU
CDG
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing, it was by far the worst fly experience I've ever had.

I did not like everything: a) 24 hours of delay. We were suppose to fly from Buenos Aires to Paris through Sao Paulo. Instead of flying to Sao Paulo they went to Rio de Janeiro. The excuse was that "there are too many planes in the airport and we don't have enough fuel to wait in the air". Very encouraging! In case of emergency they have enough fuel for let's say 30 additional minutes. b) Once we arrive to Rio, instead of letting us fly to our final destinations from there (yes, there were many, many flights from there) they decided to let us wait 3 hours with all the uncertainty and of course no food (2 AM in the morning). We finally flew back to Sao Paulo. No one from LATAM was there, so we literally didn't know what to do. The police came after 40 minutes and they finally called LATAM. c) They lost my luggage. LAN and TAM used to be quite good. LATAM is just too bad.

BOG
EZE
Good 6.3

Good seat

Very cold and food was cold as well (and I was the first one served). There was only one meal and no food at the back during the rest of the flight like there was on the way over.

AEP
GRU
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing, it was by far the worst fly experience I've ever had.

I did not like everything: a) 24 hours of delay. We were suppose to fly from Buenos Aires to Paris through Sao Paulo. Instead of flying to Sao Paulo they went to Rio de Janeiro. The excuse was that "there are too many planes in the airport and we don't have enough fuel to wait in the air". Very encouraging! In case of emergency they have enough fuel for let's say 30 additional minutes. b) Once we arrive to Rio, instead of letting us fly to our final destinations from there (yes, there were many, many flights from there) they decided to let us wait 3 hours with all the uncertainty and of course no food (2 AM in the morning). We finally flew back to Sao Paulo. No one from LATAM was there, so we literally didn't know what to do. The police came after 40 minutes and they finally called LATAM. c) They lost my luggage. LAN and TAM used to be quite good. LATAM is just too bad.

Sat, Jan 20
SFO
SDU
44h 05m
Mon, Feb 5
SDU
SFO
32h 35m
$1045
Trip: 17 days
7.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.3 Good
Based on 4472 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
7.1
Food
6.9
MCO
MEX
Excellent 9.6

Service was good, airplane was comfortable, and each seat has a TV with a good selection of complimentary entertainment.

$25 checked bag fee on a flight from USA to Mexico.

MEX
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

MY FLIGHT WAS CANCELLED!!!!!!!!!!! I DID NOT GET AN EMAIL NOTIFICATION!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAS IN THE AIRPORT FOR OVER 11 HOURS!!!!!!

MEX
SFO
Excellent 8.3

Extensive list of movie choices on the plane, and good viewing device with which you can use your own ear buds. Cabin crew was courteous and attentive.

Check-in to an international flight was a long drawn process, as usual

SMF
GDL
Good 6.0

The bags took forever to come out and we missed our second flight. We didn't know we had to pick up our luggage to be put onto the next flight

MEX
LAX
Mediocre 2.0

Nothing.

The fact that we are now charged for baggage and seats similar to the economy airlines. Service is also noticeably worse.

Wed, Mar 7
SFO
GIG
19h 00m
Thu, Mar 15
GIG
SFO
17h 30m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5862 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
PTY
GYE
Mediocre 2.0

Unfriendly staff at Panama airport

MGA
PTY
Excellent 8.3

Like the Vesel, confort and crew where on point They where only airline that actually , gave something to eat at no cost , an example of what we used to have with Americans main airlines

Honestly it was our best flight , You should take Note ant get back to basics !!! Sometimes in most cases good service outlast, values and shortages, I️ believe that American Airlines should strive to take and maintain the lead as the leaders we are in the world

PTY
MEX
Good 7.3

on time

terrible food

MIA
PTY
Excellent 8.0

The flight was on time and the crew was nice

Food was not good and since the plane was old, entertainment was poor

SJO
PTY
Excellent 9.6

The crew was super polite!

Seats were too cramped.

Mon, Mar 12
SFO
GIG
25h 05m
Tue, Mar 20
GIG
SFO
20h 15m
Trip: 9 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6494 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SJO
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Duty free in El Salvador rocks, great choices and un real prices

The food on the plane was edible but far from being good, it’s airplane food so all good

CLO
MAD
Mediocre 2.0

Is the Worst; i wait almost Four hours to take the flight from madrid!!! I lost the flight to valencia an the company give me another flight at 10:50 pm im going to arrive un valencia 12 am!!!! Im angry

EWR
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Nice fly ...no turbulence and good service!

There was half an hour delay leaving the USA

BOG
CTG
Mediocre 2.0

Thanks to all of the delays, I'm still waiting for this flight.

BOG
MIA
Mediocre 3.0

NOTHING

Flight was delayed. We were placed on a bus for over 40 minutes. Plane was not ready. Gate personnel had no idea, lied to us. A complete disaster. NEVER AGAIN

Fri, Mar 9
SFO
SDU
21h 45m
Sat, Mar 17
SDU
SFO
22h 10m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Mar 8
SFO
GIG
19h 00m
Fri, Mar 16
GIG
SFO
17h 30m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5862 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
MGA
PTY
Excellent 8.3

Like the Vesel, confort and crew where on point They where only airline that actually , gave something to eat at no cost , an example of what we used to have with Americans main airlines

Honestly it was our best flight , You should take Note ant get back to basics !!! Sometimes in most cases good service outlast, values and shortages, I️ believe that American Airlines should strive to take and maintain the lead as the leaders we are in the world

SAL
PTY
Okay 5.3

Disliked having to go through security again right at the gate, also was not allowed to bring drinks into the plane that I had just bought inside the airport, had to throw away or drink them immediately before boarding because of policy, have not had any problem with any other airline...

MIA
PTY
Excellent 8.0

The flight was on time and the crew was nice

Food was not good and since the plane was old, entertainment was poor

PTY
GYE
Mediocre 2.0

Unfriendly staff at Panama airport

SJO
PTY
Excellent 8.3

Food was good. Crew was efficient and friendly.

I️ think the crew could have come around with drinks more than once in a 5 hour flight.

Sat, Mar 17
SFO
GIG
43h 40m
Sat, Mar 31
GIG
SFO
44h 15m
Trip: 15 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6494 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
BOG
CTG
Mediocre 2.0

Thanks to all of the delays, I'm still waiting for this flight.

EWR
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Nice fly ...no turbulence and good service!

There was half an hour delay leaving the USA

CLO
MAD
Mediocre 2.0

Is the Worst; i wait almost Four hours to take the flight from madrid!!! I lost the flight to valencia an the company give me another flight at 10:50 pm im going to arrive un valencia 12 am!!!! Im angry

SAL
JFK
Excellent 8.0

The professionalism of the airline and the crew was good

The long wait to board and immigration

MIA
BAQ
Excellent 10.0

Comfortable chairs great staff

Wed, Feb 21
SFO
SDU
29h 44m
Tue, Feb 27
SDU
SFO
21h 39m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Feb 19
SFO
GIG
18h 55m
Tue, Feb 27
GIG
SFO
16h 38m
Trip: 9 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5862 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
SJO
PTY
Excellent 8.3

Food was good. Crew was efficient and friendly.

I️ think the crew could have come around with drinks more than once in a 5 hour flight.

SAL
PTY
Okay 5.3

Disliked having to go through security again right at the gate, also was not allowed to bring drinks into the plane that I had just bought inside the airport, had to throw away or drink them immediately before boarding because of policy, have not had any problem with any other airline...

MGA
PTY
Excellent 8.3

Like the Vesel, confort and crew where on point They where only airline that actually , gave something to eat at no cost , an example of what we used to have with Americans main airlines

Honestly it was our best flight , You should take Note ant get back to basics !!! Sometimes in most cases good service outlast, values and shortages, I️ believe that American Airlines should strive to take and maintain the lead as the leaders we are in the world

LAX
PTY
Mediocre 2.0

They denied me from boarding due to documents missing even though I had my American passport

PTY
VVI
Excellent 10.0

I have not flown on such a nice well organized airline like Copa! And they actually serve really good food.

The service and food.

Wed, Jan 31
SFO
GIG
31h 50m
Wed, Feb 14
GIG
SFO
20h 15m
Trip: 15 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6494 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
CLO
MAD
Mediocre 2.0

Is the Worst; i wait almost Four hours to take the flight from madrid!!! I lost the flight to valencia an the company give me another flight at 10:50 pm im going to arrive un valencia 12 am!!!! Im angry

LIM
BOG
Mediocre 3.3

They pulled the food and beverage service twice for turbulence that never appeared so the food was cold/disgusting by the time it was served and I was parched. Same outdated plane. Movie was hard to see on the tv screens. Unclear direction from staff on departation form.

EWR
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Nice fly ...no turbulence and good service!

There was half an hour delay leaving the USA

UIO
MEC
Good 7.3

Quick flight

No entertainment

SAL
JFK
Excellent 8.0

The professionalism of the airline and the crew was good

The long wait to board and immigration

Thu, Mar 8
SFO
SDU
29h 44m
Fri, Mar 16
SDU
SFO
22h 19m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Apr 3
SFO
GIG
15h 10m
Fri, Apr 20
GIG
SFO
24h 25m
Trip: 18 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51386 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SJU
IAH
Okay 5.6

No snack, one cup of beverage and no movies without paying.

SLC
SFO
Excellent 8.5

More comfortable seat. The seat on this airplane offers little back support.

PVR
SFO
Okay 4.3

Flight was delayed and no one could tell us why or for how long we would be delayed (not even on the kiosk) ... turns out it was delayed for 3 hours ... didn’t get a phone update until 1/2 hour before boarding. people were very rude about it. Turns out the plane had issues, so they had to send another one ...

SFO
STS
Excellent 8.0

Comfortable as fell asleep before tak3 off and woke up when landing announced.

JAC
DEN
Okay 5.3

Repairs caused a long delay, they kept us informed but it was a hurry up and wait forever

Tue, Feb 20
SFO
GIG
25h 00m
Tue, Feb 27
GIG
SFO
17h 35m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5862 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
LAX
PTY
Mediocre 2.0

They denied me from boarding due to documents missing even though I had my American passport

PTY
VVI
Excellent 10.0

I have not flown on such a nice well organized airline like Copa! And they actually serve really good food.

The service and food.

SAL
PTY
Okay 5.3

Disliked having to go through security again right at the gate, also was not allowed to bring drinks into the plane that I had just bought inside the airport, had to throw away or drink them immediately before boarding because of policy, have not had any problem with any other airline...

MGA
PTY
Excellent 8.3

Like the Vesel, confort and crew where on point They where only airline that actually , gave something to eat at no cost , an example of what we used to have with Americans main airlines

Honestly it was our best flight , You should take Note ant get back to basics !!! Sometimes in most cases good service outlast, values and shortages, I️ believe that American Airlines should strive to take and maintain the lead as the leaders we are in the world

PTY
GYE
Mediocre 2.0

Unfriendly staff at Panama airport

Wed, Jan 24
SFO
GIG
19h 40m
Mon, Feb 19
GIG
SFO
20h 15m
Trip: 27 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6494 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
BOG
MIA
Mediocre 3.0

NOTHING

Flight was delayed. We were placed on a bus for over 40 minutes. Plane was not ready. Gate personnel had no idea, lied to us. A complete disaster. NEVER AGAIN

SJO
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Duty free in El Salvador rocks, great choices and un real prices

The food on the plane was edible but far from being good, it’s airplane food so all good

EWR
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Nice fly ...no turbulence and good service!

There was half an hour delay leaving the USA

CLO
MAD
Mediocre 2.0

Is the Worst; i wait almost Four hours to take the flight from madrid!!! I lost the flight to valencia an the company give me another flight at 10:50 pm im going to arrive un valencia 12 am!!!! Im angry

SAL
JFK
Excellent 8.0

The professionalism of the airline and the crew was good

The long wait to board and immigration

Thu, Nov 23
SFO
SDU
25h 50m
Wed, Dec 6
SDU
SFO
24h 18m
Trip: 14 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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