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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 13% cheaper 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 05m, 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 Multiple Airlines ($668), Copa Airlines ($744) and Avianca ($753).
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, Sunday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from Rio de Janeiro back to San Francisco, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Saturday being the most expensive.

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

Airports
Origin
San Francisco
$668
only
$668
Destination
Rio de Janeiro
$668
only
$668
$728
only
$728
Sun, Nov 26
SFO
GIG
39h 10m
Sat, Dec 2
GIG
SFO
32h 49m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 6
SFO
GIG
19h 00m
Wed, Mar 21
GIG
SFO
17h 30m
Trip: 15 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5850 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
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.

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

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.

PTY
LIM
Excellent 9.6

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an awful movie, but that’s not your fault, I blame the cast & Directer. ;)

PTY
GYE
Mediocre 2.0

Unfriendly staff at Panama airport

Sun, Apr 29
SFO
GIG
25h 05m
Mon, May 14
GIG
SFO
20h 15m
Trip: 16 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6487 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.

JFK
BOG
Okay 5.3

Fairly new airplane seats with TV screens, USB slots, complimentary headphone.

Flight was moved 6 hours with no explaination a few weeks before (apparently there's an on going strike), so we had to pay to switch our connecting flight. The day of, there was a 2hr delay so we missed our connecting flight. Food was ok. Drink selection was mediocre. Very limited TV and movie selection. Probably should have stuck with my instincts to fly with a larger carrier.

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
JFK
Good 6.0

Comfortable seats

Boarded and left an hour late with no apology or explanatjon

EWR
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Nice fly ...no turbulence and good service!

There was half an hour delay leaving the USA

Wed, Nov 22
SFO
GIG
20h 30m
Sun, Dec 3
GIG
SFO
19h 19m
Trip: 12 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 25306 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
BCN
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

I was booted off my flight and then got rerouted on 4 different planes...IAD to London, to Geneva to Zurich to Barcelona. Got to Barcelona and my bag was missing. It was a nightmare.

EZE
LIM
Excellent 10.0

The food was fabulous!

JFK
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Went smoothly

BOS
JFK
Okay 5.0

The crew was really nice and caring

The music and entertainment collection was very limited

BOS
PHL
Mediocre 3.3

Delayed by nearly 2 hours, missed connecting flight

Thu, Nov 23
SFO
GIG
17h 10m
Thu, Dec 7
GIG
SFO
26h 18m
Trip: 15 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51333 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
MFE
IAH
Good 6.3

No snack

EWR
PHX
Excellent 8.6

Again expectation can get in the way. And of course the airline needs for flights to be as full as possible. In order to be profitable in the long run. We all want them to be able to stay in business

Same point - the point was full and I’ve already clarified that .

HNL
LAX
Excellent 9.3

Fast service

Wi-Fi cost too much

SFO
RNO
Mediocre 3.0

Flight was on time and I received my checked baggage.

Seat was uncomfortable due to insufficient foot space. All (about 6) overhead bins in the rear of the aircraft were full because crew stored “essential equipment” in them. Crew was not professional. After takeoff they never came around to see if anyone needed anything and not even a glass of water was offered for the entire flight. They didn’t even ensure that everyone wore seatbelts on landing - woman next to me was stretched out hugging her companion while landing wilth unbuckled seatbelt. Entertainment screen did not wirk properly.

LAX
ORD
Okay 4.3

Left a little early

Smaller seats, no video or music options on a almost four hour flight. Why United why?

Mon, Nov 27
SFO
GIG
43h 04m
Thu, Nov 30
GIG
SFO
27h 25m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Feb 8
SFO
GIG
18h 55m
Thu, Feb 15
GIG
SFO
31h 35m
Trip: 8 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5850 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.

LAX
PTY
Excellent 9.6

THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND THE CREW WAS HELPFUL, POLITE AND FRIENDLY.

THE SEATS WERE COMFORTABLE BUT DID NOT FULLY EXTEND. IT WAS NOT EASY TO SET THEM IN THE DESIRED POSITION BECAUSE OF THE BOTTONS THAT DID NOT ALWAYS RESPOND THE REQUEST.

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
LIM
Excellent 9.6

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an awful movie, but that’s not your fault, I blame the cast & Directer. ;)

Mon, Feb 5
SFO
GIG
19h 40m
Sat, Feb 24
GIG
SFO
44h 15m
Trip: 20 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6487 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SAL
JFK
Excellent 8.0

The professionalism of the airline and the crew was good

The long wait to board and immigration

UIO
MEC
Good 7.3

Quick flight

No entertainment

EWR
SAL
Excellent 8.0

Nice fly ...no turbulence and good service!

There was half an hour delay leaving the USA

JFK
BOG
Okay 5.3

Fairly new airplane seats with TV screens, USB slots, complimentary headphone.

Flight was moved 6 hours with no explaination a few weeks before (apparently there's an on going strike), so we had to pay to switch our connecting flight. The day of, there was a 2hr delay so we missed our connecting flight. Food was ok. Drink selection was mediocre. Very limited TV and movie selection. Probably should have stuck with my instincts to fly with a larger carrier.

BOG
CTG
Mediocre 2.0

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

Fri, Nov 24
SFO
GIG
24h 45m
Thu, Dec 7
GIG
SFO
21h 53m
Trip: 14 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51333 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
SFO
RNO
Mediocre 3.0

Flight was on time and I received my checked baggage.

Seat was uncomfortable due to insufficient foot space. All (about 6) overhead bins in the rear of the aircraft were full because crew stored “essential equipment” in them. Crew was not professional. After takeoff they never came around to see if anyone needed anything and not even a glass of water was offered for the entire flight. They didn’t even ensure that everyone wore seatbelts on landing - woman next to me was stretched out hugging her companion while landing wilth unbuckled seatbelt. Entertainment screen did not wirk properly.

IAD
BDL
Mediocre 2.0

The crew was very rude, I was told I had to store my purse, the person next to me wouldn't store the carry on baggage, I needed to take scheduled medicine in flight, I couldn't as my purse was stowed. I was delayed for over and hour and a half after arriving. I had to stop and eat in the airport. With chronic health issues addressed this way I will probably not use United again.

SFO
PSC
Excellent 10.0

The service as soon as I walked in the first airport until I walked out the last one was excellent for this trip

LAX
ORD
Okay 4.3

Left a little early

Smaller seats, no video or music options on a almost four hour flight. Why United why?

HNL
LAX
Excellent 9.3

Fast service

Wi-Fi cost too much

Sun, Nov 26
SFO
GIG
15h 05m
Sun, Dec 3
GIG
SFO
21h 13m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 25306 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
JFK
DCA
Excellent 8.0

Went smoothly

BCN
JFK
Mediocre 2.0

I was booted off my flight and then got rerouted on 4 different planes...IAD to London, to Geneva to Zurich to Barcelona. Got to Barcelona and my bag was missing. It was a nightmare.

EZE
LIM
Excellent 10.0

The food was fabulous!

LHR
PHL
Excellent 9.6

I flew economy. We left the gate on time, the seat was comfortable, entertainment was varied, flight attendants that I came in contact with were professional and pleasant, food was hot and very good, pilots got me where I wanted to go, and that little container of ice cream - oh I love it! The plane was not completely full, which made the seating more comfortable than it would have been if the plane was full.

I was ushered into what became a very slow line to board. The employee at the end of my line had to deal with a few problems so I ended up boarding close to the end, behind those with higher group boarding numbers than I. Having a single line up to the two boarding employees, would avoid that, albeit make a longer line to begin with.

BOS
JFK
Okay 5.0

The crew was really nice and caring

The music and entertainment collection was very limited

Sun, Dec 3
SFO
SDU
20h 45m
Mon, Jan 29
SDU
SFO
24h 15m
Trip: 58 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, May 31
SFO
GIG
25h 05m
Mon, Jun 11
GIG
SFO
20h 15m
Trip: 12 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6487 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
BOG
JFK
Good 6.0

Comfortable seats

Boarded and left an hour late with no apology or explanatjon

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

MIA
BAQ
Excellent 10.0

Comfortable chairs great staff

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

Mon, Feb 5
SFO
GIG
18h 55m
Thu, Feb 22
GIG
SFO
16h 38m
Trip: 18 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5850 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.5
Food
7.6
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.

SJO
PTY
Excellent 9.6

The crew was super polite!

Seats were too cramped.

PTY
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Again the crew was amazingly polite.

I had to sit next to a very overweight person and it was super uncomfortable.

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

Mon, Nov 27
SFO
GIG
15h 05m
Sun, Dec 3
GIG
SFO
21h 13m
Trip: 7 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 25306 reviews
Overall
7.3
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
MIA
ORD
Excellent 10.0

All prompt boarding smooth flight early arrival

LAX
AUS
Excellent 10.0

Curteous. Prompt. On time.

LAX
DFW
Okay 4.0

American Airlines lost one of my bags They also lost one of Dsrnell Wilson's bags as well

CDG
ORD
Excellent 10.0

Flight attendants were helpful and friendly. Movies.

Food-gross, but expected for pre-fab food.

BOS
JFK
Okay 5.0

The crew was really nice and caring

The music and entertainment collection was very limited

Tue, Nov 28
SFO
GIG
15h 21m
Thu, Dec 7
GIG
SFO
21h 53m
Trip: 10 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 51333 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.3
Comfort
6.9
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
PSC
SFO
Okay 4.0

Crew was polite

I guess San Francisco ATC (Air Traffic Control) decided the plane couldn’t leave San Fran until way past our take off time. Then it takes two plus hours to get the plane here unload and refuel and rest. So I missed my connecting flight to Redding. Which meant I had to fly to Sacramento. Then I had a pleasant 3 hour drive on I-5 (can you sense my sarcasm?!) didn’t reach my destination until 5 in the FREAKING morning. Around 8 HOURS LATE TO MY DESTINATION

RDD
SFO
Excellent 10.0

The service as soon as I walked in the first airport until I walked out the last one was excellent for this trip

MFE
IAH
Good 6.3

No snack

SFO
PSC
Excellent 10.0

The service as soon as I walked in the first airport until I walked out the last one was excellent for this trip

IAD
BDL
Mediocre 2.0

The crew was very rude, I was told I had to store my purse, the person next to me wouldn't store the carry on baggage, I needed to take scheduled medicine in flight, I couldn't as my purse was stowed. I was delayed for over and hour and a half after arriving. I had to stop and eat in the airport. With chronic health issues addressed this way I will probably not use United again.

Fri, Mar 16
SFO
GIG
25h 05m
Sat, Mar 31
GIG
SFO
44h 15m
Trip: 16 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6487 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
SAL
JFK
Excellent 8.0

The professionalism of the airline and the crew was good

The long wait to board and immigration

SJO
PTY
Excellent 8.6

Very smooth day at the airport and in travel. Thank you Avianca

JFK
BOG
Okay 5.3

Fairly new airplane seats with TV screens, USB slots, complimentary headphone.

Flight was moved 6 hours with no explaination a few weeks before (apparently there's an on going strike), so we had to pay to switch our connecting flight. The day of, there was a 2hr delay so we missed our connecting flight. Food was ok. Drink selection was mediocre. Very limited TV and movie selection. Probably should have stuck with my instincts to fly with a larger carrier.

UIO
MEC
Good 7.3

Quick flight

No entertainment

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

Wed, Feb 28
SFO
SDU
29h 44m
Sat, Mar 3
SDU
SFO
27h 58m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Mar 9
SFO
GIG
19h 00m
Fri, Mar 16
GIG
SFO
17h 30m
Trip: 7 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 5850 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

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.

PTY
SFO
Excellent 9.0

Again the crew was amazingly polite.

I had to sit next to a very overweight person and it was super uncomfortable.

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.

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

Sun, May 20
SFO
GIG
25h 05m
Mon, May 28
GIG
SFO
20h 15m
Trip: 9 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 6487 reviews
Overall
8.1
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
8.1
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
7.6
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.

BOG
CTG
Mediocre 2.0

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

SJO
PTY
Excellent 8.6

Very smooth day at the airport and in travel. Thank you Avianca

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

BOG
JFK
Good 6.0

Comfortable seats

Boarded and left an hour late with no apology or explanatjon

Sat, Mar 10
SFO
SDU
20h 45m
Sat, Mar 17
SDU
SFO
22h 10m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
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