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The most popular and efficient way to get to South America is by air. There are lots of international airports connected to major cities worldwide for easy and convenient travel.
Here’s how to get to South America by air from different parts of the world:
- From North America: North American travelers can depart from major airports in cities like Toronto, Los Angeles, New York City, or Mexico City to reach South America’s most popular destinations on direct or connecting flights. You can find flights through American Airlines, LATAM Airlines, and Delta Air Lines to reach South America in 9-10+ hours on a direct flight, depending on your departure city and final destination.
- From Europe: Frequent, daily flights operate between Europe and various South American cities, like Bogota, Colombia, São Paulo, Brazil, and Lima, Peru. Regular direct and connecting routes from major European cities like London, Paris, and Madrid make it easy to reach South America on airlines like British Airways, Iberia, and KLM. Direct flights take 7-10+ hours, depending on your departure and arrival city.
- From Asia: Asia’s distance from South America means it’s a longer trip by plane, but connecting flights are regularly offered by airlines like LATAM Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates from major hubs in Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Connecting flights to South America may take 13-24+ hours, depending on your layover times and destination.
- From Other International Locations: Air travel from Australia, Africa, and the Middle East to South America can be direct or connecting routes, depending on the airline and your South American destination. Nonstop flights from Australia may take 12-16+ hours, while nonstop and connecting flights from Africa can take 12-30+ hours.
Be sure to browse available flights during your preferred travel time in spring or fall to see what your options are (direct or connecting) for flights to South America. Your total flight time will vary based on your departure and arrival destination. You’ll generally find more open flight availability during the less-busy shoulder seasons.
How Long Is the Flight to South America?
The average flight time to South America can vary depending on the departure city, airline, and route. Here are approximate flight times from some of the most common origins:
- Sydney, Australia: Approximately 17 hours 42 minutes
- London, UK: About 11 hours 55 minutes
- New York, USA: Around 8 hours 24 minutes
Please note that the availability of direct flights, airline choices, and specific routes can significantly affect these times.