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$763 Find cheap flights to South America

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Bogotá
Bogotá2 stops$2,251
Santiago
Santiagodirect$1,786
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires1 stop$2,062
Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo1 stop$2,114
Lima
Lima1 stop$2,018
Medellín
Medellín2 stops$2,546
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro1 stop$2,116
Montevideo
Montevideo1 stop$2,149
Cali
Cali2 stops$2,782
Cusco
Cusco3 stops$2,528
Cartagena
Cartagena3 stops$3,118
Quito
Quito3 stops$2,606
Cordoba
Cordoba2 stops$2,639
Bucaramanga
Bucaramanga3 stops$3,146
Mendoza
Mendoza2 stops$2,337

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Flight from Sydney to Bogotá

FAQs - booking South America flights

  • What direct flights are there from Australia to South America?

    Most flights come with at least one stop along the way. However, if Chile is on your itinerary, you’re in luck. Direct flights are available from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) with Qantas and LATAM. If direct flights are important to you, starting and ending your South American adventure in Santiago may be the ideal strategy.

  • How can I find quick flights to South America from Australia?

    Australian and South American carriers like Qantas and LATAM are a great place to start if you’re looking for a shorter itinerary. You’ll also find one- and two-stop itineraries with airlines like Emirates, KLM and American Airlines. Another point to consider is the Australian city from which you depart. Regardless of where you’re heading in South America, flights departing from Sydney tend to be faster.

  • How can I find cheap North American flight deals?

    Booking at least a couple of months in advance will get you better flight deals. When travelling to South America from Australia, it’s also important to consider the airport you enter and exit the continent. You can avoid lengthy and expensive multi-stop itineraries by starting and ending your adventure in major South American hubs like Santiago, Bogota or Lima.

  • Which visa do Australians need to visit South America?

    From Paraguay and Brazil to Chile and Argentina, Australian citizens can generally obtain visas on arrival in South America for stays of less than 90 days (or in Bolivia, less than 30 days). Rules can change, so it’s crucial to check the visa requirements for every country on your itinerary. For all South American countries, you will need a passport that is valid for six months beyond the end of your trip, with blank visa pages. Also, bring proof of funds, accommodation and onward travel.  

  • How long is the flight to South America?

    An average direct flight from Australia to South America takes 25h 29m, covering a distance of 21090 km. The most popular route is Melbourne - Santiago with an average flight time of 12h 45m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to South America?

    The cheapest ticket to South America from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $997 one-way, and $1,970 round-trip. The most popular route is Melbourne to Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $1,977.

  • Which airlines fly to South America?

    LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways & Cathay Pacific fly the most frequently from Australia to South America.

  • What are the most popular destinations in South America?

    Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Bogotá (23% of total searches to South America). The next most popular destinations are Santiago (20%) and Buenos Aires (19%). Searches for flights to Sao Paulo (13%), to Lima (9%) and to Rio de Janeiro (7%) are also popular.

  • How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to South America

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest South America flight deals.
  • If you're planning on visiting Macchu Picchu in Peru, Cusco (CUZ) is the recommended airport. However, flights from Australia to Cusco generally have at least two stops and usually pass through Lima (LIM), so keep this in mind when planning your itinerary.
  • Colombia has many international airports, so it’s important to consider the regions you want to explore before booking flights from Australia. El Dorado International Airport (BOG) is ideal if you’re planning on visiting the capital city. If you’re only interested in the Caribbean Coast, look for flights from Australia to Cartagena Airport (CTG).
  • Aussies planning to visit Patagonia can explore this stunning region in Chile, Argentina or both. You’ll generally find better flight deals with shorter flight times if you fly into Santiago from Australia.
  • If you’re planning on visiting Iguazu Falls, you can choose between Foz do Iguacu International Airport (IGU) in Brazil or Cataratas International Airport (IGR) in Argentina. From Australia, you’ll generally find cheaper flights with fewer stops if you opt for Foz do Iguacu Airport.
  • Travellers visiting Bolivia to explore the Salar de Uyuni salt flats or see the pink dolphins of the Amazon Basin should keep in mind that flights from Australia generally pass through Santiago, Lima or both. If you’re planning on visiting Chile or Peru, it may be wise to start in one of these countries and head to Bolivia next.
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Top 5 airlines flying to South America

Need help choosing which airline to fly with from Australia to South America? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
7.6
Qatar AirwaysOverall score based on 4293 reviews
8.1Crew
7.8Boarding
7.6Entertainment
7.5Food
7.6Comfort
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Flight was fine overall. What you would expect from economy seats. I did appreciate the amenities (eyemask, earplugs, small toothbrush and toothpaste, thin socks).

8.0 ExcellentAnonymous, June 2024DOH - BKK
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Flight was fine overall. What you would expect from economy seats. I did appreciate the amenities (eyemask, earplugs, small toothbrush and toothpaste, thin socks).

It was good no problems made it on time for the next flight overseas!

they give hard time at checking, they not allow computer bag or purse

I found it weird that the quality of the flight different from Australia to Doha than the Doha to Berlin leg. The quality of the toiletries pack (was in a box from Australia) and then a proper bag from Doha. The biggest variation was the inflight entertainment, which had a significantly shorter amount of content compared to the Doha flight. My QSuite seat was also broken and did not recline all the way flat. Wasn’t the best and I wouldn’t be happy if I’d paid cash for the flight.

They shld provide food. Between food they are giving 10 hours gap which is toooo much

From home to the airport, you must mention the terminal ready.

Food and entertainment was very very bad. Also, Doha airport is very bad. Entertainment was same for last 1 month....no change. Old movies. Food quality was sub par.

Asian Veng meal have Non Veg items which is not ok. Pure veg meals option are too less and they have inclusion of Vedgan and Lactos etc... which is taste less

Overall good but staff in the place looked extremely tired after 8hrs in 14 hrs journey and then service was cut short and response time for calls increased in later part of flight. Food was ok not astonishing

Very very bad.. more than 48 hr I didn’t received my baggage yet

The flight attendants went above and beyond to make a flight as comfortable as possible.

Our flight was delayed twice and after we boarded it was delayed again as they were searching for a passenger's small bag. We arrived in Hobart one hour later.

The seats are too close together and are smaller than they used to be. Makes for a cramped experience.

Great. Airhostess was amazing. Dinner a little spicy! Could have had a mention beforehand about that though

The international flight from Sydney to Dallas had great food. I have travelled a lot over the years and this has been the most memorable in my experience so far.

Initial flight was cancelled so moved to an alternative flight. As a result, stuck in a middle seat. Flight then place in holding pattern prior to landing resulting in a very late trip home.

There was nothing I didn’t like, prices a little lower would help

BA Airbus A380 BC upstairs had 2 3 2 layout. The seat was comfy but access for those in middle or window seats had to climb over others fest to get to ailse when seats in bed mode. The layout was not nearly as private as other layouts. The staff was amazing as well as the food. Most airline food is average but this was restaurant quality.

Following a marathon flight riddled by delays and changes from Santiago, Chile, my flight to Melbourne from Sydney was on schedule but I was transferred to the next flight. The reason by ticketing and the floor manager was I missed the entry to flight by one minute! That's right, the emphasised that if I was 1 minute earlier I would be on the flight. I asked what was the point them emphasising 1minute overdue and how that helped me or the situation. They didn't care at all. Replying that if it was one minute earlier they would've done something and smirking delivering the information. Australian's do call Australia home, Qantas calls Australian's suckers.

1) crackly headphone jack 2) one of the emergency seats recline. Usually second row does. But in this case neither did 3) food was scrambled eggs or fruit. 4) fruit should not be the option to eggs 5)miserable unpleasant crew not a smile. Thought that was a virgin thing

They offered food. The crew passed by again offering water. I enjoyed the two seating section. I think is very comfortable instead of the three seat way, unless you seat in the middle; which it's not bad, but I wouldn't prefer. All and all, I think the lay out of the seating rows are better than other airlines so far( I haven't tried many anyways). The lay out makes the getting in and out to use the restroom less uncomfortable and cramped. First time flying with Latam. I will fly with them again

I do not read or speak in Spanish. Only English. When asking for help, the people spoke quickly in English and pointed a lot. I wish they would’ve spoken a little slower for me to understand. There was much confusion and hurried in their message and I was unclear as to where to go

Everything was as you would expect in coach - fine. Flight was close to on time.

Terrible They charged me 157$ for excess baggage even though my bags were within the normally accepted limits Flight was late. Service was poor. The snacks were really bad

Flight from Lima to São Paulo didn’t have USB plug to charge the cellphone.

It was a good experience, the flight was a little too long & the food was ok

Awful, horrible customer service. Flight got delayed and had to spend y the night in Bogota as a result. Very poor

Tough flight with turbulence… I was told by a fellow passenger that it is common. Nonetheless, very stressful. Cordial staff.

This airline is full of junk fees. After paying to get my kids to sit with me, we were asked at the gate to check in our roller bags and pay $40 for each one. Peruvian passengers all took their roller bag in the plane. I don’t appreciate airlines who spot the gringos to tax them more.

Pros: "The seat was comfort, good attention, flight on timing 😇"
Cons: "In several times the plane went down and up, and I think the pilot had no experience or it was the first time flying"

We liked the fully reclinable seats. Had center seats, so it was difficult to talk to spouse. Crew was great

It started with multiple delays, cancellations, re booking, 5 hour lay over and finally on a plane from Chicago to Pittsburgh. Gates, times, etc were changed multiply times. Once on the plane, staff was fine, but built in tv did not work and could not even turn it off. Light at eye level the entire trip, so sleeping was near impossible. No snacks or drinks given.

The flight was delayed due to weather issue…WiFi did not work and even though I wanted to pay for WiFi I couldn’t buy it. Overall very disappointing even though I paid and reserved Business class

Crew was not very helpful. They forgot to serve me coffee and had to wait for a long time.It looked as if they were not very happy with what they were doing.

737 Max was leaking water into the cabin through the windows. Overhead bins opened on landing. Bad bad plane.

This flight was a code share on Air New Zealand.

Crowded flight, but upbeat and kind crew. Pilot greeted us at door, flight attendant thanked a number of “special” passengers for their business, another addressed an eight-year old boy as “young man.” United obviously trying to up their game, but though all of that is nice and notable, flying still feels like moving along a human assembly line, being herded into one small space after another (boarding areas with too few seats, planes with limited personal space, shuttles (IAD) packed too full.

Cramped and uncomfortable seats. Not enough room for 6’2” person such as myself.

Flight was absolutely sold out, so that just makes the crews job that much tougher. I will say people (customers) are behaving better over the last year.

I was very fortunate it was not a full flight , so I had 3 seats to myself. Absolute bliss. Food very good. Except dinner desert was a sugar bomb. Can you provide yoghurt or some healthier dinner desert. Thankyou

Horrible delays and confusion at all Air Canada counters. Flight was delayed well over 6 hours with little to no communication. Was o my offered a $15 food voucher and $200 Air Canada voucher—-neither of which did I need or have desire to use. Will never fly this airline again.

Air Canada had a lot of delays on our flight going back to Seattle. So much inconvenience for a long trip.

Air Canada cancelled our flight from Paris to Montreal with less than 24 hours notice, completely ruining our plans for the last day of our trip. Their associate tried to help by rebooking, but there was only one option available from Paris that was impossible for us to get on. There was no compensation for the disruption, and in fact, we had to pay an additional surcharge after losing money from another flight we had to cancel in order to accommodate the change. Before arriving in Paris, our flights were changed 5 times, but we had more flexibility while still on home soil, so the changes were manageable. Very unpredictable company and poor customer service.

I had written all my complaints on my trip from Grand Junction to Denver so I will repeat it here! I was absolutely appalled that I had to pay for a regular seat that I choose 24 hrs before boarding! Also I checked my large bag which I had to pay for as well, and by the time I boarded all the room in the bins were gone so also had to check that one. I noticed people pulling out oversized suitcases, bigger than the measurements stated for carry on, and also large pack packs stuffed full! So these people were taking up 2 or 3 spaces that the rest of us should have been able to use but couldn’t! NoTV on the flight! Thankfully I had downloaded the United Airlines app and was able to watch movies on my phone. Don’t remember the last time I flew in a plane with no movie screens!

Delays upon delays. Food was gross. Separated me and my spouse is the seating I heard others complaining they weren't sat with their loved ones either.

Got the email to check in but when I tried to check in it said "cannot connect to server", so checked in at the desk.

For me was not enough water. + 200 ml would be perfect… Generally it was good.

Bye portaction for cancelation , when you want to change date, you have to cancel And pay 20% as cancelation. To lose as cancelation!!! Upsell airline!!!!!!!!!!!

I got hurt and needed a wheelchair. They were excellent. I also appreciated the fact that they kept me informed thru out the whole trip regarding boarding, gate changes and luggage info.

I got hurt and needed a wheelchair. They were excellent.

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