FROM LONDON TO RIO DE JANEIRO
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The dates in brackets show the planned dates in corresponding countries.
The real dates can slightly differ (hopefully not more than plus/minus 2-3 days) from scheduled ones.
General hint: To see all and cheap possibilities use search-engines, depending of your country: Megaflieger, Opodo, Whichbudget, Jetcost. Its advised, to use such search-engines only to get the information, NOT for booking, because you have to book your bicycle too and that can cause problems using the search engines. Book directly at the website of the founded airline! At some airlines simply with a click, at others by phone. Typical price for a bike is about 30 Euro. To get knowledge which airlines fly to one or another airport it is advisable also to visit websites of corresponding airports.
UNITED KINGDOM (February 17 18)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (February 19 26)
The islands are served by international flights which land at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and A.N.R. Robinson International Airport in Tobago. The main airlines are American Airlines, Carribean Airlines, United, Condor, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. To our knowledge the cheapest direct flight from London is operated by Carribean Airlines.
VENEZUELA (February 27 March 17)
You have to find a flight to Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport. From Europe the direct flights are operated by Iberia from Madrid, Air France from Paris. The cheapest option is to fly by Carribean Airlines from London, Gatwick.
Here you can find information about Venezuelan domestic airlines; and book here. The most of them have flights to Maturin which is ~100 km from our route, fewer flights to Ciudad Bolivar or Ciudad Guyana (Puerto Ordaz). Also there is an airport in Santa Elena connected by Rutaca and Conviasa airlines with Puerto Ordaz and Ciudad Bolivar. Schedules change frequently, and you should contact the airlines at the Ciudad Bolívar Airport to find out more information about the flights.
The bus transport is regular, and you can reach our route on the main highway (BR-174) by bus from Caracas. More hints about travel by bus in Venezuela read here.
BRAZIL: Roraima State (March 18 24)
The best way is to fly from Caracas (through Ciudad Bolivar) to Santa Elena or the Brazil air network, for example GOL airlines, and find a flight to Boa Vista. You can use the regular bus service from Venezuela to Brazil (Boa Vista). You can read impressions of the journey by bus from Caracas here.
GUYANA (March 25 April 08)
Reaching us on the Lethem-Georgetown road it is possible by minibus. Some info you can find here. On the route to Suriname you also can catch us by bus, which leaves Georgetown to Corriverton at the Surinamese border daily.
SURINAME (April 09 15)
For Europeans KLM and Surinam Airwaysoffer regular flights from Amsterdam to Suriname. From the United States, airline service is available via Surinam Airways and Carribean Airlines, with departure from Miami and a stopover in Trinidad. There are also weekly direct flights from Trinidad, Brazil (Belιm), and Curaçao. You will arrive at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport located 45 km south of Paramaribo. From there you can take the taxi or bus into town.
You can travel by bus to the Guyana border at Nieuew Nickerie as well as to the French Guiana border at Albina. More travel tips to and around Suriname you can find here.
FRENCH GUIANA (April 16 23)
This is an overseas department of France, and there are 20 weekly flights connecting its capital Cayenne with Paris. Check the flights to Cayenne-Felix Eboue Airport via Air France Air Caraibes, and KLM There are no direct connections to the US. Domestic flights are available via Air Guyane Express
Buses are the main form of transportation to get from city to city. From Cayenne you can travel by bus to the Suriname border at Saint Laurent as well as to the Brazil border at the Oiapoque River.
BRAZIL (April 24 August 5)
The main international airports on our route are Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife, with regular connections between these cities and to destinations all over the world. To reach us in remote parts take a domestic flight. Domestic air travel within Brazil is a well-organized form of transportation. A map of all airports in Brazil you can find here. There are two major airlines that fly both international and domestic routes: TAM (has regular flights to Europe and the USA), and GOL (flies internationally only to Latin America countries).
You can use also the Brazilian bus system which consists of many different bus carriers and terminals, and you can reach by bus every bigger city on our route. You can purchase a ticket on-line via the booking system Brazil Bus Travel. Travelling by bus in Brazil is economical, comfortable and safe. It is possible to take your bike on long distance buses but it depends on the bus company and luggage storage space. More info about Brazil bus services read here.
It is advisable to buy far in advance the return ticket from Rio de Janeiro because prices can go up with the Olympic Games approaching.