Car Rental in Brazil

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Fiat Mobi or similar
Fiat Mobi
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
$14.28 / per day
Florianopolis Airport Car Rental
VW Gol or similar
VW Gol
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$15.33 / per day
Caldas Novas Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Hyundai HB20 or similar
Hyundai HB20
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$22.08 / per day
Palmas Airport Car Rental
Hyundai HB20s or similar
Hyundai HB20s
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$25.70 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Criciuma Nossa Sra. da Salete Car Rental
Volkswagen Virtus or similar
Volkswagen Virtus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$38.48 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Compact Elite
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$70.58 / per day
Formosa Formosinha Car Rental
Mini Van
Chevrolet Spin or similar
Chevrolet Spin
  • 7
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$150.92 / per day
Recife Airport Car Rental
Intermediate Elite SUV
Volkswagen T-Cross or similar
Volkswagen T-Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$29.38 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:40 on 2023-12-04. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
Average car rental price
$46 per day
Average car rental length
10 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 60 km/h or 19 - 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 110 km/h or 56 - 68 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
9.1 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.24 per liter or $4.69 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.02 per liter or $3.85 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.46 per liter or $5.51 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Brazil?

With both the largest population in Latin American and its largest road network, Brazil is an absolute can’t-miss destination for adventurers. From some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to the wild Amazon Rainforest, the country has something to offer every traveler. Experience Carnival, dance to the beats of samba, float down the Amazon River, and gaze at the amazing wildlife in the Pantanal. There’s so much to experience in Brazil that you’ll have to return again and again. 

Brazil Car Rental

Top ways to enter Brazil

Note: As of June 17, 2019, Brazil has suspended its visa requirements for citizens of the United States of America, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Visitors from these countries can now stay up to 90 days without a visa. 

São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is the busiest airport in the country and is located 25 kilometers (16 miles) northeast of Sao Paulo in the suburb of Guarulhos after which it is named. Flights arrive at the airport from numerous cities in South America, North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Rental cars are available with major companies having desks in Terminals 2 and 3.

Rio de Janeiro- Galeão International Airport is the country’s second major international airport. It is located on the island of Galeão north of the city. While almost any traveler will want to experience the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio’s central location along the coast also makes it a great place to begin one’s trip through Brazil with a rental car. Arriving passengers can pick up rental cars at the airport or at locations nearby depending on which rental company they choose. 

Many travelers on a longer trip through South America may arrive from one of Brazil’s neighboring countries by land. It is, however, very difficult to take a rental car across the border. There are some rental companies in Argentina that may allow their cars to be taken to Brazil. However, advance notice is required and there will be a hefty additional fee. Furthermore, the car would have to be returned to Argentina. It is not possible to travel to Brazil with a rental car from any of its other neighbors. 

Though there are no rail connections with Brazil and its neighboring countries, there are bus connections from all of them. Though almost all of the neighboring countries have bus connections with Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, most travelers will probably prefer to stop in the first major city when entering the country and pick up a rental car there. Rental cars can be picked up in cities such as Fox do Iguacu, Port Alegre, Campo Grande, and Manaus. One-way rentals are also available for an additional fee, meaning that a traveler could cross the country with a rental car and then take a bus or plane to the next country on their itinerary since rental cars can not be taken outside of Brazil. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Sao Paulo - The largest city in both Brazil and South America is unsurprisingly the economic heart of the country. It is also a melting pot having seen significant immigration for over a hundred years. In fact, the city has more people of Italian heritage than any city in Italy. It also has a Japantown in the Liberdade district. Avenida Paulista is the most famous area of the city. Many parks, museums, and galleries, and theaters await travelers in the city. 
  • Rio de Janeiro - Brazil’s former capital is probably its most well-known tourist destination. Its Christ the Redeemer statue is a symbol of the country and the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are familiar to millions and millions of people. You should definitely enjoy its laid-back beach culture and, if you’re up for it, the world’s most famous Carnival celebration. Rio is unfortunately also well-known for its favelas and the violence that plagues them. If driving on your own, be sure to know where you should and should not drive. Though most of the violence takes place between gangs, it is still best not to accidentally end up lost in a favela. 
  • Iguazu Falls - Located on the border with Argentina and near the triple border that also includes Paraguay, Iguazu Falls is one of the most visited attractions in South America. The town on the Brazilian side of the falls is called Foz do Iguaçu, which is a great place to spend the night. The Argentine and Brazilian sides of the Falls differ, and it is worth visiting both sides. On the Argentine side, you get to see them closer up, including being right on top of them. On the Brazilian side, you get to see them in all their glory from farther away. Allow more time on the Argentine side as the many trails can take time to walk. It is impossible to take a rental car from Brazil to Argentina, therefore you will need to cross the border with a bus, taxi, or on a tour. Definitely do not miss the Argentine side, though.  
  • Ilha Grande - Located just off the coast of Brazil midway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is a tropical paradise. There are no cars on the island and no ferries to carry cars there. There is only one road, if it can be called a road, anyway. Most stay in the main village, Vila do Abraao, and either hike or take a boat to the island’s gorgeous beaches. Praia Lopes Mendes on the ocean side of the island is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country. 
  • Porto Alegre - The Capital of Rio Grande do Sul is also the largest city in southern Brazil. Given its location close to Uruguay and Argentina,  Porto Alegre is a great cultural mix that is certainly worth the trip south. And if visiting the city, you should head 120 kilometers to the north to Aparados da Serra National Park which protects the Itaimbezinho canyon.
  • Curitiba - If traveling from Rio or Sao Paulo to Iguacu Falls, Curitiba makes a nice stopover (the drive takes more than 13 hours). One of its highlights is the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, a modern art museum famous for its annex that looks like a huge eye. The Serra Verde Express also makes for a great day trip from Curitiba. The train descends through the Atlantic rainforest to the town of Morretes. It leaves daily in the morning from Curitiba and returns in the afternoon. 
  • Florianopolis - Due to its beaches, Florianopolis is an extremely popular destination. The city is partly on the mainland and partly on the island of Santa Catarina. The island has multiple postcard-worthy beaches. It is no surprise that it is popular with both Brazilian and foreign tourists. It is located roughly midway between Curitiba and Porto Alegre. 
  • Salvador - The center of African culture in the country, Salvador is a unique place that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. The city’s old town is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. You also shouldn’t miss the market down below, but be sure to take the elevator down instead of walking. The city has some nice, if crowded, beaches. However, you should certainly head up the coast to find more tranquil, yet stunning beaches to lay your towel on. 
  • The Amazon Rainforest - Perhaps what Brazil is most known for, the Amazon Rainforest is an extremely large area in the northern part of the country that is remote and difficult, though not impossible, to reach by car. You’re more likely to get around the Amazon by boat, though. You can even reach Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru by taking a boat up the Amazon River. Ecotourism is the thing to do in the rainforest. Take a tour through the jungle and stay at a lodge in the forest. Manaus can serve as the main gateway for this.    
  • Manaus - The confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro just to the east of the city is one of the world’s natural wonders with two of the largest rivers in the world flowing side by side for 6 kilometers without mixing. Manaus is an amazing place as it is home to 2.5 million people in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. It serves as a great base from which to make tours into the rainforest to see the plants, wildlife, and how the indigenous people there live.  
  • Pantanal - One of Brazil’s primary tourist destinations, the region of Pantanal is known for its wildlife and landscapes. It can be accessed from Campo Grande or Cuiaba. The area is the largest tropical wetland in the world and is teeming with many different species of animals. The most popular way to experience the region is to stay at a cattle farm. The best time of the year to go is the winter when the waters a low. Note that both of the roads leading into the area, the Transpantaneira in the north and the Estrada Parque in the south, are dirt roads with some wooden bridges and a ferry crossing (on the Estrada Parque). Your best chance of seeing Jaguars is at the end of theTranspantaneira in Porto Jorfe. You should probably have a four-wheel-drive vehicle with high-clearance to make it down these roads, especially in the rainy season. 
  • Brasilia. Often overlooked by foreign travelers, Brazil’s capital is a planned city that was only founded in 1960. Brasilia might be lacking in history and coastline, but the city makes up for it with fascinating modernist architecture such as the Cathedral of Brasilia, Palace of Justice, and Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, as well as landmarks like the National Museum and Contemporary Art Space (or ECCO). 

Driver's license requirements

Drivers must be at least 19 years old to rent a car in Brazil. Different rental companies have different minimum ages, though. Drivers over  21 can rent from any supplier available through our website. Those between 19 and 21 can rent from Movida or Foco, national chains in Brazil. 

Unlike in some neighboring countries, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is not required in Brazil for drivers with licenses written in the Latin alphabet.

Note that driving in Brazil is similar to driving in the rest of South America. Expect some aggressive drivers and keep in mind many may be armed so its best to avoid getting involved in any incidents of road rage. 

Brazil has some unique laws when it comes to driving. These include laws against driving with flip flops on and running out of gas. The latter can be especially difficult once you get more than a couple of hundred kilometers away from the coast. Be sure to use every chance you have to fill up. 

Crossing Borders

Although Brazil shares a land border with 10 different countries, it is not possible to take a car that was rented in Brazil to any of these countries as Brazilian rental cars are not allowed to leave Brazil. The country is so vast that any traveler should be able to find plenty to explore without having to leave the country. 

From neighboring countries, it is only possible to bring a rental car to Brazil from Argentina and only if renting from certain rental companies. Even then, there is an extra fee and the car must be returned to Argentina. 

On the other hand, one-way rentals are possible in Brazil. This will incur an added fee, though, and the fee will depend upon the distance between the pick-up and drop off locations. 

Toll roads

There are many toll roads in Brazil. Many of the roads have been privatized which has drastically improved their state of repair. Unfortunately, though, the only electronic system is in the city of Sao Paulo. This means that you will have to stop at physical toll booths to pay tolls often. As credit cards are generally not accepted, be sure to carry small change to pay the tolls. 

Taking the Via Dutra, the busy highway that connects Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as an example, there are six tolls totaling R$59.70 ($14.75) as of August 2019. 

Top driving routes

Many of the more adventurous roads in Brazil are unpaved. Most are passable in the dry season but can become a muddy mess in the rainy season. Most rental companies will not allow travel on unpaved roads. The only exception may be if you rent a 4x4 vehicle. 

  • Serra do Rio do Rastro - Definitely, not for the trepid, SC-390 is a snaking mountain road located in the state of Santa Catarina that crosses the Serra do Rio do Rastro mountain range. Though the road is only 35 kilometers (22 miles) long, it takes roughly an hour to drive, though you should definitely leave more time to take time to see the road you are about to travel on from above.  
  • Trans-Amazonian Highway - This highway was built to connect the Amazon region and its plantation and ranches with the rest of the country and its ports. The road begins outside of Joao Pessoa on the eastern coast of the country and continues to Labrea in the middle of the state of Amazonas (it was envisioned that it would reach Peru) more than 4,000 kilometers away. Currently, you are not likely to be able to tackle the whole road in a rental car. This is changing, though, as the road is currently being paved throughout despite the environmental impact that will have. As of now, you can make it from the coast as far as Itaituba on a paved road. You can also take a detour onto 163 to reach the city of Santarem on the Amazon River.   
  • BR-101 - Stretching 4,615 kilometers (2,868 miles) along the Atlantic coast from Touros north of Natal to Rio Grande in the south, BR-101 is by far the longest road in the country. Traveling the entire road also will take travelers through most of the important cities and sites of the country.  

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $122 per day
  • Large cars - from $17 per day
  • Medium cars - from $15 per day
  • Vans - from $26 per day
  • Premium cars - from $52 per day
  • Small cars - from $14 per day
  • SUVs - from $29 per day
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Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Brazil

  1. Car Rental in Rio de Janeiro from $19.46 per day
  2. Car Rental in Guarulhos from $20.98 per day
  3. Car Rental in Florianopolis from $24.28 per day
  4. Car Rental in Fortaleza from $24.81 per day
  5. Car Rental in Salvador from $20.67 per day
  6. Car Rental in Sao Paulo from $19.16 per day
  7. Car Rental in Recife from $20.13 per day
  8. Car Rental in Porto Alegre from $26.39 per day
  9. Car Rental in Brasilia from $25.19 per day
  10. Car Rental in Maceio from $21.58 per day
  11. Car Rental in Porto Seguro from $34.27 per day
  12. Car Rental in Confins from $24.17 per day
  13. Car Rental in Natal from $20.83 per day
  14. Car Rental in Goiania from $22.25 per day
  15. Car Rental in Curitiba from $26.61 per day
  16. Car Rental in Vitoria from $21.44 per day
  17. Car Rental in Ilheus from $43.44 per day
  18. Car Rental in Foz do Iguacu from $29.17 per day
  19. Car Rental in Campo Grande from $18.94 per day
  20. Car Rental in Belem from $22.83 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Brazil?

The cost of renting a car in Brazil varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day in Brazil
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Brazil is October — when rental costs average $19.29 per day. This is 24% cheaper than the yearly average and 42% cheaper than renting a car in December (when prices average $33.54 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Brazil?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in December — an average of 14 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in October — an average of 8 days.
Average number of rental days in Brazil

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Brazil?

Based on how many customers search for a car in Brazil, the most popular month is October, while the least popular is June.
Monthly searches in Brazil by pick-up date relative to the average

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 618
Airport locations 96
Popular suppliers Localiza, Foco, Movida, Unidas, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price $14 per day
Cheapest supplier Localiza

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Localiza Fiat Mobi 2 2 Small cars
Foco VW Gol 4 2 Medium cars
Foco Fiat Mobi 4 2 Small cars
Localiza Jeep Renegade 4 4 SUVs
Localiza Volkswagen Gol 4 2 Small cars
Localiza Fiat Argo 2 3 Small cars
Foco Chevrolet Onix 4 2 Medium cars
Foco Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 SUVs
Foco Renault Logan 4 3 Large cars
Localiza Peugeot 208 4 2 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Fiat Mobi
August 13, 2023
Excellent beach and restaurant.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Mobi
August 2, 2023
Very small trunk no way to have luggage inside
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Renegade
May 16, 2023
The Chevrolet tracker is good for the asfalto but nite time the headlights is to bad and for dirt road is to danger I’m not recommended for dirt road
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Argo
April 26, 2023
It was a family trip.
Volkswagen Golf
April 25, 2023
We had nice time in Brazil
Fiat Mobi Like
November 27, 2022
We will see,was mistakes against me ,I hope future function good....I hope. It is universal, if we make mistakes we will too most pay ,it is very simple but of course sometimes people or company don't won't pay back ...ot is like a client don't won't to pay if is bad service or not ,or don't have no more solution to accept.... I hope everything function good next time I rent a car .In the end we are all the same... or not ? Have good Sunday, greetings Angelino
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
September 7, 2022
There is a lot to do in and around Manaus. We recommend the river tour, the waterfalls at Presidente Figueiredo, visiting the market downtown, a tour of the Amazon Theater, the Santa Rosa farm if you have kids, the ruins of Paricatuba, the Rubber Museum, as well as trying all the local food. Don’t miss MUSA - the Museum of the Amazon.
Renault Kwid
September 8, 2021
Thank for the perfect service
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
January 5, 2021
Beautiful beaches.Good food and amazing weather! Costa de Sauipe will be my next vacation again.

Car Rental Statistics

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Lowest rated company
7.6 / 10
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Top 9 Suppliers in Brazil in 2023

Exceptional 9.1 / 1024 reviews
571 locations
$14 - $275
Very good 8.7 / 14 reviews
124 locations
$90 - $150
Very good 8.6 / 100 reviews
171 locations
$75 - $151
Very good 8.5 / 1032 reviews
82 locations
Very good 8.5 / 7 reviews
176 locations
$20 - $123
Very good 8.4 / 6 reviews
26 locations
Very good 8.3 / 594 reviews
23 locations
$15 - $139
Very good 8.3
3 locations
$26 - $195
Good 7.6 / 249 reviews
121 locations
$25 - $264
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