Car Rental at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont

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Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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500+ Trusted Suppliers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Foco
$16.03 per day
Compact
VW Gol or similar
VW Gol
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Foco
$16.07 per day
Economy Elite
Fiat Argo or similar
Fiat Argo
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Localiza
$20.97 per day
Intermediate
Hyundai HB20s or similar
Hyundai HB20s
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Movida
$34.74 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Renault Logan or similar
Renault Logan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Localiza
$24.12 / per day
Mini
Volkswagen Saveiro or similar
Volkswagen Saveiro
  • 2
  • 3
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Movida
$37.16 / per day
Intermediate Elite
Jeep Renegade or similar
Jeep Renegade
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Movida
$47.30 / per day
Full-size
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Localiza
$52.33 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:01 on 2023-01-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
Portuguese
Currency
BRL
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
55
Average car rental price
$31.09 / per day
Average car rental length
9 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 60 km/h
25 - 37 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
60 - 80 km/h
37 - 50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.00%
Rating
8.7
Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Santos Dumont Airport is the closest airport to downtown Rio de Janeiro and, therefore, the most convenient airport in the city for travelers. The airport only has domestic flights, though. The larger Galeao International Airport, in the northern part of the city, hosts all of the city’s international flights in addition to many domestic flights. This is due in part to restrictions that cap the number of takeoffs or landings per hour at Santos Dumont.

If you are flying from one of the main Brazilian cities, Santos Dumont is the perfect destination. Rental cars are readily available and are convenient for reaching gorgeous beach destinations near the city. 

The busiest route in Brazil is the route from Santos Dumont to São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport. 

Main airlines

The largest airlines serving Santos Dumont are Azul Brazilian Airlines, Gol Airlines, and LATAM Brazil all flying to larger domestic destinations.

Terminals

There are two terminals at the airport, one for arrivals and one for departures. The departures terminal is a new terminal built for the 2007 Pan American Games.

Location

Santos Dumont is located next to downtown Rio on a small peninsula jutting out into Guanabara Bay. Aside from being able to reach downtown in a matter of minutes, travelers can also reach the rest of the city very easily. For example, Ipanema is only 12 miles away, a drive that takes as little as 20 minutes.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Station wagons - from $48 per day
  • Large cars - from $33 per day
  • Medium cars - from $21 per day
  • Vans - from $57 per day
  • Premium cars - from $63 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day
  • SUVs - from $51 per day

Car rental desks

Movida and Avis have desks in the arrivals terminal of the airport. Alamo is located in the building next to the airport.

Services and facilities

Santos Dumont Airport has all of the services and facilities one would expect of a major domestic airport.

If you have an early morning departure or arrive late, there are a few hotels close to the airport that are convenient. The Prodigy Hotel is located on the airport’s grounds just next to the passenger terminals. An ibis and Novotel, both with lower rates than the Prodigy Hotel, are located about 1km away from the airport. They reportedly offer a shuttle from the airport but require a payment for a ride to the airport. Of course, they are close enough that guests can actually just walk if they would like to.

The airport has one lounge, an Advantage lounge, which is available to domestic passengers. The airport also has ATMs, a currency exchange office, luggage storage, and free Wi-Fi. Once past security, there are various restaurants and cafes.

While there is a currency exchange office at the airport, it is likely to have worse rates than what you can find in the city. It is advisable to either take out money from an ATM (being careful of any commissions charged) or to exchange as little as possible and exchange more money once you are in the city. Though using your credit or debit card to pay for things will likely give you the best rate possible, you will likely need cash in Brazil. Many smaller shops and restaurants don’t accept cards.

Nearest gas station

The nearest gas station to Santos Dumont Airport is a Petrobras station near Rua Jardel Jercolis. To reach it, exit from the main road just before the exit to the airport. Navigate through the crowd of parked cars to the station. After you fill up exit on the same road you entered in the direction of the airport. You will rejoin the road to the airport.

If traveling from the north, exit towards the airport and make a small circle to reach the station. Note that the prices may be higher due to the station's location. It may be beneficial to fill up earlier and just top of the tank immediately before returning the car.

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  • Brasilia
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Airport info

Rating
7.8
  • Getting to the airport 7.9
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.4
  • Lounge 6.2

Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont (SDU)

  • IATA: SDU
  • ICAO: SBRJ
  • Name: Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont (SDU)
  • Size: Medium Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 9,065,905
  • Distance from city: 1.2 miles / 2 km E of town
  • Working hours:

Top 20 Locations near Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont

  1. 17.8 km / 11.1 miles away
  2. 20.1 km / 12.5 miles away
  3. 340.7 km / 211.7 miles away
  4. 343.0 km / 213.1 miles away
  5. 343.1 km / 213.2 miles away
  6. 345.6 km / 214.7 miles away
  7. 355.0 km / 220.6 miles away
  8. 363.2 km / 225.7 miles away
  9. 365.6 km / 227.2 miles away
  10. 366.4 km / 227.6 miles away
  11. 378.8 km / 235.4 miles away
  12. 423.9 km / 263.4 miles away
  13. Car Rental in Sorocaba North from $26.16 per day
    439.5 km / 273.1 miles away
  14. 671.9 km / 417.5 miles away
  15. 682.0 km / 423.8 miles away
  16. 752.0 km / 467.3 miles away
  17. 842.3 km / 523.4 miles away
  18. 897.3 km / 557.6 miles away
  19. 905.1 km / 562.4 miles away
  20. 931.9 km / 579.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont?

The cost of renting a car at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont
$31.57
January
$60.90
February
$101.14
March
$37.79
April
$29.36
May
June
July
August
$87.29
September
$44.15
October
$58.93
November
$58.93
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont is May when prices for an Economy class start from $29.36. You can see that this is 48% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting a car in March (when rental prices start at $101.14 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in June the average rental period is 11 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 3 days.
Average Rental Length
8
January
8
February
8
March
8
April
9
May
11
June
7
July
9
August
4
September
3
October
8
November
8
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in October.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
212%
January
188%
February
149%
March
152%
April
161%
May
91%
June
111%
July
137%
August
September
October
November
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Foco VW Gol 4 2 Medium cars
Movida Dacia Duster 4 3 SUVs
Localiza Jeep Renegade 4 4 SUVs
Movida Fiat Mobi Like 4 2 Small cars
Movida Chevrolet Onix 4 3 Small cars
Movida Jeep Renegade 4 5 SUVs
Foco Fiat Mobi 4 2 Small cars
Foco Volkswagen T-Cross 4 2 SUVs
Movida Hyundai HB20 4 4 Medium cars
Foco Volkswagen Up 2 2 Small cars

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Localiza
8.86 / 10
Lowest rated company
Foco
7.68 / 10
Total number of reviews
3
Total rental companies
6
Average daily price
$31.09
Lowest daily price
$16.03
Total cars available
34

Top 6 Suppliers at Rio de Janeiro Airport Santos Dumont in 2023

Localiza
Localiza
Excellent 8.9 / 12 reviews
08009792020
R Jardel Jercolis, Sn, Glória
$19 - $73
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
08009792020
Jardel Jercolis Rua
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Movida
Movida
Excellent 8.6 / 52 reviews
+552123037062 / +552125582044
Praça Sen. Salgado Filho, s/n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-340
$33 - $47
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+5508009792020
Jardel Jercolis Rua,
National
National
Excellent 8.5
+5508009792020
Rio de Janeiro Airport RJ Santos Dumont, Praça Sen. Salgado Filho, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-340
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Foco
Foco
Very good 7.7 / 7 reviews
+5521997570238
Rua do Catete, 178, Catete
$16 - $18
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
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