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Rio de Janeiro State car rentals

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Top tips for hiring a car in Rio de Janeiro State

  • In an area as populated as Rio de Janeiro State, you may want to opt for a smaller vehicle, such as a compact car. This is especially good advice if you plan to remain within city limits. There are many cars on the roads and, typically, limited parking spaces. A smaller vehicle will afford you more street parking opportunities and will make it easier to navigate the roadways—especially some of the narrower routes.
  • Throughout Brazil, drivers will employ tactics to alert other drivers of potential risks on the road ahead. Specifically, a driver may flash their headlights at oncoming cars to alert them of danger or something unusual. Do not be alarmed if this happens to you on your journey. It is a courtesy, and you’ll simply want to stay alert and be prepared to either slow down or stop ahead.
  • By law, no one under the age of 10 years old is allowed to ride in the front seat of a vehicle. What’s more, all vehicle occupants must wear seat belts at all times—this applies to all passengers without exception for age or location in the car.
  • Travelers who hail from the United States and plan to visit Brazil may want to obtain International Driving Permits or Inter-American Driving Permits for their journey to the country. Alternatively, if you are looking to rent a car, you may use your valid driver’s license for up to six months as long as it is accompanied by a translation of it into Portuguese.
  • Book your rental car in Rio de Janeiro at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Rio de Janeiro are around 125% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Rio de Janeiro State

  • What is the most popular car hire in Rio de Janeiro State?

    Economy (Fiat Argo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Rio de Janeiro State.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Rio de Janeiro State?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Should I rent a car in Rio de Janeiro State?

    Rio de Janeiro State covers a wide swath of territory. This makes it incredibly rich with culture, sights, and activities. However, this also means that traversing the territory can be difficult for those who opt to rely on public transportation. While there are large coach buses, subway routes, and minibuses available, these options can often take a considerable amount of time—especially if your end point is off the beaten path. Exploring Rio de Janeiro State with a rental vehicle will ensure that your time to get to your destination is as quick as possible, and it will give you the freedom to explore at your leisure, rather than have your trip dictated by the timetables of public transport.

  • What is driving like in Rio de Janeiro State?

    Like most major cities around the world, you can expect there to be a certain amount of gridlock on the major motorways during peak travel times—particularly the beginning and the end of the workday. What’s more, you’ll want to ensure that you stay vigilant while behind the wheel; in such a populated place, drivers are competing for highway lanes or to get onto key roads. You’ll want to keep your eyes on the road, too, to monitor for animals that may wander into the streets, which is a frequent occurrence. Finally, you’ll want to be aware that the Brazilian government has instituted restrictions on driving in the city to minimize overcrowding. Once you’ve retrieved your vehicle, you’ll want to look into what days, if any, you are permitted to drive in the city based on the license plate number.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Rio de Janeiro State?

    The car rental age throughout Brazil is typically the same as the legal age for driving, which is 18 years old. That said, some rental car companies may require that renters be at least 25 years old. In some cases, companies that do permit renters to be under the 25-year-old threshold may charge additional young driver fees. Likewise, they may place some restrictions on vehicle categories and allow renters to select only from small or compact car options.

Car rental directory

  • localiza

    Localiza car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    55 Locations

  • unidas

    Unidas car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    34 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    32 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    28 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    26 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    25 Locations

  • movida

    MOVIDA car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    25 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    16 Locations

  • movicar

    Movicar Rent a Car car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    14 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    11 Locations

  • york

    York Rent a Car car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    11 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Rio de Janeiro State

    3 Locations

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Most popular car type

Mini

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