By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Brasilia?

Do you need a car in Brasilia > Should you rent a car in Brasilia Brazil > Brasilia ( BSB )

The Brazilian capital always was built for a future where the car was king, or perhaps simply a kerosene future, with the city laid out in a way that resembles a giant plane!

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Do you need a car in Brasilia?

In more recent years, Brasília has started to develop a mass transit system, but the simple fact is that unlike more traditional European capital cities which have evolved slowly over time, Brasília is laid out in a way where everything is far apart, and this naturally lends itself as an example of a city where it really is best to get around by car, even if you are a visitor, even if you aren’t planning on heading outside the city, and even if you are only here for a few days.

Why should you rent a car in Brasilia?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Brasilia?

Brasilia Car hire summary

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Free parking score

Total 99 - of which 42 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • It goes without saying that, for better or worse, Brasília has been built right in the middle of the rainforest, and a car is going to be useful for getting out and seeing some of (what’s left of) this.

Why not? Visiting Brasilia without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Brasilia public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • However, given that Brasília was a planned city that really is completely remote from anywhere else in Brazil, it’s also unsurprising that there are actually very few roads in and out of the city, so this doesn’t really lend itself towards going on a circular road trip, and it’s even less suited to a one way rental!
  • If you’re just here for a few days, and would prefer not to drive, then there are still plenty of buses to supplement the limited Metrorail system, and of course taxis are widely available, but Brasília really isn’t the sort of city where you would just walk from one neighbourhood to another – it’s just too sprawling for that, and the road network is not built with the pedestrian in mind!


Car rental in - Brasilia Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Brasilia?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Brasilia?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Brasilia?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Brasilia if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Brasilia if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Brasilia if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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