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Brasília

South America > Brazil > Brasília

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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!

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Brasília car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Brasília is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Brasília? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Brasília between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Brasília using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Brasília ?


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.

  • 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 Brasília without a car

Why don't you need a car in Brasília ?


  • 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!

Ratings: How does Brasília compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Brasília? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Brasília, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Brasília? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Brasília (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Brasília? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Brasília airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Brasília car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 6

2021 - 6

Average score - 6

Notes:

 

Do you need a car in Brasilia? Brasília car hire advice verdict – yes, quite possibly!

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Brasília ?

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Brazil

Manaus

South America > Brazil > Manaus

See: Why hire a car in Manaus ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Sitting right in the heart of the Amazonian jungle is the thoroughly unique city of Manaus, home to some two million people in and around it. Given its remote location, it’s unsurprising that there are still very few roads in and out of Manaus, although if you do fancy a short trip on any of them, there are also a few buses heading out into the rural areas.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Manaus car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Manaus is in car rental price band: 5/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Manaus? 

Sometimes. Economy rental prices are average by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Manaus between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:8/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Yet trying to drive out of Manaus is really missing out on the whole point of being here, The real attraction is all about the river, and indeed it is on this river that you will find some of the most interesting resorts in Brazil, or anywhere else for that matter.

However, to really appreciate the sheer power of the mighty Amazon, an essential part of your visit to Manaus is still going to be to take a trip across the city’s stunning Ponte Rio Negro (Black River Bridge). It’s the easternmost crossing of any part of the Amazon, and it’s also near the famous “Meeting of the Waters” where the two distinct river channels meet.

There’s still really no need to get a rental car for this when you could just as easily do it by taxi or using local buses.

Therefore our Manaus car hire recommendation is a very strong no.

Ratings: How does Manaus compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Manaus? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Manaus, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Manaus? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Manaus (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Manaus? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Manaus airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Manaus car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 3

2021 - 1

Average score - 2

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Manaus ?

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Brazil

Rio

South America > Brazil > Rio de Janeiro

See: Why hire a car in Rio de Janeiro ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Brazil’s most famous city of Rio de Janeiro is most famous for football, Cocacabana, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, samba and carnival. Needless to say, all of these are the sort of things where a car is much more a hindrance than it is a help.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Rio de Janeiro car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Rio de Janeiro is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Rio de Janeiro? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Rio de Janeiro between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:10/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

If you only have a few days in Rio, then you certainly aren’t going to run out of enough breathtaking places to see without needing to get around using anything other than public transport and your own two feet. Of course the trains in Rio don’t just mean subways – you have the combination of the cable car going up Sugarloaf Mountain and the rack railway to the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Rio is a city that’s surprisingly walkable, despite the horrendous traffic in some places. Rio de Janeiro is a huge metropolitan area with public transport that’s perfectly good, abut the city is so tightly hemmed in to the tiny footprint it has, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and steep hills on the other.

Why? Visiting Rio de Janeiro using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Rio de Janeiro ?


Why would anyone even consider getting a hire car in Rio? This really depends on how long you are here for, and what else you might want to see immediately beyond. A popular excursion to Niteroi to see the Museum of Contemporary Art. This can still easily be done by bus
Essentially, a car is going to be useful for a few reasons:

  • Firstly, if you are staying somewhere out in suburban Rio where bus services are a lot more spread out and where they’ll take forever to get anywhere, then a hire car might be a very marginal benefit.
  • Secondly, the real reason to get hold of a car is to head along the coast roads outside Rio and open up views of some of the spectacular scenery that surrounds it. This might only be something to do for a day or two, or perhaps one day heading south along the coast and another day heading north. There are also a few driving loops worth looking at which involve heading along the coast and then diverting inland and then round the circle back to Rio.
  • There are numerous national and other state parks within a one day drive of downtown Rio.

Why not? Visiting Rio de Janeiro without a car

Why don't you need a car in Rio de Janeiro ?


Any sort of road trip from Rio can only be the icing on a cake that is Rio itself. We very much doubt that any sort of Rio car hire deal would need to cover the whole length of your stay. Having a rental car with you in the city centre can result in some considerable parking charges. Since land is astonishingly scarce, car parking charges reflect that.
There are no major long distance rail services in Brazil, so any trip outside the city is going to be by road.

  • For anything in the city of Rio itself, no car is needed.
  • The most famous attractions of Rio involve iconic trips on public transport:
    The cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain; and
    The rack railway to the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
  • For anything remotely sport or carnival related, Rio car hire options are equally useless.
  • Rio has an extensive bus network, together with a reasonable sized metro system.

Ratings: How does Rio de Janeiro compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Rio de Janeiro? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Rio de Janeiro, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Rio de Janeiro? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Rio de Janeiro (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Rio de Janeiro? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Rio de Janeiro airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Rio de Janeiro car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 4

2019 - 6

2021 - 6

Average score - 6

Notes:

 

Should I rent a car in Rio? There is of course no need to get a rental car at all in Rio, but if you are here for long enough, then hiring a car might be a good idea for 2 or 3 days at the end of your trip. Moreover, if you are even considering Rio car hire in the first place, then the chances are that it’s very much an option that’s still worth looking at.
Verdict – yes (partial rental).

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Rio de Janeiro ?

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Brazil

São Paulo

South America > Brazil > São Paulo

See: Why hire a car in São Paulo ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional São Paulo car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

São Paulo is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in São Paulo? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in São Paulo between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting São Paulo using a hire car

Why do you need a car in São Paulo ?


Why not? Visiting São Paulo without a car

Why don't you need a car in São Paulo ?


Ratings: How does São Paulo compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in São Paulo? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in São Paulo, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in São Paulo? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit São Paulo (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in São Paulo? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does São Paulo airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for São Paulo car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 3

2021 - 6

Average score - 5

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in São Paulo ?