Brasilia

Do you need a car in Brasilia?

Should you rent a car in Brasilia Brazil > Brasilia

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


Overall drive rating

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€130

 #150/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €135

70/300

 

Free parking score

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

42%

#148/300

 
  • 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.

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Brasilia public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

70%

Overall public transport score

30%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

  • 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!

Ratings

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?


 

Verdict

Final score:

7

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Manaus

Should you rent a car in Manaus?

Should you rent a car in Manaus Brazil > Manaus

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.

Manaus Introduction

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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

Car rental in - Manaus Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Manaus?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Manaus?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Manaus?

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 Manaus 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 Manaus 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 Manaus if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

0

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Rio de Janeiro

Should you rent a car in Rio?

Should you rent a car in Rio de Janeiro Brazil > Rio de Janeiro

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.

Rio de Janeiro Introduction

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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 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.

Why should you rent a car in Rio de Janeiro?

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 Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€115

 #133/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €210

137/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1194 - of which 237 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

20%

#247/300

 

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.

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.

Why not? Visiting Rio de Janeiro without a car

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Rio de Janeiro public transport quick facts

Train score

 

60%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

70%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

50%

  • 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.

Rio car hire advice summary

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).

Ratings

Car rental in - Rio de Janeiro Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Rio de Janeiro?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Rio de Janeiro?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Rio de Janeiro?

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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

7

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São Paulo

Should you rent a car in São Paulo?

Should you rent a car in São Paulo Brazil > São Paulo

Brazil’s economic powerhouse really isn’t the sort of city where a hire car is going to be either particularly useful or necessary. Unlike its rival Rio de Janeiro, which has numerous great driving roads as it spreads across the Guanabara Bay, São Paulo is situated inland, and the city is relatively circular in shape, with a well-developed urban rail network.

São Paulo Introduction

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São Paulo is also famous for its massive (and of course hugely congested) skyscraper district, and even in the sweltering heat, it’s much easier to get around using the Metro or buses, and taxis are always an option – at least you can leave the driving to somebody else!

Why should you rent a car in São Paulo?

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 São Paulo?

São Paulo Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€90

 #90/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €130

65/300

 

Free parking score

Total 575 - of which 132 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

23%

#231/300

 

However, if there is one road trip which really must be taken from São Paulo, then it has to be a journey on the spectacular Immigrants’ Highway with its two huge reversible carriageway decks criss-crossing over themselves as they descend down towards the Atlantic coast. This is well regarded as being one of the world’s truly impressive pieces of roadway engineering as this toll motorway straddles across dense jungle below. This is the route taken by literally millions of São Paulo residents as they tend to evacuate the city at the weekends, and unsurprisingly, it is notorious for its congestion, hence why it has been built with reversible flows. Yet we still don’t really advise getting a hire car just to experience this road, when you might as well take the bus and let somebody else do the driving – it’s not exactly the sort of road where you can pull over and take holiday snaps anyway!

Why not? Visiting São Paulo without a car

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São Paulo public transport quick facts

Train score

 

70%

Water travel score

60%

Overall public transport score

80%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

70%

So unless you have a particular itinerary in mind which involves heading further inland into the jungle, there is little really to gain from hiring a car in São Paulo. Some visitors think about doing a road trip between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but given the relative lack of places to see on the way, it’s a journey that’s also just as easily done by coach or internal flight.

São Paulo car hire summary – as a tourist, there’s very little reason to hire a car here.

Ratings

Car rental in - São Paulo Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in São Paulo?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in São Paulo?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in São Paulo?

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 São Paulo 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 São Paulo 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 São Paulo if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

3

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