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Car hire Rio De Janeiro

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Car hire Rio De Janeiro

EasyTerra Car Hire Rio De Janeiro is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies so as a customer you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in Rio De Janeiro

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Rio De Janeiro.

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Car rental companies in Rio De Janeiro

Below are the car rental companies in Rio De Janeiro with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • Localiza Car Rentals

    8.6 (38)
    From £ 14 / day
  • Hertz

    8.5 (6981)
    No rates available
  • Movida

    7.4 (12)
    From £ 10 / day
  • Alamo

    7.3 (8821)
    From £ 30 / day
  • Foco

    7 (35)
    From £ 12 / day
  • Unidas

    No reviews
    From £ 14 / day
  • Budget

    7.8 (9753)
    No rates available
  • National Car Rental

    8.5 (405)
    No rates available
  • Enterprise

    8.6 (1971)
    No rates available

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Rio De Janeiro

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Location information for Rio De Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro is the former capital of Brazil (until 1960, when Brasília took over the title) and also the second largest city in the country (after São Paulo). It is an enormous city with many attractions. First most, obviously the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the big Christ the Redeemer statue on the Corcovado mountain, and Sugarloaf mountain. Furthermore, there is the world famous annual Rio carnival: a colorful, musical and sensual spectacle. In 2014, Rio will be one of the host cities for the World Cup Football and two years later the Olympic games will be organized by the city. 


Officially, about 6 million people live in Rio de Janeiro, but the whole urban area accounts for more than double the amount of inhabitants. There is a great difference between the rich and the poor. The poor live in slums - known as favelas - which sometimes borders directly on the most prosperous quarters of the city.


Rio de Janeiro lies on the east coast of Brazil, on the Guanabara Bay. Residential areas have been built on the flat lands between the rocks. Where it was difficult (on slopes) people built their own houses and huts and that is how the favelas were created. The rocks and hills supply even more greenery to the city: Rio has the two largest city parks in the world, Floresta da Tijuca and Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca.


The economy of the city is very diverse. The (financial) service sector is the most important part, but nationwide the service sector in São Paulo is bigger. However, Rio is first where industrial production is concerned. In this industry mainly food, chemicals, oil, medicine, textiles, metal and ship building are very important.

Tourism is of high importance to the city. Not only foreigners are attracted by the vibrant and diverse Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians also like to spend their holidays in this city. 


Galeão-Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (shortly called Galeão) lies on an island in the Guanabara Bay, twenty kilometers from the city center. With a rental car, the airport is easily accessible: the highway BR-101 (Brasil Avenue) leads to the airport and the Via Expressa Presidente Joao Goulart / Linha Vermelha. If these names cause some confusion, the route to the airport is clearly signposted.

Rio has a second airport, Santos Dumont Airport, which is only used for domestic flights.

Public transportation

Rio de Janeiro has a very extensive bus network, it has more than 800 lines which transports a total of 4 million people daily. Furthermore, it has two metro lines which come together in the center of the city (Estácio station). The signs are in Portuguese as well as in English. Line 1 runs through the city centre to Copacabana, line 2 stops at the zoo, Maracanã Stadium and the Rio University amongst others. For tourists there is the historical tram line Santa Teresa (called bondihno). From the Cinelândia stop a tram leaves every 30 minutes.

Traffic and parking

Don't be intimidated by the busy and sometimes chaotic traffic in Rio de Janeiro. A rental car is an excellent choice if you are traveling to distant (therefore less crowded) beaches. You should avoid rush hour. The road along the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema is closed on Sundays for motorized traffic.

In the centre of Rio it can be difficult to find a parking space. It is also not always a good idea to leave your rental car unattended next to the road. There are often "assistants" that want to "help" you by looking after your car.  They do this for a small fee, but don't trust their instructions and only pay when you return to your car.


Compared to the rest of Brazil, hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro are expensive. Moreover, the supply in the (relatively) cheaper segment is scarce. Also take into account that during peak days (carnival, New Years and the holiday month of January) prices will be higher. We suggest that you book your accommodation well in advance. The most expensive hotels are situated next to the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, cheaper options can be found at Flamengo and Catete.

External resources

For more information about Rio de Janeiro, we recommend Google and the following sources:

Practical information

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    Brazilian real
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  • City speed limit
    80 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    60 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is EasyTerra Car Hire the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by EasyTerra Car Hire at this location?
  • Localiza Car Rentals
  • Hertz
  • Movida
  • Alamo
  • Foco
  • Unidas
  • Budget
  • National Car Rental
  • Enterprise
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