Self drive terms and conditions

After a long flight to Brazil, it may not be in your best interest to drive on to your next destination by car right away. We believe it’s easier and safer if you take some time to acclimatise and recuperate from your flight first. Besides, road rules and traffic signs in Brazil may be slightly different than what you’re used to back home so it’s important to have a clear head while driving. We’ve put together some more information to help you on the roads in Brazil.

What's included?

  • Mileage
  • Local taxes, including possible airport tax
  • Car
  • Road Book which includes maps and information
  • Drop-off charges
  • Comprehensive insurance: Full Brazil car hire CDW insurance coverage and theft insurance (TPLW) with an excess of approximately up to US$500 depending on car category
  • PAI (Personal Accident) insurance but you should still arrange full travel insurance separately
  • Additional driver (must be registered for insurance)

What's not included?

  • Fuel
  • Optional extra facilities such as children’s car seat
  • Deposit

Helpful advice


Petrol isn’t very expensive in Brazil, it costs approximately US $1.20 per litre for petrol and $0.85 for ethanol. All cars offered by car rental organisation Localiza are ‘flex’ cars, meaning they run on both petrol and ethanol. This is a lot cheaper to purchase than petrol, however a car will run less efficiently on it and will use at least one third more of this fuel compared to petrol. Ethanol emits less pollution with a smaller impact on the environment. Make sure you fill up on time (we especially recommend keeping your tank as full as possible in more remote areas). Petrol stations often only accept cash payments. When you pick up your rental car, you’ll pay a deposit for a full tank of petrol with your credit card. The car must also be returned with a full tank of petrol. If you return a car with a full tank of ethanol instead of petrol, it may save you some money.

Drop-off fees
These are the drop-off fees that are charged if you pick your rental car up in one location and leave it behind at another. These fees are included in the price of your trip.
Recife – Salvador or vice versa

  • £383 (approximately 850km)

Rio – Belo Horizonte or vice versa

  • £203 (approximately 450km)

Additional drivers

All drivers must be added to the Brazil car hire agreement.

Extra facilities

A children’s car seat (make reservations during trip booking) can be hired for approximately US$ 7.50 per day. Car seats for children are mandatory up until 6 years old. The use of seat belts in the back seat is mandatory.

Driver’s Licence

In order to hire a car, you must have been in possession of a valid driver’s licence for at least 2 years and be over 21. This also applies to any additional drivers. During a self drive you must have your drivers licence with you, an international drivers licence is no longer required.

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