Car hire at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport

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Cheap car hire at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport

Intermediate SUVR641/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport

  • Car hire at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) is a good option to explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro in comfort directly from the airport, avoiding the need to negotiate and navigate busy public transport options. At less than a mile from the city centre, the airport is conveniently located to help you get on your way quickly and easily around the city and surrounding area, and you will reach famous central attractions such as the Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana beaches within a short drive with your hired vehicle.
  • Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding state has excellent driving infrastructure and road networks. You can explore the nearby peninsular of Buzios or the spectacular bay of Paraty, or head to the nearby national parks and mountain ranges. The coastal route 101 runs for around 375 miles and will take you from Rio all the way to Sao Paulo, taking in many places along the coastline. Expect higher speed limits on major highways in comparison to European standards.
  • Rio de Janeiro Airport can be remarkably busy, particularly in the rush hours between 17:00-19:00. Try to avoid these hours, if possible, when retuning your car hire to the airport or give yourself extra time. It may be worth taking advantage of the mid-afternoon lull for an easier journey. You can find several refreshment outlets on the first floor of the departure’s terminal. There is also a restaurant and travel agency in the arrival’s hall, near to the car hire rental desks.
  • You can find several petrol stations on Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport grounds. In case you need to refuel before returning your car rental, the nearest one is central to the airport and near to the tram stop. There is also an electrical vehicle charging station on Avenida Presidente Antonio Carlos slightly further afield but within a few minutes’ drive if you have hired an electric car.
  • Book your car hire at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport

  • Where are the car hire facilities located at Rio de Janeiro Airport?

    On arrival at the airport, you will find Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport car hire rental desks situated in the arrival’s hall. Turn left immediately after you leave the baggage claim area and you will reach the counters within a few steps, walking in the direction of the Bossa Nova Mall. The car hire desks are located on the right-hand side.

  • What documentation is needed for car hire at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport?

    Drivers must be at least 21 years of age to hire a car at Rio de Janeiro Airport.  A full valid driving licence is required which must have been held for at least 2 years and an International Driving Permit is advisable if you are a UK driver. You must also present another form of photo ID, namely, a passport and a valid international credit card to complete your booking. Remember to bring a printout of your booking confirmation voucher or an electronic confirmation.

  • Which car hire at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport is easiest to access?

    You can locate all the rental desks in the arrival hall easily within just a few steps from the baggage reclaim. However, if you use Alamo car rental, you can benefit from using their express check-in service which will save you time queuing at the counter. You can provide all your details online prior to your arrival and your car will then be ready to collect. You can also use the handy Alamo Rent-A-Car App which will let you modify your booking and direct you to the pick-up location. The main office is located on Av Almirante Silvio de Noronha and is open from 06:00 to 23:00.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at FOCO (R641/day).

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, MOVIDA , National, Serve Sul Rent a Car, and Unidas.

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport car rental reviews and directory

MOVIDA

8,0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

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Avenida Infante Dom Henrique

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8,0 Very Good

Apr 2022

KAYAK
MOVIDO Employees know very well about MOVIDO policies. However, they were not sure about agreement between (MOVIDO and Kayak or Qeeq). They had to ask few questions to management. After all, everything was fine.

1 out of 1

Hertz

7,9

Cleanliness

7.8

Comfort

8.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.4

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Hall Apt Santos Dumont

+55 21 3231 7850

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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FOCO

4,0

Mediocre

3 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.0

Value for money

4.0

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R. do Catete, 178-Catete

Monday07:00 - 23:30
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2,0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
On 12/21/23, I was 3 hours late in picking up my rental car at FOCO, in Rio de Janeiro due to 6 hours layover in Sao Paulo by AZUL Airlines. This was not unexpected but the agent wanted to charge me an additional “no show” fee which is 50% of the total 12 days rental. I explained that I had no control over the airlines delay and how can he charge me a “no show” fee while I am standing in front of him. When I threatened to post his ridiculous shakedown video on the internet, he relented, so I thought. He also tried to sell me insurance which I declined and I showed him my State Farm policy that covers all my car rentals. However, I just noticed another $304.62 charged on my account which was not authorized.

8,0 Very Good

May 2022

KAYAK
It would be easier to drop the rental car at airport than trying to find the depot.

1 out of 1

Localiza

7,3

Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

9.3

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Rua Jardel Jercolis , Gloria

+55 800 979 2020

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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National

6,4

Okay

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8.0

Comfort

8.0

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2.0

Value for money

8.0

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Jardel Jercolis Rua

+55 800 979 2020

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6,0

Okay

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Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

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Jardel Jercolis Rua

+55 800 979 2020

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Unidas

5,0

Fair

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Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Praça Senador Salgado Filho - 0

+55 21 2303 7006

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Avis

8,0

Very Good

2 reviews
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Praca Sen Salgado Filho

+55 212 533 7864

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3,2 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

It was a terrible experience. First at booking it said that the car will be at the airport, but it was not, we had to wait in the heat for a long time to be picked up. Then we waited a long time to get our car, almost 1 hour. Then the car was so small, that a normal suitcase did not fit in the trunk

1 out of 1

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Praca Sen. Salgado Filho

+55 212 533 7864

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4,4 Mediocre

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Budget is not giving back my deposit after 2 weeks

10,0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It was super easy to pick up the car from Santos Dumont Airport. The car was clean and in excelent conditions. Drop of was even easyer. Unlike most rental places, the staff here was super helpfull and friendly.

2,0 Poor

May 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I didnt rent a car because some problem in my credit card, but I have an 88$ charge in my credit card by budget. Im waiting for the refund as the worker told me. Can you do it a little bit faster?

1 out of 1

Locauto Rent a Car

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Aeroporto

+55 217 893 3497

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NovaCar Rent a Car

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Aeroporto

+55 213 518 8280

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Serve Sul Rent a Car

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Aeroporto

+55 213 226 3839

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Sunnycars

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Praça Salgado Filho

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11 travellers who hired a car in Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.9

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