Top tips for hiring a car at Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport
When heading to the northern region of Brazil, consider using Maestro Wilson Fonseca (STM), instead of the other airports, which can be a lot busier. Located halfway between the states of Manaus and Belém, the airport is around 10 miles from the city of Santarem. Car hire at Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport requires you to take public transport into the city of Santarém. When you search on KAYAK, enter Santarém, Brazil, and you will find all the service providers. Reserving a car through KAYAK ensures that we have you covered, either for business, pleasure, or taking a tour group. We compiled some top tips for you, so you are well prepared.
To drive in Brazil, especially using a rental vehicle, you need to have an International Driving Permit, in conjunction with your driver's licence. You need to present both otherwise you will be refused when collecting your car. This means you lose your booking, and you will lose the money you already paid. Normally, you must have had your licence for at least two years before you can rent a car from any agency in Brazil. Rental agencies may also stipulate that you cannot drive across a state line with a rental car. Double-check the terms and conditions at car hire at Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport to avoid any problems.
Depending on your planned route we also suggest considering making a reservation for an SUV, a van or a 4x4 vehicle, so it's easier to navigate any different terrain you may find. An air-conditioner is also a must-have in Brazil's hot, tropical climate, so make sure your vehicle has one that works well. The minimum additional insurance you should add, according to us, is the tyre, windscreen and undercarriage insurance.
Although there is only one on-site car hire rental agency at Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport, there are eight car hire agencies in Santarém to choose from. There are the two international providers available at the airport. You can also choose a local company located in Santarem, if you find a better deal, or you are worried that the airport might be too busy.
Book your car hire at Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport at least 5 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car at Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport
Localiza car hire has an office just outside the Arrivals terminal, approximately 85 meters away. This means you can pick up your car quickly with minimal waiting time or queues. They have low-cost options that include unlimited mileage but no basic insurance. Their standard rental option includes Third Party insurance and collision damage waiver (CDW).
From the airport, you’ll need to take a taxi to your chosen car rental company in Santarém. Europcar is approximately 13min by taxi, Alamo and Unidas Aluguel dos Carros is 20min away, a trip to Bill Car Rent a Car and Nominal Rent a Car is around 25min from the airport. Localiza's second location, in Santarém, is a 30min drive away.
Some local agencies provide a Meet and Greet or shuttle service to and from the airport. Other companies may offer this service on request, or at an extra fee.
Localliza's airport location has the longest operating hours since they are open 24h a day. The other agencies are all closed on a Sunday, but may open if needed, and charge an after-hours fee. The typical opening hours range from 8:00-18:00, double check when you make your booking through KAYAK.
Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Santarém Maestro Wilson Fonseca Airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, and Localiza.