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Driving Information Brazil


Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Brazil are that you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. You must have an international driving license or a national driving license together with your passport. If you plan to stay in Brazil longer than three months, you must carry a driving license issued in Brazil or an international license. You will be asked to present these documents when collecting a car from Salvador and other destinations in Brazil.

Age Restrictions

The age restriction in Brazil states that you must be 21 years old or more to drive in Sao Paulo and other cities and must have held a driving license for at least 2 years.

Driving Distances

  • Santos to Sao Paulo - 83kms (1hour/15mins)

  • Rio de Janeiro to Macae - 183kms (2hours/25mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Brazil driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Brazil is on the right hand side of the road.

  • Overtaking is on the left hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts are mandatory when driving a hire car in Brazil.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.

  • Petrol stations in Brazil are generally not difficult to find in cities or on main connecting roads, but may be much less common in remote and sparsely populated areas. Poor quality fuel can be an issue, and we suggest that you purchase fuel from a reliable source


Many intercity roads in Brazil are toll roads. Drivers queue and pay at booths before proceeding along the Brazil toll routes.

Parking Information

It is generally not safe to park on the street in Brazil. Break-ins and subsequent car thefts are a significant problem in certain places, including São Paulo. Whenever possible, park your car hire in the parking lots of apartments, hotels or shopping malls.

When parking on the street, it is common practice for individuals to help find a parking place nearby and then guard a vehicle or vehicles. They expect to be paid for this service and it is an unofficial yet valuable source of income for many. It is self-regulating and generally trustworthy.

One-Way Car Hire

Brazil One way car hires are permitted but the fees are not standardised.  Each one way rental must be a minimum of a three day contract.

If you plan to drive with a Brazil car hire you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.

When visiting Brazil, it is important to have a look at some of the above Brazil driving information, rules and regulations to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Rio De Janeiro car hire starting at £13 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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