Drive through Recife on Linha Verde and you’ll experience great photo opportunities. The city of Recife also provides access to numerous islands in Brazil, including Itamaraca and Recife Antigo. With a rental car you can visit several beaches along with some of the quaint towns in the region. This includes the community of Olinda with its delightful architecture, art galleries, and museums.
Recife International Airport is a very modern airport with mostly domestic but some international flights. It offers many conveniences and amenities including car rental services. Rent a vehicle on your next trip to the region from one of the agencies with offices at the airport, located on the ground floor. This includes National, Hertz, and Avis.
Be sure to secure an International Driver’s Permit before leaving home if you plan to rent a car. Driving in Recife you’ll want to note a few unique rules. First, be sure to keep your flip-flops in your beach bag while driving as it is illegal to drive while wearing them. If driving in rural areas, be prepared to drive on unpaved roads, which can be somewhat of a challenge.
Recife is a busy city with lots of traffic all day and night. However, driving during rush hour can add lots of time to your travel. Consequently you’ll want to avoid driving between the hours of 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic is congested mostly on the highways and the streets leading into downtown.
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One car rental company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Budget
On average a hire car in Recife costs C$ 25 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at FOCO (C$ 17/day), Alamo (C$ 22/day) and MOVIDA (C$ 32/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at FOCO Aeroporto 51170-300 (10 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Recife. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Recife is C$ 5.17 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 62 and C$ 83, depending on the car size.
Economy (Kia Rio Hatchback or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Recife.
The only car rental company onsite at Guararapes Intl airport is Budget.
The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Guararapes Intl airport to off-airport locations is Budget.
A Economy car rental in Recife costs C$ 18 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Recife costs C$ 22 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Recife costs C$ 30 per day, on average.
In Recife, cars are most frequently rented at Localiza Pc Ministro Salgado Filho , Ibura (10 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Recife costs C$ 172 per week (C$ 25 per day).
On average a rental car in Recife costs C$ 736 per month (C$ 25 per day).
Because of crime, you might not want to rent an expensive luxury car on your trip. Additionally, Recife is an older city with somewhat narrow streets. Therefore, you might be more comfortable in a compact car like a Ford Ka or Citroen C3. A beach car like a jeep or off-the-road vehicle might also be ideal if you plan to visit the islands.
You’ll travel mostly on freeways during your visit. While on the highways you can travel at maximum speeds of 75 mph (or 120 km). However when you are driving in residential neighborhoods, the speed limit is 18 mph (30 km) and in rural communities 50 mph (or 80 km).
The price of gas in Recife costs more than in the United States. At the pump you will pay $3.12 (that is 12.17 in Brazilian Real) for a gallon of gasoline. You’ll pay more for both premium gasoline and diesel. Note that there are no self-service gas stations in Brazil. Instead all gas stations are full-service.
Public parking is available all around the downtown area but especially close to the cruise ports. However, street parking is almost impossible to find. The safest place to park in this city is in a parking garage or lot with an attendant. Some ideas include parking at the Plaza Business Center, Maxipark or The Galo da Madrugada.