A rental car is the most comfortable and efficient way to explore not only the huge city of Belo Horizonte, but also all the other gems across the state of Minas Gerais. Within the city limits, you can hop in the car and visit the Minerão Stadium, or the nearby Lake Pampulha. Embark on an epic road trip and drive to the village of Ouro Preto, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sitting just over 70 miles from Belo Horizonte.
Most of the major car rental companies, including Avis and Hertz, can be found at Tancredo Neves International Airport (CNF), which is located just over 20 miles from the city center. All the car rental desks can be found both in Terminal 1 and 3 (depending on where you land), in the respective Arrivals Hall lobby. You will need an International Driver’s Permit to rent a car in Brazil. Make sure to request a GPS device that is set to English.
While driving in Belo Horizonte may be pretty straightforward with the help of a GPS, the city is surrounded by mountains so there will be some hilly roads. Roads throughout the state aren’t in great condition, but locals are used to driving there, so they may seem slightly reckless. Just stay within speed limits and drive carefully.
While traffic in Belo Horizonte isn’t as bad as in other Brazilian cities like São Paulo, driving during rush hour can easily add up to an hour to your travels. Plan your journey in advance and avoid driving into the city center or to the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Evening rush hour peaks at 6 p.m., but avoid driving anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. if you don’t want to add extra time to your journey.
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FAQs about renting a car in Belo Horizonte
Some car rental companies in Belo Horizonte which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Alamo and Budget
On average a rental car in Belo Horizonte costs $20 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($10/day), MOVIDA ($11/day) and Alamo ($16/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz Hall Aeroporto Tancredo 33400-000 (20 miles from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Belo Horizonte. 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 Belo Horizonte is $3.82 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $46 and $61, depending on the car size.
Economy (Kia Rio Hatchback or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Belo Horizonte.
A Economy car rental in Belo Horizonte costs $14 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Belo Horizonte costs $23 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in Belo Horizonte costs $69 per day, on average.
In Belo Horizonte, cars are most frequently rented at FOCO Aeroporto (18 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Belo Horizonte costs $141 per week ($20 per day).
On average a rental car in Belo Horizonte costs $602 per month ($20 per day).
If you’re not used to manual transmission, make sure you book an automatic vehicle in advance. If you’re just driving throughout Belo Horizonte, a small, compact car will be enough for your needs. If you’re traveling across the state, a mid-sized sedan with good fuel efficiency is probably the best option as it offers more space and comfort for longer journeys.
The speed limit in urban areas is usually 60 km/h (37 mph), but it may be as low as 30 km/h (19 mph) in certain residential areas, so watch out for the posted signs. Unpaved roads have a speed limit of 60 km/h (37 mph), and highways in urban areas observe a limit of 80 km/h (50 mph). Highways in rural areas allow you to drive at a maximum of 110 km/h (68 mph).
The average gas prices in Belo Horizonte are about R$17.22 ($4.40) per gallon. Prices can go as low as R$16.09 ($4.11) per gallon, and as high as R$18.51 ($4.73) per gallon. If you’re road tripping in Minas Gerais, bear in mind that sometimes you’ll go miles without seeing a gas station, so make sure to fill up your tank in advance.
If you’re renting a car in Belo Horizonte but don’t plan to drive around the city that much, it’s best to find accommodation that offers parking. However, there are plenty of parking spaces in the city center, with rates ranging from around $2 to $3 per hour, depending on the location. There are also several parking lots where you can leave your car for a daily fee.
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