Pros: NOTHING! I WAS SCAMMED BY BUDGET AND KAYAKCons: When I reserved the car, I also purchased Car Insurance through the web-site. When I picked up the car I was informed that I either had to purchase insurance for the car or the y would need to place a 12,000 Reais hold for me to take the car (about $4,000). I showed the agent that I had already purchased insurance and was told that that insurance was not valid. My credit card apprioved the rental, but declined the extra 12,000 Reais. I tried to contact them with my cell phone, but the callls would not go through. I asked the agent to place the call (it is a collect call) but was told they were unable to place international calls. After about 20-30 minutes discussion, as "an accomodation to me and with the approval of the supervisor, they would release the car if I purchased the minimum insurance and still be liable for approximately $4000.00." I purchased the insurance as the hotel was about 55 kilometers away and only used the car for the trip back and forth to the hotel. The rest of the time, the car remained parked on the hotel property for the entire week. as I was afraid to use the car to explore the area.
6.0 GoodMar 13 2017
Insurance not accepted, too much bureaucracy, carPros: The car was good and clean and what we expected.Cons: Our insurance was not accepted and we had to pay for another one!!! It took ages until we got the car and also to drop it off. Lots of different forms to fill out and our passport and driver license was copied several times for no reason. We were filling out forms for at least 45 minutes...
Pros: The drop-off and shuttle to airport was easy.Cons: The shuttle from airport to the rental place wasn't available for some reason, luckily an unaffiliated driver was nice enough to give a ride to the rental place. Because my flight was 2 hrs delayed they didn't hold my reservation and charged me double to rent the same underwhelming vehicle. The staff didn't speak English and weren't very accommodating and the vehicle had no cab so luggage had to be kept in the bed of the truck and exposed at all times. I won't be using Kayak again
8.0 ExcellentDec 23 2018
Differences in offer an at pick-upPros: The staff was extremely friendly at pick-up and drop-off.Cons: The offer listed a car with automatic transmission. The one made available to us had a manual transmission. While there were no issues with driving the car itself, I feel as a customer it is simply not fair to charge the original amount and deliver a diferent product. I hope this is passed on forward. Thank you.
3.6 MediocreMar 26 2017
Rip OffPros: Easy to get the car.Cons: They carged us a empty tank, with no reason. We broke a key, which was already in poor condition and they charged us 1200 Reais (380 USD). Never again, be carefull with Alamo(Unidas Car rental Salvador)
A rental car is the most comfortable and efficient way to explore not only Salvador but also the more remote, secluded beaches in the area, as well as the rest of the incredible Bahia state. Embark on a road trip along the Coconut Coast, north of Salvador, with its miles and miles of stunning beaches, or drive to Chapada Diamantina National Park, which is 315 miles from Salvador, and make scenic stops along the way.
Most of the major car rental companies, including Avis and Hertz, can be found at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA), which is located just over 17 miles from the city center. The car rental desks can be found in the Arrivals Hall of the airport’s main terminal. 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.
The streets in Salvador are quite hilly, so make sure you are confident driving under those conditions. Downtown also features many cobblestone streets. Watch out for one-way streets or pedestrian areas, as road signs can sometimes be confusing. Drivers going at a speed of 12 mph or less are allowed to run red lights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Avoid driving at night so as not to share the road with drunk drivers.
While traffic in Salvador may not be as bad as in other Brazilian cities like São Paulo, driving during rush hour is still quite chaotic and 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.
25% of our users found rental cars in Salvador for $13 or less
Book your rental car in Salvador at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy rental cars in Salvador are around 57% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Salvador
Some car rental companies in Salvador which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Budget and Alamo
On average a rental car in Salvador costs $17 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Hertz ($10/day), Alamo ($22/day) and Localiza ($24/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz Avenida Oceanica 3057 40170-010 (3 miles from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Salvador is Hertz (7.4, 73 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Salvador. 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 Salvador is $3.55 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $43 and $57, depending on the car size.
Economy (Kia Rio Hatchback or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Salvador.
A Economy car rental in Salvador costs $15 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Salvador costs $23 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Salvador costs $22 per day, on average.
In Salvador, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz Hall Aeroporto De Salvador (13 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Salvador costs $120 per week ($17 per day).
On average a rental car in Salvador costs $515 per month ($17 per day).
If you’re not used to manual transmission, make sure you book an automatic vehicle in advance. If you’re just driving in and around Salvador, a mid-size economy car will be enough for your needs. If you’re traveling longer journeys across Bahia, get a car with good fuel efficiency that offers enough comfort and space.
The speed limit in urban areas across Brazil is usually 60 km/h (37 mph), but it may be as low as 30 km/h (19 mph) in certain residential areas. 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 Salvador are about R$16.64 ($4.26) per gallon. Prices can go as low as R$15.14 ($3.88) per gallon and as high as R$18.17 ($4.65) per gallon. If you’re heading to the beaches in Bahia, remember to fill up the tank either early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds of beachgoers at the gas station.
If you’re renting a car in Salvador but don’t plan on driving around the city that much, it’s best to find accommodation that offers parking. Street parking is paid between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rates start at $0.80 per hour, but prices are lower if you stay for longer. You can also leave your car at one of the many parking lots near the center.
Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).