Car Hire at Recife Airport
This information is correct as of November 2015
With car hire at Recife Airport you can explore Pernambuco and Brazil's north-eastern coast at your leisure.
Where to hire a car at Recife Airport
Avis, Localiza, Unidas and Movida all offer car hire from Recife Airport. Their desks are located on the ground floor of the terminal building.
Petrol stations near Recife Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are petrol stations just before the airport exit on the Avenida Marechal Mascarenhas de Morais road. If you're approaching from the south the nearest station is a Shell garage, a few minutes away from the exit, and if you're approaching from the north the station is beside the exit.
Driving around Recife Airport
The major Avenida Marechal Mascarenhas de Morais road passes the airport. It's a big road with four lanes of traffic in each direction, and it's fairly easy-going as it runs through residential areas. Look out for pedestrian crossings, and make sure you're always in the correct lane for turning. If you're not sure where you're going it's a good idea to choose a car hire package with a sat-nav system. Traffic in Brazil drives on the right.
Getting to your destination
The capital of Pernambuco, Recife is one of the liveliest cities in the north-east. An atmospheric old town is home to the oldest synagogue in the Americas, while the new city glimmers with glitzy glass skyscrapers.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive into downtown Recife from the airport. Traffic can be quite congested, just like in any large city, especially as you get closer to the centre. Public parking is available throughout the downtown area. If your hotel doesn't have a private parking lot they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Porto de Galinhas
Arguably the most beautiful beach along this stretch of coastline, Porto de Galinhas has a fantastic reef for diving and plenty of golden sands for lounging.
It takes about 50 minutes to drive to Porto de Galinhas from Recife Airport. This beach town is a popular weekend destination for Recife residents. Expect busy car parks during the summer, too. Most hotels offer parking, some for free and others for a small charge.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its 16th and 17th Century buildings, Olinda also has a fantastic nightlife with plenty of 'forro' and 'maracatu'. You can pick up a nightlife guide from the mayor's office to find out exactly what's going on during your stay.
It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Olinda from Recife Airport. The city is old so the streets can be quite narrow and difficult to drive through. We recommend choosing a small rental car.
Prices subject to change