Car Hire in Fortaleza
Next time you visit Fortaleza, Brazil, rent a car at Fortaleza Airport (FOR) and enjoy the freedom of driving yourself around. You'll find car rental in Fortaleza from Avis, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Sixt and Thrifty by the airport, as well as Marina, Localiza, Lokar, Avis, and RHP in town. All types of vehicles are available: convertibles, sedans of all sizes, vans and minivans, SUV,s and wagons.
Car Hire at Fortaleza Airport
Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (FOR) is a small airport serving Fortaleza. Fortaleza Airport is located due south of the Fatima and Montese districts of the city. There are many agencies where you can hire a car at Fortaleza Airport: Avis, Thrifty, Sixt, Hertz, Alamo, and Budget. All of these agencies are located on airport property and you can pick up your car rental at Fortaleza Airport directly.
Once you hire a car at Fortaleza Airport, to get to the city centre, simply drive west. In total, the trip should take no longer than 20 minutes in average traffic.
Driving in Fortaleza
Fortaleza is a dense city with many narrow, one-way streets. Further outside of the centre, the choice to rent a car in Fortaleza is the best way to get to the beach and other nearby towns.
The minimum driving age in Brazil is 18, even if you possess a licence at a younger age from a different country. Furthermore, visitors are only allowed to drive in Brazil with a driver's licence from another country for 6 months before being required to obtain a Brazil driver's permit. To further complicate this, you must be a legal resident of Brazil to apply for a Brazil driver's licence. When driving in Brazil, keep your seat belts on and your doors locked at all times while driving a rent a car in Fortaleza. Peak traffic times are 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
Parking in Fortaleza
Street parking is available, though sometimes difficult to find in Fortaleza. A wise idea might be to use the city's many car parks to secure your car rental in Fortaleza. With around 50 car parks peppered throughout Fortaleza, you should have no trouble securing your vehicle, no matter where in the city you visit. Many hotels will offer a secured parking lot to keep your car or a concierge who can help you to find parking.
Where to Go and What to See in Fortaleza
Fortaleza offers a wide variety of coastal and architectural wonders to discover. While in Fortaleza, you can enjoy short trips to Beira Mar Beach, Martyr's Square, Dragon of the Sea Art & Cultural Centre, Coco Ecological Park, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Ecopoint Environmental Park, and Fortress of Our Lady of the Assumption, among other notable sites.
You can also travel from Fortaleza and explore more of Brazil with drives to Canoa Quebrada (2.5 hours), Jijoca de Jericoacoara (4.5 hours), and Juazeiro do Norte (7 hours).