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Australia Car Rental Mini Guide

We compare car hire in Australia from the world's leading car hire companies such as Thrifty, Hertz and Alamo in addition to local and regional favourties like East Coast and Bargain Car Rentals. By combining deals from such a diverse range of car hire companies, you can be certain of finding the best deal.

And whilst price is important, providing the cheapest car hire in Australia isn't our sole purpose, we also provide all the information you need to make an informed decision about what rental agent is right for you with our comprehensive and transparent car rental agent reviews. 

Check out our Top Tips when hiring a car in Australia below. 

Cheapest car hire in Australia

Mitsubishi Mirage

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 77.53 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Mirage

7 Days rental at 542.76 EUR from 22/06/2020

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.76 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 159.37 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.43 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 171.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.72 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 173.06 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Holden Spark

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.97 EUR/day
Holden Spark

7 Days rental at 167.82 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.96 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 195.76 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.76 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 208.33 EUR from 20/02/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.86 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 216.05 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.03 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 224.23 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.03 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 224.23 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.92 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 230.46 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.92 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 230.46 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.92 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 230.46 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Cerato

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.92 EUR/day
Kia Cerato

7 Days rental at 230.46 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi ASX

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.52 EUR/day
Mitsubishi ASX

7 Days rental at 234.66 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.17 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.20 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.17 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 239.20 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 34.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 241.83 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.74 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 257.21 EUR from 20/02/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 35.15 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 246.07 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 73.01 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 511.09 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 51.58 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 361.08 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 73.01 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 511.09 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 60.69 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 424.85 EUR from 20/02/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 96.15 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 673.08 EUR from 20/04/2020

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 26.69 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 186.87 EUR from 20/04/2020

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 89.32 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 625.25 EUR from 18/05/2020

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 28.79 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 201.58 EUR from 18/05/2020

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Australia

  • Drive on the left in Australia, the steering wheel is on the right-hand side of all rental cars
  • The minimum age to hire a car in Australia is 18, expect to pay a young driver surcharge if under 25
  • The best time to book car hire n Australia is 4-8 weeks before pick-up
  • There are over 14 car rental companies in Australia including big brands like Budget, Europcar and Hertz
  • Speed limits are strictly enforced in and around the major cities by both fixed and mobile speed traps, watch your speed.
 

Popular car hire destinations in Australia

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Australia

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100-130kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    AUD  1.71/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    AUD

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    18

    Min Rental Age

    16

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Australia

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Bargain car rentals
14
8.3/10
593
€ 37.08
€ 34.54
 Avis
177
8.1/10
3,926
€ 25.16
€ 34.17
€ 23.45
 Alamo
24
8.1/10
528
€ 90.86
€ 91.79
€ 100.38
 Alpha
8
8.0/10
171
€ 57.28
€ 59.09
 Budget
148
8.0/10
6,794
€ 22.76
€ 26.15
€ 28.21
 Enterprise
39
8.0/10
360
€ 77.53
€ 32.27
€ 37.97
€ 40.50
 Hertz
56
7.9/10
1,680
€ 76.24
€ 84.17
€ 92.44
 Europcar
104
7.9/10
8,596
€ 33.51
€ 41.40
€ 39.93
 Sixt
118
7.8/10
6,015
€ 27.96
€ 32.92
€ 35.93
 East coast
16
7.5/10
491
€ 55.44
€ 58.21
€ 66.32
 Ace rental cars
3
6.5/10
6
€ 64.54
€ 71.00
€ 89.17

Car rental agent statistics in Australia

  • 9.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
    BARGAIN CAR RENTALS
  • 5.4/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    AUCAR
  • 29,457
    Total number of reviews in
    Australia
  • 151
    Most Locations in Australia:
    AVIS
  • 21
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 22
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Australia

ItemPercent
January€ 78
February€ 73
March€ 62
April€ 57
May€ 61
June€ 66
July€ 67
August€ 70
September€ 68
October€ 68
November€ 67
December€ 77
ItemPercent
January€ 60
February€ 57
March€ 53
April€ 41
May€ 44
June€ 51
July€ 49
August€ 49
September€ 56
October€ 51
November€ 50
December€ 70
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 88
March€ 77
April€ 65
May€ 70
June€ 76
July€ 77
August€ 77
September€ 77
October€ 80
November€ 78
December€ 94
ItemPercent
January€ 87
February€ 80
March€ 67
April€ 57
May€ 60
June€ 71
July€ 69
August€ 71
September€ 76
October€ 72
November€ 71
December€ 86
ItemPercent
January
February
March
April€ 36
May€ 32
June€ 44
July€ 47
August€ 52
September€ 46
October€ 52
November€ 52
December€ 74
ItemPercent
January€ 99
February€ 90
March€ 72
April€ 61
May€ 67
June€ 76
July€ 74
August€ 75
September€ 84
October€ 83
November€ 81
December€ 93
ItemPercent
January€ 136
February€ 128
March€ 109
April€ 110
May€ 122
June€ 132
July€ 126
August€ 111
September€ 125
October€ 99
November€ 100
December€ 118
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Australia

DieselUnleaded
Jan , 2022

€ 1.05

€ 1.07

Feb , 2022

€ 1.17

€ 1.17

Mar , 2022

€ 1.50

€ 1.41

Apr , 2022

€ 1.31

€ 1.13

May , 2022

€ 1.39

€ 1.24

Jun , 2022

€ 1.40

€ 1.32

Jul , 2022

€ 1.55

€ 1.39

Aug , 2022

€ 1.50

€ 1.24

Sep , 2022

€ 1.27

€ 1.23

Oct , 2022

€ 1.23

€ 1.09

Nov , 2022

€ 1.36

€ 1.11

Dec , 2022

€ 1.28

€ 1.09

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Dec , 2022 1.28 1.09
Nov , 2022 1.36 1.11
Oct , 2022 1.23 1.09
Sep , 2022 1.27 1.23
Aug , 2022 1.50 1.24
Jul , 2022 1.55 1.39
Jun , 2022 1.40 1.32
May , 2022 1.39 1.24
Apr , 2022 1.31 1.13
Mar , 2022 1.50 1.41
Feb , 2022 1.17 1.17
Jan , 2022 1.05 1.07

Car rental price statistics in Australia

  • € 159.32
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 407.75
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Kluger
  • 5,429
    Total cars available
     
  • 559
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 128
    Location with most cars:
    Brisbane Airport - Domestic Terminal
  • € 22.8 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - Tamworth - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Australia

How much does it cost to hire a car in Australia?

Car hire in Australia starts from just €22.80 per day for a (compact) class car from Budget. The average price to hire a car in Australia is just €114.00 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Australia is a Toyota Kluger car for a (fullsize) class from Avis costing €407.80 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Australia?

We often have special offers on car hire in Australia including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Australia?

Car hire prices in Australia are kept low thanks to the 18 car hire companies across the country. With over 254 car hire locations and 49,065 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Australia.

Who is the best car hire company in Australia?

Based on over 29,160 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Australia Is Avis who score on average 8.1/10 across all locations in Australia.

What is the most popular car hire location in Australia?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Australia is Brisbane Airport - Domestic Terminal with 12 car hire companies and 128 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Australia?

Current fuel prices in Australia are €1.086/ltr for petrol and €1.278/ltr for diesel as of 5 December 2022, it’ll cost on average €43 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €51 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Australia?

Speed limits in Australia are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 100 km/h on rural roads and 100-130 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Australia?

Budget is the cheapest car hire company in Australia offering a (compact) class car such as the Hyundai Accent for as little as €159.60 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Australia?

The most popular car hire category in Australia is the Toyota Corolla available from 13 car hire companies in over 212 locations.

Where can you hire a car in Australia?

Should you hire a car in Australia?

We have been finding the cheapest car hire in Australia for our customers since 2008 from budget car rental in Perth to luxury car hire in Sydney.  We work with the leading suppliers both at the airports and cities throughout Australia to ensure we bring you the best deals from the best suppliers.

We can arrange car hire for couples, families and larger groups and have cars ranging from the VW Polo to Toyota Rav4 or the luxury Audi A6.  For the largest groups we have MPV and mini bus rental in Australia that can carry up to 12 passengers.  Our Zero Excess Insurance policy is as competitively priced as our cars, so for complete peace of mind you can drive away with complete cover from as little as £4 per day.

Other Car Hire Locations in Australia

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Car Hire Brisbane
€15.0
 
 
Mini 5 4 2 from €16.1 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €16.8 per day
Economy 4 5 2 from €15.0 per day
Car Hire Melbourne
€13.0
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €13.0 per day
Standard 3 5 4 from €13.5 per day
Compact 3 5 2 from €13.1 per day
Car Hire Perth
€18.2
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €18.2 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €22.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €19.7 per day
Car Hire Sydney
€29.7
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €33.2 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €31.6 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €29.7 per day