Cheapest car hire in Australia

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.

Australia car hire reviews

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Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.6/10)



Thanks Rhino, o

Thanks Rhino, our rental car was ready and waiting for us at the airport and we had no problems with it.



Very good - nic

Very good - nice city to see.



The car was ok,

The car was ok, but I expect rental cars to be new. Car had over 50k km on clock and a few rattles. Was clean and tidy, but a few years old. Maybe I am just fussy.


Compare car rental agents in Australia

Rental Agent
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
€ 26.02
€ 25.45
€ 31.89
€ 33.58
€ 43.70
€ 27.43
€ 29.78
€ 33.43
€ 30.14
€ 40.89
€ 12.01
€ 11.46
€ 23.45
€ 18.02
€ 20.65
€ 21.40
€ 40.62
€ 24.46
€ 26.42
€ 33.59
€ 31.82
€ 33.15
€ 22.44
€ 24.91
€ 77.53
€ 25.19
€ 26.43
€ 27.85
 Bargain car rentals
€ 16.56
€ 22.43
€ 28.20
 East coast
€ 23.42
€ 27.12
€ 33.42

Car rental agent statistics in Australia

  • 9.4/10
    Highest rated agent:
  • 6.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
  • 21,608
    Total number of reviews in
  • 157
    Most Locations in Australia:
  • 14
    Average wait time
  • 17
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Australia

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Australia

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2020 0.73 0.76
Oct , 2020 0.72 0.75
Sep , 2020 0.72 0.70
Aug , 2020 0.74 0.76
Jul , 2020 0.74 0.75
Jun , 2020 0.73 0.73
May , 2020 0.72 0.66
Apr , 2020 0.74 0.60
Mar , 2020 0.76 0.71
Feb , 2020 0.90 0.89
Jan , 2020 0.92 0.95
Dec , 2019 0.93 0.97

Car rental price statistics in Australia

  • € 74.06
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 265.45
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Commuter
  • 4,991
    Total cars available
  • 480
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 202
    Location with most cars:
    Melbourne - Downtown
  • € 10.6 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Mildura - 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 €10.60 per day for a (economy) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in Australia is just €60.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Australia is a Toyota Commuter car for a (fullsize elite) class from Europcar costing €265.50 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, Green motion is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Sydney - Coogee for €70.74 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Australia?

Car hire prices in Australia are kept low thanks to the 14 car hire companies across the country. With over 253 car hire locations and 43,466 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Australia.

Who is the best car hire company in Australia?

Based on over 21,608 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Australia Is Avis who score on average 8.2/10 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 Melbourne - Downtown with 11 car hire companies and 202 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Australia?

Current fuel prices in Australia are €0.755/ltr for petrol and €0.727/ltr for diesel as of 23 November 2020, it’ll cost on average €30 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €29 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?

Avis is the cheapest car hire company in Australia offering a (economy) class car such as the Kia Rio for as little as €74.20 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Australia?

The most popular car hire category in Australia is the Toyota Camry available from 5 car hire companies in over 207 locations.

Why book car hire in Australia with us?

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. See how recent customers rank the car hire companies from criteria such as the car itself, value for money, experience at pick-up and drop-off and even average queue times.

Where can you hire a car in Australia?

Australia Mini Guide

Australia is notable for the fact that it is the only country in the world that covers a continent in its entirety. Surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, it shares no land borders with any other country.  Originally Australia was designated as a penal colony for Great Britain and it wasn't until the gold rush in the early 1850's that Australia began to develop both economically and industrially, moving towards the modern Australia we know today.

Australia is famed for its incredible landscape and geography, and its unique wildlife, much of which would seem to have evolved along a completely different path than many animals in the rest of the world, mainly due to the fact that as a large island Australia has always been a closed system with very little external influences upon its flora, fauna and animal life. Visitors to Australia will be enthralled by this diversity.

Ningaloo Reef in Australia

On the East coast of Australia is the area known as the Coral Coast. In many ways this is the water sports capital of Australia, with the world famed Ningaloo Reef just offshore, an extremely popular dive spot. The area is typified by long stretches of unspoiled sandy beach, diverse and spectacular Marine life and balmy, tranquil crystal blue waters of the ocean. A popular destination with many visitors is Monkey Mia with its sea lions, humpback whales and manta rays.

Swimmers are also often lucky enough to meet dolphins close in to shore. Ningaloo Marine Park is close by which protects a large section of almost completely untouched Coral reef which is home to an incredible and diverse range of marine life much of which is close to the surface making this an ideal snorkelling spot. Heading inland to the Nambung National Park, where we find a dramatic landscape dominated by the intriguing limestone pillars named The Pinnacles.

Cable Beach In Australia

The North Western region of Australia is generally believed to be one of the last areas of real wilderness left in the world, largely unpopulated, there are still places in this region which have never seen the footfall of a human being. Although it must be noted that the North West also contains Cable Beach, generally agreed to be one of the best beaches in Australia. This is a 22km long stretch of unspoiled, white sandy beach, gently lapped by the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The tropical climate makes this an ideal place to enjoy beach life. For much of its length the beach is unpopulated meaning you will always be able to find your own private spot well away from the tourist masses.

The area surrounding Perth is something of a holidaymakers playground. The most popular water sports centre in Australia with every form of water-based activity available to the visitor including yachting, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and some of the best fishing in the southern hemisphere. This area of Australia features over 12,000km of largely unspoiled coastline, meaning whatever type of beach you enjoy the most you will no doubt find one to suit your taste somewhere.

A View Of Perth Australia

If your view of Australia involves wide open spaces and areas of unspoiled desert, four wheel drive adventures and camping out under the stars after a long days driving, then Australia's Golden Outback is the destination for you. Typified by dramatic theatrical landscapes, largely unchanged aboriginal villages and echoes of Australia's pioneering days, the Golden Outback is Australia at its most rugged. The original centre of the Australian gold rush, Kalgoorlie is still an active mining town today although many of the original mining facilities have been converted into a living museum and visitors are encouraged to try their hand at panning for gold. For a real taste of Pioneer life in Australia a visit to the Golden Outback will not disappoint.

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.

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Fuel Prices in Australia

  • Price of petrol in Australia in November

    € 0.76/Ltr

    ($ 0.92/Ltr | 1.19/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Australia in November

    € 0.73/Ltr

    ($ 0.89/Ltr | 1.14/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Australia in November

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 30.20  ($ 36.98) | € 29.08  ($ 35.61)
Compact € 30.20  ($ 36.98) | € 29.08  ($ 35.61)
Full Size € 37.75  ($ 46.23) | € 36.35  ($ 44.51)
SUV € 45.30  ($ 55.47) | € 43.62  ($ 53.42)
Carrier € 52.85  ($ 64.72) | € 50.89  ($ 62.32)

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Economy 3 5 2 from €13.0 per day
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