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Australia car rentals

Driver's age: 26-65
Thu 25/7
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Cheap car rentals in Australia

Hyundai Accent car
Hyundai Accent
or similar SMALL
C$ 22/day
Class Compact Car car
Class Compact Car
or similar SMALL
C$ 17/day
Class Intermediate Car car
Class Intermediate Car
or similar MEDIUM
C$ 22/day
Toyota Corolla car
Toyota Corolla
or similar MEDIUM
C$ 72/day
Toyota Camry car
Toyota Camry
or similar LARGE
C$ 29/day
Toyota RAV4 car
Toyota RAV4
or similar SUV
C$ 42/day
Kia Carnival car
Kia Carnival
or similar VAN
C$ 57/day
LDV D90 car
or similar SUV
C$ 41/day
MG 3 car
MG 3
or similar SMALL
C$ 20/day
Class Full-size Van car
Class Full-size Van
or similar VAN
C$ 132/day
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado car
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
or similar SUV
C$ 195/day
Class Intermediate SUV car
Class Intermediate SUV
or similar SUV
C$ 18/day
MG HS car
or similar SUV
C$ 21/day
Class Special Car car
Class Special Car
or similar Category
C$ 37/day
Mitsubishi Outlander car
Mitsubishi Outlander
or similar SUV
C$ 41/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Australia

  • If you rent a car in Australia, be aware that it is illegal to smoke in the car. This policy is even more important if there are underage children traveling in the car with you. There are one or two companies like Hertz that lease "smoking optional" cars, but these are few, so you will have to book your reservation early if you wish to get one.
  • Since the requirements are not uniform from one state to another, it’s not a bad idea to get yourself an international driver’s permit to cover all the bases if you intend to drive in Australia, especially if you are making cross-country trips. When you need to park, always use the left-hand side of the road, going along with the traffic.
  • Australia is famous for its vast Outback region. If you intend to drive through this area, your best bet is to rent an SUV or other four-wheel drive vehicle. If you prefer to stay close to the cities, it is likely you’ll encounter toll stops at bridges and freeways, so it’s smart to always have a bit of change handy.
  • For those planning extended driving trips or weekend getaways, it may be necessary to use multiple drivers. In such cases, you should let the agency know at the time you pick up the car. Each additional driver will have to be registered, and there is a fee for each additional driver per car. Such fees will vary from one rental agency to another.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Australia for C$ 36 or less
  • Book your rental car in Australia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Australia are around 20% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Australia are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Australia

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Australia?

    On average a rental car in Australia costs C$ 70 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Australia?

    Compact (Mitsubishi ASX or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Australia.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Australia?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Simba Car Hire (C$ 17/day), East Coast Car Rentals (C$ 41/day) and Budget (C$ 45/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in Australia?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Australia are Alamo (7.9, 50 reviews), and Sixt (7.8, 82 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Australia?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in Australia?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Australia are Sydney (88% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Australia), Canberra (6%) and Southport (2%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Australia?

    On average a rental car in Australia costs C$ 305 per week (C$ 44 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Australia?

    On average a rental car in Australia costs C$ 1,308 per month (C$ 44 per day).

  • What is driving like in Australia?

    Drive on the left side of the road if you are renting cars in Australia, and be aware that the metric system is used in this country, so think "kilometers" instead of miles and "liters" instead of gallons. All passengers in the car must wear a seatbelt or you could receive a fine if caught. Also, the blood-alcohol limit is very low, 0.05%, so make sure there’s a designated driver if you intend to drink.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Australia?

    You must be at least 21 years of age and have held your license for at least one year to rent a car in Australia, but as with most countries, there is a surcharge applied to drivers who are younger than 25 years of age. For seniors enjoying a trip "Down Under," you can safely rent a car as long as you are younger than 75 years old.

  • How are gas prices in Australia?

    The price of gas in Australia is better than the average globally. A liter of gas sells for about 1.43 AUD (1.00 USD), (about 3.77 USD per gallon). Diesel prices are slightly higher at 1.49 AUD (1.04 USD) per liter (about 3.95 USD per gallon).

  • What are the speed limits in Australia?

    Unless otherwise specified (there are certain shared areas and school zones where the limit is reduced), the speed limit in Australia is 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas, 100 km/h (62 mph) on rural roads, and up to 110 km/h (68 mph) on some highways. If you are staying in the Northern Territory, these limits are increased because there are few urban areas.

Car rental directory

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Australia

    367 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in Australia

    285 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Australia

    271 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Australia

    220 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Australia

    195 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Australia

    187 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Australia

    172 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car rental locations in Australia

    162 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Australia

    149 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in Australia

    137 Locations

  • routescartrk

    Routes Car & Truck Rentals car rental locations in Australia

    91 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Australia

    56 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Bargain Car Rentals

Most popular car type


Average price

C$ 44/day

Good deal

C$ 36/day

When to book a rental car in Australia

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.