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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Canberra

  • Canberra, the capital of Australia, has the nickname “The Bush Capital”, because it is surrounded by farmland, nature reserves, and forests. Car rentals in Canberra are the best way to see all this city and the surrounding area has to offer. Within the city, you can visit the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, and the Rob Roy Range Nature Reserve all on your own time, arriving faster and more easily than you could on public transportation. In Canberra car rentals, you can drive to national parks in all directions or even northeast to Sydney.
  • The Canberra Airport (CBR) is located in the heart of downtown Canberra, just off the M23 at the eastern shores of Lake Burley Griffin, making it an ideal location for securing car rentals in Canberra. For those landing at Canberra Airport, you can easily access the on-site car rental agencies in a building just outside arrivals, facing the terminal. The cars are parked in a lot behind the rental car building, and when it is time to return Canberra car rentals, follow the signs as you approach the airport.
  • In Canberra, you'll experience congestion on the interstates during peak rush hour times from 7 am to 10 am and then from 3 pm to 7 pm.  Aside from avoiding congestion at rush hour, those driving car rentals in Canberra should find it an easy city to navigate. The roads tend to be wide and well posted with signs for roads and attractions. You will encounter roundabouts, where you should give right-of-way to cars on the right and drive with patience and common sense.
  • One of the biggest challenges you will face while driving car rentals in Canberra is driving on the left, so exercise patience and caution. The BAC drunk driving limit in Canberra is .05%, so you will reach the legal limit much faster than you would in America, where it is .08%. And in the nearby New South Wales, the BAC is .02%. During peak traffic hours, especially in the morning, it's best to avoid the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. Traffic is also particularly congested during rush hour on Gangahlin Drive and the A25 to the north of downtown Canberra.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Canberra for C$ 67 or less
  • Book your rental car in Canberra at least 4 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini rental cars in Canberra are around 50% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Canberra

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

    On average a rental car in Canberra costs C$ 73 per day.

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Canberra?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Canberra. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Canberra?

    The average gas price in Canberra is C$ 5.82 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 70 and C$ 93, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Canberra?

    Mini (Kia Carnival or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Canberra.

  • Which car rental companies are at Canberra airport (CBR)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Canberra airport include Hertz and Sixt.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Canberra airport (CBR)?

    The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Canberra airport to off-airport locations is Hertz.

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

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

  • How much does a Mini car rental cost in Canberra?

    A Mini car rental in Canberra costs C$ 102 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Canberra?

    A Full Size car rental in Canberra costs C$ 85 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car rental cost in Canberra?

    A Special car rental in Canberra costs C$ 52 per day, on average.

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

    On average a rental car in Canberra costs C$ 493 per week (C$ 70 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in Canberra costs C$ 2,113 per month (C$ 70 per day).

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Canberra?

    An SUV makes an ideal vehicle for getting around and exploring the regions in and beyond “The Bush Capital”. You can load up an SUV with equipment for outdoor recreation, friends, and picnic supplies, whether you are going to the lake downtown or to a nature reserve miles away. The wide streets of the city will easily accommodate a larger vehicle, and when you hit the open road toward nature's bounty beyond the city limits, you will have power and traction as you navigate rougher roads.

  • What's the speed limit in Canberra?

    In Canberra, city streets and residential streets have a speed limit of 31 mph, posted as 50 km/h. More major roads in the city, however, have a speed limit of 37 mph, posted as 60 km/h. School zones have a speed limit of 25 mph, posted as 40 km/h. For those driving car rentals in Canberra, remember that the speed is posted in kilometers, so it is higher than it would be in mph. So, when you see a posted speed such as 50, your instinct might be to drive 50 mph, which would result in your speeding egregiously.

  • Where are the best places to park in Canberra?

    There are many parking garages and lots in the center of Canberra, right on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin near Commonwealth Park and the National Museum of Australia. The Canberra Centre Car Park is open 24 hours and charges A$3 an hour (about $2). Parking in the Marcus Clarke Car Park costs A$8 for all day (about $5.50) if you arrive book online and arrive before 9:30 am. At 3 Barrine Drive Parking, an uncovered lot, spaces are A$2 an hour (about $1.40), with a maximum of A$13 a day (about $9). On the south shore of the lake, you can find free parking at Kingston Oval, Leichardt Street, and Dawes Street.  

Canberra car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.0

Very good

42 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.3

One location in Canberra

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Locations in Canberra

Canberra International Airport

+61 2 6248 9966

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2024

KAYAK
The crash claim bonus of $5800 is absolutely rediculous

8.0 Very good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
The car was clean but there were no mats in the car and the windshield inside was very dirty. It was hard to see at night time or raining.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Interior was clean but the same could not be said for the exterior.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
Really easy process from pick up to drop off. Only thing that was a bit of a surprise and that may be in the details was the excess amount in case of an accident. The excess was >$5,000. Quite a shock, but we had no issues and so did not have any concerns.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Car was easy to pick up and drop off. Clean and good on fuel. Staff were friendly, excellent experience

4.0 Mediocre

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Stuff and price awesome but on cars dashboard shows need regular maintenance again and again and seat belt was broken,thanks

1 out of 9

Europcar

9.2

Wonderful

5 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

9.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.6

2 locations in Canberra

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Novotel Hotel - 65 Northbourne Ave

+61 2 6284 5170

Opening times not available

Terminal Building

+61 2 6213 0300

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6.0 Okay

Jul 2023

KAYAK
The vehicle was displaying a “need oil change” warning light plus a “key battery needs replacement” warning sign. When I told the staff, they told me it had been reported to Ford n not to worry! As I was going to a funeral an hour north of Canberra, I was short on time so took the vehicle. On my return I once again reported the warning lights n got the same reply as the morning! Doesn’t envoke much confidence in servicing of the Eurocar servicing.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Quick and easy, great car also got given an upgrade.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
I like the price of the hire car and how easy it was to collect and deliver.

1 out of 1

Budget

8.8

Very good

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Canberra

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Terminal Building

+61 2 6219 3041

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday10:00 - 19:00
Sunday10:00 - 19:00

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Sixt

8.4

Very good

8 reviews
Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Canberra

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Terminal Building, Canberra

+61 2 6248 8134

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
I rang to confirm car as I wanted a particular car and was told definitely getting what I reserved, when I went to pick up there was a different car, but when I told them about the annoyance they brought the car from another location for me I just had to wait 15 - 20 mins which was fantastic I just wished they had done that in the beginning and then I wouldn’t of had to wait. But car was amazing and I still wish I never had to return it. I am still in mourning 🙇🏽‍♀️Lol

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Free upgrade, from a Toyota Corolla to a Mercedes a class. And great value even, without considering the upgrade.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Cheap and easy with quality cars! I drove one way interstate without the huge fees! Highly recommend :)

2.0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
We weren’t shown a thing just the door to where the car was and then had to find it a different car to what I had ordered

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Great to deal with!

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Great service and nice new car. Very easy to deal with and great value.

1 out of 2

Hertz

7.5

Most popular

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.4

4 locations in Canberra

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4 Yallourn St

+61 2 6169 4730

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday07:30 - 17:00
Sunday07:30 - 17:00

8 Kemble Court

+61 2 6242 0100

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday07:30 - 17:00
Sunday07:30 - 17:00

84 Northbourne Ave

+61 437 833 446

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00

Pialligo Ave

+61 2 6267 2390

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
The staff were very friendly & helpful

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Billing issues that remain unresolved. Long wait at pickup; confusion at drop off.

6.0 Okay

Sep 2022

KAYAK
We chose to pick up and drop off the vehicle at Canberra airport. This was not done. We had the inconvenience of getting to and from Mitchell to pick up/drop off the car. None of the cars operating procedures were explained to us by Hertz staff. The car itself was good and economical to drive, but were not particularly impressed with the Hertz’s staff.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
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1 out of 2

Thrifty

6.9

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

6.2

4 locations in Canberra

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29 Lonsdale St

+61 2 8337 2700

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

4 Yallourn St

+61 2 5112 2836

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
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Canberra Ap

+61 2 6248 9081

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
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Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

Pialligo Ave

+61 136139

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Pretty hard to fuel up at the ampol fuel at the airport and the. Return to the drop off at the airport. Julie

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Everything was fine except they didn't do a walk around the car to point out any scratches or damage until I requested it.

9.6 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Upon return the agent was very helpful getting us to where we needed to go. Went beyond expectation.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

The reservation was cancelled after I booked the advertised car online through a 3rd party website. It was a very disappointing experience to have to try again 5 times to actually have the booking accepted. Why don't the 3rd party rental companies and Thrifty communicate better so customers actually have a good experience instead of tearing out their hair?

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Great car, loved it

2.0 Poor

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Charging me one full day for 2 hours of delay and mistakenly they charges me a third day 🤬

1 out of 2

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Best rated

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.3

Value for money

9.3

2 locations in Canberra

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1 Binara Street

+61 884 459 714

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
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Canberra International Airport

+61 2 6248 9966

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

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Avis

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Canberra

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Terminal Building

+61 2 6219 3031

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday10:00 - 19:00
Sunday10:00 - 19:00

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East Coast Car Rentals

8.1

Very good

No reviews available

2 locations in Canberra

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2 Fairbairn Avenue

Opening times not available

Canberra Airport

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National

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

2 locations in Canberra

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1 Binara Street

+61 884 459 714

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday07:30 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Canberra International Airport

+61 2 6248 9966

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00

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Dollar

6.6

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Canberra

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29 Lonsdale St

+61 2 8337 2700

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Canberra

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Novotel Hotel - 65 Northbourne Ave

+61 262 845 170

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

Terminal Building, Canberra Airport

61 2 62130300

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
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Firefly

No score available yet

2 locations in Canberra

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27 Kembla St

+61 262 804 524

Opening times not available

Pialligo Ave

+61 262 496 211

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Canberra

Locations in Canberra

65 Northbourne Avenue

Opening times not available

Terminal Building

Opening times not available

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Red Spot

No score available yet

One location in Canberra

Locations in Canberra

Terminal Building

Opening times not available

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in Canberra

Locations in Canberra

Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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73 travellers who rented a car in Canberra gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car rental locations in or near Canberra

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

C$ 73/day

Good deal

C$ 68/day

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Pick-up locationCanberra
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Airport locations16