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Canberra car rental information

Pick-up locationCanberra
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Rental locations29
Airport locations16

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Canberra

  • An electric vehicle can be an excellent choice for cheap car hire in Canberra. There are dozens of electric vehicle charging stations in Canberra with plans to introduce even more throughout the city and surrounding areas. A number of hotels have EV charging stations, such as Ovolo Nishi Hotel, close to Australian National University, and Mercure Canberra, close to Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve. Canberra Centre has some chargers, and you'll also find them at many of Canberra's top tourist attractions, including the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House.
  • How busy the roads are in Canberra will often depend on the timing of your visit. When Parliament is in session, you may want to avoid the peak hours entirely; but when it's not, you'll find very little congestion. Parliament usually only sits for around two weeks each month and frequently doesn't sit on Fridays. Typically, there are more tourists between September and November, with the Floriade Festival drawing visitors between mid-September and mid-October. During this period, roads around the festival (including Canberra Avenue) often impose stricter speed limits and some car parks may be closed off to the public.
  • There are a number of scenic drives and charming destinations that you can explore via cheap car hire in Canberra. For example, if you want to head to the coast, you can take the King's Highway to Bateman's Bay in a little over 2 hours. If you prefer the scenic countryside, visit Yass Valley, less than 1 hour from Canberra. Of course, you can also take the M31 Highway all the way to Sydney. The trip takes around 3 hours, and you can take detours along the way to Goulburn, Lake George and Bowral.
  • There is plenty of beautiful nature to explore on the outskirts of Canberra, which is best reached by car. A hire vehicle will let you travel to Bullen Range Nature Reserve and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in less than 1h, while public transport is not directly connected to these sites. Buses are the primary public transport service in Canberra and take roughly 45min to reach Red Hill Nature Reserve, while driving only takes 15min. With inner-city attractions located on both sides of the Molonglo River, having a hire car will ensure you don’t have to wait for buses to cross to the other side of town. The commute to GIO Stadium in the northern suburb of Bruce is approximately halved to 15min when travelling by car instead of public transport.
  • Once you land at Canberra Airport (CBR), exit the terminal on the lower level and you will see offices for hire companies to the left of the taxi rank. Enterprise, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz are all represented, with pick-up directly behind the reception desks in a designated parking area.
  • Canberra has one of Australia’s highest concentrations of roundabouts. Approach the intersections with care and give way to cars approaching from the right, while remembering to indicate when entering and exiting. Be aware that Canberra often experiences fog patches that limit visibility, so headlights should be switched on in such conditions regardless of the time of day.
  • Road traffic in Canberra is rather minimal considering it’s the capital, though you’ll experience the worst congestion between 08:00–09:00 and 17:00–18:00. Cars especially slow down around City Hill during these periods. Allow extra time when using Kings Hwy during long weekends, as it is a major arterial for holidaymakers visiting the coast.
  • Book your rental car in Canberra at least 4 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Canberra are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Canberra

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

    Roads are wide and parking spaces are rather accessible in Canberra, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice on comfort or taste when choosing a hire car. Larger people movers and 4x4 cars navigate the city without issue, while compact models provide budget-friendly prices and are very fuel efficient.

  • What’s the speed limit in Canberra?

    Unless otherwise indicated, the maximum speed is 50 km/h. The reduced school zone limit of 40 km/h is enforced longer than most states across Australia: from 08:00–16:00. Speed and red light cameras are common throughout the city, so be vigilant while behind the wheel.

  • Where are the best places to park in Canberra?

    Canberra Centre Car Park is located right in the heart of the shopping district and offers 3h of parking for approximately A$ 6. If you’re visiting on the weekend, make use of cheaper Sunday parking which is only about A$ 2 for the whole day. Citywest Car Park has a flat rate of about A$ 15 if you’re happy to park on the rooftop and is open Monday to Friday.

  • How much is gas price in Canberra?

    The average gas price in Canberra is ₪16.00 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪192 and ₪256, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Canberra?

    Intermediate (Class Intermediate SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Canberra.

  • 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 an Intermediate car rental cost in Canberra?

    An Intermediate car rental in Canberra costs ₪171 per day, on average.

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

    A Mini car rental in Canberra costs ₪315 per day, on average.

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

    A Standard car rental in Canberra costs ₪202 per day, on average.

  • Should I get a sat nav for my hire car in Canberra?

    If you're staying in Canberra, then a dedicated sat nav will likely be unnecessary. The city is quite easy to navigate and your phone should be enough (just make sure you can use it hands-free). If you're heading into rural areas of the ACT and NSW, you may find you don't have internet coverage. You can check with your Canberra car hire provider on whether you’re likely to need a satellite GPS.

  • What do I need to look out for on Canberra roads?

    When driving your hire car in Canberra, be aware that you may encounter animals such as kangaroos and deer, even in built-up areas. Stay vigilant, particularly at dawn and dusk, and if you see animals on the road, slow down or brake while continuing to drive straight.

Canberra car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.0

Very good

41 reviews

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.2

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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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

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Extremely easy. Quick check in. Car in excellent condition.

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

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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

9 reviews

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

Avis

8.0

Very good

1 review

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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Hertz

7.5

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
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Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
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84 Northbourne Ave

+61 437 833 446

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Saturday09:00 - 17:00

Pialligo Ave

+61 2 6267 2390

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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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
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4 Yallourn St

+61 2 5112 2836

Monday07:30 - 17:00
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Canberra Ap

+61 2 6248 9081

Monday07:30 - 17:00
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Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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Pialligo Ave

+61 136139

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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Saturday08:00 - 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?

6.4 Okay

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

nothing

Cons:

nothing - just dropped the keys off

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Great car, loved it

1 out of 3

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
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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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East Coast Car Rentals

8.1

Very good

No reviews available

2 locations in Canberra

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2 Fairbairn Avenue

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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
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Dollar

7.7

Good

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
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Firefly

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2 locations in Canberra

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27 Kembla St

+61 262 804 524

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Pialligo Ave

+61 262 496 211

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Canberra

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65 Northbourne Avenue

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Terminal Building

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Red Spot

No score available yet

One location in Canberra

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Terminal Building

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in Canberra

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Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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