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Car Rental in Adelaide

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Cerato or similar
Kia Cerato
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$34.03 / per day
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Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$41.40 / per day
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Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Mitsubishi Pajero or similar
Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$56.58 / per day
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Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or similar
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$59.20 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$62.35 / per day
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Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$64.09 / per day
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Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Premium Elite
Toyota Kluger or similar
Toyota Kluger
  • 7x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$64.21 / per day
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Adelaide Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai i30 or similar
Hyundai i30
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$64.59 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:45 on 2020-10-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$28.47 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.4

Why rent a car in Adelaide?

Adelaide is a great place to visit. Although not as famous as other Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth, it has plenty to offer in terms of history, culture, and entertainment. Adelaide is also located near some of the most beautiful and unique nature in all of Australia, and all of it can be easily reached with a rental car. 

Adelaide Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Adelaide

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Adelaide and drop off in another city include:

  • From Adelaide to Sydney - 56 offers from US$ 26.76 per day
  • From Adelaide to Melbourne - 39 offers from US$ 26.76 per day
  • From Adelaide to Cairns - 36 offers from US$ 78.64 per day
  • From Adelaide to Canberra - 31 offers from US$ 51.50 per day

Top ways to enter Adelaide

  • Adelaide Airport: By far the largest in South Australia and the fifth-busiest in the country, Adelaide Airport handled 8.4 million travelers in the 2017-18 financial year. The airport hosts a large number of domestic flights as well as flights to and from such destinations as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Qatar, Indonesia, and Singapore. Located just 6km (3.7 miles) southwest of the city center, the airport can be reached in about ten minutes.
  • Melbourne Airport: Although a whole day’s drive away, Melbourne-Tullamarine is technically the closest international airport to Adelaide. The second-busiest airport in the country handles around 35 million travelers every year offering flights to destinations not only in Australia, but also in Oceania, Asia, North America, and Europe. Located 720km (447 miles) southeast of Adelaide, Melbourne Airport can be reached in about eight hours. There are many daily flights connecting the two cities, so it might be a better idea to fly from Melbourne to Adelaide and to pick up a car after arriving in the latter.

Useful city facts

  • Cooler than many other places in Australia (but still very warm), Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The average high temperature is 30°C  (85°F) in January and February, the hottest months, and 15°C  (60°F) in July. The summers, lasting from December to February, are typically dry, but winters (from June to August) are much more humid. Snowfall is unheard of in Adelaide itself but can occur in the nearby mountains.
  • With a population of 1.34 million people, Adelaide is the capital and largest city of the state of South Australia. Indeed, about 75% of the state’s inhabitants live in or near the city. Adelaide is also the fifth-busiest city in Australia, behind only Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, but ahead of the nation’s capital, Canberra. Adelaide has been frequently mentioned by The Economist and other outlets as the city with the highest quality of living in Australia and amongst the TOP 10 in the world. A person from Adelaide is called an Adelaidean.
  • Inhabited for centuries  by the indigenous Kaurna people, Adelaide was originally called Tarndanyangga or ‘the place of the red kangaroo.’ British colonists settled in the area in 1836. Unlike many other British settlements in Australia, Adelaide was never the site of a penal colony; instead, it was settled by free immigrants. The city was named after Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, a European queen consort. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Bicentennial Conservatory. Although located indoors, this is a truly unique nature area as it creates the conditions of the tropical rainforest of Northern Australia as well as its neighbors Papua New Guinea, Oceania, and Indonesia. The conservatory works hard to get every aspect of the rainforest right, including even a mist that falls from the roof. The conservatory is part of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens which also has many different attractions and unique plants from all over Australia and the rest of the planet.
  • South Australian Museum. A great natural history museum, it has collections of such varied topics as South Australian biodiversity, megafauna that used to inhabit the earth, meteorites, and even Australian Polar expeditions. The museum is also said to host one of the best collections of Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander art in the world.
  • The beaches. Adelaide is a famous beach destination, with many beautiful coastal stretches located right in the city center. Glenelg Beach is hip and busy, Henley Beach is family-friendly and has a lot of dining opportunities right on the coast, Semaphore Beach is surrounded by sand dunes, and Port Noarlunga Beach is a water sports paradise. With a rental car, you can also travel west or east along the coast to find more secluded spots just for yourself.

Traffic and parking tips

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia is the wildlife. Use extra caution when driving in bad weather or after dark as this is when most of the collisions with wildlife happen.
  • Mobile coverage is very rarely available outside of major highways and population centers, so use extra caution when traveling in rural areas.
  • Another great risk when traveling outside of main highways is the heat. The temperatures can reach extremes very easily, especially during the summer months and in inland areas. Always stay properly hydrated and set out your route in advance to be able to supplement your water supplies.
  • Laws regarding driving under the influence differ from state to state in Australia. In South Australia, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers with provisional licences. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a driver licence ban.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The primary, nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000. 

Toll roads

There are currently no toll roads in South Australia. There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. 

Most toll roads in Australia use an open toll system with mainline toll barriers. All toll roads in Australia use cashless payment system. You can purchase a prepaid pass for most toll roads. Some rental cars in Australia are equipped with an electronic transponder, the price of which is usually included in the rental price. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nation-wide system in place. 

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Adelaide Hills. Located near the city, the Adelaide Hills is a pretty area that offers an escape from the summer heat and is nice to visit year-round. A great place for a walk or a picnic, it also has attractions like the Mount Lofty Lookout, Belair National Park, and Cleland Conservation Park. The latter is a sanctuary for wildlife such as koalas, wombats, and Tasmanian devils. Located just 31km (19 miles) east of Adelaide, the hills take about 40 minutes to reach by car.
  • Victor Harbor. A scenic coastal town, Victor Harbor has attractions like the Steam Ranger Heritage Railway and the nearby Granite Island which has a colony of fairy penguins. The area is also near many surfing hotspots like Goolwa Beach, Port Elliot Beach, and Middletown Beach. Located 80km (50 miles) south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Kangaroo Island. One of Australia’s largest islands, it is famous for its unspoiled nature, lighthouses, and, yes, lots of kangaroos (other unique wildlife like the echidna, platypus, fur seals, and sea lions also live there). The island can only be accessed by ferry, and while it is technically possible to bring a rental car on most boats, you should still ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Kangaroo Island is some 210km (130 miles) southwest of Adelaide and takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach (including the ferry trip). While it can technically be visited as a day trip, it is best to leave aside at least a couple of days to see more.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Adelaide is the Toyota Yaris, although many travelers also go for the Toyota Camry and the VW Golf. The most popular rental car types are economy, intermediate, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Melbourne. The capital of Victoria and Australia’ second-largest city, Melbourne is a center of art, culture, and entertainment. Visitors love the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Aquarium, the National Gallery of Victoria along with countless other landmarks and attractions. Melbourne is 725km (450 miles) southeast of Adelaide and can be reached in about seven hours. There are plenty of attractions on the way, not least of which is the Great Ocean Road, one of the most scenic highways on the planet.
  • The Eyre Peninsula. A beautiful area with a somewhat remote and distinct fee to it, Eyre has endless pristine beaches, deep cliff caves, and Port Lincoln, a historical town that’s said to have the best seafood in the country. The area is also great for whale spotting and encounters with other aquatic wildlife. Port Lincoln is 650km (404 miles) west of Adelaide and can be reached in just under seven hours. You can explore the rest of the region from there. 
  • Munga-Thirri-Simpson Conservation Park. A vast nature area, this conservation park is one of the best places to experience the Australian desert. Made up of endless dunes, Acacia forests, and dry lakes, the landscape is desolate but fascinating. Munga-Thirri is bordered by Kati Thanda Lake Eyre National Park and Witjira National Park. Important: The conservation park is not easy to access and has almost no human settlement nor gas stations. The destination should only be visited by experienced travelers who have previously visited a desert environment. It is best to book a tour or a guide or at the very least, to do a lot of research and prepare adequately. Also, keep in mind that the national park was closed to visitors for the summer of 2018-2019 because of extreme heat and the same might happen in upcoming summers.

Car Rental Prices in Adelaide

  • Large cars - from $53 per day
  • Medium cars - from $50 per day
  • Premium cars - from $75 per day
  • Small cars - from $53 per day
  • SUVs - from $58 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Follow these tips to land a great rental car in Adelaide:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Adelaide is the cheapest in June when renting a car is about 62% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 17 Cities near Adelaide

  1. Melbourne Car Rentals from $16.24 per day
    641.7 km / 398.7 miles away
  2. Canberra Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    970.2 km / 602.9 miles away
  3. Avalon Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    632.4 km / 393.0 miles away
  4. Richmond Car Rentals from $20.62 per day
    661.2 km / 410.8 miles away
  5. Preston Car Rentals from $21.62 per day
    657.3 km / 408.5 miles away
  6. Dubbo Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    978.1 km / 607.8 miles away
  7. Devonport Car Rentals from $26.43 per day
    977.7 km / 607.5 miles away
  8. Albury Car Rentals from $27.90 per day
    772.7 km / 480.2 miles away
  9. Wagga Wagga Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    813.1 km / 505.2 miles away
  10. Mildura Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    335.0 km / 208.2 miles away
  11. Broken Hill Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    426.0 km / 264.7 miles away
  12. Sale Car Rentals from $36.00 per day
    839.3 km / 521.5 miles away
  13. Griffith Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    694.0 km / 431.2 miles away
  14. Cooma Car Rentals from $27.58 per day
    970.3 km / 602.9 miles away
  15. Dandenong Car Rentals from $29.25 per day
    686.3 km / 426.5 miles away
  16. Geelong Car Rentals from $26.88 per day
    629.9 km / 391.4 miles away
  17. Parkes Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    916.6 km / 569.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Adelaide

  1. Adelaide Airport Car Rentals from $34.03 per day
    6.6 km / 4.1 miles away
  2. Mildura Airport Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    328.5 km / 204.1 miles away
  3. 420.1 km / 261.1 miles away
  4. Avalon Airport Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    628.9 km / 390.8 miles away
  5. 637.6 km / 396.2 miles away
  6. Griffith Airport Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    687.7 km / 427.3 miles away
  7. Albury Airport Car Rentals from $27.90 per day
    767.2 km / 476.7 miles away
  8. 807.1 km / 501.5 miles away
  9. Parkes Airport Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    910.1 km / 565.5 miles away
  10. Canberra Airport Car Rentals from $30.44 per day
    964.4 km / 599.2 miles away
  11. Cooma Polo Flat Car Rentals from $27.58 per day
    964.8 km / 599.5 miles away
  12. Dubbo Airport Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    971.5 km / 603.7 miles away
  13. Devonport Ferry Car Rentals from $46.30 per day
    972.1 km / 604.1 miles away
  14. 975.4 km / 606.1 miles away
  15. Bathurst Airport Car Rentals from $31.96 per day
    1030.3 km / 640.2 miles away
  16. 1040.9 km / 646.8 miles away
  17. 1051.9 km / 653.6 miles away
  18. Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $17.49 per day
    1157.9 km / 719.5 miles away
  19. Narrabri Airport Car Rentals from $31.41 per day
    1168.8 km / 726.2 miles away
  20. Hobart Airport Car Rentals from $24.06 per day
    1168.9 km / 726.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Adelaide?

Car rental prices in Adelaide vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Adelaide
$37.61
January
$48.04
February
$45.44
March
$52.29
April
$25.03
May
$16.16
June
$69.04
July
$16.16
August
$21.38
September
$25.67
October
$68.11
November
$52.68
December
The best month to rent a car in Adelaide is June (when prices for an Economy class start from $16.16). This is 59% cheaper than the yearly average and 77% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $69.04 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Adelaide?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 9 days in February, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Adelaide
9
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
7
October
8
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Adelaide?

While travelers visit Adelaide year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Adelaide by Monthly Searches
56%
January
216%
February
226%
March
1%
April
1%
May
June
1%
July
1%
August
66%
September
79%
October
28%
November
527%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
EastCoast Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 2 4 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Atlas Car & Truck Rental Kia Rio 4 3 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
Europcar Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Kia Rio 2 2 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Hyundai i20 4 1 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 4 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Kia Carnival 5 1 People Carriers/Vans

Our Customers Reviews

Australia
Toyota Corolla Sedan
May 10, 2019
An excellent city to visit. Much quieter than Melbourne and Sydney. Very easy to drive around and the gateway to Australia's best wineries and lovely grape growing centres. Most of the wineries are spectacular to visit.
Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
February 17, 2019
Adelaide Hill’s a delight to drive through
Poland
Toyota Corolla
January 9, 2019
Marina Pier and Gelong is really easy reach by the car. Adelaide is really nice City, with good Food (Marcelina Pizza) and drink! Also don't Forget about the pigs on the Queen Street:):)
Australia
Nissan Micra
December 28, 2018
Adelaide is unique. Comparison with other cities is not only silly but futile as well. Plaese have a good holiday
United Kingdom
Holden Malibu
December 12, 2018
Adelaide is an easy place to drive around, with the outer suburbs having easy to navigate arterial roads and the CBD is a simple grid. Car rental isn't expensive and whilst the bus service is generally not too bad, you'll save time and possibly even money (depending on the amount of driving).

Top 10 Suppliers in Adelaide in 2020

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+61882344822
Andy Thomas Cct, Adelaide Airport SA 5950
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+61882344822
Andy Thomas Circuit, Adelaide Airport SA 5950
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610881503090
Adelaide Airport, Terminal Building, Adelaide SA 5950
Working hours
Mon:06:30-19:00
Tue:06:30-19:00
Wed:06:30-19:00
Thu:06:30-19:00
Fri:06:30-19:00
Sat:06:30-19:00
Sun:06:30-19:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610881503090
Adelaide Airport, Terminal Building, Adelaide SA 5950
Working hours
Mon:06:30-22:30
Tue:06:30-22:30
Wed:06:30-22:30
Thu:06:30-22:30
Fri:06:30-22:30
Sat:06:30-22:30
Sun:06:30-22:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0881542499
Arrival Rd
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:30
Tue:07:00-22:30
Wed:07:00-22:30
Thu:07:00-22:30
Fri:07:00-22:30
Sat:07:00-21:30
Sun:07:00-22:30
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
882344822
James Schofield Drive
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
0882344900
Terminal Building Adelaide Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.5
+611800474258 / +61755558908
237 Richmond Road, Richmond, SA, 5033
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
Sun:08:00-13:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.3
+61755558908
237 Richmond Rd, Adelaide SA 5033
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8
+61882344822
Andy Thomas Cct, Adelaide Airport SA 5950
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