Car Rental in Ballina

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Ballina Airport
Special
Mystery Car or similar
Mystery Car
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$53.15 / per day
Ballina Airport
Compact
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$61.43 / per day
Ballina Airport
Standard
Kia Cerato or similar
Kia Cerato
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$64.09 / per day
Ballina Airport
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$64.81 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Ballina Airport
Intermediate SUV
MG ZS or similar
MG ZS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$68.65 / per day
Ballina Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$85.27 / per day
Ballina Airport
Premium SUV
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
  • 7
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$124.95 / per day
Ballina Airport
Full-size Elite SUV
Toyota Kluger or similar
Toyota Kluger
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$112.86 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:15 on 2024-06-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
AUD
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+61
Average car rental price
$79 per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 130 km/h or 62 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0 / 10

Why rent a car in Ballina?

Located near the border between New South Wales and Queensland, flying into Ballina is the perfect kick-off point for a road trip through the beautiful Northern Rivers area, and beyond. A region famous for its splendid coastline, relaxed beach villages, great surf, countless waterfalls, and boundless natural beauty, there is plenty to explore. With a rental car, a number of other destinations like Brisbane and famous national parks are also within your reach.

One-Way Car Rentals in Ballina

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

  • From Ballina to Sydney - 7 offers from $65.25 per day
  • From Ballina to Gold Coast - 7 offers from $59.38 per day

Top ways to enter Ballina

  • Ballina Airport: Also known as Byron Gateway Airport, it serves about 300,000 travelers every year. The airport offers flights to and from some of the largest Australian cities like Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra. The airport is located just west of Ballina center.
  • Lismore Airport: Another small and regional airport, it serves the largest settlement of the Northern Rivers. The airport hosts flights to and from Sydney, as well as a couple of regional destinations. Lismore Airport is about 40 km (25 miles) west of Ballina and can be reached in 40 minutes.
  • Gold Coast Airport: Serving the famous beach destinations the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, this international airport offers flights by nine different airlines and serves both domestic and international routes. Located about 88 km (55 miles) north of Ballina, it can be reached in one hour.
  • Brisbane Airport: By far the largest ariport in Queensland and the third-busiest in Australia, Brisbane Airport handles more than 20 million passengers every year. In addition to many domestic flights, the airport also provides connections with destinations in Oceania, South and East Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Located 195 km (121 miles) north of Ballina, the airport can be reached in two hours and ten minutes.

Top destinations and activities

  • Byron Bay. The main settlement of the Northern Rivers, Byron Bay receives a whopping 1.7 million visitors every year, nearly 60 times the amount of its permanent residents. While some feel the town has become too crowded and look for more relaxed alternatives in coastal villages up and down the coast, Byron Bay remains an amazing place to visit. While in Byron Bay, challenge yourself on a surfboard, watch whales, hike up to the iconic lighthouse, kayak alongside plentiful marine life, visit the town’s many delicious cafés and restaurants, go bar hopping, or simply soak up the sun. Just off the Byron’s coast, you’ll also find Julian Rocks Nature Reserve, one of the best dive sites in all of Australia.
  • Lennox Head. Located just 20 km (12 miles) south of Byron Bay and 15 km (9 miles) north of Ballina, Lennox Head is another beloved beach destination. Famous for its stunning coastline and many restaurants and bars, the area is also home to an official national surfing reserve, beautiful reefs, and some of the best snorkeling in all of Australia.
  • Mount Warning National Park. Its name might sound ominous to some — it is named after the world’s largest extinct shield volcano — but Mount Warning National Park is one the most scenic areas in the Northern Rivers region. Located just over an hour’s drive north of Ballina, the park’s hiking trails weave through a tropical highland landscape with a truly primeval atmosphere. While at the national park, pay a visit to the World Heritage Rainforest Centre to learn more about the ecosystem around you. If you’re keen, the most popular activity is to hike Mount Warning in the early morning, to watch the sun rise from the peak. Other nature areas near Ballina include Mount Jerusalem, Nightcap, and Richmond Range National Parks.

Traffic and parking

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia are the wildlife, especially outside cities and towns. Take extra caution when driving in bad weather, at dawn, dusk, and after dark, as this is when most of the collisions with wildlife - such as kangaroos - take place.
  • Mobile coverage is very rarely available outside of major highways and population centers, so take extra caution when traveling in nature 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. It’s also a good idea to bring food, water and other survival supplies with you, just in case.
  • Driving under influence laws differ from territory to territory in Australia. In New South Wales, 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.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The primary, nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000. The New South Wales Poisons Information Centre number is 131 126.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. In New South Wales, there are nine currently active toll roads, which is more than in the rest of the country combined.

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

Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nationwide fee system in place.

Car Rental Prices in Ballina

  • Large cars - from $64 per day
  • Medium cars - from $61 per day
  • Vans - from $68 per day
  • Small cars - from $65 per day
  • SUVs - from $64 per day
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Maddy is the blogger, world explorer, cook, and photographer behind Maddy’s Avenue. Originally from the sunny shores of California, Maddy has lived around the world, from Australia and New Zealand to Mexico and Costa Rica. She lives on the road as a digital nomad. Her travel & food blog, Maddy’s Avenue, is here to inspire you to live a bold life; to discover yourself and the world around you at greater depths - one forkful, or one plane ticket, at a time.

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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Ballina?

Car rental prices in Ballina vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Ballina
$58.93
January
$41.39
February
$56.68
March
$61.30
April
$51.67
May
$50.62
June
$50.25
July
$60.51
August
$55.63
September
$55.27
October
$61.84
November
$58.45
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Ballina is February (when prices average $41.39 per day). This is 25% cheaper than the yearly average and 33% cheaper than renting in November (when prices average $61.84).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Ballina?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 6 days, and in August, they keep their car for 3 days.
Average number of rental days in Ballina
6
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
4
June
5
July
3
August
6
September
5
October
4
November
6
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Ballina is December, and the least popular is May.
Monthly searches in Ballina by pick-up date relative to the average
215%
January
49%
February
118%
March
61%
April
24%
May
45%
June
24%
July
57%
August
77%
September
118%
October
166%
November
247%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 2
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers SIXT, Europcar, Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz
Popular car categories SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price $53 per day
Cheapest supplier SIXT

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Europcar MG ZS 4 2 SUVs
SIXT MG HS Aut. 5 3 SUVs
SIXT BYD Atto 3 (Electric) 5 2 SUVs
SIXT Toyota RAV4 5 3 SUVs
SIXT Toyota Corolla Hatch 5 2 Large cars
Europcar MG 3 4 2 Medium cars
SIXT Mystery Car 4 2
SIXT Kia Cerato Aut. 5 3 Large cars
SIXT Toyota Yaris 5 0 Small cars
SIXT Kia Carnival 5 3 Vans

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Australia
Peugeot 508s
November 4, 2023
Work
Australia
MG HS Aut.
March 16, 2023
Went onto Eurocar who went out of there way to get me a car at the last minute.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
SIXT
9.3 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
2
Total rental companies
9
Average daily price
$79.40
Lowest daily price
$53.15
Total cars available
128

Top 9 Suppliers in Ballina in 2024

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.3 / 36 reviews
2 locations
$53 - $111
Hertz
Hertz
Exceptional 9 / 12 reviews
1 location
$68 - $172
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.9 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$64 - $115
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.6 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$65 - $147
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.4 / 1 review
1 location
$61 - $81
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.2 / 1 review
1 location
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.1 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$68 - $167
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.8
2 locations
$74 - $127
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.4
1 location
$64 - $98
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