Car Rental in Canberra

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$48.77 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Standard
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$53.54 per day
Canberra Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai i30 or similar
Hyundai i30
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$60.39 per day
Canberra Airport Car Rental
Standard
Mitsubishi Outlander Aut. or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander Aut.
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$60.62 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Canberra Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Kona or similar
Hyundai Kona
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$60.62 / per day
Canberra Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
MG ZS or similar
MG ZS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$60.97 / per day
Canberra Airport Car Rental
Compact
MG 3 or similar
MG 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$62.22 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$62.60 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:07 on 2022-10-03. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
61
Economy car rental price
$94.81 / per day
Average car rental length
2 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
10.0
Average gasoline price
$1.29 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.43 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.17 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Canberra?

The capital of Australia, Canberra is usually thought of as a political center instead of a travel destination. But, despite its location in the country’s interior and lower tourist profile, the city has a surprising amount of things to see and do such as interesting museums, governmental buildings, and scenic views from the surrounding hills. Getting a rental car will also give you access to some of the nature preserves that are a relatively short drive from Canberra.

One-Way Car Rentals in Canberra

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

  • From Canberra to Sydney - 8 offers from $60.79 per day

Top ways to enter Canberra

Canberra Airport. The main airport of the Australian Capital Territory and the eighth-busiest in the country, it handles more than three million travelers every year. In addition to flights to all of the other large Australian cities, there are also direct flights to and from Qatar, offering convenient connections with tens of destinations in the Middle East and Europe.

Top destinations and activities

  • Parliamentary Triangle. This is the area home to Australia’s Parliament House, High Court, and other important legislative and judicial institutions. While some of these buildings can only be viewed from outside, others offer tours — for example, the old parliament house has been turned into the Museum of Australian Democracy. This area of the city is also home to the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Questacon science and technology center, and other attractions.
  • National Film & Sound Archive. One of the most interesting cultural institutions in the country, this museum hosts an impressive amount of TV, radio, cinema, gaming, and digital art recordings. While it’s impossible to get familiar with all of the stored material — that would literally take millennia — going on a self-guided tour is a fun experience. The archive also frequently hosts exhibitions and film screenings. 
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens. While Canberra is near a number of nature reserves and national parks, nature can also be enjoyed without leaving the capital city at the National Botanic Gardens. Home to the world’s largest collection of living Australian flora, the gardens are a great place to enjoy a day among the greenery or visit one of the events or concerts that take place there. Other interesting nature-related attractions in Canberra include the National Arboretum, National Zoo and Aquarium, and Canberra Reptile Zoo.

Traffic and parking

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia is wildlife. Take extra caution when driving in bad weather or after dark as this is when most of the collisions with wildlife take place.
  • Mobile coverage is very rarely available outside of major highways and population centers, so take 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 plan your route in advance to be able to supplement your water supplies.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need 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. 

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Namadgi National Park. One of the several national parks surrounding the Australian capital, Namadgi is known for its impressive peaks, eucalyptus growths, and highland meadows and fens. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife like several species of kangaroos and wombats, as well as various birds. Unfortunately, during the last few years, the area has experienced several wildfires, so make sure to look up a forecast if you’re visiting during the warmer months of the year (roughly from December to March). The drive from the center of Canberra to Namagdi takes about an hour.
  • Snowy Mountains. Home to the highest peaks of mainland Australia, the Snowies are the best place in the country to get on skis or a snowboard and enjoy a wild ride down the slope. The Australian winter lasts roughly from June to October; in warmer weather, the area is a prime hiking destination. The drive from Canberra takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes, so while it is possible to visit the area on a day trip, set aside two or three days if you can.
  • Batemans Bay. Unlike most other large Australian cities, Canberra is not on the coast, but its inland location doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ocean during your visit. The closest beach town is Batemans Bay, a small and cozy place known for its scenic beaches, many water sports opportunities, and access to the neighboring Clyde River, Deua, and Monga National parks. The drive from Canberra takes about two hours.

Car Rental Prices in Canberra

  • Large cars - from $124 per day
  • Medium cars - from $91 per day
  • Small cars - from $98 per day
  • SUVs - from $119 per day

Top 19 Cities near Canberra

  1. Melbourne Car Rentals from $36.38 per day
    456.2 km / 283.4 miles away
  2. Brisbane Car Rentals from $131.90 per day
    949.8 km / 590.2 miles away
  3. 233.3 km / 145.0 miles away
  4. Hobart Car Rentals from $25.53 per day
    849.7 km / 528.0 miles away
  5. 902.8 km / 560.9 miles away
  6. Adelaide Car Rentals from $53.45 per day
    964.9 km / 599.6 miles away
  7. Launceston Car Rentals from $97.40 per day
    704.6 km / 437.8 miles away
  8. Avalon Car Rentals from $91.50 per day
    519.4 km / 322.8 miles away
  9. 355.3 km / 220.8 miles away
  10. Ballina Car Rentals from $77.27 per day
    828.9 km / 515.0 miles away
  11. Surfers Paradise Car Rentals from $87.07 per day
    905.3 km / 562.5 miles away
  12. 666.6 km / 414.2 miles away
  13. Devonport Car Rentals from $43.08 per day
    695.1 km / 431.9 miles away
  14. Albury Car Rentals from $35.60 per day
    219.0 km / 136.1 miles away
  15. Toowoomba Car Rentals from $61.74 per day
    901.0 km / 559.9 miles away
  16. Port Macquarie Car Rentals from $36.26 per day
    548.8 km / 341.0 miles away
  17. Wagga Wagga Car Rentals from $32.80 per day
    158.3 km / 98.3 miles away
  18. Mildura Car Rentals from $47.37 per day
    660.2 km / 410.2 miles away
  19. 344.6 km / 214.1 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Canberra

  1. Canberra Fyshwick Car Rentals from $125.27 per day
  2. Canberra Airport Car Rentals from $60.39 per day
    2.9 km / 1.8 miles away
  3. Cooma Polo Flat Car Rentals from $50.51 per day
    100.5 km / 62.5 miles away
  4. 156.8 km / 97.4 miles away
  5. 180.5 km / 112.2 miles away
  6. 187.5 km / 116.5 miles away
  7. 205.6 km / 127.7 miles away
  8. 216.5 km / 134.5 miles away
  9. Albury Airport Car Rentals from $35.60 per day
    216.5 km / 134.5 miles away
  10. Bathurst Airport Car Rentals from $31.85 per day
    217.8 km / 135.3 miles away
  11. Sydney Liverpool Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    222.7 km / 138.4 miles away
  12. Sydney Penrith Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    223.6 km / 138.9 miles away
  13. Sydney Revesby Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    228.1 km / 141.7 miles away
  14. Sydney Caringbah Car Rentals from $53.22 per day
    229.1 km / 142.4 miles away
  15. 230.2 km / 143.1 miles away
  16. Sydney Carlton Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    232.3 km / 144.3 miles away
  17. Sydney Blacktown Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    235.1 km / 146.1 miles away
  18. 236.5 km / 146.9 miles away
  19. Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $47.00 per day
    239.3 km / 148.7 miles away
  20. 241.7 km / 150.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Canberra 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 Canberra
January
$38.35
February
$18.68
March
April
May
$38.35
June
$92.44
July
August
$21.87
September
$20.89
October
$40.28
November
$40.12
December
The best month to rent a car in Canberra is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $18.68). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 80% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $92.44 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Canberra?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in March, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days in July, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Canberra
5
January
5
February
6
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
4
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
4
November
4
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Canberra is October, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Canberra by Monthly Searches
103%
January
88%
February
94%
March
33%
April
12%
May
1%
June
1%
July
11%
August
262%
September
287%
October
167%
November
141%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
SIXT Mitsubishi Outlander Aut. 5 3 SUVs
SIXT Kia Carnival 5 3 Vans
Alamo Hyundai i30 5 2 Large cars
SIXT MG HS Aut. 5 3 SUVs
Alamo Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
Europcar Hyundai i30 5 2 Large cars
Alamo Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Europcar Ford Transit Minibus 4 3 Vans
SIXT Toyota Yaris 5 2 Small cars

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Australia
Toyota Corolla
July 15, 2021
Easy to deal with, clean car
Poland
Mitsubishi Outlander
August 14, 2020
Nice place, wide roads, easy to drive, plenty of wild livestock to see around.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
SIXT
9.1 / 10
Lowest rated company
Firefly
8.13 / 10
Total rental companies
10
Average daily price
$94.96
Lowest daily price
$32.14
Total cars available
86

Top 10 Suppliers in Canberra in 2022

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.1 / 10 reviews
+61262489081
unit 3 Terminal Cct, carpark1 ACT, Canberra, 2609
Thrifty
Thrifty
Exceptional 9.1 / 17 reviews
136139
Pialligo Ave
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9 / 1 reviews
+610262672390
Canberra Airport, Pialligo Ave, Pialligo ACT 2609
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9 / 11 reviews
+61262489966
Terminal Circuit, Australian Capital Territory 2609
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8 / 7 reviews
+610262130300
Canberra Airport, Terminal Ave, Australian Capital Territory 2609
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
National
National
Excellent 8.7
+61262489966
Canberra Airport, Terminal Ave, Pialligo ACT 2609
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+61262489966
Terminal Ave, Pialligo ACT 2609
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0262193031
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:10:00-19:00
Sun:10:00-21:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+610262130300
Canberra Airport, Terminal Ave, Australian Capital Territory 2609
Working hours
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
0262672390
PIALLIGO AVE
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
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