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Car Rental in Darwin

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Darwin Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$35.54 per day
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Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$36.13 per day
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Darwin Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$40.04 per day
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Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$40.04 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Darwin Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$40.58 / per day
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Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$40.58 / per day
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Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Kona or similar
Hyundai Kona
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$41.14 / per day
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Darwin Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Holden Commodore or similar
Holden Commodore
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$42.18 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:46 on 2021-02-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
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
9.7

Why rent a car in Darwin?

The capital of the remote Northern Territory, Darwin offers a lot to those who go the extra mile to get there. Increasingly easy to reach, the city has turned into a hub of historic sites, quality museums, and vibrant cultural life. The main draw of Darwin, however, remains its access to the tropical forests of northern Australia.

One-Way Car Rentals in Darwin

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

  • From Darwin to Melbourne - 8 offers from US$ 380.59 per day
  • From Darwin to Alice Springs - 8 offers from US$ 61.64 per day
  • From Darwin to Perth - 8 offers from US$ 216.19 per day

Top ways to enter Darwin

Darwin Airport: By far the busiest airport in the Northern Territory, it offers flights to both remote regional destinations and the largest Australian cities like Brisbane and Melbourne. An international airport, it also has flights to Singapore, China, Indonesia, and East Timor. Located about 12 km (7.4 miles) northeast of Darwin, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory. Having a surprisingly diverse collection, Darwin’s main museum can more than hold its own against counterparts from larger Australian cities. The museum is especially rich in exhibitions of Aboriginal Australian, Oceanic, and Southeast Asian traditional art. On a more recent note, Sweetheart, the 5.4 m (18 feet) long crocodile who used to terrorize the area’s boats in the 1970s, is also on display here.
  • Aviation Museum. Also known as the Aviation Heritage Center, this museum honors Darwin’s role in the early development of the aviation industry. Many of the pioneers of the field, including Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson, flew to and from Darwin during the first three decades of the 20th century. The museum has many of the original aircraft, as well as a Boeing B-52 bomber, on display. The museum is about 11 km (6.8 miles) northeast of the city center but can be easily reached by car.
  • Charles Darwin National Park. Although not the largest national park in the Northern Territory, or even in the proximity of Darwin, it is one of the most famous and most visited. The park is home to prehistoric middens built by the original inhabitants of the area, World War Two bunkers, as well as bush trails and flora characteristic of the Darwin area. Located on a peninsula just east of Darwin’s center, the national park can be reached in just ten minutes by car.

Traffic and parking tips

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia is the 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. 

Toll roads

While there are many toll roads in Australia, none of them are in the Northern Territory.

Car Rental Prices in Darwin

  • Large cars - from $47 per day
  • Medium cars - from $46 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $98 per day
  • SUVs - from $64 per day

Top 3 Cities near Darwin

  1. Kununurra Car Rentals from $48.86 per day
    441.4 km / 274.2 miles away
  2. Katherine Car Rentals from $35.02 per day
    283.4 km / 176.1 miles away
  3. Tennant Creek Car Rentals from $53.02 per day
    877.7 km / 545.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Darwin

  1. Darwin Airport Car Rentals from $35.54 per day
    6.5 km / 4.0 miles away
  2. 281.7 km / 175.0 miles away
  3. 434.9 km / 270.2 miles away
  4. 874.7 km / 543.5 miles away
  5. Broome Airport Car Rentals from $38.19 per day
    1106.4 km / 687.5 miles away
  6. 1302.4 km / 809.2 miles away
  7. 1415.0 km / 879.2 miles away
  8. 1571.0 km / 976.2 miles away
  9. Cairns Airport Car Rentals from $51.04 per day
    1677.6 km / 1042.4 miles away
  10. Newman Airport Car Rentals from $37.40 per day
    1685.8 km / 1047.5 miles away
  11. Karratha Airport Car Rentals from $34.49 per day
    1755.8 km / 1091.0 miles away
  12. 1825.3 km / 1134.2 miles away
  13. 1862.2 km / 1157.1 miles away
  14. Exmouth Airport Car Rentals from $34.69 per day
    2080.9 km / 1293.0 miles away
  15. 2086.7 km / 1296.6 miles away
  16. Mackay Airport Car Rentals from $47.78 per day
    2176.5 km / 1352.4 miles away
  17. Emerald Airport Car Rentals from $37.03 per day
    2207.1 km / 1371.4 miles away
  18. 2254.2 km / 1400.7 miles away
  19. 2402.0 km / 1492.5 miles away
  20. 2429.2 km / 1509.5 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Darwin 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 Darwin
$27.41
January
$16.93
February
$91.29
March
$45.95
April
$61.37
May
$30.23
June
$46.55
July
$50.79
August
$35.50
September
$44.16
October
$74.24
November
$74.29
December
The best month to rent a car in Darwin is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $16.93). This is 66% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in March (when rental prices start at $91.29 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Darwin?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in April, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Darwin
8
January
7
February
6
March
4
April
4
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
4
October
8
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Darwin year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Darwin by Monthly Searches
18%
January
320%
February
485%
March
4%
April
7%
May
6%
June
9%
July
10%
August
124%
September
56%
October
86%
November
75%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 5 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Bargain Car Rentals Nissan X-Trail 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Kona 4 3 SUVs
Thrifty Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Holden Commodore 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 5 2 Station wagons
Alamo Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
Alamo Kia Cerato 4 2 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

Australia
Hyundai i20
February 21, 2019
Though a small airport, it was modern and well appointed. The Alamo desk was in a prominent position and a short walk to the car pickup/drop off point. We stayed in the Mercure at the airport which was approx. 300 metres from the terminal. They offered free secure parking and the whole experience was hassle free. There are several service stations very close by to refill the tank before drop off. I have stayed in airport hotels many times before. This was the closest hotel to the terminal that I have stayed in and the quietest. In a week's stay, I only heard two departing aircraft and that was when I was outside my room close to the foyer.

Top 8 Suppliers in Darwin in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+61889453909
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+61889453909
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610889453261
Airport Terminal, Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
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
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610889453261
Airport Terminal, Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
Working hours
Mon:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:01-02:00; 06:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0889366166
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:08:30-20:30
Tue:08:30-20:30
Wed:08:30-20:30
Thu:08:30-20:30
Fri:08:30-20:30
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
889453909
In Terminal
Working hours
Mon:10:00-18:00
Tue:10:00-18:00
Wed:10:00-18:00
Thu:10:00-18:00
Fri:10:00-18:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
0889452011
Terminal Building Darwin Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8
+61889453909
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
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