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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Darwin Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$67.63 per day
Darwin Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$67.91 per day
Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$92.85 per day
Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$93.13 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Darwin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$95.80 / per day
Darwin Airport Car Rental
Full-size
Mitsubishi Pajero or similar
Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$99.61 / per day
Darwin Airport Car Rental
Standard
Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$100.59 / per day
Darwin Airport Car Rental
Standard
Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$102.25 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:08 on 2022-11-29. 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
$116.53 / per day
Average car rental length
8 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
9.7
Average gasoline price
$1.32 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.44 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.27 / 1 liter

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 $325.56 per day
  • From Darwin to Alice Springs - 8 offers from $52.73 per day
  • From Darwin to Perth - 8 offers from $184.93 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

  • 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.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Located just north of Darwin itself, this nature reserve combines a long sandy shore with scenic sandstone cliffs. Several beaches in the area are patrolled and good for swimming - it’s a good idea to avoid the unmarked ones as there may be saltwater crocodiles. 
  • Kakadu National Park. Situated near State Highway 21, or the Kakadu Highway, this national park is one of the most famous attractions of Northern Australia. In addition to savanna landscapes and waterways, the area is famous for its abundance of ancient Aboriginal art. During the rainy season (which lasts roughly from November to April) most of the park can only be seen from above on a helicopter tour. The drive from Darwin to Kakadu Highway takes about an hour and 40 minutes.

Car Rental Prices in Darwin

  • Large cars - from $158 per day
  • Medium cars - from $136 per day
  • Vans - from $148 per day
  • SUVs - from $142 per day

Top 2 Cities near Darwin

  1. Katherine Car Rentals from $29.95 per day
    281.7 km / 175.0 miles away
  2. Kununurra Car Rentals from $153.54 per day
    434.9 km / 270.2 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Darwin

  1. Darwin Airport Car Rentals from $67.63 per day
    6.5 km / 4.0 miles away
  2. 281.7 km / 175.0 miles away
  3. Kununurra Airport Car Rentals from $153.54 per day
    434.9 km / 270.2 miles away
  4. Broome Airport Car Rentals from $121.99 per day
    1106.4 km / 687.5 miles away
  5. 1296.7 km / 805.7 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. 1677.0 km / 1042.1 miles away
  10. Cairns Airport Car Rentals from $103.70 per day
    1677.6 km / 1042.4 miles away
  11. Newman Airport Car Rentals from $40.43 per day
    1685.8 km / 1047.5 miles away
  12. Karratha Airport Car Rentals from $42.04 per day
    1755.8 km / 1091.0 miles away
  13. 1825.3 km / 1134.2 miles away
  14. 1862.2 km / 1157.1 miles away
  15. Exmouth Airport Car Rentals from $46.84 per day
    2080.9 km / 1293.0 miles away
  16. 2086.7 km / 1296.6 miles away
  17. Mackay Airport Car Rentals from $121.48 per day
    2176.5 km / 1352.4 miles away
  18. Emerald Airport Car Rentals from $40.66 per day
    2207.1 km / 1371.4 miles away
  19. 2254.2 km / 1400.7 miles away
  20. 2402.0 km / 1492.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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
$23.45
January
$14.48
February
$78.09
March
$39.31
April
$41.07
May
$34.13
June
$54.51
July
$42.24
August
$28.99
September
$34.68
October
$57.32
November
$63.46
December
The best month to rent a car in Darwin is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.48). This is 66% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in March (when rental prices start at $78.09 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 10 days in August, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Darwin
10
January
7
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
4
August
4
September
4
October
5
November
6
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Darwin is May, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Darwin by Monthly Searches
64%
January
76%
February
99%
March
122%
April
179%
May
113%
June
148%
July
139%
August
150%
September
69%
October
9%
November
33%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Bargain Car Rentals Nissan X-Trail 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Kona 4 3 SUVs
Alamo Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Kia Picanto 3 2 Small cars
Hertz Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Alamo Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Hyundai i30 5 2 Large 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
Nissan X-Trail
November 3, 2022
Sef drive around the Litchfield Park experiences was much better than a bus tour
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
October 22, 2022
Seeing Uluru was a magical experience. Driving 1100km from Katherine to Alice Springs was also a memorable experience
Australia
Kia Picanto
October 20, 2022
Seeing Family
Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 16, 2022
Over all, lots to see and do. Scenic flights were excellent. River cruises were very informative and enjoyable.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 4, 2022
Visited Kakadu and Darwin
Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 2, 2022
Visited Katherine and did the gorge tour and spent 2 days at Kakadu where among other things we did the Yellow River Dawn Cruise. Lots to see & do around Darwin as well.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 18, 2022
We had pre booked our car and picking up the car was easy. The man behind the desk explained everything and was very friendly. Would use them.again
Australia
Hyundai Kona
September 14, 2022
We were so very pleasantly surprised with the Northern Territory and would highly recommend people go there especially lovers of nature and the outdoors.
Australia
Hyundai Kona
August 25, 2022
Litchfield National park was amazing
Australia
Hyundai Kona
August 14, 2022
But not a MG. I thought I rented a Hyundai
Australia
Toyota Hiace
July 27, 2022
Travelled to Kakadu and Litchfield park. Van was reliable and easy to drive.
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
July 6, 2022
Loved the NT
Singapore
Nissan X-Trail
June 23, 2022
Litchfield and Kakadu are 2 underrated place. We had such a wonderful experience swimming in the waterfalls and enjoying the sunsets.
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
June 17, 2022
We rec'd a Nissan Xtrail 4x4 & was suitable for everything we required. Comfortable car.
Australia
Toyota Hiace
June 13, 2022
Good price great customer service with a smile👍👍👍👍👍
Australia
Toyota Corolla
April 8, 2022
Family reunion and a return trip to Kakadu but the Kakadu Crocodile Hotel was very disappointing
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
March 30, 2022
4 adults. Tourists around Darwin
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
October 25, 2021
Great value for money.
Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
August 22, 2021
Northern Territory is a great holiday destination
Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 4, 2021
Strongly recommend this company. Very helpful and friendly great service
Australia
Hyundai Kona
July 19, 2021
Catherine gorge etc ,should have more cars with unlimited klm,s & easier to read pricing per klm,s & clear costs
Australia
Hyundai Kona
June 17, 2021
Darwin is such an easy city to navigate. So clean and has amazing atmosphere.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
June 15, 2021
Great driving around the top end in a great reliable car
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
June 14, 2021
Good price and good service ,excellent!
Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 29, 2020
Bit far from the airport but provided shuttle.
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.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Thrifty
9.25 / 10
Lowest rated company
Firefly
8.14 / 10
Total number of reviews
9
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$116.53
Lowest daily price
$30.40
Total cars available
65

Top 13 Suppliers in Darwin in 2022

Thrifty
Thrifty
Exceptional 9.2 / 14 reviews
+61136139
Darwin International Airport, Airport Terminal, Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2 / 51 reviews
+61889453909
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
Bargain Car Rentals
Bargain Car Rentals
Exceptional 9.1 / 229 reviews
+611300729230
99 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
Hertz
Hertz
Exceptional 9.1 / 15 reviews
+610889826690
Darwin International Airport, Henry Wrigley Dr, Eaton NT 0820
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.9 / 9 reviews
+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
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.9 / 10 reviews
0889452011
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 08:00-21:00; 23:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 08:00-21:00; 23:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 08:00-21:00; 23:00-23:59
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:00:00-01:00; 09:00-19:00; 23:00-23:59
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8 / 2 reviews
+61889242419
Terminal Building, Eaton NT 0820
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.7 / 5 reviews
0889366166
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:00
Tue:08:30-21:00
Wed:08:30-21:00
Thu:08:30-21:00
Fri:08:30-21:00
Sat:08:30-18:00
Sun:08:30-21:00
National
National
Excellent 8.7 / 2 reviews
+61889453909 / +61300106666
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
1300106666
102 Esplanade,
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+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
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4
+611800501934
Darwin International Airport, Airport Terminal, Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
0889826690
Mcmillans Rd
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
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