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Darwin Airport, Darwin, Australia
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Darwin Airport
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$29.94 / per day
Darwin Airport
Standard SUV
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$33.79 / per day
Darwin Airport
Compact
MG 3 or similar
MG 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$71.94 / per day
Darwin Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$97.91 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Darwin Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$158.48 / per day
Darwin Airport
Premium SUV
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
  • 7
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$214.30 / per day
Darwin Airport
Special SUV
Toyota Prado or similar
Toyota Prado
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$400.16 / per day
Darwin Airport
Premium Elite SUV
Toyota Land Cruiser or similar
Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$250.35 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 15:42 on 2024-06-21. 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
$157 per day
Average car rental length
7 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
9.4 / 10
Average gas price
$1.23 per liter or $4.65 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.13 per liter or $4.27 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.43 per liter or $5.40 per gallon
Darwin Airport

Airport travel guide

The capital of the Northern Territory, tropical Darwin is an increasingly popular travel destination. Despite its relatively small size and remoteness, it packs a surprising amount of heritage, cultural diversity, and, of course, access to stunning nature. Here are three of its most popular attractions:

  • Charles Darwin National Park. Although christened after the 19th-century British naturalist and father of the theory of evolution who also gave name to the city itself, Charles Darwin National Park has actually been inhabited for millennia, as suggested by indigenous artifacts found on its grounds. Nowadays, this small, but well-maintained green spot is one of the closest nature areas to the city, taking up the peninsula just east of the center of Darwin and just south of the international airport.
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Enjoyably, vast and diverse, the MAGNT is indeed the main cultural institution of the Northern Territory and worth any visitor’s time. The museum showcases indigenous and contemporary Australian art, especially that connected to this part of the country, but it also has fascinating sections on such varied topics as natural sciences and maritime archaeology, not to mention the display of an 18-foot (5.5 m) saltwater crocodile.
  • Kakadu National Park. Not only the second-largest but also one of the most beautiful national parks in Australia, Kakadu is the reason why many visitors come (and return) to Darwin. Known for its fascinatingly diverse fauna that includes dingoes, hooded parrots, frill-neck lizards, and various marsupials, the area is also home to unique rock formations, billabongs, and ancient rock art sites. Located southeast of Darwin, the national park can be reached by car in about two hours.

Top international routes

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Singapore
  • Alice Springs

Main airlines

Airnorth, Fly Tiwi, Jetstar, Qantas, and Virgin Australia

Terminals

The airport is made up of a single terminal with four aerobridges. The terminal was significantly modernized and expanded in 2015.

Location

Darwin Airport is about 10 km (6.2 miles) northeast of the city. The trip between the airport and the city takes about 15 minutes primarily along Bagot Road and Motorway A15.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $35 per day
  • Medium cars - from $72 per day
  • Vans - from $168 per day
  • Small cars - from $30 per day
  • SUVs - from $34 per day

Services and facilities

One of the smallest international airports in Australia, Darwin nonetheless offers some eateries and duty-free stores, free WiFi, and outlets for charging mobile devices. The airport is open 24/7, and it’s possible to sleep in it if you have a long layover, but there are also some hotels next-door.

Nearest gas station

Around ten different gas stations are within a five-kilometer radius of the airport, several of which are open 24/7.
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Eddie and Kelli
This article was reviewed and updated by Eddie and Kelli, the creators and authors of The Vanabond Tales, a travel blog focused on slow travel. Minimalist travel adventures that are budget-friendly, outdoor-focused, and environmentally conscious. You’ll currently find them aboard his little boat Whisper sailing the Mediterranean.

Airport info

Rating
6.7
  • Getting to the airport 7.7
  • Check-in and departures 7.8
  • Terminal facilities 6.3
  • Wi-Fi 6.9
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.7
  • Lounge 5.7

Darwin Airport (DRW)

  • IATA: DRW
  • ICAO: YPDN
  • Name: Darwin Airport (DRW)
  • Distance from city: 6.8 miles / 11 km

Top 20 locations near Darwin Airport

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When are car rental prices the lowest at Darwin Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Darwin Airport varies by season. The table and graph below can help you find the best time of year to save on a rental car.
Average rental costs per day at Darwin Airport
$33.69
January
$34.34
February
$50.21
March
$53.41
April
$37.52
May
$81.23
June
$91.24
July
$83.17
August
$63.68
September
$42.79
October
$35.05
November
$36.19
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Darwin Airport is January — when rental costs average $33.69 per day. This is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 63% cheaper than renting a car in July (when prices average $91.24 per day).

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.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Darwin Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in May the average rental period is 9 days, while in June, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average number of rental days at Darwin Airport
7
January
8
February
7
March
7
April
9
May
6
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
7
October
7
November
6
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Darwin Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Darwin Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Darwin Airport in June, while they are least likely to rent in in February.
Monthly searches at Darwin Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
64%
January
40%
February
49%
March
49%
April
78%
May
167%
June
144%
July
144%
August
116%
September
119%
October
97%
November
131%
December

Car rental information

Popular suppliers Bargain Car Rentals, Alamo, Thrifty, Europcar, Dollar
Popular car categories SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars, Small cars
Lowest price $30 per day
Cheapest supplier EastCoast Car Rentals

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 Kia Stonic 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals MG HS 4 2 SUVs
Alamo Skoda Kamiq 5 2 SUVs
Alamo MG 3 4 1 Small cars
Alamo Mazda CX-8 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Hyundai i30 5 2 Large cars
Thrifty Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
Thrifty Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
Thrifty Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the 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.

Australia
Hyundai i30
May 21, 2024
Berry Springs was great, Humpty Doo Hotel amazing, The Tap on Mitchell a great tropical bar with great food.
Australia
Kia Stonic
January 4, 2024
Did not drive much. Just visited local restaurants 3 times a day
Australia
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
January 2, 2024
Visiting nature parks and dining out, very enjoyable.
Switzerland
Kia Stonic
December 29, 2023
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Australia
Suzuki Baleno
December 27, 2023
Spent the time with family
Australia
Toyota Corolla
December 25, 2023
Full agenda, trip too short
Australia
Hyundai i30
September 24, 2023
Kakadu. Litchfield National Park.
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Australia
Toyota Kluger
September 7, 2023
While in Darwin I visited the Tunnel Museum, Bombing of Darwin harbour cruise, Military Museum, Museum & Art Gallery, Mindil Beach Markets, Botanic Gardens, Dripstone Cliffs, Sister7 Gallery and Mason Gallery. Litchfield National Park - Termite Mounds, Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Tabletop Swap and just out side Litchfield the Zebra Stone Museum. Drove down to Mataranka and Katherine then back into Kakadu - doing a sunrise cruise on Yellow Waters, visiting Anbangbang Rock Shelter (Nourlangie), Anbangbang Billabong, Nawurlandja Lookout, Cahills Crossing, Ubirr Rock Art sites, Nadab Lookout, Mamuka Wetlands, Leaning Tree Lagoon, Fogg Dam Reserve and a day tour to Bathurst Island. All fabulous places to visit, to see beautiful scenery, birdlife, aboriginal culture and history of Darwin.
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United Kingdom
Kia Stonic
September 3, 2023
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Australia
Hyundai Accent
September 2, 2023
Saw all the rugged beauty of the Northern Territory - Uluru , Mataranka , Litchfield and so much more
Australia
Mazda CX-9
July 16, 2023
All areas visited were easily accessible by a normal vehicle. Plenty of options close by to do.
United States of America (USA)
Mitsubishi ASX
June 19, 2023
Great road trip from Darwin to Alice Springs
Australia
Kia Sportage
June 5, 2023
Lots of birdwatching, Fogg Dam was wonderful
Australia
Hyundai Accent
April 26, 2023
Awesome things to see in the Northern Territory
Australia
Toyota Corolla
April 2, 2023
Interesting destination is the Northern Territory See it if can
Australia
Hyundai i30
March 11, 2023
Too much to list but absolutely loved it and so did the kids
Australia
Hyundai Accent
February 24, 2023
We drove to Katherine and visited the Gorge and did an excellent boat trip. We also stayed at Kakadu National Park and then on to Darwin overall the trip was excellent and my wife and I had an excellent time
Australia
Suzuki Baleno
January 15, 2023
We stayed at Howard Spring big4 resort It was wet season so we couldn’t go anywhere much. But we enjoyed our time
Australia
Kia Picanto
November 8, 2022
Kakadu was brilliant and our accommodation at Cooinda lodge great. Lichfield Park had a few highlights in the magnetic termite mounds and Florence Falls. Darwin War Museum and the Flying Doctor Centre were also well worthwhile.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
November 6, 2022
Just go straight to hertz ,no one else
New Zealand
Hyundai Accent
October 20, 2022
We were there for a sport activity and stayed at Mercure Darwin airport resort which I would not recommend. We travel a lot and easily worst hotel ever stayed in. All else about Darwin was great particularly the boat clubs at mindil Beach.
Australia
Kia Sportage
October 6, 2022
Explore Litchfield by staying at Butterfly farm...kids loved it.
Australia
Hyundai Kona
October 1, 2022
Jumping croc cruise!!
Australia
Hyundai Accent
September 15, 2022
Family visit
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
August 15, 2022
Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Lichfield National Parks were all incredible experiences.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 4, 2022
Loved Darwin. It was my 3rd trip. I love the climate, the things to see and do and managed to see more this time. Only disappointed that some of the things were restricted by weight...boooo.
Singapore
Toyota Yaris
June 14, 2022
When you are in Darwin, make sure you visit a Chinese restaurant named Hingston which is located at Anula Shopping Centre. The food is by far the best I have ever tried…….
Australia
Kia Picanto
May 13, 2022
Only problem I had was dropping off the car at the airport due to confusing signage
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
April 4, 2022
Everything was outstanding. Only issue was with the car itself. Cruise control had issues where it would brake around bends, from 120km to 90 suddenly. Read manual and tried to override unsuccessful. Looked up issue on the internet and found it was a common problem with the car, and the manufacturer was releasing a firmware update to fix. We had the Haval. Probably warrants a recall in my opinion as it's definitely a safety issue. We were unable to use cruise control for the trip which wasn't ideal travelling to Kakadu.
Australia
Kia Picanto
February 26, 2022
For personal use travelling in local cbd it was very economical
Australia
Kia Cerato
June 10, 2021
Great to hire and drive out to see the sights of Darwin and surrounds at your leisure
Australia
Kia Cerato
April 26, 2021
Mataranka thermal pools beautiful. Florence falls in Litchfield park a must to see. Stunning! The crocodile cruise was also very cool. Sunset cruise was also amazing and relaxing.
Australia
Toyota Yaris
March 31, 2021
It was used for local driving.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
March 21, 2021
A must see place, Kakadu, Litchfield, Darwin city
Australia
Hyundai Accent
March 13, 2021
We went to Darwin for a week & had an amazing time. Fabulous scenery, friendly people & fantastic food.
Australia
Kia Rio
November 27, 2020
it depends on your plans for your stay if you need a car or not. just like anywhere in the world , if you stay central you dont need a car but if you want to look around then obviously one is necessary. parliament house and the war museum are both worth a look.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
November 23, 2020
Great for recreation and work
Australia
Hyundai Accent
November 21, 2020
Darwin really needs a car, so many wonderful places to visit within the greater Darwin region, but not all within easy walking distance. That’s not taking all the outlying National Parks and areas that are a must when here.
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.
Australia
Hyundai i20
July 11, 2018
If it is raining you will need an umbrella to pick up the car as it is a long walk to the car park.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Alamo
9 / 10
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Lowest-rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
42
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$157.10
Lowest daily price
$29.94
Total cars available
76

Top 16 suppliers at Darwin Airport in 2024

Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 84 reviews
+61889453909 / +61300106666
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
$131 - $133
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Thrifty
Very good 8.9 / 35 reviews
0889240000
Terminal Building
$126 - $400
Working hours
Mon:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-02:00; 08:00-19:30; 23:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.9 / 15 reviews
0889452011
Terminal Building
$136 - $180
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:09:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 09:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.9 / 13 reviews
1800501934
Mcmillans Rd
$126 - $250
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
Very good 8.8 / 18 reviews
+610889453261
Airport Terminal, Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
$72 - $273
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
Bargain Car Rentals
Very good 8.6 / 231 reviews
+611300729230
1/8 Osgood Drive, Eaton, NT 0820
$34 - $36
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:45
Tue:07:00-18:45
Wed:07:00-18:45
Thu:07:00-18:45
Fri:07:00-18:45
Sat:07:00-16:45
Sun:07:00-16:45
Hertz
Very good 8.6 / 17 reviews
+610889826690
Darwin International Airport, Henry Wrigley Dr, Eaton NT 0820
$138 - $272
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
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.4 / 6 reviews
0889366166
Terminal Building
$98 - $186
Working hours
Mon:00:00-00:30; 08:15-23:59
Tue:00:00-00:30; 08:15-23:59
Wed:00:00-00:30; 08:15-23:59
Thu:00:00-00:30; 08:15-23:59
Fri:00:00-00:30; 08:15-23:59
Sat:08:15-18:30
Sun:00:00-00:30; 08:15-23:59
National
National
Very good 8.4 / 5 reviews
+61889453909 / +61300106666
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
$175 - $178
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 2 reviews
+61889242419
Terminal Building, Eaton NT 0820
$168 - $206
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Very good 8.3
+1800028881 / +61755558900
285 Bagot Road, Coconut Grove, Darwin, Northern Territory, 0810
$30 - $45
Working hours
Mon:10:00-19:00
Tue:10:00-19:00
Wed:10:00-19:00
Thu:10:00-19:00
Fri:10:00-19:00
Sat:10:30-18:30
Sun:10:30-18:30
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 8.3
+61134733
26 Progress Drive
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:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 3 reviews
+61300106666
1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820
$145 - $150
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 6 reviews
+610889453261
Airport Terminal, Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
$123 - $257
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7
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
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.4
+6189453261
DARWIN AIRPORT, Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
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