Car Rental in Launceston

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Launceston Airport
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$20.29 / per day
Launceston Airport
Special
Mystery Car or similar
Mystery Car
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$32.57 / per day
Launceston Airport
Intermediate SUV
MG ZS or similar
MG ZS
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
LeisureRent
$33.61 / per day
Launceston Airport
Economy
MG 3 or similar
MG 3
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$46.60 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Launceston Airport
Full-size SUV
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$46.79 / per day
Launceston Airport
Standard SUV
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$46.95 / per day
Launceston Airport
Premium Extended Cab Pickup
Ford Ranger or similar
Ford Ranger
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$86.08 / per day
Launceston Airport
Intermediate Elite SUV
Audi Q5 or similar
Audi Q5
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$114.49 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:52 on 2024-04-12. 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
$53 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
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.20 per liter or $4.55 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.10 per liter or $4.16 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.42 per liter or $5.38 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Launceston?

The second-largest city of Tasmania is home to just 85,000 people but has more than its fair share of delights. These include unique architecture, interesting museums, city festivals, and scenic nature nearby. Launceston can also serve as a hub for exploring the rest of northern Tasmania. 

Launceston

One-Way Car Rentals in Launceston

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

  • From Launceston to Hobart - 41 offers from $35.42 per day

Top ways to enter Launceston

  • Launceston Airport: The main airport of northern Tasmania, it handled nearly 1.4 million travelers in 2019. The airport offers flights to the largest Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as well as nearby islands like Flinders, King, and Cape Barren. Located 15 km (9.3 miles) southeast of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Devonport Airport: Serving the North Tasmanian city of the same name, Devonport Airport only has flights to and from Melbourne. Located some 100 km (62 miles) from Launceston, the airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Hobart Airport: The largest airport in Tasmania has flights to and from some locations that Launceston Airport doesn’t serve like the national capital Canberra and Perth in Western Australia. Located 190 km (118 miles) south of Launceston, Hobart takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach by car.

Top destinations and activities

  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. The largest museum in Australia that’s not located in a state capital, QVMAG is one of the main attractions of the city. Celebrating its 130th birthday in 2021, this vast museum has collections of everything from European and Australian art to local history and natural history, as well as a planetarium and a fully-preserved Chinese temple that was built by the Chinese miners who worked in the city in the 19th century.
  • Cataract Gorge. One of the most famous natural wonders in Tasmania, the Cataract is a scenic river gorge just outside of the center of Launceston. Famous for the Alexandra suspension bridge which crosses it and the longest chairlift in the world, the gorge also has beaches that are good for swimming, walking tracks, playgrounds, and everything else for a pleasant and relaxing day outdoors. 
  • Tasmania Zoo. One of the most popular tourist landmarks of Tasmania’s second-largest city, the zoo is home to more than 100 species of animals. Perhaps even more importantly, it runs several critically important conservation programs for the local Australian fauna, including one focused on the preservation of the iconic (but threatened) Tasmanian devil. Other unique local species that visitors can observe and learn more about include koalas, Australian king parrots, and Tasmanian ringtail possums.

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 off of the 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.
  • Laws concerning driving under the influence differ from territory to territory in Australia. In Tasmania, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers with provisional licenses. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a driver’s license ban.
  • 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

There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. There are no toll roads on Tasmania.

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 electronic transponders, the price of which may or may not be included in the rental price. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nation-wide system in place.

Ideas for day trips

  • Tamar Valley. Another popular scenic area just a short drive from Launceston, Tamar Valley is best known as a destination for wine. If you’re traveling with a friend who can drive, sampling local beverages is a must; but even if you can’t, visiting the wineries is still a fun experience. The valley is also home to the Tamar River Conservation Area, a wetlands preserve that’s a prime bird-watching spot.

Further destinations

  • Bridestowe Lavender Estate. The World’s largest privately owned lavender field, Bridestowe Lavender Estate encompasses an area of 260 acres. The estate is over 100 years old and grows French Lavender used in perfumes and cosmetics, but also food. lavender-flavored ice cream is served in the little coffee shop.
  • Bay of Fires. Whilst turquoise white sand beaches are mostly associated with mainland Australia, you will be absolutely amazed at the fine white sand in the Bay of Fires on the East Coast of Tasmania. It squeaks underneath one's feet when walking on it. The Bay of Fires stretches between Binanlong Bay and Eddystone point and is known for its orange-hued granite rocks scattered across the beach.

Car Rental Prices in Launceston

  • Large cars - from $38 per day
  • Medium cars - from $20 per day
  • Vans - from $77 per day
  • Premium cars - from $86 per day
  • Small cars - from $47 per day
  • SUVs - from $34 per day
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Marta Kulesza
This article was reviewed and updated by Marta, who spent the last 17 years living as a digital nomad and traveling the World before settling in a small alpine village in Austria. When it comes down to designing road trips for hiking enthusiasts around the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, the Italian Dolomites, or Norway, she considers herself an expert. When she's not sitting at her computer and editing photos from her last trip, you can find her skiing or hiking with her dog in the mountains.

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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Launceston 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 Launceston
$62.36
January
$38.97
February
$49.42
March
$57.41
April
$40.52
May
$48.82
June
$35.97
July
$32.17
August
$34.48
September
$36.25
October
$37.13
November
$72.25
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Launceston is August (when prices average $32.17 per day). This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 55% cheaper than renting in December (when prices average $72.25).

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 Launceston?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in February, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in January, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Launceston
6
January
8
February
7
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
6
August
7
September
8
October
6
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Launceston is December, and the least popular is June.
Monthly searches in Launceston by pick-up date relative to the average
209%
January
125%
February
91%
March
65%
April
57%
May
38%
June
42%
July
51%
August
78%
September
82%
October
146%
November
217%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 3
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Bargain Car Rentals, SIXT, EastCoast Car Rentals, Alamo, Europcar
Popular car categories SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars, Small cars
Lowest price $20 per day
Cheapest supplier Bargain 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 MG HS 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Kia Stonic 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals MG 5 5 2 Large cars
EastCoast Car Rentals MG ZS 5 2 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Kia Picanto 5 1 Small cars
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Alamo Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
SIXT Hyundai Kona 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo MG 3 4 1 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Malaysia
Hyundai Accent
April 8, 2024
Family visit
Australia
MG HS
March 26, 2024
please check if the ferry to brunny island is running before travel on the day.
Australia
MG HS
February 24, 2024
Cradle mountain and Bay of Fire are both incredible places overall everywhere was fantastic thank you for the support to make it a really good experience.
Australia
Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid
February 9, 2024
easy to drive and also economical.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
January 26, 2024
Super fast and friendly service
Australia
MG HS
January 26, 2024
Cataract gorge King Solomon cave Tassie park & honey shop near mole creek
Australia
Toyota Yaris Cross Aut.
January 21, 2024
Amazing experiences at Cradle Mountain and Devonport.
Australia
Toyota Yaris Aut.
January 14, 2024
Richmond Jail, Port Arthur, Hobart Maritime Museum, Queenstown Museum absolutely STOP and Look
Australia
Hyundai Accent
January 2, 2024
Daughters wedding, Cataract Gorge, Port Arthur and NYE at Fox and Hound Pt Arthur
United Kingdom
Kia Stonic
December 20, 2023
6 , 2 day stops back to Hobart. Fantastic views.
New Zealand
Mitsubishi Eclipse
December 14, 2023
We loved the gorge and the gondola ride!
Australia
Toyota Camry
December 11, 2023
Loved the scenery and quirky little places
Australia
Kia Rio
December 6, 2023
Visited family and friends.
Australia
MG HS
December 2, 2023
Surprised by the size and attractions at Cataract Gorge
Australia
Toyota Camry
November 26, 2023
Loved north West Coast of Tassie but we mainly spent time with family and friends. Nice to have our own car so not a burden on them.
Australia
MG HS
November 24, 2023
all
Australia
Suzuki Baleno
October 1, 2023
I took my girls home to visit my parents around NW Coast. Love the coast; Cradle Mountain and counting 11 wombats close by, Reliquire in Latrobe is a favourite, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm is a must to visit, Penguin and all its cute penguin sculptures. I just love Tassie
Australia
Hyundai Accent
September 23, 2023
Food, people, sights and natural landscapes were amazing.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
September 12, 2023
We explored a lot of Tasmanian, Queenstown, South Coast and of cause inland. Went to Bunnings at Launceston for sausage sizzle and there was a taste test of lamb chops. It was an amazing trip.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 11, 2023
Had a family holiday got a good car to drive and a reliable one
Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
April 25, 2023
Beautiful scenery and good food
Australia
Hyundai Kona
March 31, 2023
Family visit Good time
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
March 4, 2023
Hartz Mountains, Maria Island, Bay of Fires, Corinna
Australia
Hyundai Kona
February 28, 2023
Visiting mu youngest son and family who have just recently shited to Burnie,
Australia
Toyota Hilux
February 8, 2023
there is always more than one route to get to your destination and by using backroads(which are still tarsealed) you can see a lot more of the diverse countryside.
Australia
Hyundai Kona
January 26, 2023
Nice nature, encounter with wild life, stunning nature reserved.
Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
January 5, 2023
Everything was great, the food, the shops and the people. We loved Cataract Gorge, Wineglass bay and Mona on our trip in particular
Australia
Hyundai Accent
October 27, 2022
Did a lot of driving in beautiful surroundings. Heaven on earth.
Australia
Hyundai i30
October 27, 2022
everything nature friendly people
Australia
MG HS
September 30, 2022
Mona museum Cataract Gorge Remarkable cave And a lot
Australia
Holden Acadia
September 19, 2022
Travelled 2,000 klm all over Tasmania in 10 days
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
September 15, 2022
Loved cradle mountain, loved Ben Lomond and Launceston. Could stay for weeks at cradle so much to see and do and beautiful weather. Same with Launceston. Especially the gorge.
Australia
Toyota Yaris
September 4, 2022
so much has changed in 25 years since our last visit to Tasmania. It was amazing
Australia
Holden Acadia
July 21, 2022
Picked car up from Launceston, travelled all around there in the rental. Made visiting places easy.
Australia
Toyota Yaris
May 16, 2022
We drove our Alamo Hire Car (Toyota Corolla) from Launceston to St Helens/Bay of Fires region via the A4 and returned via the A3. The A3 takes longer as it's a very winding road in places, but well worth it. The Toyota Corolla was a perfectly good car for the two of us for this trip.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
March 14, 2022
Clean office car. Polite staff. This was 2nd t I me I have used this business
Australia
Kia Carnival
March 3, 2022
Beautiful country side, take your time see it all.Tasmania is great.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
January 14, 2022
Really enjoyed Georgetown and Low Head. The pilot station and lighthouse were worth seeing.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
January 2, 2022
Tasmania is always great... many attractions, but a car is essential to acces these.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
June 20, 2021
Easy to use rental company
Australia
Hyundai Accent
May 23, 2021
Loved Launceston and the surrounding areas, had a wonderful holiday
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
May 4, 2021
launceston and surrounds were amazing. It is so beautiful down there, everything is clean and in the scheme of things so close. You can travel any direction and the most it will take you is 3hrs to see some of the most amazing scenery and beautiful little towns. Definately worth visiting.
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
April 2, 2021
Coles Bay area - great for walking, kayaking and the food and wine experience - loved live music at Devil's Corner. Maria Island - a wonderful place to explore on a bike. St Columba Falls - worth the short drive and walk if you're in the Bay of Fires area
Australia
Hyundai Accent
March 30, 2021
Tasmania has many highlights when travelling around, The Beaconsfield Mine Museum, The Pub in the Paddock, Cataract Gorge, Fish & Chips at Triabunna, Sea Life Restaurant Bicheno Slow Cooked Lamb just to mention a few.
Australia
Nissan X-Trail
March 17, 2021
Tasmaina is beautiful
Australia
Toyota Corolla
March 16, 2021
Car a delight to drive and very good on fuel consumption. All round ideal car for our needs.
Australia
Holden Acadia
March 1, 2021
There was only 1 lady when we picked the car up and we waited for nearly 30 minutes but everything went smoothly when the other girl arrived. Overall we’re so happy with the service and car we got was excellent as we did a lot of driving. Thanks
Canada
Toyota Corolla
December 20, 2019
Launceston was a great place to start a road trip and to travel to many beautiful places in Tasmania. It is less crowded than Hobart so it is better to start driving there when it's your first time driving on the left side of the road.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Bargain Car Rentals
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
50
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$53.49
Lowest daily price
$20.32
Total cars available
124

Top 15 Suppliers in Launceston in 2024

Bargain Car Rentals
Bargain Car Rentals
Exceptional 9.2 / 622 reviews
1 location
$20 - $123
Budget
Budget
Exceptional 9.1 / 12 reviews
2 locations
$29 - $61
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 61 reviews
1 location
$65 - $101
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.9 / 97 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $103
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.9 / 41 reviews
2 locations
$51 - $104
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Very good 8.7 / 99 reviews
1 location
$38 - $77
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.6 / 37 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $132
National
National
Very good 8.3 / 3 reviews
1 location
$72 - $111
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3
1 location
$63 - $117
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.2 / 3 reviews
2 locations
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.1 / 1 review
2 locations
$51 - $103
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 4 reviews
2 locations
$47 - $110
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
2 locations
$46 - $106
LeisureRent
LeisureRent
Good 7.6
1 location
$25 - $81
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.4 / 1 review
1 location
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