Car Rental in Sydney

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sydney East Car Rental
Standard
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$39.21 per day
Sydney Ryde Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$39.57 per day
Sydney East Car Rental
Compact
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or similar
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$43.18 per day
Sydney East Car Rental
Intermediate
Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$45.04 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Sydney Alexandria Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Kona or similar
Hyundai Kona
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$45.15 / per day
Sydney Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Kona or similar
Hyundai Kona
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Jucy
$47.00 / per day
Sydney Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$47.16 / per day
Sydney Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$47.22 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:45 on 2022-10-02. 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
$50.49 / per day
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
9.4
Average gasoline price
$1.30 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.53 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.16 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Sydney?

Sydney is a great place to experience by car. You’ll have the freedom to see this huge and sprawling city in all its diversity, traveling from inland neighborhoods to coastal parts, as well as to see the rest of the huge and hugely interesting New South Wales.

Sydney Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Sydney

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

  • From Sydney to Brisbane - 67 offers from $44.75 per day
  • From Sydney to Melbourne - 34 offers from $69.13 per day
  • From Sydney to Cairns - 50 offers from $65.78 per day
  • From Sydney to Gold Coast - 50 offers from $47.21 per day
  • From Sydney to Coffs Harbour - 9 offers from $62.92 per day

Top ways to enter Sydney

  • Sydney Airport: The busiest in Australia, Sydney Airport hosts flights to and from all of the other continents of the world.
  • Newcastle Airport: This small airports only hosts domestic flights, but as it is only two hours drive north, flying to Newcastle can be another good way to reach Sydney if you’re already in Australia.
  • Canberra Airport (236 km / 147 mi): The capital city’s airport hosts a number of domestic flights, as well as routes to and from such large international hubs as Qatar and Singapore. It is about three hours drive southwest of Sydney.

City facts

  • Sydney has a humid subtropical climate with very warm summers and mild winters. Inland city districts are generally much warmer than the ones that are by the ocean and can experience extreme heat during the summer months.
  • Although not the capital, Sydney is the largest city in Australia. More than 5 million people, or roughly every fifth Australian, live here.

Top destinations and activities

  • Sydney Harbour. Once the location of the first European settlement in the area, Sydney Harbour’s Circular Quay is now perhaps the most picturesque and the best known part of town. It is home of the world-famous as Sydney Opera, as well as to a number of other landmarks and attractions.
  • SS Ayrfield. Once an old coal and oil ship and then a written-off wreck, SS Ayrfield has impossibly turned into a floating forest of mangroves. The unique sight can be observed from the nearby shore of the Homebush Bay area where you can also find four other shipwrecks, as well as nature areas like Bicentennial Park, a system of parklands and mangrove wetlands.
  • The Sydney Tower Eye. The highest point in Sydney and thus offering the best 360 views from its top, the Tower Eye offers a great impression of both how immense is Sydney and how sparsely populated the rest of the state is to this day.
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales. One of the most important museums in Australia, Sydney’s main gallery is home to a wealth of fascinating paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other types of art. The gallery hosts the works of virtually all of the most notable Australian artists, as well as pieces by world-famous masters like van Gogh, Monet, and Rubens. There are also exhibitions dedicated to Indigenous Australian Art and Asian Art. Located in The Domain, a heritage area with plenty to see and do, the gallery can be easily reached from anywhere in the city centre.

Traffic and parking

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia are 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 nature 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 set out your route in advance to be able to supplement your water supplies.
  • Driving under influence laws differ from territory to territory in Australia. In New South Wales, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers with provisional licences. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a driver licence ban.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The primary, nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000. The New South Wales Poisons Information Centre number is 131 126.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. In New South Wales, there are nine currently active toll roads, which is more than in the rest of the country combined.

Most toll roads in Australia use an “open roll system” with mainline barrier toll points. All toll roads in Australia use cashless payment system. You can purchase a prepaid pass for most toll roads. Some rental cars in Australia are equipped with an electronic toll responder the price of which is usually 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 fee system in place. 

For more information about the toll roads in the state of New South Wales, visit the website of the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) of South Australia.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Garigal. A protected national park located in the North Shore region that is technically still part of the city, Garigal is a great place to see the local flora and fauna, as well as to learn about the local aboriginal culture through the ancient cave paintings and rock engravings that you can find throughout the site. Located just 23 km (14 miles) from the centre of Sydney, Garigal can be reached in about 30 minutes.
  • Manly Beach. The most beloved beach area of local Sydneysiders that’s located just a short ride from the harbour area, Manly Beach is famous for its beaches, watersport opportunities, and relaxed way of life. For many travelers, this is perhaps the most Australian part in the whole of Australia. Situated northeast of the city centre, Manly Beach is just 17 km (10.5 miles) away and takes 25 minutes to travel to.
  • Blue Mountains. Located just west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains region is a unique and relaxing place not only because of its majestic scenery, but also for fun towns like Katoomba and Blackheath, two national parks, and the stunning Jenolan caves. Even if you won’t get to see a wild kangaroo or swamp wallaby, you’ll still come back happy and relaxed. Keep in mind that despite their higher elevation, the Blue Mountains can still experience extreme heat during Australian summer, so it’s good to set out your travel routes in advance and to always stay properly hydrated. About 100 km (60 miles) from Sydney, the Blue Mountains can be reached in 90 minutes by car.
  • Royal National Park. Established in 1879, this is the oldest national park in Australia (and the second-oldest in the world after Yellowstone). When founded, it was known simply as the National Park. Located just a 45-minute drive south of Sydney, it is largely accessible by car, though naturally there is also a network of hiking paths. Known for its scenic beaches and coastal rainforest, it is home to a variety of flora and fauna.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car type in Australia is economy, followed by standard and compact. The most popular rental cars are the Hyundai i20, the Kia Rio, and the Toyota Corolla.

Further destinations

  • Hunter Valley. About three hours drive north of Sydney, Hunter Valley offers the impossible combination of being a paradise for both foodies and hikers. Its cheeses, oils, and restaurants that serve produce grown in the valley are famous far and wide, but they’ll taste even better after a full day of walking through eucalyptus fields and learning about local kangaroo and other wildlife populations. Some 240 km (150 miles) north of Sydney, the Hunter region can be traveled to in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Canberra. Although not located on the ocean and perhaps less spectacular than the huge cities of Australia, the capital can still be a fun place to visit thanks to its historical heritage, interesting museums, and vast outdoor areas.
  • Wollemi National Park. About 30 times larger than The Royal, Wollemi is a three-hour drive from Sydney. A much more remote destination, it has no paved roads, so you should ask your rental car supplier if they permit you to drive there — and joining a tour or hiring a guide is also a good idea for first-time visitors. It might seem like a challenge, but if you’re willing to do the necessary planning, you’ll be rewarded with a truly unique destination that has sites like the glow worm tunnel and plenty of wilderness. 
  • Melbourne. Sydney’s friendly rival is about nine hours drive south, but it’s still well worth doing the distance to experience another spectacular big city with its unique history, culture, and atmosphere. If the distance between these two still feels too big, take a break at the Kosciuszcko National Park or the Alpine National Park that’ll be on your way. The neighboring Namadgi National Park just south of the city is also worth a visit. Located some 280 km (174 miles) southwest of Sydney, Canberra can be traveled to in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Car Rental Prices in Sydney

  • Large cars - from $86 per day
  • Medium cars - from $80 per day
  • Vans - from $112 per day
  • Premium cars - from $130 per day
  • Small cars - from $60 per day
  • SUVs - from $86 per day

Money-saving tips

These are the things you can do to get a great rental car deal in Sydney:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Sydney is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 59% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 19 Cities near Sydney

  1. Melbourne Car Rentals from $36.38 per day
    689.1 km / 428.2 miles away
  2. Brisbane Car Rentals from $131.90 per day
    741.0 km / 460.4 miles away
  3. 687.2 km / 427.0 miles away
  4. Launceston Car Rentals from $97.40 per day
    909.3 km / 565.0 miles away
  5. Marcoola Car Rentals from $64.70 per day
    830.7 km / 516.2 miles away
  6. Avalon Car Rentals from $91.50 per day
    751.9 km / 467.2 miles away
  7. Canberra Car Rentals from $60.39 per day
    233.3 km / 145.0 miles away
  8. 124.0 km / 77.0 miles away
  9. Ballina Car Rentals from $77.27 per day
    608.1 km / 377.8 miles away
  10. Surfers Paradise Car Rentals from $87.07 per day
    689.9 km / 428.7 miles away
  11. 441.8 km / 274.5 miles away
  12. Albury Car Rentals from $35.60 per day
    445.7 km / 277.0 miles away
  13. Devonport Car Rentals from $43.08 per day
    908.4 km / 564.5 miles away
  14. Hervey Bay Car Rentals from $39.73 per day
    966.3 km / 600.4 miles away
  15. Toowoomba Car Rentals from $61.74 per day
    707.5 km / 439.6 miles away
  16. Port Macquarie Car Rentals from $36.26 per day
    319.1 km / 198.3 miles away
  17. Wagga Wagga Car Rentals from $32.80 per day
    358.4 km / 222.7 miles away
  18. Mildura Car Rentals from $47.37 per day
    826.0 km / 513.3 miles away
  19. 289.1 km / 179.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Sydney

  1. 4.8 km / 3.0 miles away
  2. Sydney Ryde Car Rentals from $39.57 per day
    6.8 km / 4.2 miles away
  3. 9.4 km / 5.8 miles away
  4. Sydney Revesby Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    9.6 km / 6.0 miles away
  5. Sydney Liverpool Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    13.7 km / 8.5 miles away
  6. Sydney Pyrmont Car Rentals from $74.66 per day
    14.0 km / 8.7 miles away
  7. 14.6 km / 9.1 miles away
  8. Sydney Artarmon Car Rentals from $53.22 per day
    14.7 km / 9.1 miles away
  9. Sydney Carlton Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    14.8 km / 9.2 miles away
  10. 14.9 km / 9.3 miles away
  11. Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $47.00 per day
    15.0 km / 9.3 miles away
  12. Sydney Blacktown Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    17.1 km / 10.6 miles away
  13. Sydney Hornsby Car Rentals from $74.90 per day
    18.9 km / 11.7 miles away
  14. Sydney East Car Rentals from $39.21 per day
    19.7 km / 12.2 miles away
  15. Sydney Caringbah Car Rentals from $53.22 per day
    20.5 km / 12.7 miles away
  16. Sydney Brookvale Car Rentals from $53.22 per day
    24.3 km / 15.1 miles away
  17. 30.6 km / 19.0 miles away
  18. Sydney Penrith Car Rentals from $47.51 per day
    34.5 km / 21.4 miles away
  19. 68.4 km / 42.5 miles away
  20. 115.5 km / 71.8 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Sydney 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 Sydney
$43.08
January
$32.84
February
$58.18
March
$55.86
April
$30.45
May
$36.95
June
$44.79
July
$38.05
August
$26.00
September
$21.39
October
$20.92
November
$22.55
December
The best month to rent a car in Sydney is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.92). This is 42% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting in March (when rental prices start at $58.18 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Sydney?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in October, the average rental period is 7 days.
Average Rental Length in Sydney
12
January
10
February
10
March
9
April
14
May
10
June
10
July
10
August
8
September
7
October
12
November
8
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Sydney is January, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Sydney by Monthly Searches
332%
January
278%
February
274%
March
120%
April
47%
May
15%
June
18%
July
46%
August
16%
September
18%
October
18%
November
18%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
NoBirds Toyota Corolla 5 1 Medium cars
NoBirds Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
Jucy Toyota Corolla 5 3 Medium cars
NoBirds Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
NoBirds Mitsubishi Outlander 4 4 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Toyota Yaris 5 Small cars
SIXT MG HS Aut. 5 3 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 2 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 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
Toyota Corolla
August 30, 2022
We loved exploring the northern beaches of Sydney and the beautiful Hunter valley.
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
August 16, 2022
Drove from Sydney to Newcastle, down to Cowra and across to Goulburn back up to Sydney. It was fun being on the Hume highway
Australia
Toyota Corolla
June 27, 2022
Efficient friendly service, ease of access, reliable car provided - Jucy was all over EXCELLENT with customer care and service, thank you to everyone we interacted with - you shine!
Hong Kong
Mitsubishi ASX
June 26, 2022
staff are efficiency and friendly.
Hong Kong
Toyota Corolla
May 25, 2022
Highly recommended for traveller's be here to start off your trip. Good location and time saved about the processing. Good explanation by staff about your hired car.
Australia
Suzuki Swift
May 13, 2022
Ask where petrol release is .
Singapore
Mitsubishi ASX
April 20, 2022
Made it to dubbo and brokenhill
India
Mitsubishi ASX
March 13, 2022
I went to Canberra and moved around the city. For frequent movements having a car is very helpful but parking is a problem so having clear idea about parking facilities before hand is important.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
January 5, 2022
Would recommend to anyone
Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
June 13, 2021
Blue mountains, Mudgee.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
May 11, 2021
So easy, walked out of the airport got on the shuttle, 5 mins was driving off in the car. Returned the car immediately got on the shuttle and dropped off at the door. Excellent customer service.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
April 22, 2021
Convenient location
New Zealand
Hyundai i20
September 18, 2019
Allow plenty of time to pick it up
Singapore
Nissan X-Trail
July 7, 2019
Sydney is a good location to travel to, from the nice cafes to the slightly longer drives out to Hunter valley n blue mountains the trip was defo worth it.
Australia
Suzuki Swift
June 27, 2019
Sydney is a very unique place to drive especially the city. Male sure you check sings when parking and be sure as there are so many sings
New Zealand
Hyundai Accent
May 23, 2019
In Sydney, best is to avoid toll . Use your GPS and set it to avoid tolls . Time difference between travelling under tunnels with tolls and roads without toll isn’t much.
Singapore
Toyota Corolla Sedan
May 15, 2019
Sydney is easy to get around and have fairly good traffic conditions. It’s easier to get to tourist locations by car.
Australia
Kia Rio
May 8, 2019
I am a local here and love this city!
Australia
Suzuki Swift
April 18, 2019
cheaper and more convenient to hire a car than use public transport!
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
December 24, 2018
Drove south out of the city, so can't comment on driving in the city. found it easy to navigate the roads
United States of America (USA)
Holden SV6
October 26, 2018
Fantastic time especially on the South Coast, Highlands, and Hunter Valley. The city is wonderful and a bit challenging to drive.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
NoBirds
9.42 / 10
Lowest rated company
Firefly
8.13 / 10
Total number of reviews
15
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$50.49
Lowest daily price
$24.32
Total cars available
458

Top 16 Suppliers in Sydney in 2022

NoBirds
NoBirds
Exceptional 9.4 / 167 reviews
+61293603622
55 Kent Road, Mascot, NSW 2020
Working hours
Mon:06:00-20:30
Tue:06:00-20:30
Wed:06:00-20:30
Thu:06:00-20:30
Fri:06:00-20:30
Sat:06:00-20:30
Sun:06:00-20:30
Ace Rental Cars
Ace Rental Cars
Exceptional 9.3 / 9 reviews
+61392222595 / 1800620408
50 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:08:00-13:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Exceptional 9.2 / 28 reviews
136139
Keith Smith Ave
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.9 / 1 reviews
+610294934190
Keith Smith Ave, Mascot NSW 2020
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.8 / 66 reviews
+61296999555
Cnr Bourke &, Gardeners Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 20 reviews
+61283032282
Sydney Airport, Terminal 2 Airport Dr, Mascot NSW 2020, Sydney
National
National
Excellent 8.7 / 3 reviews
+61283032282
1626 Airport Dr, Mascot NSW 2020, Australia
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8.7 / 17 reviews
+61134733
Corner of O'Riordan Street &, Bourke Rd, Mascot NSW 2020
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
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
+61283032282
1626 Airport Dr, Mascot NSW 2020
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.6
+611800474258 / +61755558908
Level 3, Park on King, 336 King Street, Mascot, 2020
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-17:00
Fri:07:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-14:45
Sun:08:00-14:45
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
0292079165
Mascot Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Jucy
Jucy
Excellent 8.6 / 11 reviews
+611800150850
286 Coward Street, Mascot, NSW 2020
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:55
Tue:08:00-16:55
Wed:08:00-16:55
Thu:08:00-16:55
Fri:08:00-16:55
Sat:08:00-13:55
Sun:09:00-13:55
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5 / 4 reviews
0283742847
All Terminals
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5 / 1 reviews
+610292079400
Terminal Buildings Sydney Airport, Sydney NSW 2020
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:30
Tue:07:00-22:30
Wed:07:00-22:30
Thu:07:00-22:30
Fri:07:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5 / 24 reviews
+610292002650
1C CLARENDON STREET
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:08:00-12:00
Sun:08:00-12:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
0294934190
Keith Smith Ave
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
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