Car Rental in Sydney
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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.
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 $50.28 per day
- From Sydney to Cairns - 50 offers from $73.91 per day
- From Sydney to Melbourne - 34 offers from $77.67 per day
- From Sydney to Gold Coast - 50 offers from $53.04 per day
- From Sydney to Coffs Harbour - 9 offers from $70.69 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.
- 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 center.
- The Rocks. The historic district of The Rocks lies in the heart of Sydney. The neighborhood is home to some of Sydney's oldest and most historic buildings, including restored 19th-century sandstone buildings, cobbled laneways, and heritage-listed sites. Visitors can take a walking tour of the area, exploring the winding streets and alleys and learning about the district's fascinating history. One of the main attractions in The Rocks is the weekend market, which offers a range of unique and handmade products, including crafts, jewelry, and artwork. Visitors can sample local food and wine, listen to live music and soak up the area's vibrant atmosphere. In addition to its history and culture, The Rocks is also home to a range of bars, restaurants, and cafes, offering a diverse range of food and drink options. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Australian pub meal or sample international cuisine.
- Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour is a vibrant entertainment and tourist precinct in the heart of Sydney. The neighborhood offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages, from world-class museums and aquariums to waterfront restaurants and bars. Visitors can stroll along the boardwalk, admiring the stunning harbor and city skyline views. One of the main attractions in Darling Harbour is the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the underwater world of Australia's marine life. Visitors can see a range of exotic species, including sharks, rays, and sea turtles, and learn about their habitats and behaviors. Another popular attraction is the Australian National Maritime Museum, which celebrates Australia's rich maritime history through various interactive exhibits and displays. Visitors can explore a range of ships, including a replica of Captain Cook's HMB Endeavour, and learn about Australia's naval and maritime history. Darling Harbour is also home to various restaurants and bars, offering a diverse range of dining options, from casual cafes and fast food outlets to fine dining establishments and waterfront bars.
- Royal Botanic Garden. The Royal Botanic Garden is a stunning green space in the heart of Sydney, covering over 74 acres and featuring a diverse range of flora and fauna worldwide. Visitors can stroll through the gardens, enjoying the stunning views of the Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the city skyline. One of the highlights of the Royal Botanic Garden is the themed gardens, including the Palm Grove, the Rose Garden, and the Herb Garden. Visitors can also explore the many walking paths and trails, each offering a unique and beautiful experience.
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.
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 a cashless payment system. You can purchase a prepaid pass for most toll roads. Some rental cars in Australia are equipped with an electronic toll transponder, the price of which is usually included in the rental price. Ask your car rental supplier about it in advance.
Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nationwide fee system in place.
For more information about the toll roads in Sydney, visit the Sydney Visitor Guide.
Ideas for day trips
- The Blue Mountains. Katoomba is a charming mountain town in the heart of the Blue Mountains, just a few hours west of Sydney. Known for its stunning natural beauty and lovely heritage architecture, Katoomba is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. One of the main attractions of Katoomba is the Three Sisters, a trio of towering rock formations that are said to represent three sisters from an Aboriginal legend. Visitors can take a scenic walk along the cliff tops, enjoying breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and the surrounding valleys. Another popular attraction in Katoomba is Scenic World, a theme park offering thrilling rides and attractions. Visitors can take a cable car or a railway down the valley, enjoying stunning views of the mountains and rainforest. Just a short drive from Katoomba is the town of Blackheath, home to the spectacular Pulpit Rock lookout. From this vantage point, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Grose Valley, including the iconic Seven Sisters rock formations.
- The Central Coast. The Central Coast is a beautiful region located just north of Sydney, offering a perfect blend of coastal beauty, stunning beaches, and charming seaside towns. One of the most popular destinations on the Central Coast is Terrigal Beach. The long stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. Visitors can also enjoy a range of water sports and activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. In addition to the beach, Terrigal is home to a range of high-end restaurants, cafés, and boutique shops, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing day out. Visitors can stroll along the waterfront, stopping to sample some of the delicious seafood and wine the region is famous for. Other popular attractions on the Central Coast include the Australian Reptile Park, where visitors can get up close and personal with a range of native Australian wildlife, and the Bouddi National Park, which offers stunning coastal walks and breathtaking views of the ocean.
- 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.
- Bondi Beach. The crescent-shaped Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Sydney. Located just a few kilometers from Sydney's city center, the beach is renowned for its golden sand, clear blue water, and world-class surf, making it a popular destination for swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers. Visitors to Bondi Beach can take a stroll along the promenade, enjoying the stunning views of the ocean, or take a dip in the ocean to cool off on a hot summer's day. A range of water sports and activities are also available, including surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
- Mosman, Balmoral Beach and Taronga Zoo. Balmoral Beach is a stunning, crescent-shaped beach in the suburb of Mosman (Lower North Shore of Sydney). The beach is renowned for its clear blue water, golden sand, and family-friendly atmosphere, making it a popular destination for swimmers, sunbathers, and families with children. Visitors to Balmoral Beach can stroll along the promenade, enjoying the stunning views of the beach and the surrounding area. There is also a range of water sports and activities available, including kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. The suburb of Mosman is also worth exploring, offering a range of boutiques, galleries, and cafés. Visitors can walk along the tree-lined streets, admiring the beautiful heritage homes and gardens, or explore the many parks and reserves in the area. One of the highlights of Mosman is Taronga Zoo, one of the world's most iconic zoos, located just a short distance from Balmoral Beach. Visitors can see a range of native and exotic animals, including koalas, kangaroos, and giraffes, and enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbor from the zoo's many vantage points.
- Palm Beach. Located 45 km in the northernmost part of Sydney’s CBD, Palm Beach is a beautiful and exclusive suburb. Known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxurious homes, Palm Beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists. Visitors to Palm Beach can stroll along the golden sands, enjoying the views of the ocean and the surrounding bushland. Plenty of water sports and activities are also available, including surfing, swimming, and kayaking. One of the main attractions of Palm Beach is the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse, located on top of a rocky headland overlooking the ocean. Visitors can take a short hike up to the lighthouse, enjoying panoramic views of the coastline and the surrounding area. Palm Beach is also home to many high-end restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, making it the perfect destination for a luxurious day.
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.
- 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
- Station wagons - from $75 per day
- Large cars - from $26 per day
- Medium cars - from $30 per day
- Vans - from $70 per day
- Premium cars - from $51 per day
- Small cars - from $26 per day
- SUVs - from $30 per day
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 20 Cities near Sydney
Narellan Car Rentals from $42.52 per day42.1 km / 26.2 miles away
Wollongong Car Rentals from $42.52 per day64.8 km / 40.3 miles away
Tuggerah Car Rentals from $57.11 per day74.6 km / 46.4 miles away
Maitland Car Rentals from $51.55 per day138.0 km / 85.7 miles away
Newcastle Car Rentals from $32.14 per day141.3 km / 87.8 miles away
Singleton Car Rentals from $34.89 per day152.3 km / 94.6 miles away
Bathurst Car Rentals from $30.54 per day158.7 km / 98.6 miles away
Batemans Bay Car Rentals from $66.20 per day218.1 km / 135.5 miles away
Canberra Car Rentals from $46.99 per day236.5 km / 147.0 miles away
Taree Car Rentals from $57.82 per day259.7 km / 161.4 miles away
Parkes Car Rentals from $34.89 per day292.2 km / 181.6 miles away
Dubbo Car Rentals from $32.86 per day308.9 km / 191.9 miles away
Tamworth Car Rentals from $32.71 per day319.0 km / 198.2 miles away
Port Macquarie Car Rentals from $39.93 per day320.1 km / 198.9 miles away
Merimbula Car Rentals from $31.29 per day349.7 km / 217.3 miles away
Wagga Wagga Car Rentals from $45.92 per day366.1 km / 227.5 miles away
Armidale Car Rentals from $31.36 per day381.7 km / 237.2 miles away
Coffs Harbour Car Rentals from $29.64 per day442.0 km / 274.6 miles away
Albury Car Rentals from $51.86 per day451.1 km / 280.3 miles away
Griffith Car Rentals from $88.26 per day471.6 km / 293.0 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Sydney
Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $25.63 per day
Sydney Alexandria Car Rentals from $28.23 per day2.5 km / 1.6 miles away
Sydney Carlton Car Rentals from $42.52 per day7.1 km / 4.4 miles away
9.9 km / 6.2 miles away
Sydney Caringbah Car Rentals from $42.52 per day11.3 km / 7.0 miles away
Sydney Artarmon Car Rentals from $39.59 per day14.0 km / 8.7 miles away
Sydney Revesby Car Rentals from $42.52 per day14.6 km / 9.1 miles away
Sydney Parramatta Car Rentals from $42.52 per day19.7 km / 12.2 miles away
Sydney Brookvale Car Rentals from $43.49 per day21.6 km / 13.4 miles away
Sydney Smithfield Car Rentals from $42.52 per day23.6 km / 14.7 miles away
Sydney Liverpool Car Rentals from $57.11 per day23.7 km / 14.7 miles away
Sydney Hornsby Car Rentals from $43.49 per day27.8 km / 17.3 miles away
Sydney Castle Hill Car Rentals from $57.11 per day27.8 km / 17.3 miles away
Sydney Blacktown Car Rentals from $57.11 per day32.1 km / 19.9 miles away
Sydney Campbelltown Car Rentals from $37.73 per day36.1 km / 22.4 miles away
Sydney Penrith Car Rentals from $42.52 per day49.1 km / 30.5 miles away
Wollongong Unanderra Car Rentals from $42.52 per day64.8 km / 40.3 miles away
Newcastle Airport Car Rentals from $45.97 per day141.3 km / 87.8 miles away
Canberra Airport Car Rentals from $46.99 per day236.5 km / 147.0 miles away
Taree Airport Car Rentals from $57.82 per day259.7 km / 161.4 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||26|
|Popular suppliers||SIXT, NoBirds, EastCoast Car Rentals, Thrifty, Jucy|
|Popular car categories||SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars, Small cars|
|Lowest price||$26 per day|
|Cheapest supplier||Alpha car hire|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|NoBirds||Toyota Corolla||5||1||Medium cars|
|SIXT||Toyota Yaris||5||0||Small cars|
|NoBirds||Toyota Corolla||4||2||Large cars|
|Jucy||Hyundai Accent||5||2||Medium cars|
|SIXT||Kia Rio||4||2||Medium cars|
|SIXT||MG HS Aut.||5||3||SUVs|
|Bargain Car Rentals||Hyundai Accent||4||2||Medium cars|
|EastCoast Car Rentals||Kia Picanto||5||1||Small cars|
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