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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Sydney East
Standard
Mitsubishi ASX or comparable
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 34.49 per day
Sydney Alexandria
Compact
Hyundai Kona or comparable
Hyundai Kona
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 35.41 per day
Sydney East
Compact
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or comparable
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 37.98 per day
Sydney Ryde
Intermediate
Mitsubishi ASX or comparable
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 38.68 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Sydney East
Intermediate
Mitsubishi Outlander or comparable
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 39.62 / per day
Sydney Blacktown
Economy
Toyota Yaris or comparable
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 41.65 / per day
Sydney Carlton
Standard
Mitsubishi Outlander or comparable
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 45.27 / per day
Sydney Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
£ 46.29 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 09:49 on 2022-06-30.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Dialing code
61
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Average gasoline price
£ 1.15 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.30 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.08 / 1 liter

Why hire 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

One-way Car Hire in Sydney

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

  • From Sydney to Brisbane - 67 offers from £ 39.36 per day
  • From Sydney to Melbourne - 34 offers from £ 60.81 per day
  • From Sydney to Cairns - 50 offers from £ 57.86 per day
  • From Sydney to Gold Coast - 50 offers from £ 41.53 per day
  • From Sydney to Canberra - 33 offers from £ 45.52 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.

Useful 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 tips

  • 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.

Most popular hire types and cars

The most hired car type in Australia is economy, followed by standard and compact. The most popular 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.
  • 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 Hire Prices in Sydney

  • Large cars - starting at £ 72 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 68 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 89 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 112 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 62 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 72 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

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

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

Top 12 Cities near Sydney

  1. Melbourne starting at £ 31.89 per day
    681.2 km / 423.3 miles away
  2. Launceston starting at £ 75.28 per day
    899.8 km / 559.1 miles away
  3. Canberra starting at £ 52.26 per day
    228.1 km / 141.7 miles away
  4. Ballina starting at £ 62.34 per day
    617.5 km / 383.7 miles away
  5. Newcastle starting at £ 42.58 per day
    148.7 km / 92.4 miles away
  6. Hervey Bay starting at £ 34.04 per day
    975.9 km / 606.4 miles away
  7. Coffs Harbour starting at £ 39.11 per day
    448.9 km / 278.9 miles away
  8. Devonport starting at £ 68.00 per day
    899.0 km / 558.6 miles away
  9. Lismore starting at £ 51.17 per day
    607.3 km / 377.3 miles away
  10. Albury starting at £ 29.34 per day
    438.6 km / 272.5 miles away
  11. Wagga Wagga starting at £ 28.09 per day
    352.5 km / 219.0 miles away
  12. Mildura starting at £ 27.99 per day
    822.9 km / 511.3 miles away

Top 20 Destinations around Sydney

  1. Sydney Revesby starting at £ 29.88 per day
  2. Sydney Liverpool starting at £ 41.65 per day
    9.3 km / 5.8 miles away
  3. Sydney Carlton starting at £ 29.88 per day
    9.8 km / 6.1 miles away
  4. Sydney Smithfield starting at £ 41.65 per day
    12.4 km / 7.7 miles away
  5. Sydney Parramatta starting at £ 46.66 per day
    12.9 km / 8.0 miles away
  6. Sydney Caringbah starting at £ 44.58 per day
    13.8 km / 8.6 miles away
  7. Sydney Airport starting at £ 46.29 per day
    14.6 km / 9.0 miles away
  8. Sydney Ryde starting at £ 29.88 per day
    15.8 km / 9.8 miles away
  9. Sydney Alexandria starting at £ 30.43 per day
    16.0 km / 9.9 miles away
  10. Sydney Pyrmont starting at £ 68.98 per day
    18.3 km / 11.4 miles away
  11. Sydney Artarmon starting at £ 47.88 per day
    21.7 km / 13.5 miles away
  12. Sydney Campbelltown starting at £ 41.65 per day
    22.8 km / 14.2 miles away
  13. Sydney Blacktown starting at £ 41.65 per day
    23.0 km / 14.3 miles away
  14. Sydney East starting at £ 34.49 per day
    23.0 km / 14.3 miles away
  15. Sydney Castle Hill starting at £ 46.66 per day
    23.5 km / 14.6 miles away
  16. Sydney Hornsby starting at £ 51.10 per day
    28.5 km / 17.7 miles away
  17. Sydney Brookvale starting at £ 51.10 per day
    31.3 km / 19.5 miles away
  18. Sydney Penrith starting at £ 29.88 per day
    36.8 km / 22.9 miles away
  19. Wollongong Unanderra starting at £ 32.60 per day
    58.8 km / 36.6 miles away
  20. Newcastle Charlestown starting at £ 34.82 per day
    124.7 km / 77.5 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Sydney?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Sydneyfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Sydney
£ 37.90
January
£ 28.88
February
£ 51.18
March
£ 49.13
April
£ 26.78
May
£ 32.50
June
£ 39.40
July
£ 32.37
August
£ 20.32
September
£ 16.17
October
£ 18.41
November
£ 19.84
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Sydney is October with prices starting at £ 16.17 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is March with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 51.18. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 31. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Sydney?

Hirers picking up a car in Sydney keep them for an average of 14 days during in May, while those picking up their cars in September keep them for an average of 8.
Average Hire Length in Sydney
12
January
10
February
10
March
9
April
14
May
10
June
10
July
11
August
8
September
8
October
12
November
8
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Sydney?

While travellers visit Sydney year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is January, and the least popular is July.
Popularity of Car Hire in Sydney by Monthly Searches
353%
January
295%
February
292%
March
126%
April
49%
May
15%
June
July
August
15%
September
16%
October
19%
November
19%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire 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 Mitsubishi Outlander 4 4 SUVs
NoBirds Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
SIXT Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Suzuki Swift 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Toyota Yaris 5 Small cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 2 SUVs
Jucy Toyota Corolla 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.

United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
18 June 2022
Great trip up the Pacific Highway (and various diversions off) seeing lots of place between Sydney and Brisbane. The coastline and beaches are beautiful.
Car rental statistics
Highest rated company
NoBirds
9.37 / 10
Lowest rated company
Firefly
8.11 / 10
Total number of reviews
15
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
£ 42.54
Lowest daily price
£ 21.40
Total cars available
398

Top 16 Hire Companies in Sydney in 2022

NoBirds
NoBirds
Remarkable 9.4 / 123 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
Remarkable 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
Remarkable 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
Outstanding 8.8 / 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
National
National
Outstanding 8.8 / 3 reviews
+61283032282
1626 Airport Dr, Mascot NSW 2020, Australia
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.7 / 42 reviews
+61296999555
Cnr Bourke &, Gardeners Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.7 / 14 reviews
+61283032282
1626 Airport Dr, Mascot NSW 2020, Australia
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Outstanding 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
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.6 / 1 reviews
+61283032282
1626 Airport Dr, Mascot NSW 2020
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 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
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Outstanding 8.5 / 10 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
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 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
Jucy
Jucy
Outstanding 8.5 / 6 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
Outstanding 8.4 / 4 reviews
0292451800
653 Gardeners Rd
Working hours
Mon:07:30-17:00
Tue:07:30-17:00
Wed:07:30-17:00
Thu:07:30-17:00
Fri:07:30-17:00
Sat:07:30-13:00
Sun:07:30-13:00
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.4 / 16 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
Outstanding 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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