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Cheap car hire at Sydney Airport

Having a set of wheels on hand gives you ease of movement and freedom of action. This is why car rental in Sydney Airport is the perfect travel solution for your trip to the heart of Australia. At SYD Airport, high-quality service is available from the following companies: Europcar, Firefly, Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget, Avis and National, East coast, Green motion, Sixt and Keddy by europcar.

The shortest way to get the best deal is to book in advance, which you can do quickly and easily on our website. We offer hundreds of reliable vehicles at affordable prices. All necessary insurance plans, unlimited miles, and related products are already included in the base rate.

Fill out the search form at the top of the page to get started. Our search engine will find all available offers for your desired dates. You can compare similar deals and choose the best one. Also, use smart filters to narrow down the list of suitable offers. When choosing a vehicle, focus not only on the price but also on what is included in the whole rental deal.

Once you have chosen the right deal, check its fuel policy, insurance, and mileage. If necessary, add any equipment required for your trip, such as a child seat, Wi-Fi access, toll tag, or GPS navigator.

On our website, you can count on a competitive price. Today, the cheapest vehicle we can offer is SUV Nissan Juke with unlimited mileage for AU$€32.8 per day. The average Sydney Airport car hire rate is AU$€49.6, while the best weekly cost is around AU$€191.7.

SUV

goldcar

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

from €33 per day

Fullsize

alpha

MG ZS Excite

MG ZS Excite

from €42.6 per day

Economy

east coast

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift

from €43.4 per day

Compact

east coast

Suzuki Baleno

Suzuki Baleno

from €45.8 per day

Prices for rental cars at Sydney Airport

Companies base their prices on multiple factors: the length of the trip, the time of booking, and the seasonal demand/availability of a particular model will all affect how much you pay. Currently, the cheapest Sydney Airport car rental is SUV Nissan Juke for AU$€32.8/day from GOLDCAR. The most expensive vehicle is VAN Kia Carnival, available for AU$€84.4/day from SIXT, while the average price is around AU$€49.6/day.

In weekly terms, the lowest rate is AU$€191.7. At the same time, the average cost per week varies around AU$€289.8. Naturally, the main price deciders are the vehicle's size and class. You can check the average cost for various categories without being tied to a specific vendor:

  • Economy models available from AU$€43.1/day
  • Compact car costs from AU$€46/day
  • The price for Intermediate deals starts from AU$€17.8/day
  • The best SUV rates start at AU$€32.8/day
  • A Standard auto costs AU$€47.8/day
  • A Full-size vehicle is worth AU$€42.2/day
  • The lowest price for minivans is from AU$€36.6/day
  • Luxury vehicles are available from AU$€53.5/day
  • Convertibles start at AU$€91.9/day

Looking for a cheap car rental at Sydney Airport? Book in advance for the best price and a wider selection of autos.

Car rental at Sydney International Airport

On-site companies

After landing, you can pick up a car hire at Sydney Airport at any terminal. At International Terminal 1, companies are located in the arrivals hall. Once you have signed the rental agreement and received the keys, the staff member present will direct you to the vehicle. Autos are available at the multi-storey car park P7, located on the ground level, opposite the T1.

In Domestic Terminals 2 and 3, follow the signs for rental cars in the arrivals hall to collect a vehicle. Consider our list of all available on-site companies, their contact details, and business hours in the following table:

Company

Phone number

Business Hours

Alamo Rent A Car

+61283032282

Mon-Fri: 7 AM - 9 PM

Sat: 7 AM - 6 PM

Sun: 7 AM - 9 PM

Avis Car Rental

+61293539000

Sun-Sat: 6 AM - 11 PM

Budget Rent A Car

+61293539399

Sun-Sat: 6 AM - 11 PM

Enterprise Rent A Car

+61 2 8303 2282

Sat-Fri: 6 AM - 9 PM

Sun: 6 AM - 6 PM

Europcar

+60292079400

Mon-Fri: 8 AM - 10:30 PM

Sat-Sun: 8 AM - 8 PM

SIXT Rent-A-Car

Int. tel.: +1 (888) SIXT-CAR (749-8227)

Mon-Fri: 8 AM - 10 PM

Sat: 9 AM - 3 PM

Sun: 8 AM - 10 PM

Dollar Rent A Car

+61800501934

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Hertz Rent A Car

02 9493 4190

Mon-Sun: 6 AM - 11 PM

Thrifty Car Rental

136139

Mon-Fri: 7 AM - 9 PM

Sat: 8 AM - 4 PM

Sun: 7 AM - 9 PM

Off-site companies

Some companies provide Sydney Airport car rentals outside of the facility. They offer courtesy shuttles from the terminals to their offices, while buses run every 10-15 minutes during business hours. You can find more information about each off-site supplier below.

ACE Rental Cars

This agency offers a fast and convenient way to organise your pickup via an app installed on your smartphone. You can do this right after landing. Just enter the required details, including your booking number and last name, and they will send you directions to the nearest pickup point.

Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Telephone: +61 8 0062 0408

Alpha Car Hire

This supplier provides car rental at Sydney Domestic Airport within a 10-minute drive from the terminals. You can get to their office by taking a shuttle that leaves every 10-30 minutes from the airport. Upon arrival, call (02) 8355 1933 and let them know which terminal you are in. After that, the manager will send a bus which will take you to the counter.

Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Address: Park on King, Level 4/338 King St, Mascot NSW 2020

Telephone: +61 2 8355 1933

East Coast

Sydney Airport hire cars by East Coast are available within a short shuttle ride. Travellers can easily get to their office from any of the three terminals. Upon arrival, collect your luggage and call 1 800 474 258 or (+61) 07 5555 8908. A company employee will send you a shuttle and tell you where to wait.

Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 7:30 pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address: Park on King, Level 3/336 King St, Mascot NSW 2020

Telephone: +61 7 5555 8900

Green Motion

If you have chosen Green Motion for airport car hire in Sydney, you will have to reach this company's office via shuttle. The pick-up point is different for each terminal. Thus, your pick-up point will be determined by where you are arriving:

  • Terminal 1: Collect your luggage and head to the exit of the terminal. Then turn right and follow the path towards the Group Shuttle Buses zone. Keep going to the end of T1 and find BAY no. 35, which is a collection point.
  • Terminal 2: First, exit the terminal, turn left, and keep going until you see the Minibus/Shuttle waiting area. The bus stops near bay 6.
  • Terminal 3: After collecting your luggage, exit the terminal. Turn right and walk to the Minibus waiting area. The shuttle will pick you up at bay 6, which also applies to arrivals from Terminal 2.

As soon as you arrive at the given location, call +61 13 4733. The company will immediately send a bus for you.

Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Address: Corner of O'Riordan Street &, Bourke Rd, Mascot NSW 2020 (Holiday Inn Hotel)

Telephone: +61 7 5555 8900

Zuzuche

This company provides car hire near SYD, within a short driving distance from the airport. After landing, collect your luggage and call +61 02 8005 6696. The manager will give you all the necessary details on the shuttle pickup.

Address: 935 Botany Rd, Rosebery, NSW 2018, Australia

Telephone: +61 02 8005 6696

ALAMO

ALAMO

⭐ 7.2 / 10

EUROPCAR

EUROPCAR

⭐ 7.5 / 10

HERTZ

HERTZ

⭐ 7.6 / 10

AVIS

AVIS

⭐ 8.1 / 10

BUDGET

BUDGET

⭐ 8.4 / 10

THRIFTY

THRIFTY

⭐ 8.3 / 10

Car hire at Sydney Domestic (T2, T3) Airport

Avis, Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Europcar, and Budget car rentals at Sydney Airport

Companies based in Domestic Terminals 2 and 3 - including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Dollar, and Europcar - provide services on Ross Smith Avenue in the South-East Sector. So, you need to head there for pick-ups and drop-offs. See the map below for exact location details.

(Credit: Sydney Airport Official Website)

Avis, Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Europcar, and Budget hire car pick-up at Sydney Airport

When travelling with any of these companies, your first task is to show up at the counter in T2 or T3 and sign the agreement. Then, you must board a shuttle to get to the collection point. Here are a few valuable tips for you to quickly pick up a car rental from Sydney Airport and avoid unnecessary inconveniences:

  • Don't forget to show up at the counter in Terminal 2 or 3 to complete the contract. This document is also your pass to the free shuttle bus to Ross Smith Avenue in the South-East Sector.
  • Once you've completed the paperwork, follow the car rental signage and find the shuttle. Buses depart from kerbside stops between the T2 and T3 Terminals.
  • If you haven’t pre-booked a Sydney car hire at the airport, arrange your deal at the counter first. Then, catch a shuttle and proceed to your vehicle to pick it up.
  • Keep in mind that 30 minutes is enough to get from Terminal 2 or 3 to the collection point. We therefore recommend that you reserve time for this when planning your travel schedule.

Avis, Thrifty, Hertz, Dollar, Europcar, and Budget car rental return at Sydney Airport

After exploring the endless Australian expanses on four wheels, you need to drop your vehicle off. For the companies mentioned above, Sydney Airport rental car return takes place on Ross Smith Avenue in the South-East Sector. Consider the following list of important points in order to ensure a hassle-free drop-off procedure:

  • When approaching the airport from the south side of the city on the M5 motorway, continue onto the M1 and take the left exit towards Butler Rd. Drive 150 metres, and at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Ross Smith Ave. After that, look for signs leading to your company's parking lot.
  • If returning from North or East Sydney via Southern Cross Drive, use the middle lane to keep right at the fork, continue on Mill Pond Rd and follow signs for Port Botany/Wollongong/Domestic Airport. Then, drive along the left lane to turn slightly right onto General Holmes Dr. After 400 metres, turn left towards Ross Smith Ave. At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on Ross Smith Ave, and proceed to your company’s parking lot.
  • After the rental car drop-off at Sydney Airport, access a free shuttle to the T2 and T3 Terminals. The one-way trip takes about 30 minutes, so plan your time accordingly.

Sixt car rental at Sydney Airport

Due to the urgent unscheduled work going on at T2 and T3 domestic terminals, travellers can pick up and drop off hire cars at Sydney Airport exclusively at the International Precinct. Find more information below.

Sixt rental car return at Sydney Airport

At the end of the trip, you need to drop off your vehicle at the airport. Consider these important tips to arrange a smooth drop-off process:

  • When approaching the airport area, take the appropriate exit and proceed to T1 International Terminal Arrivals. Look for Car Rental Return signage which will direct you to the company’s car park located on Arrival Court, Mascot, before the Rydges Hotel.
  • Park your car at the empty Sixt bay and give the keys to the manager. Alternatively, you can leave them on the desk.
  • You can also catch a free T-Bus shuttle, departing outside the тerminal in the Arrivals level, to get to T2 or T3. Expect to spend about 30 minutes on an inter-terminal trip, so calculate your return time accordingly.

Sixt car hire pick-up at Sydney Airport

Sixt car rental at SYD Airport is currently operating at T1 International Terminal. We recommend that you plan your pickup with this fact in mind. Also, consider the following tips:

  • If you are arriving at home terminals T2 or T3, you will need to board a shuttle to get to the Sixt office. From the arrivals hall, follow the signs to the T-Bus (terminal transfer) shuttle stop located between T2 and T3. The trip takes no more than 10 minutes.
  • Upon arrival at T1, proceed to arrival gates A and B, where the Sixt counter is located. Once you have signed the contract, the manager will direct you to your vehicle.

Redspot, Alamo, Enterprise, and National car rental at Sydney Airport

Hire car pick-up at SYD Airport

When collecting airport car rentals in Sydney from these companies, you must follow certain procedures. The procedures that apply depend mainly on which terminal you arrive at. Find more information below:

  • Domestic Arrivals must complete all paperwork in Terminals 2 or 3, at the counters located on the ground floor. Some companies are present only in Terminal 2. Thus, if you arrive at T3, you need to get to T2 on foot.
  • After signing the agreement, catch the free shuttle. The bus picks up renters from dedicated kerbside stops outside the T2 and T3 Terminals, and follows to 7 Coleman Street, Mascot. Boarding the shuttle is only possible with a completed contract on hand.
  • Passengers arriving at the International Terminal 1 can find counters in the arrivals hall. After signing the agreement, the manager will direct you to your vehicle.

Redspot, Alamo, Enterprise, and National rental car return at SYD Airport

Rental car return at Sydney International Airport takes place at 7 Coleman Street, Mascot. For convenience, enter this address into your GPS navigator and follow it to drop off your vehicle at the end of your trip. You can see the exact return location on the map below. After leaving the auto in the car park, take a free shuttle to get back to T2 or T3.

(Credit: Sydney Airport Official Website)

Key driving rules in Australia

If you rent a car at Sydney Airport, you can enjoy hundreds of kilometres of exciting experiences. However, sensible driving behaviour and compliance with local traffic regulations are a priority for a hassle-free ride. Consider the following list of major road rules in Australia:

  • Keep to the left of the road when driving in Australia. Travellers from the US and other right-handed countries may experience some discomfort at first. Fortunately, you will quickly get used to the change and be able to relax.
  • Turning left at a red traffic light is not allowed. However, you can make this manoeuvre with the appropriate signs.
  • Fasten your seat belts all the time you are driving. This also applies to passengers in the front/rear seats.
  • Don't drive drunk. The maximum allowed alcohol limit is .05%. Provisional licence holders and learners must have zero blood alcohol concentration.
  • Any violations will be sent to your car rental company.

FAQ about car rental at the airport in Sydney, Australia

How much does it cost to hire a car at Sydney Airport?

The cheapest car hire at Sydney Airport is SUV Nissan Juke, available for AU$€32.8 per day from GOLDCAR. Meanwhile, the average price tag fluctuates around AU$€49.6 per day. The minimum weekly rate is AU$€191.7, and the average cost per week reaches AU$€289.8.

How much does it cost to rent a car for a month at Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia?

You will pay a minimum of AU$€892.3 to pick up a vehicle for a month at SYD. However, the average monthly rate can reach AU$€1349.

How much is a rental car deposit at Mascot Airport?

A deposit is a certain amount the company blocks on your bank card to compensate for potential expenses after the trip. These include non-insured damage, fines, toll fees, and similar items. This amount will be held by the rental agency during the entire rental period.

For cheap car rentals at Sydney Airport, the minimum deposit is AU$200 if you pay by credit card. When hiring a vehicle with a debit card, the hold can reach AU$500. The exact amount also depends on the vehicle class. It will be returned minus possible charges within 5-10 days after closing the agreement.

What car rental types are available at Sydney Airport?

On our website, you get access to cheap rental cars at Sydney Airport from different categories. Companies sort their fleet according to vehicle type, bodywork, and passenger/baggage capacity. Thus, you can choose the perfect deal according to your needs and taste. The following autos are at your disposal at SYD:

  • Small cars: Economy or Compact
  • Large cars: SUVs, Full-size, Trucks, Minivans, and Vans.
  • Luxury, Exotic, or Special.

If you're still undecided about which vehicle to choose, check out the full catalogue of available groups below.

How to book a specific car model at SYD Airport?

When looking for a Sydney Airport rental car, you may want to focus on a specific vehicle group. This is also a practical option, because rental companies divide their fleet this way. They don’t guarantee a specific make and model; therefore, you get either the car displayed on the booking page or a similar vehicle. It will have a similar body style, engine size, dimensions, luggage space, and optional equipment.

However, you can try to book a specific model on our website. In the search results, look for deals with the “guaranteed car model” sign. In this case, the company is obliged to provide you with the exact vehicle you have chosen. If the desired vehicle is not available, the supplier will replace it with a similar model, or upgrade the deal to a higher category.

How old do I have to be to rent a car at Sydney Airport?

The minimum age to drive a car rental from Sydney Airport in Australia is 21. However, a lot depends on the specific company. Alamo, Alpha, Europcar, Enterprise, National, Hertz, AVIS, Budget, SIXT, Dollar, Thrifty, Green Motion, East Coast, and Redspot allow drivers to hire an auto from the age of 21. At the same time, Ace provides service even for 18-year-olds.

Keep in mind that drivers under the age of 25 must pay a daily charge. This varies from company to company. Also, underage customers may not have access to higher vehicle categories such as premium, luxury, passenger vans, or full-size SUVs. Find more information about underage rentals below.

Which car rental companies allow you to use a debit card at SYD Airport?

Certain companies allow you to pick up a Sydney Airport hire car with a debit card. They include Alamo, Alpha, Budget, East Coast, Enterprise, Green Motion, Keddy by Europcar, SIXT, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, and National. Please read the payment policy carefully before confirming your booking, as additional terms and conditions may apply when using a debit card.

What is the fuel policy at Sydney Airport?

Suppliers offer different fueling policies that determine how you fill up your vehicle and pay for fuel. Before booking car hire at Sydney Airport, compare the available fuel rules and choose the best option according to your preferences:

  • Free tank policy. The customer receives the vehicle with a nearly empty tank of fuel and may return it with any remaining fuel left inside.
  • Full-to-full policy. You start the trip with a full tank, and your task is to return it with the same litres inside. This is the preferred option, as you only pay for what you use.
  • Same-to-same. Regardless of the gasoline level in the tank when you set off, you must return the auto with about the same amount of fuel.

What is the fuel price in Sydney, Australia?

The average fuel price in Sydney, Australia is AU$1.53 per gallon.

What documents do you need to hire a car from Sydney Airport, AU?

You must meet the age policy and have certain documents on hand in order to pick up an airport car rental in Sydney. Companies require a minimum driving age of 21. Also, 21-24-year-old customers are subject to additional charges and restrictions. Documents required to hire a vehicle at SYD include:

  • Valid driving licence. Provide a full domestic driving licence which has been held for a minimum of 12 months. This also serves as proof of age. If the driver's licence is not in the Latin alphabet, an international driver's permit may be required as well.
  • Insurance. Insurance is a must when driving a hire vehicle. You can use your personal auto policy or credit card insurance for coverage. This will allow you to save money by forgoing the optional protection included in the deal. However, you can always purchase coverage from your hire provider, or use a program from a third-party insurer.
  • Mode of payment. Travellers can pay for Sydney Airport rental cars with a credit or debit card issued in their name. Make sure that there’s enough money on the bank card to pay the full reservation cost/equipment and hold a security deposit.

What are the licence requirements for car hire at SYD Airport?

Travellers must present a valid driver's licence to pick up SYD Airport car rentals. Furthermore, this document must meet certain requirements. Consider the main points below:

  • Suppliers accept full and provisional Australian, overseas, and international driving licences. You must have held your licence for a minimum period of 12 months before the start of your trip. Also, it must contain a photograph for identification.
  • An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended but not required if your original licence is not in English but has English letters. For example, this applies to German, Spanish, or Finnish licences. The IDP is the official translation of your domestic licence, and you must accompany it with your domestic licence.
  • If your home country’s driving licence is not printed in a Latin (Cyrillic, Japanese, etc.) script, you must also obtain and present an IDP.
  • The International Driving Permit can’t be used as a separate document - it allows you to collect a Sydney Domestic Airport car hire only when provided along with the original licence.
  • If it’s not possible to obtain an IDP in your home country, you may provide an officially certified type-written translation from a government body. This document must accompany your domestic licence.

Which company allows car rental for drivers with a provisional license?

Redspot is one of the few companies that can provide car rental at Sydney Airport Australia for those who hold a Provisional Driving Licence. The minimum age to drive with a provisional licence is 21. Also, you must hold it for at least 12 months before you start your trip.

Please note that the daily provisional licence surcharge applies in this case. Provisional licence holders who have reached the age of 25 and older have no restrictions in choosing a vehicle category and damage liability insurance.

Which companies offer cars for rental in Sydney with unlimited kilometres?

The majority of agencies offer Sydney International Airport car rentals with unlimited kilometres included in the deal. East Coast, Alpha, Enterprise, Europcar, Alamo, Green Motion, Sixt, Avis, Ace, Budget, Keddy by Europcar, and Zuzuche are among them.

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