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Make your move with a rental car from Adelaide Airport

A car rental at Adelaide Airport is a great way to enjoy the city and the surrounding area. There’s plenty to see and do in Adelaide itself, but venture beyond the suburban limits and the possibilities are endless. Anyone with their own set of wheels can discover stunning surf beaches, lakes, national parks, and Outback adventures waiting within just a few hours of the CBD. 

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17 Nov 2021 - 30 Mar 2022

What you need to know for your Adelaide Airport car rental

A lake with a fountain and Adelaide city in the background.

Adelaide is the urban hub of South Australia and a sophisticated gem of a city that welcomes all comers. Boutique shopping, great local cuisine, cafe culture, and multicultural neighbourhoods make it an exciting urban destination. There are also beaches in close proximity to the city centre, offering the best of both worlds: enjoy a morning of retail therapy and perusing galleries then head out for a swim at one of the patrolled and picturesque stretches of sand.

Adelaide Airport information

Adelaide Airport is a busy facility, serving millions of passengers most years. It has a dual international/domestic terminal and two runways. There is also a museum on-site that houses the historic “Vickers Vimy” aircraft.

The airport has all the amenities necessary to make passengers comfortable: free WiFi, an array of shops and duty-free outlets, and eateries ranging from grab-and-go to sit-down restaurants. There are ATMs and currency exchange outlets, toilets, first aid facilities, and two prayer rooms. The undercover Terminal Car Park and outdoor Long Term Car Park provide options for secure parking of private vehicles.

Car rental counters are located on the ground floor near the baggage claim.

What to see and do in Adelaide and nearby

Scenic drives, like driving along Bowman, Beachport, await you in an Adelaide road trip holiday.

With the freedom of a rental car, you can create your own itinerary to see and experience Adelaide and the surrounding region. Take a look at the ideas we’ve collected below to decide where you’d like to go while you’re in town.


This historic beachside suburb offers all kinds of entertainment from museums to sailing cruises. It is known for great cafes and restaurants, iconic pier, and heritage architecture. There’s even an amusement park! Glenelg is just a 20-minute drive southwest of central Adelaide.


This is a small town in the Adelaide Hills, just 25 minutes by car from central Adelaide. It is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and still displays its heritage with German bakeries, pubs, restaurants, smallgoods, and more. Visitors to Hahndorf also enjoy the boutique cellar doors, artisan cheese and chocolates, and the overall village charm.

McLaren Vale

If you’re visiting this famous wine region, we recommend booking some accommodation and a wine tour or other transport so you’re not having to drive—because you’ll want to taste the fruits of the area. It’s less than an hour by car from Adelaide and is also close to some fantastic beaches. Other wine regions of note nearby include Barossa Valley and Clare Valley.

Rock formations and a walkway at Hallet Cove.

Kangaroo Island

Drive the one and a half hours from Adelaide to Cape Jervis and get on a car ferry to visit Kangaroo Island, one of South Australia’s best nature-based destinations. The breathtaking beauty here includes native bushland, wildlife, pristine beaches, and sunsets. Plenty of adventure tourism is available as well as some great dining experiences. You could easily spend a few days or even a week on the island, which is a relatively large place boasting more than 500 kilometres of coastline.

Monarto Safari Park

For something a little different, consider this: the largest open-range safari park outside of Africa is located less than an hour from central Adelaide. Monarto is open every day of the year and offers an incredible experience with both exotic and native animals ranging from lions, tigers, and rhinos to Tasmanian devils and wallabies.

If you fancy starting your Australian car trip adventure in another city, consider a Hobart car rental. Tasmania is full of wonders worth seeing and while you're in the area, take a tour to Launceston. Maybe Melbourne is more your speed? Or you could kick off a Sydney car hire adventure before heading on another road trip from Brisbane.

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Car hire Adelaide: Frequently asked questions

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How much does it cost to hire a car at Adelaide airport?
Factors that influence the price of a vehicle rental at Adelaide Airport include the time of year, the supplier, and the type of vehicle. You can expect anything from a budget car hire of less than AUD$50 per day to a more expensive luxury model or van costing several hundred dollars per day.
What is the cheapest car hire agency at Adelaide airport?
Off-airport suppliers like Apex and East Coast often offer the lowest prices on Adelaide Airport car rental. However, you can score a bargain from a variety of suppliers.
What car rentals are at Adelaide airport?
Companies offering hire cars at Adelaide Airport include (but are not limited to): Europcar, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, East Coast, Apex, Ace, Dollar, National, Avis, Hertz, and Thrifty.
What cars can I rent from Adelaide Airport?
The various suppliers have a wide range of vehicles on offer, from small and compact economical cars to vans, people-movers, and SUVs. You can specify the type of car you are looking for with the filters to the left of the search results page.
Where can I find the Budget car rental counter at Adelaide Airport?
The Budget rental counter is found with the other suppliers on the ground floor of the terminal building adjacent to the baggage claim.
Which car hire companies in Adelaide have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Many car rental suppliers have updated their cleaning and safety policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This service may be listed in the search results as “Enhanced Cleaning”, and you can check company websites for more information.
Can I collect a car from Adelaide Airport and return it somewhere else?
Yes, most suppliers with depots around Australia will allow a one-way rental. This may, however, incur an extra fee. You can choose different pick-up and drop-off locations when you search with GoSee.
Is it cheaper to rent a car ahead of time or at the airport?
Booking your rental car in advance is highly recommended. Prices often rise closer to the rental period, and you are not guaranteed a vehicle if you do not have a booking. You may end up having to pay for a more expensive model due to lack of supply if you leave it to the last minute.
Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Adelaide Airport?
There is a United Petroleum station on Sir Richard Williams Ave, not far from the terminal.
Do I have to wash the car before I return it?

No, this is not necessary unless the car is extremely dirty.