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The sophisticated urbanity and subtropical climate of Brisbane make it an exciting and enjoyable place to visit. There’s plenty of art, culture, and history to take in as well as some fantastic attractions. Visit wildlife parks, wander the botanic gardens, cruise on the river, and drive up to Mount Coot-ha for the wonderful views over the city.

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Brisbane Airport car hire locations

There are both on-airport and off-airport car rental companies operating at and near Brisbane Domestic Airport, offering a range of vehicles at varied price points. Off-airport providers offer free shuttles for arriving and departing passengers, making it an easy transition from terminal to the depot and vice versa.

On-airport car rental providers at Brisbane Domestic Airport include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise, Alamo, Dollar, and National. Off-airport providers include Alpha, Ace, Jucy, East Coast, Bargain, and Go Aussie.

Important information for car hire in Brisbane

Guide to Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE) is the primary international and domestic airport serving the city of Brisbane. It has an international terminal and domestic terminal and two runways.

Inside the domestic terminal, you’ll find an array of eateries and grab-n-go convenience stores. There are also retail stores with products ranging from clothing to tech to lego, and duty-free shopping opportunities. There is a range of amenities to make travellers comfortable including free WiFi, ATMs, airline lounges, a pay-per-use lounge, and bathroom facilities. Long-term, short-term, and premium parking options are available.

Car rental counters at Brisbane Airport Domestic terminal are located on Level 1 near the baggage claim area in the arrivals hall.

Guide to driving your car hire in Brisbane

Get to experience the busy urban life in Queensland on your car hire Brisbane Airport daytime trips.Staying safe on the roads is essential to any good holiday or business trip. Drivers unused to the unique experience of driving in Brisbane and Queensland should come prepared—so we have put together a few top tips to help you hit the roads without incident.

  • First and foremost, you should be prepared to drive on the left-hand side of the road. For some international visitors, this is a new arrangement—if that’s the case for you, take some time on quiet roads to become accustomed before going on a road trip in your hire car.
  • Brisbane is a big city with the usual traffic issues. If possible, avoid the main roads during peak commute times. This includes the highway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
  • Brisbane has tolls that are paid online. Ask your rental provider about how this works for your rental vehicle.
  • Default speed limits in Queensland are 50 kilometres per hour for built-up/urban roads and 100 kph for highways and open roads. These do vary, so always check posted speed limit signs.
  • If you head inland from Brisbane and into the Outback, take plenty of food and water in case you become stranded somewhere remote. You should also fill up with fuel whenever you have the opportunity to do so.
  • The blood alcohol concentration limit for fully licenced drivers in Queensland is 0.05%.

Where to take your Brisbane Airport car hire

With a rental car and an open schedule, the possibilities are endless! Brisbane itself and the surrounding region both have myriad fantastic destinations. So no matter how far you are planning to travel, there will be exciting things to do and see.

Here are a few ideas for destinations either within the city limits or within a few hours’ drive of Brisbane.

Brisbane is still a wonder to behold during nighttime, especially the display of lights near bodies of water.

South Bank

This is a fantastic area for urban entertainment, complete with an inner-city beach. Located around 19 minutes away from Brisbane Airport, South Bank is a cultural and educational destination in Brisbane. Here you'll find the Cultural Precinct which includes a performing arts centre, Queensland Museum, the State Library, Queensland Art Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Mount Coot-Tha

Both a very large hill and a suburb of Brisbane, this peak is clad in bushland and crisscrossed with walking and cycle tracks, and you can drive to the summit for 360-degree views. At the base of the hill are the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

Moreton Bay

This region is known for good food, good wine, and an array of activities and adventures. Visitors enjoy hiking trails, swimming holes, whale watching, D’Aguilar National Park, driving to beautiful Bribie Island, and much more. Close to the city, this is perfect for a day or overnight trip.

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary must be part of your Brisbane itinerary to enjoy this haven of koalas and more wildlife.

Gold Coast

Many people fly into Brisbane with a trip to the Gold Coast already on the itinerary. This coastal area just south of Brisbane, between the city and the border with New South Wales, is a playground for all ages. It features long surf beaches, shopping and entertainment precincts, plenty of nightlife, scenic suburbs built on lagoons and canals, and of course the major theme parks: Dreamworld, Wet n Wild, Seaworld, and Movie World.

Australia Zoo

This classic attraction, 80 kilometres from the city centre, is perfect for anyone interested in Aussie wildlife. It is based on the work of the late “wildlife warrior” Steve Irwin and features some amazing shows and demonstrations, all with a view to conservation.

Springbrook National Park

A two-hour drive south of Brisbane Airport will take you to Springbrook National Park. This one’s for the nature lovers—a gorgeous park full of ancient flora and fauna. It’s part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and is packed with beautiful surprises: waterfalls, volcanic canyons, refreshing creeks, and the Natural Bridge rock formation.

Looking for other locations to start your Australian car hire adventure? You may opt to grab a car rental from Perth to experience what the other side of Australia has to offer. Alternatively, you may want to check out the best deals on rental cars from Cairns or Sydney. Hiring a car has never been so easy with GoSee!

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Car hire Brisbane Airport: Frequently asked questions

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

The wide array of rental companies and vehicles available to rent from Brisbane Airport means that there is a range of price points. In fact, a compact car from a low-cost provider could cost you as little as AUD$40 per day, while a bigger or more luxurious vehicle—like a 7-seater, van, SUV, or convertible—can cost upwards of AUD$440 per day.

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What is the cheapest car hire company at Brisbane Airport?

While the cheapest rental cars Brisbane Airport options vary between suppliers according to time of year, availability, and special car hire deals, there are some suppliers known for their affordability. Off-airport companies generally offer cheaper Brisbane airport car rentals, including Apex and Jucy.

To find cheap car hire that suits your budget, use the handy filters provided by the GoSee search engine. You can use a slider to specify a price range or list the airport car rentals Brisbane results by “lowest price”, “highest price”, or “recommended”.

Which car rental suppliers are based in or around Brisbane Airport?

All of the rental companies listed on this page operate either in their car rental desks inside the domestic terminal at Brisbane Airport or nearby, with shuttle services for arriving and departing passengers. Bargain Car Rentals, Hertz, Avis, and all the top trusted car hire companies and brands serve Brisbane Airport. Get the best car hire deal from GoSee.

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Which car hire companies in Brisbane have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Most car rental companies that operate in and around Brisbane (and all of Australia) have updated their policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is evident in the search listings: look for features such as “Enhanced Cleaning” and “Contactless Pick Up”. Talk to our support team if you need assistance about this.

Can I collect a car from Brisbane Airport and return somewhere else?

Yes, many suppliers of rentals cars at Brisbane Airport will allow you to return a vehicle in another city or even state. From north to south and from west to the east coast, car rentals may be returned to the branch or depot of the company/ brand which also operates there in the return location. When searching a Brisbane car hire, specify both the pick-up and drop-off locations to see what is available for your one-way trip.

How old do I need to be to rent a car from Brisbane Airport?

Not only for car rentals Brisbane Airport but a standard in Australia and other countries, many rental companies require that renters be aged 21 years or older. However, there are a few car rental Brisbane Airport brands with a minimum age of 25—and others will add a surcharge for drivers aged 21-24.

What types of cars can I rent from Brisbane Airport?

You can rent cars of many different types from Brisbane Airport, ranging from small and compact ones to station wagons, SUVs, and people-movers. There are also hybrid or electric vehicles available, and premium cars like BMWs or Mercedes models. To have the full range of car rental Brisbane Airport offers to choose from, we recommend you book with plenty of time to spare—securing a last-minute car hire at Brisbane Airport is usually possible but some types of hire vehicle may be sold out.

Can I return my vehicle after hours?

After-hours return depends on the policies of the car rental company with which you book. If you enter your preferred drop-off time when searching Brisbane car hire deals, you will see the options available.

Do I need to fill up the tank before returning my rental car?

Yes, all hire car Brisbane Airport suppliers require that vehicles are returned with a full tank of petrol. There are plenty of petrol stations in the vicinity of the airport. You may fill up your tank at the BNE Service centre on your way back to Brisbane Airport.

What is the speed limit in Brisbane?

The default speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kph. The default limit on highways and open roads is 100 kph. However, there are plenty of variations to these limits, so it’s important to always check the posted signs.