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Car rental Canberra Airport: Explore Australia’s capital

Australia’s capital city is full of charming surprises all within a short drive in your Canberra Airport car rental. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, this small city will serve up great food, attractions, and hospitality everywhere you go. From historic government buildings to museums and galleries, entertainment is around every corner. Head from the capital to the coast and back again, taking your time seeing all the sights with a Canberra Airport car hire.

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What you need to know about Canberra Airport car hire

Situated on the eastern side of the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra International Airport (CBR) is just a three-hour drive from Sydney. The airport boasts a modern terminal servicing both domestic and international flights. You’ll find the car rental companies on the ground floor just outside the arrivals hall. Choose from big and trusted brands such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty Car Rentals Canberra Airport. Enjoy express pick up and be on your way to enjoy the city’s hotspots in no time.

A lighted Parliament House at night attracts both locals and visitors of Canberra, ACT.

Experience Canberra’s highlights in your car hire

Being a small city compared to its counterparts like Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra enjoys relatively relaxed traffic flow. That makes it perfect for your airport rental car as you can leave the airport confident that you won’t be stuck in a jam for hours. The bustling city also tends to have wide and well-signposted roads, making it easy to navigate. However, brush up on your roundabout etiquette as Canberra definitely has its fair share of them—the city is sometimes referred to as Australia’s roundabout capital!

Ready to hit the road in your car rental? If you’re interested in Canberra’s history and cultural significance as Australia’s capital city, you should visit:

  • The National Gallery – One of Australia’s largest art museums—this gallery is home to more than 166,000 works of art.
  • The National Portrait Gallery – A collection of portraits of prominent Australians.
  • The Australian War Memorial – The national memorial to those who have served in war.
  • Parliament House – Also known as Capital Hill, it is where Parliament meets.
  • The Royal Australian Mint – This is where Australia’s coins are made.
  • The National Museum of Australia – A museum delving into Australia’s social history.

Nature lovers should check out:

  • The National Botanic Gardens – A beautiful collection of native Australian plants that you can view as you wander through the garden.
  • Lake Burley Griffin – A stunning lake right in the middle of Canberra, offering opportunities for boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming, as well as enjoying the beautiful views from shore.
  • Namadgi National Park - A huge park covering most of the land area of the Australian Capital Territory. The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, multiple Aboriginal artefacts and stunning mountain landscapes.

If you have more time, you may opt to go on a car hire trip to Albury or Wagga Wagga. Both are within reach from Canberra in a 3 to 4 hour-drive. Discover more of Australia with a rental car from GoSee!

Car hire Canberra Airport: Picking the right car for you

Enjoy the illuminated city reflected on surrounding waters during a nighttime Canberra car hire trip.Before you make your rental car booking, have a think about your plans:

  • If you’re staying close to Canberra's city centre, you’ll likely find an economy-size car that will do the trick for zipping around town.
  • If a longer road trip out to bushland or the coast is on the cards, you may wish to opt for a larger and more spacious vehicle like a sedan or SUV.

Don’t forget to try and make your booking early, so you can secure the best car hire deal for your needs. You will have more options for both pricing and vehicle availability if you book as soon as possible.

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Car hire Canberra Airport: Frequently asked questions

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

Hiring a car at Canberra Airport? Prices depend on when you’re looking to hire a car and the type of vehicle you’re after. Prices fluctuate based on availability. Type in your pick up and drop off dates into GoSee’s search engine to view current offers and car rental deals. Secure a great value vehicle for your adventure in Canberra and ACT.

What is the cheapest car hire agency at Canberra Airport?

The cheapest car rentals are currently Alamo and Europcar Canberra Airport. This will vary depending on timing and demand, so to find the best deal use our search tool to compare car hire prices across all of the different brands.

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

Car hire companies that have counters inside Canberra Airport terminal include: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, Auto Europe, Keddy, East Coast, Alamo, Enterprise, and Redspot Car Rentals – giving you plenty of options. Enjoy great car hire deals from these trusted brands when you book with GoSee!

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

All of the trusted hire cars Canberra Airport providers, including Thrifty Canberra Airport and Hertz Canberra Airport, have updated their health and safety policies for the COVID-19 outbreak to give you that extra peace of mind. Car hire services will be cleaning and disinfecting their vehicles regularly.

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

Yes, many of our partners allow you to rent a car from the airport and return it to a different location. For example, you can pick up a car hire at Canberra Airport and drop the vehicle off to Melbourne or Sydney. Some restrictions apply, and drop off options may be impacted by COVID outbreaks. A one-way surcharge may also apply.

I’m under 25. Can I still hire a car from Canberra Airport?

That depends! Some car rental companies in Canberra Airport may let you rent a car if you’re under 25, usually for an additional fee. It’s best to check with the car depot directly before making your booking.

Is it cheaper to rent a car ahead of time or at the airport?

You can usually get the best deal and cheapest car hire at Canberra Airport by booking ahead of time. This is because there will be more vehicle availability. If you leave it until you arrive at the airport, you may not be able to find the rental vehicle you want at a good price, so try to book your hire car Canberra Airport as soon as you can.

What happens if you don’t return a rental car on time?

If you are late returning your Canberra airport rental car, you may be charged a late fee. This will depend on the rental company’s policies and how delayed you were in returning the vehicle. Try to leave plenty of time for your return trip so that you can get your rental car back to the depot in good time.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Canberra Airport?

Caltex Canberra Airport (Pialligo) is located right on-site at the airport. Just navigate to 1/3 Rogan Street to refuel your car there. Note that some rental companies will require you to return the vehicle with a full tank. Always check the terms of your chosen Canberra car hire provider to avoid possible charges.

What is the speed limit in Canberra?

The maximum speed limit in the city centre is 50 km/h. Remember to look out for signage indicating speed limits, as these may change, especially if you are heading out of central Canberra into the countryside.