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Sydney car rentals

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Sydney, NSW, Australia
May 30 — Jun 6
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Cheap car rentals in Sydney

Economy$34/day
Compact$36/day
Intermediate$37/day
Standard$41/day
SUV$58/day
Minivan$73/day
Full-size SUV$43/day
Passenger van$76/day
Intermediate SUV$36/day
Compact SUV$48/day
Standard SUV$53/day
Supplier choice$55/day
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Sydney car rental reviews and directory

From $84/dayRated #1
Budget
Best rated
8.4 Excellent (30 reviews)
5 locations in Sydney
Budget
Locations in Sydney
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
5.9 OkayOct 11 2021
Extra charges added the the rate not disclosed
10.0 ExcellentApr 2 2020
Staff was very helpful. Car handled well are served our needs. Drop off was extremely easy.
8.0 ExcellentJan 1 2020
It was very straight forward and the staff was friendly and helpful
7.2 GoodApr 26 2019
The staff was very kind and friendly.I wanna return the car in the night.
10.0 ExcellentJan 14 2019
Great way to see east coastPick up was quick, drop off was easier. The insurance through kayak is much more bang for buck, budget even told us this. Their rate was 50 a day and kayaks was 72 for the 9 days. Was a good piece of mind becasue with 1600 miles you never know what can happen
10.0 ExcellentJul 23 2018
Excellent!!Competitive rates.Nil
10.0 ExcellentMay 31 2018
Last minute reservation with budget. Pick up and check in was quick and easy. Great service and car was economic for duration of the trip.When checking the vehicle for dents and scratches I preferred if a agent would do a walk around with the person renting the car but they didn’t.
10.0 ExcellentJan 16 2018
Great valueCar was newer and clean. Long wait to pick up, but all else went very well.
2.0 MediocreNov 8 2017
HijackedAt reservation pricing was attractiveRe-booking confirmation was not found by Buget/Avis in SYD. Avis rep then hijacked rental and I ended up paying TWICE the quoted rate online from Kayak. Avis//Budget rep also claimed there was no drop off station in the Flinders area (specifically Frankston, but there is). Complete RIPOFF from SYD Int'l Budget/Avis.
9.2 ExcellentMay 21 2017
Excellent service and spotless carCar was spotless, comfortable and the service was efficient and quickInsurance pricing a little crazy. $3000 excess seems a little outta whack
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From $72/dayRated #2
keddy by Europcar
10 Excellent (1 review)
6 locations in Sydney
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Sydney
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
Rated #3
Apex
10 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Sydney
Apex
Locations in Sydney
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 2 2021
Helpful staff
From $43/dayRated #4
East Coast Car Rentals
8.4 Excellent (21 reviews)
2 locations in Sydney
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Sydney
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 19 2022
I have not been provided the car i promised and i have been provided a MG car which was nothing but a Chinese faulty car where no gadgets work. Absolutely bad experience
2.0 MediocreMar 6 2022
Their branch wasn't open when I landed, was unable to pick up car, and wasted an hour and a half waiting for a shuttle that never arrived before I realised that was the issue. Not impressed.
10.0 ExcellentJan 12 2022
Amazing service
8.0 ExcellentMar 3 2019
Good
10.0 ExcellentJan 31 2019
Staff was helpful and friendly.
8.0 ExcellentApr 23 2018
No worries rentalEasy of pick-up and drop off. Staff attentive and made process easy.Location offsite a little away from international terminal so took extra time.
4.4 OkayDec 20 2017
Car was goodVery vague instructions on how to find the pick up point. Put directions in the email with a little map and or distances to make it easier.
10.0 ExcellentNov 15 2017
Nothing I expectedI never write reviews, but regularly rent cars. I was expecting at least a few criteria to be rock bottom like their prices, but I was happily surprised to have experienced an inclusive work environment where employees care and build immediate repour through candid, friendly and genuine communication - outstanding.I apologise for pre-judging and presuming, but I’m only human right .. I’ve redeemed myself by writing this review.
Rated #5
Firefly
7.8 Good (6 reviews)
4 locations in Sydney
Firefly
Locations in Sydney
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 7.6
  • 7
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 23 2019
You pick up the car at Hertz.... though it is not obvious from any of the booking materials.Tell us that the car is picked up at Hertz
4.4 OkayNov 12 2018
Hire with someone elseAside from the car itself nothing! Terrible service, would NOT recommend!The service is terrible. Don't bother booking with these people. Not worth my time giving this anymore energy.
4.0 OkayAug 7 2018
I like the car provided during this service.Personnel attending is not friendly at all. Misleading information was given, 2 of them said i will have $100 back upon return, only to find out during return that there is No deposit to return as it wasn't place in the written contract.
10.0 ExcellentNov 27 2017
Nice.Easy.Go! The car which i rented is clean,comfortable & Smooth. Good maintainance! I will definitely come back again to Firefly for a rent. Thank You!
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From $44/dayRated #6
Hertz
7.2 Good (21 reviews)
5 locations in Sydney
Hertz
Locations in Sydney
  • 8.3
  • 7.9
  • 6.7
  • 6
  • 7
Recent reviews
5.6 OkayDec 31 2018
They forgot to install toddler car seatGreat car except for seat belt problem and fact that Hertz forgot to install car seat that we requested in writing and verballySo we had to return to pick-up location for car seat. Then when we removed car seat to adjust straps for our four year old we could not get he seat belt to ratchet and lock properly to secure car seat, so we had to return to pick-up location a second time(!) for a service person to help with their tricks for getting this seatbelt to work! Basically it cost us two full hours before leaving on a busy holiday weekend.
3.6 MediocreJan 8 2018
Waiting time at pickup was incredibly long - have never seen that before. 2 hour wait to pick up!
8.4 ExcellentAug 30 2017
renting on Australia's east coastThe pickup/dropoff went well, especially the help when we returned the car. Car was very comfortable, clean, drove well, and we had no problems.When we picked up the car, I asked for a map - especially of how to get to the motorway in Sydney. Was told they didn't have any maps. We used our cell gps, but when you go through tunnels service gets dropped (duh) making it a bit stressful about what turn might be next. I was surprised (frustrated) that even a city map was not available in paper form (come on, Hertz!). Next problem was discovered when we got home and I was paying my credit card bills. When my reservation was made, Hertz charged my credit card one day rental costs. But the system never reflected this when renting or returning the car, so I was charged the full amount when dropped off. This is NOT the fault of the return agent, but the Hertz system. I have since sent an email to Hertz and 2 days later still no reply. If this gets resolved, then my rating might go up - but if it takes more work on my part to get resolved, then rating may actually go down. Also, I thought the charge to drop off at a different city was a bit steep - especially since it seemed like more than twice the actual rental cost.
7.6 GoodJul 27 2017
valuethe return place is not easy to find, i spend nearly 1 hour for finding the place to return my car and also the traffic there
7.6 GoodJun 7 2017
Price was good. Car was as advertised.I requested a rental at SYDNEY AIRPORT, the pick-up and drop-off was about and hour away from the airport, no shuttle, and cost us $100 to get there by Uber...
10.0 ExcellentFeb 18 2017
Multiple drivers at no extra cost
8.8 ExcellentJan 15 2017
Brand new carAir Conditioner did not work
6.4 GoodJan 14 2017
Very helpful staff at pickup carpark (less so at the desk) when dealing with the issued discussed opposite.It turns out that the new X-trail model is smaller inside than the previous models. The car was advertised as large enough for 5 adults. It really isn't (just about large enough for 2 adults and 3 children) and bizzarely, the car provided ad an extra 2 folding seats in the back which further reduced the luggage space. Also on arrival I was shown to a Renault which was even smaller but the Hertz staff at the pick-up point accepted that this was not equivalent to the X-trail and changed it.
10.0 ExcellentMar 9 2016
Audi A5 RentalGreat Car!! I actually chose it as a test drive as I am thinking of purchasing one just like it! Well not exactly, one with the steering wheel on the left side. ;-)Lover everything!!!
3.2 MediocreMar 7 2016
Delayed pick up and charged twiceThe lady working at the counter was very friendly.i upgraded my car but the new car allocated to me wasn't there. Took a long time for them to bring it around, but didn't update my record with the new pick up time. Dropped it the next day taking the delay into account. They charged me an extra day ($160. talked to manager without any luck. Send their customer support an email but the response said they get back to me in 2 weeks.
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From $81/dayRated #7
Thrifty
6.9 Good (22 reviews)
8 locations in Sydney
Thrifty
Locations in Sydney
  • 7
  • 7.1
  • 7
  • 6.7
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreApr 3 2022
I was given no booking, not told where to pick up the vehicle, or where the office was. no reply to any emails and I had to hire a car from another company. I now have to some how get my money back.
8.0 ExcellentJan 11 2022
Deb at service desk is helpful and provide great services. Car is in good condition but needed some cleaning though.
10.0 ExcellentNov 25 2021
Fantastic service from the Sydney team at pick up
6.0 GoodJan 22 2020
The class of vehicle i booked was not available, yet I was charged the full amount BEFORE being informed that the full size SUV was not available. When I wanted to compare other options and cost, I was told to wait (with a 1 year old baby, after a 14 he flight) and ignored for an hour. Staff was short, rude and not interested in providing information. When I offered to return the nexr day to collect the class of vehicle I booked, that was also declined. I eventually got a smaller car, that forced me to change my family holiday plans, required the use of a second vehicle for 5 days.I should've received the car I booked, or provided with alternatives. I use Thrifty aften (4 times a year, for about 3 months in total) but will reconsider my options in future
10.0 ExcellentJan 6 2020
The staff member we dealt with at Sydney Airport could not have been better. She was helpful, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Well done Thrifty for employing the nicest staff!!The whole process was flawless, great service.
10.0 ExcellentNov 28 2019
Very helpful staff,
2.0 MediocreOct 29 2019
Nothing !!! They could not provide the car that I booked and paid for in advance. They stated that a Mercedez and a Toyota are the same categorie ( which they are NOT) So they cancelled my 2 reservations and I had to find a different alternative. Very in professional I travel to many countries and I will NEVER use them again. Now I have to get my money refunded let see how that goes.
10.0 ExcellentSep 19 2019
The front desk was very helpful in making sure our group got the best SUV for our needs. The staff at return was incredibly quick and friendly.Instructions on which terminal is best for returning cars would have been helpful. We had to take the bus 4km because we dropped off the car at the domestic, instead of the international terminal.
8.8 ExcellentNov 19 2018
Would rent Thrifty again in SydneyGreat pick up and drop off options. Clean car. Great Staff. Very friendly.I did not like the fact that Kayak did not send reservation confirmation to Thrifty, they still honored it but they had to hustle getting me a car at the pick up location. I also did not like the website info for Drop off. I had to find out on drop off date that Thrifty had a Domestic and International Drop off location with COMPLETELY different procedures.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 19 2018
Clarence Cruz at the reception was very helpful ans friendly
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From $74/dayRated #8
Alamo
6.8 Good (10 reviews)
2 locations in Sydney
Alamo
Locations in Sydney
  • 8
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.4
  • 6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 15 2022
Thanks for the service by the great team.
4.0 OkayMar 23 2020
The car I booked was not available and was told it would be some time later that day that it would be back, nothing more. asked for replacement the replacement barely fitted our luggage and was limited
4.0 OkayJan 18 2019
We paid additional for an suv which was not available. Instead they gave us an old small sedan with dings and scratches all over it. Would have gone with the cheaper rate had I known I would be getting such a poor vehicle.
5.6 OkayJan 4 2018
Wrong carPrompt serviceWe paid for an SUV, and when we got to pick-up there were none left. We were given a golden Astra saloon car, which is not what I wanted and not what I paid for. The service assistant told me that as we had already paid, there was nothing he can do - which is unreasonable. He then said we could bring the car back half full, as compensation - when we dropped the car off there was no record of this and we were told we would be charged for the lack of fuel. I am unsatisfied with the whole experience of your company.
5.6 OkayNov 30 2017
ordered a standard got a small hatchbackFuel economy CleanlinessDid not get the vehicle I ordered and had to put up with my husband complaining the whole trip about the car. What I paid was more than the hatch that I received but no refund. Quite a bit of damage on the vehicle.
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From $38/dayRated #9
Sixt
Most popular
6.1 Good (29 reviews)
15 locations in Sydney
Sixt
Locations in Sydney
  • 6.9
  • 6.3
  • 6
  • 5.7
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 14 2022
Superb experience and value!
8.0 ExcellentApr 8 2022
Other rental companies provide a shuttle service to and from the airport when located near the airport like this site is. Having to use a taxi /.Uber made the rate charged no longer competitive.
2.0 MediocreMar 19 2022
The car wasn't there for us after travelling for 26hours. Then they told us they had none to hire us and we were stranded without a car. Never again.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 23 2022
Excellent service
6.0 GoodFeb 8 2022
Was charged a while extra days hire for being less than an hour late without being told and having been unable to get through by phone 5 times in advance to give advance notice I was slightly delayed by traffic and finding a filling station to refuel.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 2 2022
Friendly staff, nice and easy. Booked on line, 10 minutes in Sydney then on the road. 5 minutes in Melbourne to drop off and quarter of the price everywhere else I looked for one way travel. Highly recommended.
10.0 ExcellentJan 7 2022
Hire was easy and car was great
2.0 MediocreJan 5 2022
Unhelpful and rude staff that did everything possible to provide poor service and an unhappy experience
2.0 MediocreJul 9 2019
NothingWhen we arrived, there was no car available!
8.0 ExcellentApr 9 2019
Easy pick up + drop off.External condition of car was a bit dinged up - no major issues.
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From $75/dayRated #10
Avis
6 Good (5 reviews)
5 locations in Sydney
Avis
Locations in Sydney
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 6
  • 5.2
  • 6
Recent reviews
4.4 OkayFeb 14 2019
Vehicle provided was not the vehicle reserved. We reserved a Ford Transit but what we got was a Kia Carnival which although was “similar” it did not provide the same amount of baggage space. 6 adults with 6 full size bags we were packed in like sardines. Interior was stained, brakes need attention
4.0 OkayNov 1 2018
OkThe Avis staff didn‘t know about the Alianz insurance kayak offered and weren‘t helpful in regard to comparing theirs to the one I already had.
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From $49/dayRated #11
Ace Rental Cars
6 Good (2 reviews)
2 locations in Sydney
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Sydney
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
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From $63/dayRated #12
Europcar
4.9 Okay (12 reviews)
6 locations in Sydney
Europcar
Locations in Sydney
  • 6.5
  • 6.1
  • 4.6
  • 4.6
  • 4.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 4 2022
The confirmation email had NO details as to which car company I was to use or any contact means apart from downloading some unknown app which I would not feel included to trust. When I got to the airport and saw no details and no means to contact I set up a disputed charge with my cc company. Not sure how you are doing business with this 3rd party that set up the booking.
2.0 MediocreFeb 1 2022
Shocking customer service. I was advised I could drop off at a different location. Went to drop of off and was advised I would be charged nearly a daily rate to drop off there. It was then to late to drop it to the original location and was therefor changed an extra day. The extra daily rate what’s then more than 30% of the original rate. It took over 1 hour to drop the car off. A complete waste of time and money. The staff at the sydney city need some serious training. Avoid at all cost.
4.0 OkayDec 27 2021
Hidden fees. Extra $$$ deposit that wasn’t mentioned. Friendly until I questioned these.
2.0 MediocreNov 24 2021
Bad customer service
10.0 ExcellentMay 20 2019
Very quick dropoff
3.6 MediocreMar 11 2019
The hours on the website was wrong, was not specified that both a licence and a passport would be required. Hideen fees.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 14 2018
The fuel charge
4.0 OkayJul 23 2017
Not getting what I booked forAfter my extra effort to email and chat with your customer service and was assured that I would get the car I booked, I still received something not suitable and different to what I booked. My subsequent complaint fell on deaf ears as well.
5.2 OkayJun 21 2017
At drop off they tried to charge me for previous damageAt the Sydney drop off they tried to charge me for previous damage. They wouldn't resolve it, so I cancelled the second rental in Cairns with them. I took video when I picked up and dropped off the car , and I told them I had the video. So far they haven't tried billing me for the damage. I recommend you us a more reputable company.
6.0 GoodJan 16 2017
Convenient pickup location near arrivals Friendly and helpful staff Dropoff was quick and easy once we had descended into the depths of the underground car park (Pullman Hotel in central Sydney) Car was clean and mobile - although small even after our upgradeVery slow pickup - took over half an hour to complete paperwork although there was no queue. For us, it was a big comparison with Launceston (Tasmania) Europcar where we had rented the week before and where pickup was almost instantaneous (to be fair, Launceston is a much smaller airport). Price increased more than expected over original booking - 30% (of total car price) extra charge was applied for picking up at Sydney airport.
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From $75/dayRated #13
Enterprise
4.4 Okay (9 reviews)
4 locations in Sydney
Enterprise
Locations in Sydney
  • 4.8
  • 5.3
  • 4.4
  • 3.7
  • 3.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreDec 6 2019
NothingMy flight was late and they wouldn’t modify nor hold my car
3.2 MediocreAug 26 2019
staff was very friendlycar smelled like smoke, took an hour for it to be ready
8.0 ExcellentMar 25 2019
Very convenient, I booked for a medium sized SUV, they ran out so I got upgraded to a large one. The agency is inside the holiday inn, easy to find.
2.0 MediocreNov 24 2018
Did get the rentalI was disappointed no rental reservation. I lost the email. It was unpreparedNo reservation
4.8 OkayApr 4 2018
Expected better for the priceThe car itself was fun and decent but we were expecting something a little classier for $140/day. Benz or BMW was promised until the booking was finalized on kayak. Suddenly it was a Holden RS6 of better - only matters because it was our last day in Aus after a great trip and it was meant to be surprise to my gf for our final day driving to the blue mountainsCar was gross inside like it had near never been cleaned (could be becuause it was old and had about 60,000 kms ok it. tried to call the store on 2 occasions.. one because I wantedt to swap the car because the value wasnt there and inform them of how gross so I didn't get charged. And again.. because our flight was delayed almost 8 hours and we wanted to get a new rental. Or at least a better deal to keep it... nope, another 140 for less than 8 hours
4.4 OkayDec 27 2017
There is always a problem picking up from Red Spot counter in Sydney AWait at counter, confirmed car seemed different than booked car. When I asked to change I kept on getting contradictory information from counter agent, and quoted prices continued to change by the second, and it seemed to me I was being up-charged. Uncomfortable, difficult, unprofessional presentation. This is the second time, maybe third, this has occured at the Red Spot counter in Sydney.
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Sunnycars
14 locations in Sydney
Sunnycars
Locations in Sydney
Recent reviews
From $93/day
Dollar
6 locations in Sydney
Dollar
Locations in Sydney
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Red Spot
5 locations in Sydney
Red Spot
Locations in Sydney
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Atlas Choice
3 locations in Sydney
Atlas Choice
Locations in Sydney
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From $42/day
JUCY
3 locations in Sydney
JUCY
Locations in Sydney
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Prestige Rentals
3 locations in Sydney
Prestige Rentals
Locations in Sydney
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From $20/day
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
2 locations in Sydney
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Locations in Sydney
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FlexWays
2 locations in Sydney
FlexWays
Locations in Sydney
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KEA Campervan rental-AU
2 locations in Sydney
KEA Campervan rental-AU
Locations in Sydney
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National
2 locations in Sydney
National
Locations in Sydney
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Simba Car Hire
2 locations in Sydney
Simba Car Hire
Locations in Sydney
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Abaa Car Rentals
1 location in Sydney
Abaa Car Rentals
Locations in Sydney
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From $14/day
AeroDrive
Cheapest deal
1 location in Sydney
AeroDrive
Locations in Sydney
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Alpha
1 location in Sydney
Alpha
Locations in Sydney
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From $18/day
CarHood
1 location in Sydney
CarHood
Locations in Sydney
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Sydney
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Sydney
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Move Mee
1 location in Sydney
Move Mee
Locations in Sydney
Recent reviews
From $53/day
No Birds
1 location in Sydney
No Birds
Locations in Sydney
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169 travelers who rented a car in Sydney gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.0

Car rental locations in or near Sydney

Good to know

Most popular agency

Sixt

Average price

$58/day

Good deal

$46/day

When to book a rental car in Sydney

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Top tips for renting a car in Sydney

  • Excited to rent a car while you vacation in Sydney? If you are landing at Sydney Airport and are coming from abroad, then you will find the rental car desks in Terminal 1’s Arrival Hall. If you are arriving on a domestic flight, the rental car desks can be found in the Arrival Hall for Terminals 2 and 3.
  • As a tourist in Sydney, there’s no reason to be stuck relying on public transportation, if you rent a car the whole region becomes your oyster. For instance, Manly Beach, Blue Mountains National Park, and Royal National Park are just some of the famed locales surrounding Sydney that are easily accessible by car.
  • Travelers new to Australia should watch out for Transit Lanes. Transit Lanes, often designated as T2 or T3, are Australia’s equivalent to a carpool lane, meaning that you must have either 2 or 3 people in your car to use the lane. Transit Lanes are mostly seen on highways, and families should be sure to take advantage of them.
  • Sydney’s morning rush hour normally ranges from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. while the evening rush hour can start as early as 2:30 p.m. and will often last all the way till 7:00 p.m. The extended evening rush hour is due in part to the fact that many of Sydney’s roads are running at capacity. Two roads to avoid in particular during rush hour include Military Road and Parramatta Road, as both can slow to a crawl when experiencing traffic.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Sydney for $46 or less
  • Book your rental car in Sydney at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Sydney are around 8% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Supplier choice rental cars in Sydney are around 34% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Sydney