Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Adelaide car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Adelaide.
Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Adelaide car rental.
CarPros: I loved the car I had it’s amazingCons: The preauthorisation for a debit card which was $400 and a cc was $100 is a bit harsh.
10.0 Excellent10 Dec. 2017
Great service at Europcar in Adelaide!Pros: From pick up to drop off, the Europcar team was great. After returning the car a few minutes before the office closed, I realized that I left my prescription sunglasses in the car. We were flying back early the next morning, so I could only pick them that day. I ran to Europcar and was able to catch the last employee as he was leaving the garage. He called the other representative to let me into the car. She came back to allow me to collect my sunglasses. Really went above and beyond! Would recommend to anyone.
Pros: staff were helpful and answered phones promptly.
10.0 Excellent24 Jan. 2019
Pros: Central location friendly and fast staff
10.0 Excellent1 Nov. 2017
Great experiencePros: Clean vehicle, fuel efficient, easy to book same day, short walk from terminal to pick up the car. Purchase the middle rate insurance for piece of mind and the price from 4 days was reasonable. Ended up having to add an additional day which was easily done by calling the rental counter at the airport.Cons: The only thing I can complain about is the entrance into the rental car return is VERY poorly marked. This isn't hertz's fault, but rather the airport's fault.
Pros: Very friendly staff.Cons: Will help if a location map is given to customers which may not be familiar with the car rental pick up/ drop off point.
10.0 Excellent10 Sep. 2019
Pros: Staff friendly and helpful Easy pick up and drop off Clean and nice car Reliable
9.6 Excellent13 Aug. 2019
Pros: Lady at the desk was helpful , initially the rates were sky high whe we just walked up but after booking via Kayak we got the same car from the same lady at more than half the price !!Cons: Use Kayak to get good hire car rates and avoid just hiring in person at the airport car hire desk.
9.6 Excellent29 Mar. 2019
Pros: Staff very good
10.0 Excellent15 Mar. 2019
Pros: Staff was very friendly and helpful
10.0 Excellent28 Aug. 2018
Pros: Free upgrade to a very lovely car. Easy check in and out. All very good..Cons: No complaints at all.
9.2 Excellent27 Jun. 2018
It was great.Pros: Condition of the car and serviceCons: The lady at the counter neither the website mentioned it was from enterprise i was looking out for alamo in the terminal. Cudnt locate the rental office.
Pros: Value for money. The car was clean and reasonably maintained.Cons: The pick up and drop off point is not at strategic location although shutter service was provided.
10.0 Excellent11 Aug. 2018
Made it easy!Pros: Car rental counter was off site from airport, but they made it very easy to pick up and return the car!
6.0 Good10 Aug. 2018
Fair servicePros: Staff were friendly and proffessional.Cons: Given my recent full hip replacement, I got a manual but had every expectation that I was getting an automatic. I managed through it, because I had to. Else, if I had time and opportunity to argue and go elseware I would have. I will not get stuck like this ever again. Also, I reported that the small car pulled to the left and the rear disc callipers were scraping loudly.
4.0 Okay31 May 2018
Beware of hidden chargesPros: Lower priced than the more well known rental companies.Cons: They charged my credit card a mysterious fee with no explanation more than 3 weeks after I had returned the rental, on top of the rental costs already incurred.
10.0 Excellent25 Dec. 2017
Very reasonable prices. The car was clean and tidyPros: Great service and friendly helpful staff. Didn't have to wait for transportation to and from airport
9.6 Excellent6 Dec. 2017
straight forward and no hassle at a bargain pricePros: easy collection from airport and no hard sales when collecting the car
Adelaide really has everything on offer, from fantastic beaches to various green spaces and parks dotted in and around the city. The best way to see it all and not miss out on anything during your stay in Adelaide, is to rent a car and explore the city in your own time. You can even go to the outer harbor and enjoy scenic views over Torrens Island and the sea.
Adelaide Airport is located quite centrally and is only a 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s center. Reach your hotel or next destination hassle-free by picking up a hire car directly at one of the on-site hire agencies, including Thrifty, Enterprise, and Europcar. The car hire center is located in the ground floor, next to the Baggage Claim area, and cars should be returned with a full tank to the multi-level parking garage.
Bear in mind that traffic stays on the left side of the road in Australia, like in England. The steering wheel is also on the right side, but thankfully most cars in Australia are automatic, so a stick shift is one thing less to worry about. For drivers not used to driving on the left side, consider getting a GPS system with the car and remember to enter a roundabout clockwise.
In Adelaide, it is not allowed to turn right at an intersection when the lights are red. Speed limits are strictly enforced and must be adhered to at all times. Apart from that, the city is a very relaxed one to drive in, as streets are broad, the infrastructure is good, and everything is marked clearly with signs or markings on the ground.
25% of our users found a car hire in Adelaide for $24 or less
Book your car hire in Adelaide at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport car hire locations in Adelaide are around 8% cheaper than airport locations on average
Economy car hires in Adelaide are around 28% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Adelaide
Some car hire companies in Adelaide which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Alamo and Thrifty
On average a hire car in Adelaide costs $29 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Budget ($37/day), Firefly ($52/day) and Alamo ($53/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Budget 274 North Terrace 5000 (1 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Adelaide is $5.36 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $64 and $86, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Adelaide.
A Intermediate car hire in Adelaide costs $25 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Adelaide costs $29 per day, on average.
A Economy car hire in Adelaide costs $25 per day, on average.
In Adelaide, cars are most frequently hired at Avis Arrival Road (6 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Adelaide costs $203 per week ($29 per day).
On average a car hire in Adelaide costs $868 per month ($29 per day).
Travelers who visit during the Australian summer months and want to get the maximum out of the Australian sun should consider a convertible. When driving mainly through the city, opt for a smaller car, also because petrol prices are considerably higher in Australia than in the US, and a compact car will use up less gas.
Remember that all speed limit signage is given in kilometers per hour in Australia, so make sure you know the conversions (but the speedometer is also on km/h, so it should be no problem). Generally, 50 km/h (31 mph) is allowed in built-up areas and 100 km/h (62 mph) is permitted on rural roads and highways.
Petrol is considerably more expensive in Australia than in the US. The average price per liter lies at AUD$1.45, which is about $4.24 USD per gallon. Most petrol stations in Adelaide will require drivers to go into the station to pay at the counter, where both cash and cards are accepted.
There are various park possibilities in Adelaide, though the easiest is still to opt for a hotel with a parking space included. Alternatively, there is metered on-street parking, where some machines only take the exact amount of coins and no cards, so check beforehand. There are also commercial parking lots like UPark or a P+R or the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Park 'n' Ride, from which public transport operates into the city.