Pros: Upon return the agent was very helpful getting us to where we needed to go. Went beyond expectation.
2.0 Mediocre7 Oct. 2019
Pros: NothingCons: The reservation was cancelled after I booked the advertised car online through a 3rd party website. It was a very disappointing experience to have to try again 5 times to actually have the booking accepted. Why don't the 3rd party rental companies and Thrifty communicate better so customers actually have a good experience instead of tearing out their hair?
6.4 Good10 Jan. 2017
Pros: nothingCons: nothing - just dropped the keys off
There is plenty of beautiful nature to explore on the outskirts of Canberra, which is best reached by car. A hire vehicle will let you travel to Bullen Range Nature Reserve and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in less than 1h, while public transport is not directly connected to these sites. Buses are the primary public transport service in Canberra and take roughly 45min to reach Red Hill Nature Reserve, while driving only takes 15min. With inner-city attractions located on both sides of the Molonglo River, having a hire car will ensure you don’t have to wait for buses to cross to the other side of town. The commute to GIO Stadium in the northern suburb of Bruce is approximately halved to 15min when travelling by car instead of public transport.
Once you land at Canberra Airport (CBR), exit the terminal on the lower level and you will see offices for hire companies to the left of the taxi rank. Enterprise, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz are all represented, with pick-up directly behind the reception desks in a designated parking area.
Canberra has one of Australia’s highest concentrations of roundabouts. Approach the intersections with care and give way to cars approaching from the right, while remembering to indicate when entering and exiting. Be aware that Canberra often experiences fog patches that limit visibility, so headlights should be switched on in such conditions regardless of the time of day.
Road traffic in Canberra is rather minimal considering it’s the capital, though you’ll experience the worst congestion between 08:00–09:00 and 17:00–18:00. Cars especially slow down around City Hill during these periods. Allow extra time when using Kings Hwy during long weekends, as it is a major arterial for holidaymakers visiting the coast.
25% of our users found a car hire in Canberra for $35 or less
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Off-airport car hire locations in Canberra are around 1% more expensive than airport locations on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Canberra
Some car hire companies in Canberra which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Thrifty and Hertz
On average a hire car in Canberra costs $45 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Firefly ($78/day), Hertz ($87/day) and Alamo ($90/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 27 Kembla St 2609 (5 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Canberra is $5.06 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $61 and $81, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Canberra.
A Intermediate car hire in Canberra costs $42 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Canberra costs $41 per day, on average.
A Economy car hire in Canberra costs $43 per day, on average.
In Canberra, cars are most frequently hired at Enterprise 1 Binara Street (3 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Canberra costs $313 per week ($45 per day).
On average a car hire in Canberra costs $1,340 per month ($45 per day).
Roads are wide and parking spaces are rather accessible in Canberra, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice on comfort or taste when choosing a hire car. Larger people movers and 4x4 cars navigate the city without issue, while compact models provide budget-friendly prices and are very fuel efficient.
Unless otherwise indicated, the maximum speed is 50 km/h. The reduced school zone limit of 40 km/h is enforced longer than most states across Australia: from 08:00–16:00. Speed and red light cameras are common throughout the city, so be vigilant while behind the wheel.
A litre of petrol costs roughly A$ 1.57, which is slightly above the national average of around A$ 1.50. Canberra, however, isn’t a massive city, so you won’t have to travel great distances to reach attractions, saving time and petrol money.
Canberra Centre Car Park is located right in the heart of the shopping district and offers 3h of parking for approximately A$ 6. If you’re visiting on the weekend, make use of cheaper Sunday parking which is only about A$ 2 for the whole day. Citywest Car Park has a flat rate of about A$ 15 if you’re happy to park on the rooftop and is open Monday to Friday.