Car Hire Canberra

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Canberra, ACT, Australia
9 Dec — 16 Dec
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Canberra car hire information

Pick-up locationCanberra
Car typesCommercial, Compact, Compact SUV, Compact estate car, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Luxury SUV, Passenger van, People mover, Pick-up truck, Premium, Premium SUV, Premium estate car, SUV, Standard, Standard SUV, Standard estate car, Supplier choice, Supplier choice pickup truck
Hire locations27
Airport locations13
Popular agenciesHertz, Europcar, Thrifty, Budget

Cheap car hire in Canberra

$24/dayEconomy
$25/dayCompact
$28/dayIntermediate
$32/dayStandard
$41/dayFull-size
$37/daySUV
$68/dayPeople mover
$58/dayFull-size SUV
$68/dayPassenger van
$75/dayLuxury
$52/dayPick-up truck
$31/dayCompact SUV
$41/dayCompact estate car
$43/dayStandard estate car
$46/dayLuxury SUV
$47/dayIntermediate SUV
$48/dayStandard SUV
$49/daySupplier choice
$65/dayPremium estate car
$65/daySupplier choice pickup truck
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Canberra car hire reviews and directory

From $37/dayRated no. 1
Budget
Best rated
8.8 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Canberra
Budget
Locations in Canberra
Terminal Building+61 262 193 040
Monday07:30 - 19:00
Tuesday07:30 - 19:00
Wednesday07:30 - 19:00
Thursday07:30 - 19:00
Friday07:30 - 19:00
Saturday10:00 - 19:00
Sunday10:00 - 19:00
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From $35/dayRated no. 2
Alamo
8.8 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Canberra
Alamo
Locations in Canberra
Canberra International Airport+61 262 489 966
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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From $33/dayRated no. 3
Firefly
8 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Canberra
Firefly
Locations in Canberra
27 Kembla St+61 262 804 524
Pialligo Ave+61 262 496 211
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
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8.0 Excellent4 Dec. 2018
Pros: Quick pickup. Good counter service.
From $36/dayRated no. 4
Avis
6 Good (1 review)
1 location in Canberra
Avis
Locations in Canberra
Terminal Building+61 225 561
Monday07:30 - 19:00
Tuesday07:30 - 19:00
Wednesday07:30 - 19:00
Thursday07:30 - 19:00
Friday07:30 - 19:00
Saturday10:00 - 19:00
Sunday10:00 - 19:00
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From $36/dayRated no. 5
Thrifty
6 Good (3 reviews)
2 locations in Canberra
Thrifty
Locations in Canberra
29 Lonsdale St+61 283 372 700
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Canberra Ap+61 262 489 081
Monday07:30 - 19:00
Tuesday07:30 - 19:00
Wednesday07:30 - 19:00
Thursday07:30 - 19:00
Friday07:30 - 19:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 19:00
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  • 5.3
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent14 Oct. 2019
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
From $54/dayRated no. 6
Hertz
5.6 Okay (1 review)
4 locations in Canberra
Hertz
Locations in Canberra
27 Kembla St+61 262 594 690
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
8 Kemble Court+61 262 420 100
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
84 Northbourne Ave+61 437 833 446
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Pialligo Ave+61 262 672 390
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00
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Sunnycars
4 locations in Canberra
Sunnycars
Locations in Canberra
1 Binara Street
27A Kembla Street
65 Northbourne Avenue
Terminal Building
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East Coast Car Rentals
2 locations in Canberra
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Canberra
2 Fairbairn Avenue
Canberra Airport
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From $28/day
Enterprise
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Canberra
Enterprise
Locations in Canberra
1 Binara Street+61 884 459 714
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Canberra International Airport+61 262 489 966
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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From $34/day
Europcar
Most popular
2 locations in Canberra
Europcar
Locations in Canberra
Novotel Hotel - 65 Northbourne Ave+61 262 845 170
Terminal Building+61 262 130 300
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From $37/day
keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Canberra
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Canberra
Novotel Hotel - 65 Northbourne Ave+61 262 845 170
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building, Canberra Airport61 2 62130300
Monday07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday07:00 - 23:00
Thursday07:00 - 23:00
Friday07:00 - 23:00
Saturday07:00 - 23:00
Sunday07:00 - 23:00
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National
2 locations in Canberra
National
Locations in Canberra
1 Binara Street+61 884 459 714
Monday07:30 - 19:00
Tuesday07:30 - 19:00
Wednesday07:30 - 19:00
Thursday07:30 - 19:00
Friday07:30 - 19:00
Saturday07:30 - 19:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Canberra International Airport+61 262 489 966
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Dollar
1 location in Canberra
Dollar
Locations in Canberra
29 Lonsdale St+61 283 372 700
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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Red Spot
1 location in Canberra
Red Spot
Locations in Canberra
Terminal Building
Recent reviews
8 travellers who hired a car in Canberra gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.9

Car hire locations in or near Canberra

Good to know

Most popular agency

Europcar

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$46/day

Good deal

$37/day

When to book a car hire in Canberra

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for hiring a car in Canberra

  • 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 $37 or less
  • Book your car hire in Canberra at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Canberra are around 27% 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 car hire in Canberra costs $46 per day.

  • Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Canberra.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz ($33/day), Thrifty ($52/day) and Europcar ($56/day).

  • Car hire companies onsite at Canberra airport include Europcar, Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Firefly, Budget, Avis and keddy by Europcar.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Canberra airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Firefly, Budget, Avis and keddy by Europcar.

  • In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 8 Kemble Court 2911 (10 kilometres from the city centre).

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Canberra costs $44 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Canberra costs $42 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Canberra costs $44 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 $324 per week ($46 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Canberra costs $1,387 per month ($46 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.