Sydney Airport Car Rentals

Clearly, for many travelers to Sydney, their need for a hire car starts the moment that they stop off their plane.  While for many tourists, the perfect hire car is often the cheapest hire car; this is not true of everyone.   Indeed, although finding a great car rental deal is always a bonus, budget car hire is not everyone’s top priority.  Many customers value the convenience of picking a car up from Sydney Airport on the day they arrive and dropping it off as they leave, without having to go out of their way to return the hire car to an obscure location – not to mention the added expense of having to book a taxi back to the airport again.  As a result, Sydney airport is the first place that many people look for car rentals.  If this is you, you have 2 main options:

Car Hire On Arrival – Some visitors to Sydney make the decision to leave their car rental dilemma until they have touched down and collected their luggage.  Obviously, the airport Arrivals lounge is a great place to take a look at all the main car rental companies side by side and see what they have to offer.  If you feel more comfortable hiring a vehicle through a major international car rental company, then this could be a good choice for you, with well-known names like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty all represented.


Given that Sydney is such a busy airport and the flow of people through its doors looking for car rentals is pretty consistent, you are unlikely to find any major car hire deals.  The big firms tend to have similar pricing structures, though if they have a particular promotion running on the day that you land, they will be sure to advertise it.

Pre-Booked Car Hire – If the thought of waiting in queues and working your way around the various car hire desks as soon as you have got off of your flight is enough to drive you mad, perhaps you’d feel better booking your Sydney hire car before you even leave home?  Whether you wish to book with one of the big companies or would rather try out a smaller, locally run operation, with the help of a phone or the Internet, anything can be arranged.

Before you depart, take the time to do a little bit of online research to see which car rental companies operate in and around Sydney airport and so can provide you with a car as soon as you step off your plane.  Looking on the Internet will also enable you to do a calm and collected price/model/inclusions/terms comparison which is likely to be far more reliable than any judgments that you might make when you have just touched down, are exhausted and are desperate to get to your Sydney accommodation.

Another thing to consider is that many car rental firms offer deals online that are not available face to face over a booking desk.  If you wish to rent a car for an extended period of time, in particular, this can mean real savings.

All in all, Sydney Airport can be the ideal place to hire a car, but how you go about it is totally up to you.