Car Hire at Canberra Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
The best way to explore Australia's capital is with car hire at Canberra Airport. The city is designed with driving in mind, and with your own set of wheels you'll get much more out of your trip: even if it is just for a short stay.
Where to hire a car at Canberra Airport
Avis, Budget, East Coast Car Rentals, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty all offer car hire at Canberra Airport. The car hire desks are all located in the arrivals terminal.
Petrol stations near Canberra Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There's a Caltex gas station on the airport grounds. There's also a Costco petrol station five minutes drive away.
Driving around Canberra Airport
Canberra Airport is in the suburbs, so you'll find yourself on city roads as soon as you leave the car park. Majura Parkway, which leads to the A23 and eventually the Federal Highway, is a few minutes drive from the airport. We recommend choosing a car hire package with a sat-nav system to avoid getting lost on the city streets. Traffic in Australia drives on the left, the same as the UK, however the majority of cars have an automatic transmission. If you prefer a manual, be sure to specify this when you search for car hire.
Getting to your destination
Planned and designed by celebrated American architect Walter Burley Griffin, Canberra is a monumental city set around a large artificial lake. You need a car to explore Canberra properly, especially if you want to make the most of its great location near The Bush.
It takes just over 10 minutes to drive into downtown Canberra from the airport. Charges apply for parking in civil car parks, in some cases until 10:30pm. Parking meters display the relevant information regarding charges and time restrictions, so read carefully before leaving your car. When you search for hotels in Canberra, remember to filter your search so that you only see places with car parking.
Beautiful beaches, national parks, and opportunities for Bush exploration make this sleepy town a popular tourist destination.
It takes about an hour and forty minutes to drive to Batemans Bay from Canberra Airport. There are a number of open air and covered car parks, and most of the holiday resorts in the area have parking spaces for guests.
This pretty alpine town is nestled to the south of the Snowy Mountains. It's the gateway to New South Wales' largest national park, Kosciuszko National Park. Its location beneath the snow line means it's a cheap place to stay during a snow-sport holiday, but be prepared for a daily commute.
It takes about two hours to drive to Jindabyne from Canberra Airport. If you're visiting during winter (June-September) remember to ask for snow chains with your hire car.
Prices subject to change