While there are plenty of top notch holiday spots around Oz, there’s something about Brisbane that lends itself particularly well to that vacation vibe. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s just up the road from the Gold Coast, one of the top holiday destinations on earth, or the balmy weather, or the way the city’s laid out to make it easy for people to relax and enjoy the best of life. When you pick up a car hire in Brisbane, this sunny city becomes your oyster. Not only can you pick and choose from Brisbane’s many attractions, but the whole of Queensland lies open in front of you. All you have to decide is how you’ll use your newfound freedom.
Without a vehicle though, you won’t be getting too far. Researching all the different rental suppliers one by one is a pretty boring waste of time - there’s a much better option for getting your car rental sorted for your next Brisbane trip. AirportRentals.com.au brings all your options together into one place so there’s no need to go chasing all over the internet for a decent deal. Just get in, pick the one you want and get out.
Booking a Brisbane Car Hire
Booking a cheap car rental on AirportRentals.com.au is quick, clean and painless. All you have to do is put in a few details about your trip (pick up/drop off times, locations etc) then click the big yellow “Search” button. Then you’ll get to scroll through a bunch of options from different rental suppliers, and even arrange or filter them by things like vehicle type, rental brand or transmission type. Once you’ve picked out the one for you, it’ll only take a minute or two more to sort out the details!
Car Hire Brands at Brisbane Airport
There’s no shortage of car rental brands at Brisbane Airport. A lot of the suppliers have become household names, like Hertz, Thrifty and Avis, but even those which aren’t as familiar like Keddy and Redspot can field some stunner deals.
Brisbane Airport Information
Brisbane Airport has two different terminals, but there’s only one you’ll have to worry about if you’re flying from inside Australia.
● The International Terminal (unsurprisingly) covers all overseas flights coming into Brisbane, but you’ve probably already figured that one out.
● The Domestic Terminal deals with the regional flights coming into Brisbane, and is divided up into three distinct sections: one for Qantas and Qantaslink flights, one for Virgin Australia, and another for a handful of other carriers like TigerAirways, JetGo and Jetstar.
You can find mobile charging stations on Level 2 of the Domestic Terminal (Opposite Cavu in the Common User Area and at the left hand side of the common user satellite) to make sure your devices stay topped up, and free WiFi is laid on by the airport in the central section of the Domestic Terminal. Qantas and Virgin Australia have their own WiFi connections for their areas. ATMs are on every level of the Domestic Terminal so there’s no need to worry about cash, and there’s a Visitor Information Centre on Level 1 in the Central Area if you have any questions once you land.
Driving in Brisbane and beyond
There’s not too many tricks to getting around Brissy’s roads, with nothing weird to trip you up like Melbourne’s hook turns. Like any other big city, try to stay away from peak traffic times (8-9 AM and 5-6 PM) to avoid major time wastage, and be aware that parking in the inner city will be pretty pricey. The exception to this are the weekends, when you can often park all day for a small flat fee then roam the city on foot. Generally the speed limit in Brisbane will be 50 km/h - if you’re driving on a traffic carrying road that has a limit of 60 km/h or higher, you’ll see regular signs along the way. Just in case you’re reading this from outside Australia, don’t forget that we drive on the left hand side of the road here - it’s not too tricky really, just stay alert at intersections and you’ll be driving like a born Aussie in no time. If you are unfamiliar with Australian roads, take a quick look over our Australia driving guide to brush up before you head over.
Getting from Brisbane Airport to the CBD
It’s pretty straightforward getting from Brisbane Airport into the city when you opt for the AirportlinkM7 route. This will have you in the heart of Brisbane in about 20 to 30 minutes - the only downside is that this is a toll road. There are no cash booths, so you’ll need to pay online either before you travel or up to three days afterward.
Road rules in Brisbane are pretty standard. Keep an eye out for speed limit signs but if you’re in a built up area and aren’t quite sure how fast to go, a safe bet is 50 km/h. The legal blood alcohol in Queensland is 0.05, but for those with a Learner’s permit or Provisional licence it’s 0. Either way, it’s not a forgiving limit, so if you’ve had anything to drink it’s best not to drive.
Brisbane Petrol Stations
This isn’t something you’ll have to concern yourself with straight away, because any car rental you’re picking up from Brisbane Airport should come with a full tank of fuel. It’s on the way back, when you’re returning your car hire to Brisbane Airport, that you’ll need to find a nearby service station. Unless you’ve snagged a special deal (which will be specified in your rental agreement) you’ll have to return your rental with a fully topped up tank of petrol. The BNE Service Centre is directly on airport, which is both a pro and a con. On the upside, you can’t beat the convenience factor, but there’s also the fact that everyone else will be taking advantage of the station’s location, so things can get pretty hectic. A few other petrol stations nearby include Freedom Fuels Nudgee, BP on Toombul Road and Caltex Eagle Farm.
Road trips from Brisbane
Sticking around Brisbane for a bit is a great idea, but don’t forget that the surrounding area has just as much to offer, if not much more. When you hire a car in Brisbane, a huge section of Queensland opens up for your exploration. Setting out on a car trip from Brissy is fantastic way to kickstart a carefree holiday on the road.
● North Stradbroke Island
This isn’t a lengthy trip - it can be done in one day, return - but when you get to your destination you’ll feel a million miles away from the big city. North Stradbroke Island is a stunningly pristine sand island, one of the largest in the world, and a paradise for those seeking beautiful beaches. Just be aware that some places on the island are only accessible with a 4WD vehicle.
● Border Range Loop
This journey is all about the scenery. Rolling hills, verdant vineyards and breathtaking waterfalls are just a small handful of the picture perfect vistas you’ll come across as you head inland before looping back toward the coast. Make sure you don’t bypass Tamborine Mountain: embark on a bushwalk trail, browse handmade goods from local artists or just chill in one of the many charming cafes - the choice is yours.
● Adventure Way
If you’re keen to follow the footsteps of some of Australia’s first intrepid settlers, Adventure Way is waiting. This route will take you pretty much directly west, passing through Toowoomba before heading on into the Outback. Steeped in history and full of awesomely desolate vistas, this will leave you with a new appreciation for the vast and alien nature of the Australian Outback.
● Brisbane to Sydney
Set aside a few days to wind your way down the coast to the shining city of Sydney. Not only will you be heading for a pretty awesome destination, there’s all kinds of attractions in store along the way. Eat and drink your way around Pokolbin and the Hunter Valley, catch some waves on the Central Coast, go for a spot of whale watching at Byron Bay… the only thing limiting you is time, so much sure you’ve got as much as possible.
Brisbane Airport Car Rental Pick Up Depots
Before you go yawning your way through this section, consider this - the info below could make your life a lot easier when you land in Brisbane. A lot of the car hire suppliers based out of Brisbane Airport have desks in-terminal, though a few are based a few minutes away from the airport. If you’re wondering how you’ll get to the pick up point, don’t worry: there’ll be a free shuttle to transfer you from the terminal to the depot. Just check with your supplier to find out where the shuttle will leave from. Rental companies that have desks in-terminal include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. AutoEurope will be serviced at either the Europcar or Thrifty desk while Apollo and Firefly can be found with Hertz and Keddy is based at the Europcar desk.
● East Coast Car Rentals is based near the airport at 504 Nudgee Road, Hendra.
● Atlas Car Rental has a depot at 78 Toombul Road, Northgate.
● Alpha Car Rental has their rental depot at 128 Gerler Road, Hendra.
● Bliss car hire is handled by Got 2 Go Car Hire, just a five minute shuttle ride from the airport.
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