Sure, Australia’s chock full of spectacular places, urban and wild both, but when it comes to cities it’s pretty hard to go past Sydney. Other cities have their charms, but do they really have anything that lives up to the Sydney Opera House? The Sydney Harbour Bridge? Bondi Beach? I think we all know the answer. Picking up a car hire in Sydney gives you the freedom to roam the city to your heart’s content, and even set out on road trips around the surrounding country. Planning your Sydney trip will be less a matter of finding things to do and more deciding what to leave out, as there’s so much to see and do in Sydney.
Of course, before you go zipping off around the city, you’ll need a vehicle to do that in. Trying to look through all the different rental car rental brands at Sydney Airport one by one is a real pain, but there is a much less boring way to hunt out the best car hire deal. AirportRentals.com.au shows you all your options in one place, meaning you don’t have to go scouring the internet and labouriously comparing everything. Don’t faff about with the booking process longer than you have to - get it done and dusted so you can go back to doing something more fun.
Booking a Sydney Airport Car Hire
It’s pretty simple to book a car rental on AirportRentals.com.au. Just chuck in a handful of details about your trip and click the big yellow Search button. From there you’ll get to pick between a bunch of vehicles from a range of suppliers, and narrow down your options by vehicle type, rental brand and so on. Once you’ve settled on the best one, you’ll be over and done with the whole process in a matter of minutes.
Car Hire Brands at Sydney Airport
There’s certainly a lot to pick from when it comes to car hire brands at Sydney Airport. You’ve probably heard of a bunch of the brands before, like Hertz, Budget and Avis, but there’s a few smaller names which are worth keeping an eye out for like Redspot and Keddy.
Sydney Airport Information
Sydney Airport has three different terminals, but only two are used for domestic flights.
● Terminal 1 is known as the International Terminal and deals with all flights coming in from overseas.
● Terminal 2 is dedicated to domestic flights from a range of different airlines including Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair.
● Terminal 3 handles Qantas flights, though unlike many other Qantas terminals around the country, it’s owned not by Qantas but by the airport itself.
You can find free WiFi throughout the airport no matter which terminal you’re in, and if you need to withdraw some cash, you should be be able to find ATMs in Terminal 1 and 2.
Driving in Sydney and beyond
Driving in Sydney isn’t too different to what you’d expect from any other big Aussie city - thankfully you don’t have to muck around with anything like Melbourne’s hook turns, so it’s just the usual story of navigating inner city traffic. One thing you’ll want to be aware of is the fact that most of Sydney’s CBD has a 40 km/h speed limit, as opposed to the usual 50 km/h in built up areas. If by any chance you’re reading this from outside Australia, don’t forget that Aussies drive on the left hand side of the road unlike most of the rest of the world. It isn’t too hard to get used to though, just take some care at intersections and you’ll be fine. If you need a little more advice on hitting the road in Australia, check out our Australia driving guide.
Getting from Sydney Airport to the CBD
Sydney Airport is 9 kilometres from the city centre and, depending on traffic, it should take around 20 minutes to get into the city. The easiest way to get from airport to CBD is heading southeast down Joyce and General Holmes Drives, before jumping on the M1 which will take you pretty much all the way into the city.
There’s nothing too far out of the ordinary in terms of Sydney’s road rules. As I mentioned before, most of the inner city has a 40 km/h speed limit, so don’t get caught out driving 50 just because you’re used to it. There are plenty of watchful cops around the Sydney CBD too, so it doesn’t pay to take any chances. The legal blood alcohol limit in New South Wales is set at 0.05, which pretty much means that if you’ve been drinking at all it’s safest not to get behind the wheel.
Sydney Petrol Stations
Don’t worry about finding a petrol station on your way out of the airport - you’ll almost certainly have a full tank of petrol in any car rental you pick up from Sydney Airport - but on the way back it’s definitely something you’ll need to take into account. Unless there’s something unusual in your rental agreement that says otherwise (there probably isn’t) you’ll need to return your car rental with full fuel tank. The closest station is probably BP Connect Runway at the southern end of the airport, but it can get a little hectic because of how near it is to the terminals. Budget Petrol Mascot on Botany Road be a good alternative option just east of the airport and Budget Petrol Eastlakes on Maloney Street isn’t much further away.
Road trips from Sydney
It’s no secret that this city is packed with cool stuff to do and see but don’t forget that once you rent a car in Sydney, a whole swathe of the country lies open to you. A road trip from Sydney can treat you to all sorts of exhilarating experiences, so don’t miss the chance to use the city as a launchpad for all kinds of adventures!
● Grand Pacific Drive
Victoria might have the Great Ocean Drive, but New South Wales certainly gives them a run for their money with the Grand Pacific Drive. Starting out in the gorgeous Royal National Park south of Sydney, the Grand Pacific covers 140 kilometres of breathtaking coastline. Beautiful beaches, tiny towns, ocean views… this is one hell of a journey, best enjoyed with the family or a few friends along for the ride.
● Greater Blue Mountains Drive
This is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure route: you see, branching out from the main loop of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive are 18 Discovery Trails to choose from - each with its own distinct character and unique attractions. This also makes the Drive really easy to fit into your schedule, because you can cover as much or as little of it as you like and still come away with experiences that will stick with you for years.
● Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Route
You’ll want to set aside about a week for this one. The first part of the trip follows the Grand Pacific Drive, but you’ll be continuing on down the coast to discover spots like the Oyster Coast, Mogo Zoo, and Mimosa Rocks National Park before turning west into Victoria toward the cultural capital of Australia.
● Sydney to Brisbane
If you fancy heading for surf and sunshine, this is the road trip for you. It’s not a short trip but every bit of it has something for you to savour. Whether you’re exploring the idyllic wilderness of Hat Head National Park, whale watching in Byron Bay, partying on the Gold Coast or delving into any of mindblowing attractions in between, this trip is is chock full of opportunities for fun and leisure.
Sydney Airport Car Rental Pick Up Depots
I know you’re gonna be tempted to skip over this section - after all, pick up depots aren’t going to win any prizes for best travel destination - but hang in there because you might need some of this info when you land in Sydney. Most of the car hire brands near Sydney Airport are based directly in-terminal, but there are a handful which have rental depots a short drive away from the airport. Don’t worry though, if your depot isn’t right on the airport, there will be a free shuttle which can whisk you straight from the terminal to the pick up point. Rental suppliers with depots inside Sydney Domestic Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, Thrifty, AutoEurope and Apollo. Firefly can be found at the Hertz desk, and Keddy by Europcar is serviced at the Europcar desk.
● East Coast Car Rentals can be found near the airport on O’Riordan Street.
● Atlas Car Rentals also has a pick up depot on O’Riordan Street.
● Alpha Car Rental is located on Parramatta Road, Auburn.
● Ace Rental Cars has a rental depot on O’Riordan Street.
The four off airport suppliers above can all be reached with a free shuttle trip from your Sydney Airport terminal.
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