Everyone goes on about Sydney and Melbourne, and they are pretty cool cities, but you shouldn’t forget that there’s a damn sight more to Australia than just the east coast. In fact, if you want to trade in the brag value of being the umpteenth person to visit the Opera House for a real Aussie adventure, just grab a map, an emergency supply of water and a car hire from Adelaide Airport. Adelaide itself is a bit of alright, and it really shines when it comes to providing a spot to launch into awesome adventures.
Before you launch into your South Australian adventure, you’re gonna need a vehicle. Trying to sort through all the different car rental brands available at Adelaide Airport is quite frankly baffling, but there is an easy way to sort through them all. AirportRentals.com.au lays all your options out right in front of you, so you can get your borning rental booking done and out of the way asap, and go back to doing pretty much anything else. After all, who wants to spend ages trying to hunt down the best car rental, when you could be planning an epic holiday?
Booking an Adelaide Airport Car Hire
There’s really not much to booking a car rental on AirportRentals.com.au. Just chuck in a few of your trip details like where you’re ending up and where you want to pick up your car rental from, and you’re away. You’ll have a bunch of different vehicles to pick from, and you can look at the cheapest or most expensive first - even throw things like rental brand or car type in to narrow things down. Once you’ve sorted out a vehicle that’s just right for you, you’ll be done and dusted in a matter of minutes. Just make sure you’ve got your flight number handy (if you are planning to fly in to Adelaide Airport) as this’ll be needed toward the end of the process.
Car Hire Brands at Adelaide Airport
There’s a whole gaggle of rental brands at Adelaide Airport for you to choose from. Some of them you’ve probably heard of before, like Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar (if you’re hunting for a rental from an internationally known brand, these ones have you covered) while others like Redspot and Firefly aren’t household names but quite often they’ll be the ones offering the cheapest deals, so keep an eye on them to snag a bargain.
Adelaide Airport Information
Since Adelaide Airport got a spruce up in 2005, the airport has had just the one terminal that covers domestic and international flights. This makes it way easier to get around and pick your Adelaide car hire, no matter whether you’re flying in from overseas or just hopping across from another Australian city. Adelaide Airport has free WiFi on tap so there’s no need to interrupt your internet addiction - there’s even internet kiosks if mobile surfing just isn’t going to cut it, though this will cost you a little. You can swap out your foreign currency or just withdraw some good old fashioned Aussie cash at ATMs on Ground Level and Level 2 of the Adelaide Airport megaterminal. And just in case you’ve still got questions, you can always head along to the Information Booth on Ground Level.
Driving in Adelaide and beyond
Driving can get a little crazy in some Australian cities, like Melbourne with their weird hook turn rules, but Adelaide is blessedly free from most of these hassles. It is a busy city though so bring your best to the driver’s seat and don’t get up to any funny business. If you happen to be reading this from overseas, you should know one super important thing about driving in Australia in general: unlike most of the world, Australians drive on the left hand side of the road. It’s not that hard to get your head around really, as long as you pay attention when turning at intersections. If you’ve never driven in this fair country before, take a look over our Australia driving guide and you’ll soon be zipping around like a local.
Getting from Adelaide Airport to the CBD
It’s pretty bloody simple to get from Adelaide Airport into the CBD. Driving north up Sir Richard Williams Ave, you’ll soon run into the A6. From there, just turn right (east) along the A6 and it’ll carry you all the way into the city in about 15 minutes.
Just to cover a couple of the basics: most of Adelaide has a 50 km/h speed limit, which is pretty standard for cities and suburbs across Australia. There are quite a few speed cameras too, so don’t be tempted into a little bit of cheeky rule breaking just cause you think no one’s looking. Unsurprisingly, drink driving is a no go in South Australia, like elsewhere in the country, with a legal blood alcohol limit of 0.05. Basically, if you’ve had anything to drink, don’t risk it. It’s not worth it.
Adelaide Petrol Stations
You can drive away in your car hire from Adelaide Airport no worries, thanks to the full fuel tank that you’re generally supplied with. On the way back though, things are a little different. If you don’t want to fall into the classic ‘running late, skip fuel trap and unless you managed to snap up some kind of special deal, you’re going to have to plan for that last petrol stop before the end of your trip. United Petroleum - Adelaide Airport is just about right on top of the airport, but like any other airport petrol station, it can be busy and a wee bit more expensive than other nearby stations. OTR Underdale may be a better choice for you when you’re returning your car, as it’s just a bit to the north of Adelaide Airport. #winning
Road Trips from Adelaide
● Outback driving
With the outskirts of the Outback starting just a few hours north of Adelaide, the siren song of the Red Centre is too strong for many to resist. Heading deep into the Australian Outback will introduce you to an epic sense of space and scale that’s likely to blow your mind. But before you go rushing off into the desert, you’ll want to get all your ducks in a row. First off, check that you’re actually allowed to take your rental vehicle on the roads you’re planning to travel. You’ll want to go through your rental agreement to make sure, but generally 2WD rentals aren’t allowed on dirt roads. The other crucial thing to have in your car before you set out on an Outback odyssey is water. Lots of water. 20 litres per person, per day. That may sound like a crapload of water but believe me, in the unlikely event that you get stranded it could save your life. Also, when you’re in the depths of the Red Centre, every time you see a petrol station make sure to fill up. It might be a very long way before you come across another one.
As awesome as the Red Centre is, it’s far from the only road trip-worthy place you can visit with a car hire from Adelaide - it’s pretty damn amazing though, so you better have a good excuse if it isn’t going on your Adelaide itinerary. Check out a few more pure gold options below.
● The Barossa Valley
Rock paper scissors for who’s going to be driving and who’ll be on tasting duties - either that, or drive up to the region, find a place to stay and pay someone else to take you around the vineyards. If you haven’t heard of Barossa Valley wines before, I’m not sure which rock you’ve been hiding under but this is where some of the best wines in the country start their life.
● Fleurieu Peninsula
This is the perfect spot to arrive, put up your feet and enjoy some well deserved chill time. You’ll find the Fleurieu Peninsula a little to the southeast of Adelaide, and whether your idea of a good time is lying on the beach, exploring scenic coastlines or sipping wine in a beautiful vineyard, this route will have you relaxing in no time.
● Yorke Peninsula
If devouring delicious local seafood as you trip through sleepy seaside towns sounds like a dream, it’s one that can come true on the Yorke Peninsula. East of Adelaide lies a land of golden beaches, wineries and some of the most mouth-watering prawns, crabs and shellfish you’ve ever tasted.
● The Red Centre
Now you know the basics about Outback travel, here’s how to get the most out of your trip: for the full on Red Centre experience, you’ll want to head north from Adelaide all the way to Darwin. Don’t forget that big chunk of rock that’s made Australia famous for years - a side trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a must on any Aussie Outback trip.
Adelaide Airport Car Hire Pick Up Depots
Yeah, I can see your eyes glazing over already. But just hang in there, cause this is going to be quick, relatively painless and you might need some of the info below. A handy rule of thumb to remember is the cheaper the rental car place, the further away your pick up point will be. This is not hard and fast but keep it in mind.
Most of the car rental suppliers in the Adelaide area have a rental desk inside the terminal at Adelaide Airport, but if your supplier has a depot somewhere nearby you should be able to catch a free shuttle straight from the terminal to your pick up point. If you’re not quite sure where to catch the shuttle, check ahead of time with the rental company or (if you’re not that organised) ask at the airport’s Information Desk. Car hire brands you’ll find in the Adelaide Airport terminal include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, Thrifty, AutoEurope, Apollo, Firefly and Keddy.
East Coast Car Rentals has a depot near the airport at 237 Richmond Road, Richmond.
Ace Car Rentals can be found at 13 Anzac Highway, Keswick, between the airport and the city.
Access Car Rental has a pick up depot at 464 Port Road, West Hindmarsh, five minutes drive from Adelaide Airport.
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