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Compare Rates to Get a Cheap Car Hire at Adelaide Airport

passengers waiting at adelaide airport

Finding a cheap car rental at Adelaide Airport is now easy with VroomVroomVroom. We have listed down all available deals from the country's leading car hire suppliers such as Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, and Enterprise. You can sort the list by price to find the lowest rates.

Included in the top 10 busiest airports in Australia, Adelaide Airport is the major airport of Adelaide in South Australia. Car rental desks can be found on the ground level at the front of the terminal and there are external offices in the car park.

Location Overview

Adelaide Airport is 6km away from Adelaide’s Central Business District or a short 11-minute drive from the CBD if you take the Sir Donald Bradman Dr/A6 route. It is located along Sir Richard Williams Avenue on the shores of Gulf St Vincent.

Adelaide Airport also serves as a gateway to the popular tourist spot Kangaroo Island. You can either fly direct from Adelaide to Kingscote via Regional Express Airlines which will only take you around 25 minutes or take the ferry to the island which is just an hour and a half drive south of Adelaide.

For international flights, passengers can go to Level 1 of the terminal. For domestic flights, passengers disembark on Level 2. For REX passengers, they need to go to the baggage reclaim on Level 0.

Currently, there are 6 car hire companies at Adelaide Airport. You can find the Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty counters on the ground level of the terminal near the baggage claim area. Rental cars can be picked up on the ground floor of the multi-level car park, but make sure to ask for directions from your rental agent.

Car Rental Overview

Adelaide Airport address: 1 James Schofield Dr, Adelaide Airport SA 5950, Australia

Number of on-site suppliers: 6. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Number of off-site suppliers: 1. East Coast Car Rentals

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available between 6 am and 11 pm at Adelaide Airport, 7 days per week.

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Adelaide Airport?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Avis logo​Avis Adelaide Airport:
Sunday to Friday from 6 am to 11 pm.
Saturday from 6 am to 10:30 pm.
Budget logoBudget Adelaide Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm.
Hertz logoHertz Adelaide Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm​.
Thrifty logoThrifty Adelaide Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm.

Customer Reviews & Feedback for Renting at Adelaide Airport

The best way to get an idea of renting a car is to read about fellow traveller’s real recent experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Adelaide Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Lyneete (August 2019): Lyneete collected a rental car from Budget at Adelaide Airport for 3 days. She booked a compact car and rated the vehicle’s condition 9 out of 10. She thinks that the process of collecting and returning the rental car is very efficient.

Marina (August 2019): Marina picked up her rental car from Avis at Adelaide Airport. She booked a compact car and thinks that the condition of the vehicle is fine. She experienced some confusion in getting out of the car park.

Why Hire a Car at Adelaide Airport With VroomVroomVroom?

You can easily book a reliable car rental in Adelaide Airport (ADL) and begin your holiday straight away.

  • Great rates - We compare car rental deals from major brands and our Price Promise assures you of getting the best rates.
  • Wide selection of vehicles - VroomVroomVroom offers you more choice when you book a vehicle with us. There are several campsites and holiday parks in the city that are perfect for outdoor fun. Check out our Adelaide campervan hire page for more details.
  • Convenience - Renting a car at Adelaide Airport is easy because car hire companies have counters at each airline terminal, and at the international terminal. Rental cars come with a full tank of petrol which is perfect so you can roam around and see wonderful places in Adelaide.
  • Trusted for years - We have been assisting people to find the perfect rental car since 2001. Contact us today if you have any queries and our friendly customer care team will be delighted to assist you.

Driving Tips in Adelaide Airport

Situated close to West Beach, the airport is about 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Adelaide's central business district. You will find the city easy to reach in your rental car. Australia is the perfect destination for a road trip. But before anything else, you may want to check the weather forecast so you will know when is the best time to enjoy the outdoors. For first time drivers in Australia, check out our driving tips.

Parking at Adelaide Airport

Did you know that you can choose a car park at Adelaide Airport that is convenient, a cheap car park option or a car park that can solve your long-term and short-term parking requirements? To see the best parking options available at Adelaide Airport, click here.

Are You Travelling With Your Little One?

Some airlines give discounted rates or even a free ride to babies and children with their own seat. However, some parents aren't comfortable bringing one so they prefer renting when they arrive at the airport.

VroomVroomVroom recommends "Adelaide Baby Hire" since they offer short term and long term hire on car seats as well as other baby equipment such as single and double prams, baby capsules, cots/bassinets, cradles, and toys.

They offer superior quality, clean and safe child and baby equipment. It is important for them that all products comply with Australian Standards and are presented to the customers clean, sanitised and in excellent working order.

They hire well-known baby brands such as Britax, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Peg Perego, Maxi Cosi, Chicco, Baby Love, Valco, Mountain Buggy, Quinny and more. "Adelaide Baby Hire" are fully accredited child restraint professionals and they also deliver and install to any car rental company (fees apply). They are open 7 days a week but make sure to set an appointment for pick up and delivery at the Adelaide Airport.

For more important details on child car seats, check out VroomVroomVroom's guide.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Adelaide Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Adelaide Airport?

Parking for rental cars is on the ground level of the multi-level car park. The car hire company will give you the exact parking location once you’ve checked in at their desk.

Where do I return my rental car at Adelaide Airport?

You can return your rental car at the ground floor of the multi-level car park. Just follow the signage to the car rental area.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

Rental car companies don’t require having the vehicle washed when you return it, but make sure to keep it as clean as possible.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Adelaide Airport?

The nearest petrol station is United Petroleum located at 1 Sir Richard Williams Avenue. It is open Mondays to Saturdays from 5 am to 10 pm and on Sundays from 6 am to 10 pm. There are also several petrol stations nearby such as Caltex Woolworths and BP at Henley Beach Road.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Adelaide Airport?

Most likely you won’t pass by any tolls when hiring a car from Adelaide Airport since there are no toll roads in South Australia. However, there is a chance that you may pass by toll roads if you plan to go on a road trip to Victoria or New South Wales.

Hop in Your Car Rental and Start Exploring the City of Adelaide

When visiting Australia, you cannot possibly miss out on seeing Adelaide, because it is one of the most impressive cities on the continent. Located on the shore of Gulf Saint Vincent, the city houses more than 1.28 million residents, making it the 5th largest city in Australia. Discover many interesting things about the city, like the fact that its name was given in honour of Queen Adelaide, the German-born queen of England.

Today, Adelaide is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. Also known as the "festival city", it is renowned as the host city for numerous entertaining events. There are many things to see and to do in this stunning city. When you are not spending your time relaxing on the stunning beaches - less than 30 minutes away by car hire - spend your time visiting the world-class attractions that you can find all around Adelaide!

Attractions | Accommodation | Restaurants & Bars


Adelaide Botanic Garden

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide 5000, Australia

Adelaide Botanic Garden

Are you captivated in launching a collection of Australian plants? Adelaide Botanic Garden and the near Botanic Park are an oasis of magnificently landscaped gardens, majestic avenues and wonderful architecture.

Tourists and travellers can take time out to take a look at the beauty and variety of plants from across Australia and around the world. You devote an hour or spend the day among the 50 hectares of beautifully maintained gardens. Sit back and relax in the shade or savour a coffee among some of Australia's excellent plant collections.

The National Wine Center of Australia

Address: Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

The centre allows visitors to witness the wine production process from beginning to end. Rent a car and experience the "Wine Discovery Journey". Visitors will also be given the chance to get a taste of the extensive and breathtaking wine collection available.

Adelaide Zoo

Address: Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

A major tourist attraction that every member of your family will enjoy. It is the only place where you will get a chance to witness the lifestyle of giant pandas and learn all about this endangered species.

The South Australian Museum

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Home to an impressive collection of history and culture. Come here to find the largest collection of Aboriginal cultural objects, comprising more than 3,000 artifacts.

The Adelaide Oval

Address: War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006

One of the most picturesque test cricket ground in the world. For young people who are eager to have fun, rent a car in Adelaide, because this city also offers a great variety of jazz festivals, exhibits of famous artists, sporting events, and nightlife possibilities.

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Apartments on George

Address: 24 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, Adelaide, South Australia

Hunting for Adelaide's Central Business District serviced apartments? Whether you are travelling for pleasure or for business, Apartments on George is the ideal place to be especially if you are fond of boutique shopping, cafes, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and more. Located in Norwood, and just 2 km from Adelaide city centre, in the eastern suburbs, Apartments on George provides a self-contained apartment accommodation.

Franklin Central Apartments

Address: 36 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000

franklin central appartment living room

If you want to experience a true sample of excellent hospitality situated in the heart of Adelaide's CBD, book now at Franklin Central Apartments, which is easily accessible by car or public transport, and within easy walking distance from many of Adelaide's highlights such as the Rundle Mall, the Central Markets, Rundle Street precinct and Adelaide Oval. Offering hotel-style services with apartment-style accommodation, expect friendly staff to greet you upon check-in and be available to serve throughout your stay at Franklin Central Apartments. It has free wi-fi, with a dry cleaning and laundry service, as well as a housekeeping service.

Adelaide Meridien Hotel & Apartments

Address: 21-39 Melbourne St, North Adelaide SA 5006

Conveniently situated on Melbourne Street in North Adelaide, the Adelaide Meridien Hotel & Apartments offers accommodation perfect for families. It offers free Wi-Fi and free car parking. The hotel is just minutes from the centre of Adelaide, in the heart of the trendy shopping mall and close to Adelaide Oval. Enjoy sumptuous food at the Perfect Cup Café, which has become the favoured coffee and dining spot for guests and visitors.

Adelaide Royal Coach

Address: 24 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067

royal coach superior design

Head to Adelaide and base yourself at a small city hotel situated within a short walk of the city centre of Adelaide, South Australia. The Adelaide Royal Coach is a couple of minutes walk to Adelaide's East Parklands into Hutt Street or Rundle Street, less than a four-minute drive to Norwood Parade, the National Wine Centre or Central Business District and around 15 to 20 minutes by car from Adelaide Airport. The hotel has 49 comfortable motel rooms and it offers free wireless internet access and car parking, plus convenient 24-hour reception, onsite Terrace Restaurant, swimming pool and conference and meeting rooms.

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Restaurants & Bars

Crust Gourmet Bar

Address: 235 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville SA 5031

crust pizza

Torrensville is a short 5-minute drive from Adelaide City and from the Airport. From the CBD, it's a quick trip west on Henley Beach Road and is a suburb filled with many other foodie-centric food outlets. Crust Torrensville has been around for over four years servicing the local community with Gourmet Pizzas reimagined, with flavours that are as unique as they are adventurous. Navdeep and his team at Crust Torrensville will be happy to assist you with your next pizza craving, or even event! With Gluten-Free options available, Crust Torrensville can cater to all types of dietary and lifestyle requirements.

Houda's Kitchen

Address: 218 Port Rd, Hindmarsh SA 5007, Australia

If you love Mediterranean cuisine, head to the Houda's Kitchen, which is situated in Port Road, Hindmarsh. Open from Monday to Sunday, you can now enjoy some traditional Lebanese and Italian food for a memorable dining experience with your family and friends. According to Doumit Awka, who named the restaurant after his mother, Houda's Kitchen has been his dream since childhood. "My mother Houda has always had an open kitchen and food was plentiful. It was here I would watch and help her cook for her family and friends and the many parties held at home. Therefore I was taught traditional Lebanese recipes passed down through many generations." Book and dine in at Houda's Kitchen and experience its marvellously varied menu in a friendly and welcoming setting.

CIBO Espresso

Address: 41 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

full cake coffee at cibo espresso

CIBO Espresso is your little Italian getaway, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and enjoy a few precious moments savouring your favourite cup of coffee, made just the way you like it using our unique coffee blend.

CIBO echoes the style and passion of the Italian lifestyle, from our distinctive monochrome chevron tiles, through to the decadent hand-made cakes and pastries that tantalise and delight.

Come to CiBO Espresso and open yourself up to a divine culinary thrill.

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