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It is Now Easy to Find the Best Car Hire at Canberra Airport

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VroomVroomVroom can help you find the best car rental in Canberra Airport. We compare deals from our trusted hire car partners such as Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty, Avis and Enterprise so you can find a vehicle that fits your budget and needs. There is no need to search through all of their websites, as we will display them all here in one list. With a car rental from Canberra Airport, you can easily explore the surroundings and even visit nearby cities.

Regarded as the eighth busiest airport in Australia, Canberra Airport (CBR) serves the state capitals and the Gold Coast. It is the perfect base to start exploring Canberra and Southern New South Wales.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Canberra Airport

Available car types​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Luxury, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Rental depots​​5
Car rental suppliersAvis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty​​

Location Overview

Canberra Airport is only a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Canberra via Pialligo and Morshead Drive. The airport is located in the Australian Capital Territory which is surrounded by New South Wales. Canberra Airport is approximately a three-hour drive from Sydney via M31 and within a 7-hour drive from Melbourne via Hume Highway/M31.

The airport serves as a gateway to Australia’s Capital, where you can explore some of the best attractions in the CBD such as the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Botanic Gardens, and Australian Parliament House. Canberra Airport is a short drive away from charming towns, including Tharwa, Yass, Berrima and Goulburn. You can also discover some of Australia’s finest alpine national parks by driving from Canberra to the Australian Alps​.

Open daily from 4:30 am until 30 minutes after the last flight, the airport has plenty of convenient parking options close to the terminal building. There are also designated disabled car park spaces in the indoor and outdoor car parks. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty can be found on the lower level of arrivals, just outside the terminal. Canberra Airport's international terminal is located within the same building as the domestic terminal.

Car Rental Overview

Canberra Airport address: 21 Terminal Circuit Canberra Airport, Canberra, Australia

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

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available from 6 am until 11 pm at Canberra Airport, 7 days per week.

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

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

Avis logo​Avis Canberra Airport
Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 11 pm.
Budget logoBudget Canberra​ Airport
Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 11 pm​.
Europcar logoEuropcar Canberra​ Airport
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm​.
Hertz logoHertz Canberra​ Airport
Sunday to Friday from 7 am to 11 pm​.
Saturday from 7 am to 10 pm.
Thrifty logoThrifty Canberra​ Airport
Monday to Friday from 7 am to 11 pm​.
Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 11 pm.

Customer Reviews & Feedback for Renting at Canberra 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 Canberra Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Elizabeth (August 2019): Elizabeth picked up her rental car from Europcar at Canberra Airport. She booked a Kia Sportage for 2 days and rated the condition of the car a 10/10. She had a great experience in collecting and returning the car.

Jacqui (August 2019): Jacqui collected a rental car from Thrifty at Canberra Airport. She booked a compact car and rated the vehicle’s condition 10 out of 10. Jacqui’s advice to other rental car customers is to allow time to pick up the car. The rental car counter can be busy and each customer takes some time to process.

Why Rent a Car in Canberra Airport With VroomVroomVroom?

Looking for a quality rental car for your next road trip? Don't look any further because VroomVroomVroom can help you find the best hire car in Canberra Airport. Here are some of the reasons why more people choose to book their rental cars through us.

  • Save time: We do all the hard work for you so you have more time to organise your Canberra trip without having to worry about the rental car booking. If you need assistance in renting a car, feel free to contact us. Our friendly customer care team will be happy to help you.
  • Great rates: We have negotiated with our car rental partners so we can provide the best price. Read our price promise​ for more details.
  • Convenience: Aside from the airport, there are other pick-up and drop-off locations to choose from across Canberra.
  • Wide selection of vehicles: Whether you need an economy car, SUV or luxury car, you can easily find it here. We also compare campervan hire deals in Canberra.

Driving Tips in Canberra Airport

Situated at the intersection of Canberra's main east-west artery (Parkes Way/Pialligo Avenue) and eastern ring road (Monaro Highway/Majura Parkway), the airport is close to the semi-rural suburb of Pialligo, which is an approximately 8 minute drive from the city centre, 10 minutes from Queanbeyan​ and 15 minutes from Gungahlin via rental car during off-peak hours. Keep in mind that driving the total travelling time can sometimes be much longer at peak times because of traffic jams.

When driving in the city of Canberra, some of the major, popular attractions worth visiting include the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower, Australian National Botanic Gardens, National Zoo and Aquarium, National Dinosaur Museum and the National Science and Technology Centre. You may also check out our location pages for options on your next trip to Australia.

Need some extra tips for driving in Australia? Find more information about the road rules and driving regulations in the country here.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Canberra Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Canberra Airport?

You can find the car rental desks on the lower level of the roadway just outside the terminal building. Note that the arrival hall is split into two: Virgin end and Qantas end with two main exits. Take the main exit in the Qantas end of the airport and proceed down the footpath until you reach the left side of the Horseshoe driveway where you'll see the six rental car suppliers.

Where do I return my rental car at Canberra Airport?

Make a left turn into the multi-storey car park and be sure to park according to the rental company's designated bays which are signposted or as directed by the rental staff.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

You don’t need to wash but if it's particularly dirty, make sure to give it a quick clean before you return it to avoid paying a cleaning fee .

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

The closest petrol station is Caltex which is located at 1/3 Rogan Street. This petrol station is open from 5 am to 12 am.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Canberra Airport?

There are no toll roads in the Australian Capital Territory or in the vicinity of Canberra Airport. Keep in mind that Sydney has plenty of toll roads if you drive there.

Customer Reviews Canberra Airport Car Hire
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