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Finding a Cheap Car Hire in Canberra Is Now Quick and Easy

Partial view of the parliament house in Canberra

VroomVroomVroom can help you find a cheap car rental in Canberra. We compare rental cars from major brands including Hertz, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Europcar and Enterprise. Just filter the result by price to easily find the cheapest car hire.

Canberra is Australia's capital city, located on Lake Burley Griffin. There are many tourist attractions in Canberra including the city's famous museums and the majestic Parliament House. One of the most popular tourist spots in Canberra is the Brindabella Ranges, which act as a beautiful backdrop to the city. The best way to see Canberra's tourist attractions is with a hire car. It gives you the freedom from travelling from one place to another.

Location Overview

Australia’s capital city is a pristine location situated between Sydney and Melbourne. Filled with world-class food, stunning nature and interesting culture, Canberra has something for everyone. From day trips within the city to longer road trips, Canberra has it all. Explore wine regions, drive to nearby national parks, and explore the coastlines nearby for endless road trip memories.

In and around Canberra, some of our favourite things to do year-round are:

Summer (December, January, February): There’s no need to trek to the Barossa Valley when Murrumbateman is jam-packed with over 30 cellar doors. Just over half an hour from Canberra is this stunning location filled with 140 wineries. A weekend getaway is a perfect way to enjoy the area in your rental car and revel in the stunning countryside.

Autumn (March, April, May): If you’re looking for a long road trip adventure, the drive from Canberra to Sydney is well worth the hype. Not only do you get to experience two amazing cities, but you‌ ‌can also drive along some of Australia's iconic eastern coastlines. The drive will take you about 5 hours following M1.

Winter (June, July, August): Found in the Snowy Mountains, Kosciuszko National Park is home to Thredbo and Perisher Ski Resorts as well as the Snowy River. If you’re looking for a winter wonderland right here in Australia, this is the place to be. It will take you just under 3 hours to drive to in your rental car. If you don't want to drive that far, you can also enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Corin Forest which is just 45 minutes from Central Canberra. 

Spring (September, October, November): Batemans Bay is a coastal beachside town that is only a 2-hour drive east from inland Canberra. Drive your rental car from Canberra to Batemans Bay and relax by the beach, enjoy endless seafood and the ocean at springtime for a magical holiday. Other must-see locations here include the Murramarang National Park and Birdland Animal Park.

Year Round: Explore the stunning city of Canberra by checking out Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, Lake Burley Griffin and the National Museum of Australia. There are endless things to check out in the city itself which is full of culture and knowledge.

Where to Find Rental Cars in Canberra

There are many rental car depot locations in both Canberra's CBD and surrounding suburbs to hire a car from in addition to the rental counters at Canberra Airport.

Major car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty all have multiple depot locations in and around the city centre including:

Avis: 51-53 Mort Street, Unit 236, Braddon, 2612. (Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 am to 12 pm).

Budget: 51-53 Mort Street, Unit 236, Braddon, 2612. (Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 am to 12 pm).

Enterprise: 1 Binara Street, 2601. (Open Monday to Sunday 8 am to 10 pm).

Europcar: 65 Northbourne Avenue, 2600. (Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8 am to 12 pm).

Hertz: 8 Kemble Court, 2911. (Open Monday to Sunday 7:30 am to 5 pm).

Thrifty: 33 Mort St Braddon, 2612. (Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday to Sunday 8 am to 12:30 pm).

Customer Reviews and Feedback for Renting in Canberra

​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 and their experiences are shared below.​

Clint (August 2019): Clint rented a compact car from Avis and said that the car rental pick-up and return process was great. He rated the condition of the car 10/10 and received the car rental he booked.

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Best Time to Visit Canberra

There is always something going on at Canberra, so there is no bad time to visit. Expect colder temperatures if you visit through winter, with daily averages of 12 degrees. Frosts are common of a morning during this time. If you are planning on outdoor activities consider visiting in summer when the weather is warmer.

Canberra is busy in early January for the annual Summernats, an event for motor enthusiasts. Many Australians visit the city in April for ANZAC Day, with the War Memorial hosting a number of events. In September the colours come out in Canberra for Floriade, a popular floral display attracting visitors from around the country.

Driving Tips in Canberra

Before heading out in your car hire, check here for live traffic updates and avoid any congestion. There are no toll roads in the city, and parking is plentiful. Be aware of parking signs to avoid getting a ticket.

If you are travelling to other Australian destinations make sure you prepare for longer driving distances. It is just over three hours to Sydney, and more than six hours to reach Melbourne. If you are travelling long distances it is a good idea to check the weather forecast so you can prepare for the conditions. Click here for more driving tips in Australia.

FAQs About Hiring a Car in Canberra

Do I have to pay tolls when driving in Canberra?

There are no toll roads in the Australian Capital Territory.

What is the speed in Canberra?

Unless signed otherwise, the default speed in Canberra is 50km/hr.

Is it difficult to drive in Canberra?

The city is filled with many roundabouts. This means traffic flows smoothly. It is easy to get around Canberra for this reason and means traffic is never at a standstill.

Do I have to wash the car before I return it?

There’s no need to wash the car before you return it. Just make sure it’s in the same condition it was in when you picked it up.

How do I find a carpark in and around Canberra?

You can use Parkopedia to find car parks in Canberra. Click here to find carparks now.

Visit Some of the Canberra's Main Attractions Anytime You Want

VroomVroomVroom is not only a wealth of knowledge about good value hire cars, we like to offer our customers our wealth of knowledge about Canberra. We give you the Canberra top attractions to make your holiday the biggest and best holiday ever! We have chosen some of the top things you can do and places where you can stay, check out our guide below for things to in Canberra.

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The National Dinosaur Museum

Address: Corner of Gold Creek Road and Barton Highway, Nicholls, ACT

national dinosaur museum

The National Dinosaur Museum houses the largest display of dinosaur and fossil materials in the country. The museum showcases life-like animatronic dinosaur models, as well as complete skeletons and fossils dating from the Triassic to the Cretaceous periods. The newest exhibit features a massive Stegodon, a relative of the woolly mammoth, and illuminates life after the dinosaurs. Visitors can navigate through hundreds of millions of years of the planet's past with the help of enthusiastic tour guides. Attracting over 100,000 visitors annually, the museum also hosts private parties and dinosaur-themed sleepovers during school holiday periods.

Rocky Trail Mountain Bike Races at Stromlo Forest Park

Address: Uriarra Rd, Stromlo ACT

​Rocky Trail Entertainment organizes several mountain bike events in Canberra every year, ranging from cross-country endurance racing to downhill, and even the new gravity enduro format. They run these events at Stromlo Forest Park, one of Australia's most popular mountain bike parks with over 60km of single trails.

Visitors can participate in Rocky Trail's endurance races. Or, watch the annual Downhill state series event that's all about big jumps. It includes the most technical downhill trails Stromlo has to offer. The park's facilities offer undercover picnic spots, a kids' playground and best of all -- a hot shower where visitors can freshen up after their ride.

Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre

Address: King Edward Terrace, Canberra ACT


Any visitors to Canberra travelling with kids should put Questacon in their itinerary. Questacon has made science a very fun learning experience with its seven themed galleries, filled with over 200 hands-on exhibits. Kids can free fall down a six-metre slide, experience an earthquake and star in a Spectacular Science Show. Probably Questacon's most photographed and most interesting exhibit is the Rototron, a walk-thru tunnel with LED lights that will make you feel like the tunnel is spinning. There is so much to see and discover at the centre. There's only so much that can be written about it, but it's fairly certain that your kids will beg you to come back to Questacon.

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Forrest Hotel and Apartments

Address: 30 National Circuit, Forrest ACT

forrest hotel & apartment

This family owned and operated hotel offers a choice of 76 hotel rooms and 40 serviced apartments. What makes Forrest Hotel and Apartments great, aside from the welcoming atmosphere, is its ideal location.

The hotel is situated in the green suburb of Forrest and is just minutes away from the city's central business area and most popular tourist destinations. Guests can unwind and dine at the hotel's own Sherwoods Restaurant overlooking leafy parklands.

East Hotel

Address: 69 Canberra Avenue, Canberra

east hotel

If you're looking for the finest accommodation, East Hotel is the perfect place for you. This hotel has received another Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor and is ranked number 1 among 52 other hotels in Canberra. The 4-star hotel is situated in the heart of the central business district and is just walking distance from tourist spots and posh restaurants in Manuka. East Hotel offers 140 spotlessly clean rooms with its own gourmet kitchen, wireless internet, and high-end appliances. Guests with kids can avail the Kids Studios complete with bunk beds, bean bags, toys, and an Xbox with the latest games.

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Restaurants & Bars

Indian Affair

Address: 11 Akuna St, Canberra City

Boasting Canberra's best butter chicken, Indian Affair in the City is a family owned business. This restaurant serves only the very best quality of authentic North Indian Cuisine.

Digress Cocktail Bar

Address: Downstairs, 11 Akuna St, Canberra City

With boutique beers on tap and an extensive cocktail list, they have something to excite every palate. Located downstairs on Akuna Street Digress Cocktail Bar has become one of Canberra's premier entertainment venues. With entertainment every night of the week together with a $10 curry and rice special you are bound to find something you love!

Les Bistronomes

Address: 26 Elouera St, Braddon ACT

Experience a little Paris in Canberra. Try the $ 17-weekday lunch special, or treat yourself to their Saturday lunch special, $50 for a 5-course degustation experience. The restaurant focuses on fresh and seasonal produce.

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