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Find a Reliable Car Hire at Darwin Airport - Fast and Easy

view of airplane from the terminal lobby

Leading car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty have joined VroomVroomVroom in providing quality service and great rates for our customers who want to hire a car in Darwin Airport.

Darwin is very different from the other capitals. Its landscape has changed many times due to natural and man-made destruction. Also, this is an absolutely splendid car rental destination – and it's a holiday adventure you surely won't forget.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Darwin Airport

Available car types​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Pickup, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Rental depots​​6
Car rental suppliersAvis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty​

Location Overview

Darwin International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Australia and the only airport that serves Northern Territory’s capital city, Darwin. It is located in the suburb of Eaton and is a short 15-minute drive to the CBD. The airport is the perfect base to explore the outback, see saltwater crocodiles, go on a fishing holiday, and experience nature.

Darwin Airport offers both domestic and international flights, including flights to major cities in Australia such as Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, and Sydney, as well as flights to Southeast Asian destinations such as Singapore and Shenzhen. The terminal for domestic and international flights is located in the same building and is open 24/7.

There are currently six companies that offer rental cars at Darwin Airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty counters can be found at the Arrivals Hall. Just go to the baggage collection on the ground floor and you’ll see the counters right away. The airport offers 3 parking options: Short Stay, Long Stay Plus and Long Stay Saver. There is also a separate car park for car rental returns.

Car Rental Overview

Darwin Airport address: Henry Wrigley Drive, Eaton, Northern Territory 0820

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

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available from 5 am until 2 am at Darwin Airport, 7 days per week.

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

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

Avis logo​Avis Darwin​ Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 2 am.
Budget logoBudget Darwin​ Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 1:30 am.
Enterprise logoEnterprise Darwin​ Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5:30 am to 1:30 am​.

Why Hire Car in Darwin Airport With VroomVroomVroom

Rental cars are easy to book with VroomVroomVroom. With access to hire cars all across Australia, we can help you book your next car hire at Darwin Airport in no time. You can also choose to collect a rental car from Darwin if this is more convenient.

  1. Book early for more chances of getting a great deal. Don't forget that the car rental industry works on supply and demand. If you wait too late, the rates from Darwin Airport may increase dramatically and vehicles may get sold out.
  2. We make booking a car easy. That's exactly what our system does for you. It blends into one list of the available rental cars from the leading suppliers in Australia. You can also find the perfect vehicle with our wide selection of cars.
  3. We offer great rates on rental cars. We have negotiated with our partners so we can provide the best price. Read our Price Promise for more details.
  4. Trusted since 2001. We are the experts in rental cars and our friendly customer care team are ready to help you. Contact us now.

Driving Tips at Darwin Airport

Operating 24 hours a day, Darwin Airport has both an international and domestic terminal, which is situated around 15-20 minutes from the central business district (CBD). The city is comprised of wards and suburbs, which takes pleasure in a great redevelopment of its CBD. When driving around the central city, you will enjoy a more laid-back feel than the active regions of Australia, such as Melbourne​ and Sydney​.

A car hire drive from Darwin to Alice Springs is more than 1500 kilometres and takes almost 16 hours of travel time at a fair safe speed. Apart from Alice Springs, there are other road trip destinations from Darwin that you can check out. Since lots of drivers are not used to driving faster, it is recommended you do the same. Take note that driving fast on gravel and dirt roads is notably hazardous particularly around corners.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Darwin Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Darwin Airport?

Go to the Arrivals Hall and from there, you will find the car rental counters located near the baggage claim area. Pick up your keys then follow the directions to the designated car park location provided by the rental agent.

Where do I return my rental car at Darwin Airport?

Follow the sign going to the Car Rental Returns, which is located before the passenger terminal if you drive along Henry Wrigley Drive. You can also access this via Cecil Cook Avenue.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Darwin Airport?

There are no toll roads in the Northern Territory so you won’t need an e-TAG.

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

There are two branches of United Petroleum that are located near Darwin Airport. United Coconut Grove is open 24 hours while United Ludmilla is open until 10 pm. There is also a Caltex in Eaton and Shell in Winnellie.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

Rental car companies don't require their customers to have the rental car washed, but they may charge a cleaning fee if the car isn't returned in the same condition as it was when it was picked up.

Explore the Charm of Darwin at Your Own Pace

Regarded as the smallest of the Australian capital cities, Darwin has everything you would anticipate and hope in an Australian city: museums and parks, best cafes and restaurants, malls and hotels, marinas and beaches, and numerous outdoor festivals and markets. Make your trip more meaningful and cherished with your reliable hire car in this very special city.

Upon arrival at Darwin Airport, there are already attractions that you can check out when collecting your rental vehicle. Allow us to take care of your hire car, so you can concentrate on the most essential thing – a holiday like no other. And that's not all! VroomVroomVroom have come up with a few remarkable things that you can do and places where you can stay, shop, dine, or visit during your adventure at Darwin Airport. Check it out below!

Attractions | Restaurants & Bars


Deckchair Cinema

Address: Jervois Rd, Darwin NT 0800

deckchair cinema in darwin

Fancy devoting a night under the stars at Darwin's premier outdoor cinema? Then visit the Deckchair Cinema.

Conveniently situated on the edge of Darwin's Harbour, this award-winning independent outdoor cinema is well reachable through a bright, beautiful walkway from the City (by The Esplanade-Damoe Ra Walkway) or through the Waterfront Precinct. There are many suited parking options, as well as bike racks available throughout the location.

Running successfully for more than 20 years, the Deckchair Cinema is operated and managed by the Darwin Film Society to present Darwin audiences access to flicks that would otherwise go unnoticed on the big screen. Being the only independent cinema in Darwin, feast on their program that is a diversified range of Australian - from popular to foreign to family to classic movies. Indeed, there is something for everyone to watch.

A great hotspot for relaxing and full entertainment, make sure to come down early and savour a rejuvenating drink from their fully licensed kiosk (no BYO) or treat your taste buds on a hot meal. Gates at Deckchair Cinema open every night at 6.30 pm so you can have a good time on a tropical sunset before the 7.30 pm screening.

Experience Darwin's ultimate urban wildlife experience

Situated in the heart of Darwin city, get face to face with some of the largest and hungry saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Recognised as one of the must-see attractions when visiting Darwin, take this once in a lifetime opportunity to grab a friend or go solo and hold a baby croc. Are you a thrill-seeker and brave enough? The 20-minute underwater experience is perfect for you. Get lowered into the water and swim with some of Australia's giant crocs into the 'Cage of Death'. Don't miss to witness and check out archerfish, barramundi, sawfish and whip rays in the aquarium, as well as the reptile house and turtle enclosure at Crocosaurus Cove.

Plunge yourself in Northern Territory Aboriginal Culture

Also when in this very special city, now is the perfect opportunity to delve into the fascinating culture of the local Pudakul people on this real, nature-based experience. Acquire information on traditional medicine, learn how to propel a spear, or play the clapsticks. Furthermore, look into the importance of Dreamtime and Djukbinj, as well as the Rainbow Serpent.

Sail Around Darwin Harbour

Pick up on the history as well as the native atmosphere of Darwin Harbour on four diverse nature-aimed tours. You may thirst to explore the local marine habitats and grounds of cultural importance and find time to discover what truly transpired when World War II reached Darwin.

Discover Natural Wonders at Litchfield National Park

Drive around and go deep into the heart of Australia on a day tour packed with trip and discovery. Located near the township of Batchelor, have a look on the rich greenery of Litchfield and enjoy watching waterfalls, woodlands and towering termite mounds. Connect and take time out to look at the sunset over prawns and sparkling wine before you go back to where you are staying at.

Fly over Kakadu and Cruise Yellow Water Billabong

Enjoy the rare experience of witnessing the mountainous landscape of the scenic Kakadu National Park from the air and on the ground – all in one day. Up in the air, you will get high its hugeness, catching sight of savannah forest, the Arnhem Land Plateau, and meandering rivers. Also, enjoy a boat cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, a place to plenty of birdlife and lots of saltwater crocodiles.

Go and see the Mindil Beach Market at Sunset

Experiment and try a selection of unusual and exotic flavours and grasp elegant handcrafted pieces at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Crowds flock on the shore of the Arafura Sea to witness the sun slip below the horizon, browse hundreds of stalls and enjoy the buskers every Sunday and Thursday night. You can also hit the spa and get a relaxing massage while you are there.

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Restaurants & Bars

Oka Teppanyaki

Address: 11/34 Parap Rd, Parap NT 0820

oka teppanyaki in darwin

If you love Japanese food, step into the Oka Teppanyaki located in Parap Road and enjoy a traditional approach of Japanese cuisine that applies an iron griddle to cook food, bringing a dynamic and memorable dining experience. Oka Teppanyaki is a great venue for all special occasions like dinner dates, birthday parties, gatherings with family and friends, or business meetings that first-timers will want to enjoy and stay for the experience.

Reserve a table at Oka Teppanyaki, which uses only the freshest ingredients to produce dishes with distinctive and special flavours sure to excite your taste buds by their expert chefs - from sushi and sashimi to tempura to wafu steaks to teppanyaki to king tiger prawns to the succulent beef to the fresh lobsters to bento boxes - there's a lot to choose from. And if that's not enough, you will also witness your own meal prepared right in front of your eyes.

Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and dinner from Monday to Saturday, take pleasure and also enjoy Oka Teppanyaki's wide selection of wines and handpicked Japanese sakes to enhance your dining experience. Book and dine in now!

Cafe Central

Address: 1/29 Rossiter Street, Rapid Creek NT 0810

exterior of cafe central in darwin

Located on Rapid Creek, Cafe Central which is open from 7 am to 2:30 pm, 7 days a week, has become the prominent choice for families, workers and couples, looking for a perfect haven from the heat and hard work usually connected with residing in Tropical Darwin.

This relaxing cafe is a great hotspot if you dig and savour international menu with outdoor tables and local art on the walls. Thirsty for more information? Cafe Central, which is run by owners Daniel Treacy and Katie Anderson, offers great coffee, which many declare the best in Darwin and with an all-day breakfast and lunch menu.

Regarded also as one of the best kid, bike and dog-friendly cafes in Darwin, Cafe Central provides baby chinos, dogs are offered with freshwater and riders can enjoy ice-cold hand towels to cool them down after their long rides. Everyone who comes in at Cafe Central can assure to get exceptional and festive attention in the form of table service and ice cold water.

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