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Finding a Cheap Car Hire at the Gold Coast Airport Is Easy

buildings in Gold Coast

VroomVroomVroom compares car hire deals at Gold Coast Airport from trusted rental car companies including Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise. Find great car rental rates by comparing rentals at Gold Coast Airport.

Gold Coast Airport (formerly Coolangatta Airport) is unique, in that its runway straddles two states of Australia; Queensland​ and New South Wales​. Both its domestic and international flights operate out of the same terminal for convenience and practicality.

Tips for Families Booking a Rental Car at Gold Coast Airport

  • Travelling with a kid under 4? It is required by law that your child should be restrained in an approved forward-facing seat with a built-in harness.​​
  • Should you need assistance to add a forward-facing child seat to your booking, you can contact our Customer Care Team. Make sure to advise the age of the child.

Booking a Rental Car for a Gold Coast Airport Business Trip?

  • It is recommended to allow more time for long queues during peak seasons as you don't want to miss an important business appointment.
  • Plan an itinerary and check your driving routes before your arrival. This is important so you can maximise the time spent on the roads in between meeting

Current rates for rental cars for a 7 day hire between the 22nd to 29th of December, 2019 for the following car classes:

Standard Car​Compact SUV​Fullsize Car​
$81.00 ​​AUD per day*​$95.57 ​​AUD per day*​$94.50​ ​​AUD per day*​

See ALL current prices by clicking here​.

*Rates are subject to change at any time. With the price increasing as the Christmas season draws closer, booking today will save you a lot of time and money.

Location Overview

Gold Coast Airport is just a 30-minute drive from the city centre. From budget to quality airlines that fly all over the world, the Gold Coast is known for providing a service that caters to everyone. Gold Coast Airport is only open between 4:30am to 11:00pm. Are you starting your journey at Gold Coast Airport? There are both off and on airport parking solutions available. Are you flying into Gold Coast Airport?

You can find the on-airport car rental counters near the entrance and taxi rank. If you arrived on an international flight, start heading towards the other end of the airport and pass the main entrance. You will see the car rental counter on the left-hand side across from the Qantas Club.

Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Europcar and Enterprise are available to rent at Gold Coast Airport. Keep in mind that East Coast Car Rentals is an off-airport provider and required a shuttle bus or form of transport to get to. This is, however, a much cheaper option if you are looking to save money.

Car Rental Overview

Gold Coast Airport Address: Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, Queensland 4225

Number of On Site Suppliers: 6. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Thrifty and Hertz.

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

Car Rental Opening Hours: From 6am to 10:45pm, 7 days a week, you can rent a car from Gold Coast Airport.

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

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

Avis logo​Avis Gold Coast Airport:
Monday to Sunday​ from 6 am to 10:30 pm.
Budget logoBudget Gold Coast​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 10:30 pm.
Thrifty logoThrifty Gold Coast​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 10:30 pm.

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

Jane (August 2019): Jane picked up their intermediate car from Gold Coast Airport and rented a car for 4 days. They were happy with the car hire experience with Enterprise.

Chad (August) 2019): Chad rates their Avis car rental a 9/10 and said that the car rental process at Gold Coast airport was good.

Why Hire a Car at Gold Coast Airport With VroomVroomVroom?

  • Enjoy great rates - We offer the best deals on rental cars.
  • Wide selection of cars - Since we compare deals from major brands, you have more vehicle selection.
  • Convenience - Got a free shuttle from the hotel? We can also help you book a vehicle right in the heart of the Gold Coast​.
  • Trusted since 2001 - People keep coming back to VroomVroomVroom because of our excellent service. Let us help you find the perfect car rental. Contact us now!

Driving Tips at Gold Coast Airport

Situated at the southern end of the Gold Coast, the airport is approximately 25 km (16 mi) south of Surfers Paradise, and about 100 km (62 mi) south of Brisbane​. Take note that the entrance to the airport can be found in the suburb of Biling near Coolangatta.

Surfers Paradise is a popular tourist destination with white sandy beaches, accommodation and attractions to suit most budgets and tastes. We are proud to provide you with a list of available rental cars from the Gold Coast as well. If you need more driving tips, click here.

Parking at Gold Coast Airport

Are you looking for great deals on airport parking at Gold Coast Airport? For a safe place to keep your car and peace of mind when you are away, click here​ to book your airport parking securely and find great rates now.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Gold Coast Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Gold Coast Domestic airport?

You’ll find the car rental counters at Gold Coast Airport right next to the entrance. The on-airport car rental suppliers are located in the same area. Your rental company will direct you to the correct parking location to collect your vehicle. Off-airport depots will require a shuttle bus or alternative transport to get to.

Where do I return my rental car?

You return the car rental in the same place you picked it up. At Gold Coast Airport, this is in the car park outside the terminal.

How far is the distance between the Gold Coast domestic and international terminals?

The domestic and international terminals are both in the same building at Gold Coast Airport.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

You will need to return the rental car in the same condition it was in when you picked it up. Unless the car is noticeably dirty, you do not need to wash it.

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

The closest petrol station is Freedom Fuels at Airport Central, 1 Eastern Ave, Bilinga QLD 4225. This petrol station is open 24 hours. You can download the Vroom Fuel Price Compare App to find the cheapest fuel in the area.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Gold Coast Airport?

There are no toll roads in the Gold Coast or near the airport. Keep in mind that Brisbane does have toll roads if you drive there.

Have Fun Exploring Several Scenic Locations in Gold Coast

Upon arrival in the Gold Coast Airport, there are already spectacular attractions that you can check out when collecting your rental car. The obvious choice is to head north to explore the legendary Gold Coast. You have something for everyone here; 70 kms of sun, sand and surf, and 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest in the region. That's without starting on the theme parks, restaurants and nightclubs, which help to make this Australia's most popular holiday destination.

VroomVroomVroom have come up with a few stunning things that you can do and places where you can stay, shop, dine, or visit during your adventure in Gold Coast Airport. Check it out below!

Attractions | Accommodation | Restaurants



Attractions

Australian Surfing Adventures

Address: 74 Chainey Ave, Miami QLD 4220, Australia​

woman enjoying surfing at Australian Surfing Adventures

If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, why not come, join and visit Australian Surfing Adventures?

Whether it be a 2-hour surf lesson on one of Gold Coast's best beaches or a surf trip away. Rest assured you will be regarded like royalty and be offered one of the best surfing experiences around.

The team at ASA has over 42 years experience and know this coastline like the back of their hand. They have the knowledge to find the best waves on any given day and they also have a few secret spots and hidden gems tucked up our sleeves.

Their surf instructors and guides are the backbone of their business so they only selected the best of the best who are passionate fun loving people with the knowledge and experience to teach you all you need to know - from weather patterns to tidal movement to wind swell forecasts to rips and of course, get you ready surfing all the way to the beach. Note that ASA success rate is 100%.

Surf Easy

Address: Duringan Street/Pacific Parade, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia 4223

Surf Easy is the original Alley surf school and the only licensed and Accredited Surf School to have run lessons at the Alley every weekend and Holiday since January 1994.

It's also the only Surf School on the Coast where you can get instruction from a Level 4 Master Coach, with years of teaching experience and Educational Qualifications, so we can cater for all levels of ability.

Surf Easy offers the best value lessons on the Coast with the Gold Coast's most experienced coaches, at Currumbin Alley, the best and safest location, and value their safety record.

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Accommodation

La Costa Motel

Address: 127 Golden Four Dr, Gold Coast QLD 4225

front view of la costa motel with company logo

If you need a few days off or catching an early flight, La Costa Motel provides comfortable accommodation with a 'beach shack' atmosphere between the Gold Coast Airport and the stunning Bilinga beach. La Costa Motel is a top destination for leisure and business travellers alike with free 24-hour airport transfers and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

You are welcomed in air-conditioned rooms with pillow topped comfort guaranteed beds, flat screen TVs and DVD players, microwave, fridge, and your very own Expresso Coffee Pod Machine. Most of the rooms have courtyards surrounded by the iconic 'white picket fence' or stay in your own upstairs apartment looking over the Pacific Ocean.

So what are you waiting for? Walk 50m to the end of the street for your true Gold Coast beach experience or take one of the vintage bicycles along the boardwalk to the tree-lined cafes, restaurants and shops in Kirra, Coolangatta and Tugun.

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Restaurants

Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar

Address: Q1 Resort & Spa, Hamilton Ave & Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

amazing burger at longboards laidback eatery and bar

Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar is the Gold Coast's best gourmet burger & craft beer eatery located in Surfers Paradise under the Q1 Tower.

They offer over 20 gourmet burger options plus hotdogs that vary in affordability and size to satisfy anyone's hunger.

They are home of the famous 1.8kg Phat Bastard burger challenge, Longboards also offers a wide selection of seasonal cocktails to enjoy whilst looking out over the beautiful Q1 setting. If you are looking for amazing burgers packed full of fresh local ingredients and a great atmosphere then drop by!

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