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Anyone flying into Sydney and planning on renting a car can pick it up directly from Sydney Airport from companies like Budget, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise (formerly Redspot), Hertz and Thrifty. You can book a car with us ahead of your trip and pick up the vehicle upon arriving at the airport. Several car hire counters are located at the arrivals terminal.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Sydney Airport (SYD)

Available car types​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Luxury, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Airport depots​​12
​Car rental suppliers​Avis, Budget, East Coast, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz,

Location Overview

Sydney Airport is 8 kilometres away from the CBD and takes approximately 22 minutes to drive here via M1. It is located in the suburb of Mascot and is considered one of the oldest airports in the world.

Also known as Kingsford Smith, Sydney Airport serves as a gateway to several world-class attractions such as the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also the perfect base to begin your day trip to many spectacular destinations, including South Coast, Hawkesbury, Maitland, and Orange. You can check out other day trip destinations here​.

Sydney Airport has three passenger terminals. T1 International is located in the north-western section of the airport and is open every day from 3 am until 11 pm. Terminal 2 Domestic and Terminal 3 Domestic Qantas are both located in the north-eastern section and open daily from 4 am to 11 pm.

Currently, there are 6 car rental companies at Sydney Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Rental desks can be found in the arrivals hall of T1. If you’re coming from T2 or T3, just follow the signs to rental cars in the arrivals hall.

Car Rental Overview

Sydney Airport address: Sydney NSW 2020, 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 5 am and 11 pm at Sydney Airport, 7 days per week.

Avis Sydney Airport: Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 11 pm

Budget Sydney Airport: Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 11 pm

Enterprise Sydney Airport: Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 11 pm

Europcar Adelaide Airport: Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm

Hertz Sydney Airport: Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 11 pm

Thrifty Adelaide Airport: Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm

East Coast Sydney Airport: Sydney Airport, Level 3, Park on King, 336 King Street, Mascot, NSW 2020 Australia. (Open Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 10 pm)

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

Sandeep (August 2019): Sandeep collected a rental car from Avis at Sydney Airport. They booked a Kia Rio and rated the vehicle’s condition 10 out of 10. Sandeep’s advice to other rental car customers is to make sure to return the car on time.

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Why Rent a Car in Sydney Airport at VroomVroomVroom?

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Driving Tips at Sydney Airport

The airport is situated about 8 kilometres from the Sydney CBD and can take about 25 minutes via rental car in light traffic. For general information on departure and arrival, visit the official site of Sydney Airport. If you want to get some tips on road safety and learn about rules and regulations, check out our guide on driving in Australia.

Finding a Cheap Car Park at Sydney Airport is Now Easy

VroomVroomVroom can help you find an affordable car park at Sydney Airport by gathering some great on-airport and off-airport car park deals. This will save you time from researching parking options. Click here for a list of parking suppliers at Sydney Airport.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Sydney Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Sydney Airport?

Go to the rental car desks at the arrivals hall of T1 terminal. After collecting your car keys, proceed to the ground level of car park P7. If you’re collecting your car from T2 or T3 terminals, follow the signs to the rental car.

Where do I return my rental car at Sydney Airport?

Head to the ground level of the multi-storey car park and return the vehicle to the marked car hire company’s return area. If there’s no one to accept the keys at the return area, leave the keys at the counter.

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

The nearest petrol station is BP which is located at the corner of Butler Road and General Holmes Drive. It is open 24 hours so you can refuel your vehicle anytime. If you are in search of the cheapest fuel near, use our Vroom Fuel Price Compare​ app.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Sydney Airport?

Yes, you may pass by several toll roads when hiring a car from Sydney Airport. Currently, there are 9 toll roads in Sydney so you will get charged when driving on these roads, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel. Click here​ for more information on toll charges.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

It is not required to have the rental car washed before you return it, but make sure to keep it in the same condition as it was in when you have picked it up.

Travel in Style with your Reliable Car Rental in Sydney

Conveniently situated only 8 kilometres south of the city centre and less than 10 kilometres from key tourist attractions, Sydney Airport (also known as Kingsford Smith Airport), which officially opened in 1920 as Mascot Aerodrome, is the only major airport serving Sydney.

Live it up and get ready to have an awesome time in your Sydney Airport car hire, from the world-class art and museums to famous beaches – you've got yourself a trip. If you are still organizing your travel plans, VroomVroomVroom has come up with a few wonderful things that you can do and places where you can eat or visit during your adventure in Sydney. Check it out below!

Attractions | Accommodation| Restaurants & Bars


Ayurve Beauty & Day Spa

Address: 1/436 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

If you are looking for serene day spa in Sydney CBD, Ayurvé is an oasis that will truly envelop you away from the bustling city outside. Recognised as more than just a beauty salon or a natural therapy centre, Ayurvé Beauty and Wellness Day Spa is a sanctuary for your mind, body and soul, with a combination of western beauty treatments and the ancient healing practices of Ayurvedic therapies.

Established in 2001, Ayurve in Sydney has seven treatment rooms, one couple spa room, relaxing lounges, a skin bar, a spray tan facility, a shower and changing facility. So even if you are there for a 10 minute spray tan treatment or a therapeutic Ayurvedic experience, you will definitely leave feeling rejuvenated and stress free.

For more recommended attractions in Sydney, check out our Travel Guide.

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Station Sydney Harbour National Park Manly

Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

stunning view at Station Sydney Harbour National Park Manly

Q Station is one of Australia's significant heritage and environmental landmark's preserved within 30 stunning hectares of Sydney Harbour National Park. The spectacular site encompasses the history, life and the cultural significance of Sydney Harbour and its environs. Q Station is a unique destination, with beautifully refurbished heritage accommodation spread over several different precincts allowing guests to explore and experience the expansive location. The grounds of Q Station are an experience with wildlife, nature and magnificent views of Sydney harbour and the Sydney CBD skyline. Q Station Manly offers a variety of guided tours from daytime history tours, tours for school & vacation care groups to ghosts & paranormal tours.

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Restaurants & Bars

Nel. Restaurant

Address: 75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

nel restaurant table setting

Situated in the heart of Sydney's CBD in the underground basement of the Central Station Hotel, the modern yet modest Nel. Restaurant covers an open kitchen seen from every seat in the house, which features leather booths, exposed brickwork and sleek copper facades, producing an impeccable backdrop for an exciting and open environment. Leading the kitchen is chef Nelly Robinson, praised for his new interpretations of sophisticated Australian dishes. Also, chef's strong understanding and appreciation of the perfect seasonal produce is demonstrated with a monthly changing seasonal degustation menu, which really shows his innovation; yet maintain the comfy and obtainable quality making his food so famous and well-favored by food enthusiasts.

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