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Minimum Age to Rent a Car in Australia

Minimum age

It's always best to be aware of the minimum age requirements, especially if you want to rent a car in Australia. In most cases, you will need to be over 21 where a mandatory surcharge usually applies for drivers between 21 to 24. Check the list of the minimum age requirements for each of our suppliers to gather more information.

Avis : In Australia, the minimum age to drive is 21. A Young Driver surcharge will apply for drivers ages 21-24, regardless of length of rental.

Budget : Budget requires drivers to be over the age of 25, however, some Budget locations have lower minimum age requirements, such as 21-24, which may incur a daily surcharge.

East Coast Car Rentals: Drivers aged between 21-24 are permitted to hire, but are subject to an age surcharge.

Enterprise : You must be aged over 21 to hire a vehicle with Enterprise. Those between 21 to 24 will be subject to a surcharge, and are restricted only to economy and standard vehicles.

Europcar : You should be 21 or over (higher age limits may apply on some vehicle classes), and must hold a valid current unrestricted driver's licence for the particular class of vehicle hired. Learner's permits and provisional or probationary licences are not acceptable.

Hertz : Drivers aged 21-24 years will be eligible to rent subject to an age surcharge.

Thrifty : You must be aged over 21 to hire a vehicle with Thrifty, and you will be required to pay a Young Driver Surcharge.

Read more about age restrictions here.


Always check the Terms and Conditions...

It is important to remember that rules may differ depending on the location and rental supplier you choose. However, specific terms and conditions will always be listed in your car rental contract.