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Compare Deals to Find the Right Car Rental in Adelaide

city night view of Adelaide

If you are looking for a rental car in Adelaide, CarHire.com.au can help you find a vehicle guaranteed to meet your needs. Our fast and easy booking system will allow you to search and compare deals from all the major car hire agencies in Australia such as Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, and Thrifty.

About Adelaide

As the vibrant capital of South Australia, Adelaide has something for everyone. Sports, beaches, wilderness, culture, fine food and wine; it is all within easy reach of this city. March is a great month to visit Adelaide if you are a lover of culture. There is both the acclaimed Adelaide Festival and world music event Womadelaide set in Botanic Park.

Reasons to Book a Rental Car in Adelaide With CarHire.com.au?

  1. Great rates: Make sure to book your car hire in advance to secure the best prices. You can choose from a wide range of vehicles from Adelaide's leading car rental suppliers.
  2. Fast and easy booking: We provide a fast and effortless way to compare, reserve and save on your car rental. In fact, a few minutes is all you need to make a booking with us.
  3. Wide selection of vehicles: We compare everything from economy cars to SUVs. If you are flying to Adelaide, you may prefer to pick up your rental car at the airport. We also compare car hire deals at Adelaide Airport.
  4. Trusted for years: We have been helping people in finding the right rental car since 2001. Contact us via email, chat, or phone if you need any further information when booking a vehicle in Adelaide.

Top Tips for Hiring a Car in Adelaide

  • Make sure to compare and check weekly car rental rates
  • Go for economy cars since they are normally the cheapest
  • Collect your rental downtown instead of at the airport if you want to save up on rentals
  • Read the fine print carefully before confirming your booking
  • Before you return your hire car to the depot, make sure you fill it up with fuel to avoid getting charged

When to Travel to Adelaide

If you’re looking for a fantastic mix of festivals and outdoor activities, February to late March is the perfect time to travel to South Australia’s capital. The Adelaide Fringe Festival starts mid-February and goes for a month. The Superloop Adelaide 50, the country’s biggest domestic motorsport event, is usually held around this time too as well as plenty of summer events such as St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, SPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, WOMADelaide, and Tasting Australia.

Adelaide Driving Tips

Remember that the default speed limit in urban areas is 50km/hr unless otherwise signposted. In addition, only a few roads allow you to travel at a maximum speed of 110 kph as the speed limit on several Australian highways is 100 kph.

A must-see destination when you are in South Australia is the stunning Kangaroo Island, just a 30-minute flight south from Adelaide, or less than two and a half hours drive by car and ferry. Normally, the flights leave from Adelaide Airport just 10-15 minutes from Glenelg.

Adelaide Car Rental FAQs

What is the most popular rental car in Adelaide?

Based on recent bookings by customers, Mitsubishi ASX or similar is the most popular vehicle class in Adelaide.

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Adelaide Airport?

Major car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty have desks at Adelaide Airport.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Adelaide?

You should be 21 or over, and must hold a valid current unrestricted driver's licence to rent a car in Adelaide.

How can I find a car hire near me in Adelaide?

Simply check out our extensive car rental location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

Is it cheaper to rent a car for a week in Adelaide?

Yes. Normally it’s cheaper renting a car for a week than one day. Based on a recent search, a one-day rental in Adelaide costs A$49 on average while one-week rental costs A$25 per day.

Get the Most From Your Adelaide Road Trip With Our Tips

While driving a hire car is the ultimate in convenience, at some point you'll have to pull yourself away from behind the wheel of your hire car - no matter how comfy the seats may be! Taking a tour is a chance to get local insights, and a city tour is often a good way to get your bearings before you start to navigate in your vehicle. Alternatively, try something completely new with a Murray River cruise. These usually include lunch, and conveniently leave from Adelaide.

If you've always wanted to get up close and personal with the wildlife, then a drive to Baird Bay on the Eyre Peninsula might be perfect for you. Here you have the opportunity to swim with sea lions and dolphins with Baird Bay Eco Encounters.

Point Labbat

For those that prefer to observe their ocean critters from a distance, you can often get views of sea lions playing in the shallows from Point Labatt. If you're after some whale watching, plan your trip between June and October. During school holiday periods rental cars are in high demand, so book well in advance.

Adelaide's hot zones for nightlife are the clubs, bars, and pubs of Rundle Street in the east, and Hindley Street and Light Square in the west. Gouger Street is Adelaide's key dining location. It's the gateway to the Adelaide Central Market, and the bustling mall and food halls of Chinatown. Shoppers flock to the premier shopping district of Rundle Mall, while bargain hunters love outlet shopping at Harbour Town. It is a 15-minute drive west of the city, near the airport.

Wine lovers, of course, will have one destination clearly in mind: The Barossa Valley wine region. Many of the wineries are quite generous with their wine tasting sessions so if you're going to do this, booking a tour with a driver is highly recommended. Not only will your group not need to choose a designated driver for the hire car, but there will be no chance of getting lost, or having difficulty locating quality wineries that cater to your tastes. On top of this, the locals know a thing or two about the region's history and are more than happy to tell you about it.

Glenelg Adelaide Coast

No trip to Adelaide is complete without a tram ride to
Glenelg. This picturesque little seaside spot is popular with locals, tourists, and of course, the ever-present seagulls. A walk down the pier is a pleasant way to appreciate views of the gorgeous coastline. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and fast food choices. Tourists will often hop on a tram to Glenelg from the city and take in the seaside: a tradition which has endured for many years which also saves you finding a park for the rental car. An ice cream on the beach is refreshing and relaxing, and so too is a seaside pint or two.

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