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Finding a High-Quality Car Rental in Canberra Is Now Easy

amazing view of Canberra city

Booking a car rental in Canberra through CarHire.com.au won't take much of your time with our advanced booking system. Our car rental partners such as Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise, Europcar, and Hertz are leaders in the industry and recognised brands for Australian car hire. When you book with us, you are booking directly with the supplier and get a live view of their fleet. Start comparing now to find a high-quality rental car.

About Canberra

As the capital city of Australia, Canberra has much to offer. It is a well-planned city that is laid out around an artificial lake. Visitors can enjoy a trip to the Parliament House and Old Parliament House for a taste of Australian history and its modern political structure. Those exploring the area by road can expect picturesque scenery, vineyards, and vibrant festivals.

Why Rent a Car in Canberra at CarHire.com.au?

  1. Convenience - Booking a car hire in Canberra will give you the convenience and flexibility to explore the city at your own pace, no need to plan your day around timetables or rely on others for transport.
  2. We do the research for you - We compare the rates of the best-value rental car companies in Canberra and provide you with the best price. All you need to do is select the vehicle that you want under the price category and enjoy big savings.
  3. Great rates - We have negotiated with the leading suppliers so we can provide the best price. Check out our Price Promise page for more details.
  4. Trusted since 2001 - Our friendly customer care experts will assist you with your car rental booking. They are experts in the car hire industry and help hundreds of people every day. Contact us today via phone call, email, or live chat today.

Top Tips for Hiring a Car in Canberra

  • If you are arriving via Canberra Airport, consider renting a car off-airport since car hire rates are usually higher at the airport.
  • There are no tolls in Canberra or the Australia Capital Territory.
  • The general speed limit in Canberra is 50km/h unless otherwise signed.

When to Travel to Canberra

Canberra is pleasant to visit all year round with each season offering plenty to discover. Spring (September, October, November) offers new blooms and warmer weather, while Autumn (March, April, May) charms travellers with a palette of reds, yellows and oranges as the season changes.

Driving Tips in Canberra

Planning to drive in Canberra? The city is filled with many roundabouts, which means traffic flows smoothly. Note that distances between cities are vastly different here than they are in most of Europe and Asia. The Nation's Capital city, Canberra, for example, is 300km from Sydney​ and some 650km from Melbourne. So plan your trip well and consider flying from one location to another and picking up your hire car from the airport in each location.

Canberra Car Rental FAQs

What is the most popular rental car in Canberra?

The most popular vehicle class in Canberra is a Kia Rio or similar based on recent bookings by customers. 

Which car rental companies are at Canberra Airport?

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty have counters at Canberra Airport and are located on the lower arrivals level outside the terminal.

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

You need to be 25 years old to hire a car in Canberra. However, some companies accept 21-year-old drivers but they need to pay a young driver surcharge.

What are the parking options in Canberra?

Parking in Canberra’s CBD is easy and affordable with parking available at the Canberra Centre for $30AUD/day. The city also has a carpooling incentive that allows you to park for free at designated car parks throughout the city provided there are three or more people in the car.

How can I find an affordable rental car in Canberra?

Finding an affordable car hire for your stay or onward journey in Canberra is easy when comparing deals from different rental companies. Be sure to see if rates have dropped after booking so you can modify your booking if needed.

Fun Ways to Explore Canberra in a Reliable Rental Car

Canberra has so much to see and do. Being the capital of Australia, you will find the National Museum and National Art Gallery, along with Parliament House. With so many options for day trips, hire a car! The weather is very cold in winter and comfortable in summer, so all year round a hire car will give you comfortable, convenient transport.

There are plenty of things to see and do but one of your first stops should be the top of Telstra Tower. Here you can see the whole city spread out before you. Finish of with a bike ride or a paddle boat hire on the lake and a trip to the War Memorial after lunch.

Questacon is a great day out for those with children, or even just those interested in science and technology. As the National Science and Technology Centre, there are always a ton of things to learn about and do here, with a constant stream of new exhibitions, what's not to like?

Once you've done the city itself justice then there are plenty of great destinations within a day trip of Canberra, especially if you've hired a rental car. A drive to Goulburn or Cooma provides a great place to stop and have lunch with eclectic, interesting shops to explore. The locals also recommend Bungendore, which is about an hour from the city, depending on your starting point.

Why not travel through the Southern Highlands or the district of Goulburn? Don't miss the mysterious Lake George or the wool capital of Australia.

Wine, Roses and all that Jazz is a celebratory festival that honours the art of the grape in Canberra. It spans two days from November 7 to November 8 and is a great opportunity to get out to one of 25 local wineries and businesses to sample their wares. Be sure to designate a driver for your rental car and ensure they are covered by the insurance that you've taken out with you.

Have you ever thought of being a pilot? You can test your skills out on a Boeing 737-800NG Flight Simulator. Located in Fyshwick this is the most fun frequent flyers can get to being behind the wheel in a plane. with 30, 60, and 120-minute sessions you can book in and learn what to do just on the off chance you're the leading character in an action movie where the pilots have been poisoned and it's up to you to land the plane.