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06 June, 2013 - Peta Daniels Peta Daniels

Sydney International Airport Car Rentals

Young or old, a seasoned adventurer, or new to the travel experience, there is something captivating and enticing on offer within Australia for overseas visitors. Being a top holiday destination that boasts a varied landscape to indulge in a range of adventures and activities, choosing to hire a car is a beneficial and worthwhile travel plan.


If your arrival destination is Sydney, then consider your Sydney International Airport car hire options. With a range of major and independent suppliers servicing the airport, you are sure to find a vehicle to suit your budget and travel needs.

So how can you save when renting a car from the Sydney International Airport? We hope the following tips and information can help you with finding the right rental vehicle.

Ways to Save

  1. Compare Car Hire Deals

    Sydney International Airport has a variety of car hire suppliers servicing airline passengers. Some of the major suppliers you may recognise as many of these are internationally recognised car hire agents.

    To compare the options available from the airport, you can choose to deal directly with the suppliers through their customer service phone number or online through their website. The other option, which has become quite popular for many booking services - not just car rentals, is to use a car hire comparison service such as, Car Rental Buddy.

    With a car hire comparison service, you can access deals instantly online with the convenience to easily book your chosen rental vehicle. For example, Car Rental Buddy presents a range of cheap Sydney International Airport car hire deals direct from top suppliers that include Redspot, Europcar, Ace Car Rentals, Apollo Car Rentals, Thrifty, East Coast Car Rentals, and many more!

    It pays to compare and you can find some great deals online with many suppliers offering competitive prices on modern vehicles with packages including a range of fantastic inclusions. To give you an idea, some suppliers will offer free additional driver while others will apply an additional charge per day for this optional extra. Compare and find out what type of options are available for you.

  2. Suppliers

  3. Type of Airport Suppliers

    When comparing airport rental packages you may notice that there are on-site and off-site suppliers. On-site suppliers are those that have their depot located directly at the airport, while off-site suppliers are within close proximity and generally offer a free shuttle service to and from their location.

    So what are the key differences in terms of savings between on-site and off-site suppliers? Suppliers located on-site have airport fees that are added to their rental packages, while off-site suppliers can present cheaper rates without these fees.

    Top Tip: Locate the car rentals at the Sydney International Airport by clicking here.

  4. Vehicle Selection

    Choose a vehicle that will be suited to your Sydney holiday adventure rather than what you are used to driving.

    For example, take into consideration how many passengers, how much luggage room is required, whether you will be doing a lot of city driving and parking, the transmission type, etc. You can save big money if you choose rental deal that offer what you need for your travels.

    • Number of Passengers & Luggage Room

      Car hire suppliers offer a range of vehicles to suit all types of travellers. From two seaters to vans with the capacity to seat 12 passengers, you are sure to find a rental car to meet your needs. Examples of the type of vehicles you can find available at the Sydney International Airport are listed below:

      • Compact / Economy / Mini

        Hyundai Getz, Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift, Toyota Corolla (Hatchback), Toyota Echo, Holden Barina, Audi A1, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Veloster

      • Standard / Intermediate / Fullsize

        Nissan Almera, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Hyundai i30, Mitsubishi Lancer, Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Liberty, Volkswagen Passat, Opel Vectra, Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon, Audi A3, Renault Megane Cabriolet, Subaru Outback

      • Luxury / Premium / Exotic / Special

        Audi A4, Audi A4 Avant Wagon, Holden Caprice, Audi A5 Cabriolet

      • Van / SUV

        Holden Captiva, Nissan X Trail, Mitsubishi Pajero, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai iMax (Eight Seater), Toyota Commuter (12 Seater), Kia Carnival (Seven Seater), Toyota Tarago (Eight Seater)

      Top Tip: Don't dismiss the compact and economy ranges if you like to pack a lot of luggage! Most hatchbacks do have folding back seats, so if you are only transporting two or three passengers, you can fold down both or just one backseat to get extra storage space.

    • Car Examples

    • Driving Landscapes

      Taking a moment to work out what type of driving you plan on doing while in Sydney can help you to save money on hiring a car and also the running cost for that vehicle. All too often, car hire customers may overlook the aspect of fuel costs for a specific vehicle.

      City driving, where you may experience a lot of stop and start traffic, will be less fuel efficient than highway travelling. The compact, economy, and mini ranges are popular for car hire customers that are opting for around town travels and provides greater ease for parking.

      Adventures that involve heading out on the open road will provide you with a little more fuel efficiency than the city driving. Once again, the compact, economy, and mini ranges will be light on the pocket for running costs while your larger sized vehicles will be a little extra.

      Don't cut your driving short or eliminate any travel adventures because you hire a car and find that you don't want to travel too far due to costs for fuelling up - just consider your plans and take running costs into consideration. All in all, these should only be a small aspect to consider but something to keep in mind.

    • City Driving

    • Transmission Type

      When comparing vehicles, you may like to filter results based on manual and automatic transmission. There are some great deals on offer for manual vehicles, so check out the options as this is another way to save even more money.

  5. Country of Residence

    Different deals for different travellers! Ensure you select your country of residence when conducting a quote as many suppliers in Australia offer fantastic rates for overseas holiday makers. They can also present varying types of rental packages that have differing levels of inclusions. These inclusions may not be offered to Australian residents, so get the best deals tailored by suppliers for you by selecting your appropriate country of residence!

  6. Book Early

    Once you have booked your flights, book your car hire! Don't wait until you arrive to rent a car. While there is a great selection of suppliers located on-site at the airport and in nearby locations, it doesn't mean they will have any suitable rental vehicles available if you turn up upon your arrival at the airport. Also, it pays to compare and it will not be an easy or time efficient process to compare suppliers in person across the various rental desks.

    Don't forget, car hire experiences peak seasons - similar to accommodation. So to ensure you access the cheapest rates and have a greater selection of cars to compare, book early!

  7. Third Party Excess Reimbursement Insurance

    Most suppliers will offer you the chance to include excess reduction as part of your rental package. There are different levels of excess reduction with prices varying between suppliers, their locations, and the vehicle you are hiring. For example, you may pay a higher price per day to purchase cover that will reduce the excess to nil, while you can pay a lesser amount and reduce the excess to an amount such as, $330.00.

    If you would like to opt for a different level of cover, then check out our Allianz Excess Reimbursement package that is available from as low as $12.65 per day. Simply click on the 'Select' button for a rental package and if your car hire preferences are eligible for the cover, you will see the information below:

    Allianz Excess Reduction Option

Intrigued to explore renting a car from the Sydney International Airport? Give Car Rental Buddy a call on 1300 737 400 (or +61 2 8228 1898) to discuss the options available for you. Our friendly team is available 24 hours a day, so no matter what time of day or night it is, you can call us to have a chat.

If you prefer, you are most welcome to do a free online quote to check out the deals on offer.

Enjoy travelling around Sydney and remember to take care, drive to the conditions of the road, and obey the speed signs!