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Car hire in Adelaide

Experience Adelaide to its fullest with these top car hire deals from $22 per day.

It'd be easy to anchor yourself to the city centre on a trip to Adelaide. Its festivals, galleries and bars make it hard to leave.

However, if you hire a car, within a few revolutions you could find yourself in wine country, walking the foothills of a mountain range or unfurling on a sandy beach.

Before you start the ignition there are a few things to know, including how much you need to budget and the top road trip routes.

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Compare hire cars and prices in Adelaide

To give you an idea of how much you should budget for hire, we searched our car hire tool for a week-long rental from Adelaide Airport for drivers 30–65 booked a month in advance.

We then looked at the cheapest prices based on vehicle size. Prices stated below were retrieved 28 October 2018.

Small, economy car

  • Car: Kia Rio
  • Seats: Four
  • Luggage: One large bag, one small bag
  • Rental company: Alamo
  • Cost: $149.06 for 7 days or $21.29 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Hyundai Accent
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: One large bag, one small bag
  • Rental company: Alamo
  • Cost: $152.36 for 7 days or $21.77 per day

Large car

  • Car: Kia Cerato
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: Two large bags, one small bag
  • Rental company: Enterprise
  • Cost: $377.28 for 7 days or $53.90 per day

Estate car

  • Car: Mitsubishi ASX
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: Three large bags
  • Rental company: Europcar
  • Cost: $391.19 for 7 days or $55.88 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 28 October 2018 and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


Car hire locations in Adelaide

Budget, Avis, Hertz, Ace, Enterprise, Europcar and Jucy all offer car hire in Adelaide. Popular pick-up points include:
  • Adelaide Airport
  • The A2 near Davenport Terrace
  • North Terrace

3 popular driving routes in Adelaide

The Epicurean Way (Adelaide to the Barossa and Clare Valley)

  • How long is the drive? 282 km return
  • How long do I need? Two days
  • Must-sees along the way: McLaren Vale, Hahndorf Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley

You could do this drive in a couple of hours but you wouldn't really be able to make the most of all this region has offer. This is wine country so it was made for lazy vineyard lunches, wine tasting sessions and nights of deep sleep in winery accommodation.


The Coastal Way (Adelaide to Moonta)

  • How long is the drive? 324 km, round trip
  • How long do I need? Two days
  • Must-sees along the way: Ardrossan, Stansbury, Edithburgh, Inneston, Point Pearce

This road trip is lined with pit stops where you can get out and enjoy the fresh air. Walk to the Arrium Lookout, go crabbing in Ardrossan, shuck oysters by the sea in Port Vincent and visit the lighthouse at Troubridge. If you're into hiking then devote a few hours to exploring Innes National Park.


Kangaroo Island

  • How long is the drive? 530km, round trip
  • How long do I need? One or two days
  • Must-sees along the way: Flinders Chase National Park, Admirals Arch, The Remarkables.

Kangaroo Island sits off the coast of Adelaide and is one of the area's most lauded national beauties. A third of the island is protected by national reserves and native wildlife abounds. You'll need to hop on the ferry to cross over but this takes vehicles so you can drive around to your heart's content while on the island. The island also has accommodation if you wish to stay overnight.

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Tips for driving around Adelaide

On the whole, driving is pretty straightforward in Adelaide. Drivers use the left side of the road and there are no toll roads to worry about. If you use common sense and brush up on the following tips your road trip around the city should go without a hitch.

  • Stay wider of the rider. Drivers are required to give cyclists a berth of at least one metre when passing them on roads with speed limits of 60km/h or less. On roads with higher speed limits drivers must stay 1.5 metres from the rider.
  • Speed restrictions. A couple of additional speed restrictions apply in Adelaide. Drivers must not go faster than 25km/h if they are overtaking a school bus or passing a stationary emergency services vehicle with flashing lights.
  • Overtaking on the left. Drivers may overtake other vehicles using both the left- and right-hand lanes on multi-lane roads in Adelaide.

Tips for hiring a car in Adelaide

  • P-platers might not be able to hire a car. Most car hire companies require you to have a full licence to rent a car in Adelaide. Redspot is one of the best-known brands that offers P-plate holders the opportunity to rent a car.
  • It's good to compare car hire excess insurance. Hire cars come with basic insurance though this is often very high on the provided policies. Before signing up for this, compare your options on our car hire rental excess page as you'll often find more suitable budget-friendly policies elsewhere.

Car hire deals in Adelaide

UBER UBER

$20 off your first ride

Valid on your first Uber ride anywhere in Australia (T&Cs apply). Only available through finder.

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Europcar Europcar

15% off car hire

Valid for rentals until 21 July 2019 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia and New Zealand.

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Europcar Europcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Up to 15% off car hire

Available on all vehicles (except trucks) picked up in Australia before 31 March 2019. T&Cs apply.

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Free upgrade car hire

Valid from 7 January - 7 April 2019 across Australia. Minimum rental of three days. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off car hire

Valid for rentals until 1 August 2019 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 2 days rental and must be booked 21 days prior vehicle pick up. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

7-day Australia car hire for the price of 6 days

Valid from 7 January - 7 April 2019. Minimum rental of seven days. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Double upgrade car hire

Valid for rentals from 28 January - 30 April 2019 across Australia. Minimum of three days rental. T&Cs apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar

Car hire from $23 per day

Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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Europcar Europcar

25% off premium hire insurance

Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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