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Car hire in Adelaide

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

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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.

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

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

Europcar Europcar
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$20 off nationwide rentals

Available on rentals until 31 January 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $200 required. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Available on select dates until 15 December 2020. Rental must be for 2 days or more and booked 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

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

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off base rate

Available on rentals until 15 December 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. Pick up on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday required to avail offer. T&Cs apply

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Hertz Hertz

Get 1 day free on Australia car hires

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you book a minimum of 5 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Free upgrade on Australia rentals

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you use the code. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

4th day free + free upgrade on Australia car hires

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and more. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane, and New Zealand.

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Avis Avis

$30 off 2+ days car hire

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Free double upgrade on rentals

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020. Destinations include Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more. Minimum of 2 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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DiDi DiDi

Up to $40 off rides

Get $20 off 2 rides in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Available from 4pm-10pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 25 October 2020. Maximum of 2 rides/week. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $50 off rides

Get $5 off 10 rides in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle. Valid for new users only. Maximum of 4 rides per day. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 20% off Australia car hires

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 when you book a minimum of 7 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 33% off + Free upgrade on weekend rentals

Available on rentals until 31 December 2020 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Adelaide car hire from $32

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

SUV rentals from $59/day

Available on 3+ day rentals until 31 October 2020 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

$35 off SUV rentals

Available on Intermediate SUVs rentals until 18 December 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart. Minimum of 2+ days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Up to 15% off Australia rentals

Available until 20 December 2020 on prepay bookings. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off prepay bookings

Available on rentals until 20 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, GOld Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Western Australia car hire

Available on select 2020 and 2021 dates in Fremantle, Midland and Malaga. Minimum of 7 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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4th day free car hire

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 when you book for 4 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Free car hire upgrade

Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 when you book for 2 consecutive days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Western Australia car hire from $20

Available on rentals until 16 January 2021 across Fremantle, Midland and Malaga. Minimum 7 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Free car rental for members

Join the Emerald Club and earn 1 rental credit for every qualified car rental. Inclusive of free rental days and other benefits. Destinations include Australia, Canada, United States and more. T&Cs apply.

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Car hire from $24 per day

Hire cars across Australia from as little as $24 per day. T&Cs apply.

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Compare over 800 car hire companies worldwide

Rentalcars.com can help you compare major car hire company rates for the best price. Companies it compares include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty, Alamo, Dollar and Budget. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more.

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Third day free on Australia rentals

Available on rental until 18 December 2020 when you use the code. Destinations include Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and more. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

$1 Australia one way car hires

Available on select rental dates from 14 October -30 November 2020. Minimum of 4-5 rental days required. T&Cs apply.

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Adelaide car hires from $16.05/day

Available on select rental dates in 2020. Car types include intermediate, economy, compact and more. T&Cs apply.

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Australia car hires from $14.99/day

Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 15% off base rate on 5+ day car rentals

Available for pick ups from May - December 2020 at select locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&Cs and black out dates apply.

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Up to 60% off advance bookings

Available for travel on select dates across Australia. Save up to 60% if you book in advance today. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 10% off base rate on 3+ day car rentals

Available for pick ups until 15 December 2020 at select locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&Cs and black out dates apply.

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Earn 1,000 bonus Velocity points

Available on pick ups until 31 January 2021 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Free upgrade on car hires

Sign up your email and receive the best car rental offers in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Get $200 hotel voucher on car hires

Receive an exclusive $200 accommodation credit voucher when you book an intermediate class or higher vehicles for 3+ nights. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Australia car hires from $43/day

Available on select dates in 2020 in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Broome and more. Sample rate is for a compact car in Coffs Harbour. T&Cs apply.

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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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