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

East Coast Car Rentals, 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

Skyscanner Car HireSkyscanner Car Hire

Adelaide car hire from $26

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DriveNowDriveNow

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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Exclusive

$20 off Australia-wide rentals

Available on rentals until 30 April 2021 when you spend a minimum of $200. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

$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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Skyscanner Car HireSkyscanner Car Hire

Adelaide car hire from $26

Valid for travel on select dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

Up to 20% off 2+ days rentals

Available on select rental dates until 11 December 2021 across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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Get up to 20% off 3+ day rentals

Available on rentals from 1 February - 15 December 2021 across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off with code

Available on select rental dates across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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AvisAvis

Up to $30 off 3+ days rental

Available on rentals from 8 January - 28 March 2021, including Saturday night. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 25% off Awesome Campers rentals

Available on select rental dates across Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

2 days free on Let's Go campervan rentals

Available on select travel dates across Australia. Minimum rental nights may apply. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 20% off Apollo campervan hires

Available on select rental dates across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Priceline.comPriceline.com

Up to 30% off Budget car hires

Available on select rental dates across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 10% off Autosleepers rental

Available on rentals until 31 March 2021 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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AvisAvis

Free upgrade on car hires

Sign up your email and receive the best car rental offers across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

Up to 15% off prestige car rentals

Available on rentals until 11 December 2021 across Australia and New Zealand including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Auckland and more. Minimum of 5 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

5% off Cheapa Campa rentals

Available for rentals until 31 March 2021. Destinations include Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Broome, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Must book at least 180+ days prior to the start of your rental. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

5% off Britz campervan rentals

Available on rentals until 31 March 2021 when you book a minimum of 21 days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

5% off Apollo Motorhomes rentals

Available on rentals until 31 March 2021. Destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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DiDiDiDi

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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HertzHertz

10% off 3+ day car hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne and more. Minimum rental period of 3 consecutive days applies. T&Cs apply.

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HertzHertz

15% off prestige hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021 on participating locations excluding Tasmania. Minimum rental period of one consecutive days applies. T&Cs apply.

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15% off 3+ day weekend car hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021 on participating locations excluding Tasmania. Minimum rental period of 3 consecutive days applies. T&Cs apply.

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HertzHertz

Up to 15% off 7-day rentals

Available on rentals until 28 February 2021 in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Get 1 day free on 5-day car hires in Australia

Available for travel on select dates until 28 February 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne and more. Must include a Saturday night keep. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

Up to 15% off weekday van and truck rentals

Available on select rental dates until 31 January 2021 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

Up to 20% off Australia van and truck rentals

Available on rental pick ups between Sunday - Thursday until 31 January 2021. T&Cs apply.

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DriveMyCarDriveMyCar

Adelaide car hire from $28.22/day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for a rental near Mawson Lakes. T&Cs apply.

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National Car RentalNational Car Rental

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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DriveMyCarDriveMyCar

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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Discover CarsDiscover Cars

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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EuropcarEuropcar

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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Earn 4 Qantas points for every $1 spent

Rent a car across Australia and earn 4 Qantas points for every $1 spent. T&Cs apply.

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OutdoorsyOutdoorsy

Australia rentals from $58/day

Available on select rental dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and more. Sample rate is for a Flexi Delish in Baldivis, WA. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

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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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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