10 sites to book rental cars online

Drive the price of your rental down by comparing the car rental companies from around the world.

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Renting cars for holidays can be a confusing business. There are so many providers to choose from, all with different terms and conditions, vehicles and models and, most crucially, prices.

We’ve rounded up the best car hire sites on the Internet to help take the stress out of your search.

What’s the difference between booking direct and booking with an online aggregator?

On one hand, aggregators allow you to easily compare options from different companies with one simple search, but on the other, booking direct can let you access exclusive deals and discounts that are only available when booking direct. We recommend a combination: Use an aggregator, like the tool just below, to see more options and check in on our car hire deals page to see what offers are available to get the best price for you.

Top 10 sites to book rental cars online


Europcar

Europcar

Despite the name Europcar is not confined to Europe. Since it was founded in 1949 it has spread to over 140 countries worldwide, and rents a wide variety of cars, vans and trucks.

  • Redeem Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer points against your booking
  • Accounts available for business customers
  • Privilege Loyalty Program offers exclusive rewards and discounts

Search for cars from Europcar


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Avis

Global car hire giant Avis has been around since 1946. Since then it has expanded and currently has over 5,000 rental locations worldwide.

  • Mobile app available for iOS
  • Offers and specials available in the site’s deals section
  • Avis Preferred Membership offers priority service and pricing

Search for cars from Avis



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Hertz

Hertz was founded in 1918 with just 12 Model-T Fords in its fleet. Today it has operations in over 146 countries and is the largest worldwide airport use car rental brand in the world.

  • 24-hour roadside assistance with every booking
  • Hertz Mobile Wi-Fi connects you to Wi-Fi wherever you go
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards users receive exclusive rewards

Search for cars from Hertz


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Budget

Part of the Avis rental group, Budget specialises in cars and trucks for those on, well, a budget. It stocks a wide range of cars, vans and trucks in over 2,500 locations worldwide.

  • RMS E-Toll in all bookings automatically charges any tolls incurred to your credit card
  • Join the Budget Fastbreak program for exclusive rewards
  • Earn FlyBuys or Qantas Frequent Flyer points on all bookings

Search for cars with Budget


DriveNow

Use Drive Now to compare the price of car hire, plus book campervans and car relocations.

  • Compare car prices from multiple companies
  • Guaranteed best rate on your car hire or you'll get 10% off
  • Book cars in almost 100 countries around the world

Search for cars with DriveNow


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Expedia

Since it was founded in 1996, Expedia has become one of the world’s leading online travel agents and is a trusted site for finding online deals. It is known for flight and hotel bookings, but also offers rental car deals.

  • Price match guarantee ensures it won’t be beaten on price
  • Exclusive last minute deals
  • Expedia+ provides members-only discounts and deals

Search for cars with Expedia


Sixt

With thousands of locations around the world, no matter where you need a car, Sixt has you covered.

  • Frequent deals with up to 35% off hires
  • Discounts available if you pre-pay for your vehicle
  • Average age of cars is just three months

Search for cars with Sixt


Wotif

Wotif

Australian travel-planning site Wotif burst onto the scene in 2000, offering bookings for flights, hotels, packages and car hire.

  • Customer reviews let you see what others thought of hotels, airlines and rental agencies
  • No hotel booking fees
  • Sign up to the newsletter for exclusive deals and savings

Search for cars with Wotif


BYOJet

BYOJet

One of Australia’s leading travel sites, BYOJet finds great deals on a range of travel needs, including car hire and discounts on world famous attractions.

  • Car hire, packages and insurance available worldwide
  • Live chat available
  • Exclusive deals on local attractions

Hotwire

Hotwire

Hotwire specialises in unsold travel deals. This means that anytime a plane seat goes unsold, a hotel room goes unbooked or a hire care is not reserved, Hotwire swoops in and negotiates a cheaper rate for consumers.

  • Exclusive rates and deals
  • Get $10 off when you sign up for the newsletter
  • Mobile app for on-the-go browsing and booking

Search for cars with Hotwire


Which of these retailers allow me to compare different car companies?

  • Wotif compares car hire companies including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz
  • Drive Now compares both car hire and campervan rental from popular companies including Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, Britz, Jucy and Maui.
  • Expedia compares car hire companies including Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise
  • BYOJet compares Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz and Budget
  • Hotwire compares Alamo, Budget, Dollar Rent A Car, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty

Which car hire company should I choose?

There's no single right answer to this question. Sometimes it might be cheaper to book direct with the car hire company, but aggregators like Wotif and Expedia may feature special deals that you can only access through them.

If you’re looking for the cheapest car hire available for your trip, spend the time to see what each company and aggregator is offering in terms of cars, price and insurance costs, to make an informed decision. Don’t forget to check out our coupon codes and deals [link to the coupons below] to see what steals you can drive away with.


Which of these retailers allow me to add on hire car insurance?


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Avis Avis

Up to $20 off 3+ days rental

Available on rentals from 12 - 16 March 2020 across Sydney, Nowra or Wollongong. Minimum 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Available on rentals from 4 - 9 March 2020 across Australia. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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$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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Up to 20% off advance booking

Available on select dates until 20 June 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. Rental must be for 2 days or more and booked 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply

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Cairns car hire from $23

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Gold Coast car hire from $23

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Sydney car hire from $34

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Get $20 credit

Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off car hire

Compare car hire prices on Rentalcars.com and save up to 20% compared to booking direct.

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Avis Avis

Get the 4th day free on Adelaide rentals

Available on rentals from 14 February - 15 March 2020 2020. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Get the 4th day free on Queensland and Northern Territory rentals

Available on rentals from 30 April - 5 May 2020. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Get $50 back when you spend $250 or more

Available on rentals until 31 March 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Must be an American Express Card member. T&Cs apply.

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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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DriveNow DriveNow

Victoria car hire from $28/day

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

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Campervan hire from $5/day

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

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Up to 30% off Aucar Melbourne car hires

Available for rental until 30 April 2020. Rental includes Toyota Land Cruises Prado, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Altima and more . T&Cs apply.

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Up to $30 off SUVs with code

Available on rentals from 7 February - 29 March 2020. Minimum 3 days rental to avail. Destinations include New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Up to $20 off when you visit the Noosa Eat and Drink Festival

Available on rentals from 13 - 20 May 2020 across Brisbane Airport, Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Hamilton, Rocklea, Noosa and more. Minimum 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off Spain car hire

Available for pick ups until 31 December 2020. T&Cs 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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Trip.com Trip.com

Up to 10% off car hire worldwide

Save 10% on select car hire in South Korea and Malaysia and save 5% on car hire worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, the UK and more.

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10% off Cizgi Turkey car hire

Available for rental until 28 February 2020. T&Cs apply.

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15% off Hitch New Zealand car hire

Available for rental until 31 March 2020. Rental includes intermediate SUV, Mini, standard and compact cars. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Malaysia EPTA car hire

Available for rental until 29 February 2020. Offer available on mini, economy and compact cars. T&Cs apply.

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London car hire from $27

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

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Auckland car hire from $37

Available for travel on select dates until May 2020 with Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and more. T&Cs apply.

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Perth car hire from $38

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Perth include South Perth, Subiaco, Yokine and more. T&Cs apply.

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Hobart car hire from $48

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Hobart include Port Arthur, Tasmania and more. T&Cs apply.

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Brisbane car hire from $27

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Brisbane include Gold Coast, Moreton Island, Sunshine Cost and more. T&Cs apply.

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Melbourne car hire from $28

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

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Up to $8 off car hire

Available on select travel dates when you use the code. Minimum of 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off express rental cars

Compare worldwide car hire prices with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo and much more.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 20% off prepaid car hires

Available for rentals until 15 December 2020 across Australia. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 20% off weekend rentals

Available for rentals on 1 March 2020 - 15 December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum rental period of 1 day required. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

Up to 20% off base rate for 7-day rental

Available for rentals on 1 March 2020 - 15 December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum rental period of 7 consecutive days. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $40 off SUV rental

Available until 30 March 2020. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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20% off United Kingdom car hire

Available for rental on select dates. Offer available on almost all car categories. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Airport rentals from $30/day

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Western Australia car hire from $28/day

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

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