Car hire in Brisbane that’ll set you back as little as $29 a day

Drive off direct from Brisbane Airport toward the River City and beyond at the very best price.

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As the capital of the Sunshine State, Brisbane could never be accused of leaving visitors short of things to do. However, if you want a real taste of Brisbane, you’ll need to hit the road and explore the region beyond the city limits.

Within an hour you can reach vineyards, national parks and charming villages. Here are a few things you should know before starting the engine – including your car rental options and popular driving routes.


Compare hire cars and prices in Brisbane

Wondering how much rental will cost? Or what type of car works best for your travelling party? We used our comparison tool to uncover the cheapest hires from Brisbane Airport for various car sizes. Our findings are based on a 5-day rental, booked a month in advance for drivers aged 25+.

Fiat Punto

Small economy car

  • Car: Fiat Punto
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Jucy
  • Cost: $143.12 for 5 days or $28.62 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Jucy
  • Cost: $163.56 for 5 days or $32.71 per day

Large car

  • Car: Toyota Camry
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags, 1 small bag
  • Rental company: East Coast Rentals
  • Cost: $220.80 for 5 days or $44.16 per day

Holden Commodore Estate

Estate car

  • Car: Holden Commodore Estate
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3 large bags, 3 small bags
  • Rental company: Budget
  • Cost: $445.87 for 5 days or $89.17 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 6 August 2019 and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


Who offers car hire from Brisbane Airport?

Most major car hire companies have desks at both domestic and international terminals within Brisbane Airport. At the domestic terminal, this is found on level one near Virgin and Qantas ends



  • Budget Australia
  • Brisbane Northside Trailer Hire
  • Move Yourself
  • Kennards Hire
  • Hire My Trailer

  • Premier Limos
  • Luxcar
  • Limoso
  • Prestige Chauffeurs
  • Milimo
  • Queensland Luxury Car Rentals
  • United Limosines
  • Premier Transfers

Tips for driving/FAQs

  • Drive on the left. Australians drive on the left and Queenslanders are no different. Driving in the city of Brisbane is pretty uncomplicated, just remember on multi-lane roads and motorways it’s legal for cars to overtake you on the left-hand side as well as the right.
  • Toll roads. A number of toll roads operate around Brisbane. These include Airportlink M7, Clem7, Gateway Motorway, Go Between Bridge, Legacy Way and Logan Motorway. Most major car hire companies have devices fitted to their cars which track your use of toll roads. They will issue you a bill for this use at the end of your hire period. Make sure you ask about your hire company’s toll policy before you embark on your journey.
  • Transit lanes. Brisbane has a number of transit lanes. They’re clearly signposted with the words "Transit Lane" and the logo of a T1 or T2 against a red background. These lanes are meant for public passenger services carrying multiple passengers. So if you see a bus or taxi using the lane, don’t follow it.
  • Younger drivers. Most companies require drivers to be over 21 and to have a full driving licence. If you’re under 25 you may also need to pay a surcharge and be restricted on the types of vehicles you can hire.
  • Excess reduction. Hire cars come with basic insurance. Excess on these policies is often high, but you can opt to take out additional cover that will reduce this in the event of an accident. You can compare your options here.

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4 popular driving routes in Brisbane

Brisbane to Mount Mee

  • How long is the drive? 171 km, round-trip
  • How long do I need? 1 day
  • Must-sees along the way: Samford Valley, Dayboro heritage trail, Ocean View Estate Winery and llama cottage, Piccabeen Trail, Dahmongah Lookout Park, Caboolture Historical Village and Redcliffe Beach.

The region around the mountain is home to a tangle of walking trails, vineyards, forests and waterfalls. On the way back stop at Redcliffe to explore the seaside town before heading back to the city.


Brisbane to Toowoomba

  • How long is the drive? 265 km, round-trip
  • How long do I need? 1 day
  • Must-sees along the way: Ipswich Antique Centre, Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve, Ipswich Nature Centre, Ipswich Art Gallery, Picnic Point and Japanese Gardens.

A day trip to Queensland's Garden City is not just for lovers of all things nature. Toowoomba is also home to a foodie scene that can rival any big Aussie city. It also boasts sites for architecture buffs. Include a stop in Ipswich on the way there to really get a taste of the region.


Brisbane to Byron bay loop

  • How long is the drive? 393 km, round-trip
  • How long do I need? 1-3 days
  • Must-sees along the way: Cedar Creek Falls, Mount Tamborine Gallery Walk, Natural Bridge, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Yatala Pie Shop and Chung Tian Temple.

Sure, you could get to Byron Bay and back with a 4-hour round trip but where's the fun in that? With a couple of detours, you can throw in a stop in Mount Tamborine, the country town of Murwillumbah and a peaceful Buddhist Temple.


Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail (Brisbane to Kingaroy)

  • How long is the drive? 525 km
  • How long do I need? 1-3 days
  • Must-sees along the way: Wivenhoe Dam, Bellevue Homestead, Esk, Blackbutt, Bunya Mountains and Ringsfield House.

A drive along the Heritage Trail sees you following in the footsteps of pioneers as you stop at historic towns known for their heritage and culture. Drive for just over an hour and you'll get to Wivenhoe Dam or follow the whole trail with stops all the way to Kingaroy.


Car hire deals in Brisbane

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Get $24 off car hires with code

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on rentals until 31 October 2021 when you spend a minimum of $240. Destinations include Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
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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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Up to 15% off Australia campervan hires

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 20 December 2021. Destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off car rentals in Australia

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available until 31 December 2021 when you spend a minimum of $50. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Hobart and more. Prepayment is required. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off base rate

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday pick up dates until 11 December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on 2+ days rentals until 11 December 2021 when you book 21 days in advance. Destinations include Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
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Gold Coast car hires from $34

Available on select rental dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations include Brisbane, Toowoomba, Lamington National Park and more.
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$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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Up to 20% off for Entertainment members

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on select rentals dates until 2022 across Australia, including Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Launceston. Minimum of 3 days rental required. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 50% off rentals + no one way fee

Expires 26 Sep 2021
Available on rentals until 10 December 2021 on pick up locations including Alice Springs, Broome and Darwin. Drop of locations include Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide. Minimum rent of 7 days required. T&Cs apply.
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Earn Qantas Points on rentals

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Earn 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent on car rentals across Australia. T&Cs apply.
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Third day free on rentals

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on rentals until 31 October 2021 across Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
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Australia: Up to 7.5% off Let’s Go Motorhomes rentals

Expires 28 Feb 2022
Available on select rental dates until 31 March 2022 when you book 180 days in advance. T&Cs apply.
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5% off advance bookings

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on rentals until 31 March 2022 across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Broome and more. Minimum of 180 days advance booking. T&Cs apply.
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Get 5% off Hippie Camper rentals

Expires 1 Jan 2022
Available on rentals until 31 March 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.
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10-day Western Australia campervan escape from $485

Expires 30 Oct 2021
Available on rentals in Perth from 1-30 November 2021 and 1 February - 31 March 2022. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 15% off car hires with code

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on Australia rentals until 30 September 2021. Destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
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Australia campervan hires from $299 per week

Expires 20 Dec 2021
Available on JUCY Crib and Champ weekly rentals until 20 December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off 3+ day rentals

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on rentals until 11 December 2021 across Australia and New Zealand. T&Cs apply.
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6th day free + free upgrade on rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on Australia rentals from 3 October - 5 December 2021 when you book a minimum of 6 days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more. 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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Brisbane car hire from $36/day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for a rental near Stafford Heights. 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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Brisbane car hires from $21

Available on select rental dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations from Brisbane include Gold Coast, Moreton Island, Sunshine Coast and more.
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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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Up to 15% off prestige car rentals

Expires 11 Dec 2021
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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Up to 15% off 5+ days rentals

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on rentals until 11 December 2021 across Australia and New Zealand. T&Cs apply.
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Brisbane 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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Brisbane car hires from $51.68/day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for an economy car. T&Cs apply.
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Brisbane car hires from $32/day

Available on select rental dates with Avis, East Coast, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and more. Sample rate is for a sedan car.
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Brisbane car hires from $34 per day

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select rental dates with Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Europcar and more.
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Brisbane campervan hires from $32 per day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for a station wagon.
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Brisbane campervan hires from $65 per night

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for a rental in Karana Downs. T&Cs apply.
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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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