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Brisbane car hire deals

Take a Brisbane road trip with these great car hire deals.

As Australia’s third-biggest city, Brisbane could never be accused of leaving visitors short of things to do. However, if you want a taste of local life, you’ll need to hit the road and explore the region beyond the city limits.

Head out of the Queensland capital towards any compass point and you’ll reach vineyards, national parks and old world villages in no time. Here are a few things you should know before starting the engine, though.

Top Brisbane car hire deals

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UBER UBER

$20 off your first ride

Valid for an instant $20 off in all cities across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide. First ride only.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

Up to 20% off base rate

Valid for rentals until 16 December 2018 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advanced and a minimum of 2-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

$1/day one-way car hire

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

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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Avis Avis

Fifth-day free SUV car hire

Valid until 30 September 2018. Minimum of 5 consecutive days car hire across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire

Valid until 31 August 2018. Minimum of 7 days rental in Australia.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

15% off the 5+ day hires

Valid on select dates until 16 December 2018 in Australia or New Zealand. T&Cs apply.

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Enterprise Rent a Car USA Enterprise Rent a Car USA

Up to 10% off Australia car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire on prestige cars

Valid until 29 October 2018 at participating locations in Australia. 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 AU Europcar AU

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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Avis Avis

Fourth day free car hire

Valid on rentals until 30 September 2018 with minimum of four consecutive days rental across Australia. T&cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

10% off 3+ day truck, ute and van rentals

Valid for pick ups until 31 August 2018 in Australia. Minimum three day hire required.

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Road rules: What to know about driving in Brisbane

Brisbane drives on the left side of the road. Driving in the city is pretty uncomplicated, but be sure to brush up on the following tips before you travel and your time behind the wheel will be even easier.

  • Overtaking rules. On multi-lane roads and motorways it’s legal for cars to overtake you on the left-hand side as well as the right, so pay extra attention to your blind spots when changing lanes.
  • 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 with 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 taxi using the lane, don’t follow it.

Popular Brisbane driving routes

  • Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail. Head east out of Brisbane, along the M5 and M2, and you’ll reach Brisbane Valley. You’ll follow in the footsteps of pioneers as you stop at historical towns like Lowood, with its old bank, theatre and cordial factory. Drive for just over an hour and you’ll get to Wivenhoe Dam, which is a great place for a picnic.
  • Brisbane to Mount Mee. Drive 90 minutes north of Brisbane and you’ll arrive at Mount Mee. The region around the mountain is home to a tangle of walking trails, vineyards, forests, waterfalls and a stamp-sized country town known for its locally-grown coffee.
  • Brisbane to Ipswich. One of Queensland's oldest cities is a 40-minute drive south-west of Brisbane. Ipswich features art galleries, museums, parks, brewery bars, a vineyard and a cluster of cafes and restaurants serving everything from Italian to barbecue food.

Frequently asked questions about car hire

  • Who offers cheap car hire from Brisbane airport? Car rental service desks for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Carhood, Redspot and Thrifty are all located at Brisbane airport.
  • I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Brisbane? Some car hire companies, like Redspot, hire vehicles out to drivers with provisional licences. However, in some cases a surcharge applies.
  • How does car insurance work? 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.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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