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Canberra car hire deals and guide

See Canberra’s best with these great car hire deals.

Hire a car in Canberra and you can nip from one side of the city to the other in just half an hour, even at rush hour.

Alternatively, take your motor into the countryside that surrounds the capital and you can explore vineyards, valleys and some of Australia’s most historic towns.

Before you go, here are a few hints that should help your road trip run like clockwork.

Top Canberra car hire deals

Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid on hire cars in Australia and New Zealand for pick up before 16 December 2018. Must book 21 days in advance.

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15% off base rate on 5+ days rentals

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Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand until 29 June 2018. Book 7 days in advance to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Get one day free on weekend rentals

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of three consecutive days including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$1/day one-way car hire Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Campervan hire from $5/day Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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15% off Audi rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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10% off private car rides

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Book now and save 10% off on private car rides all over 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Czech Republic. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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

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15% off car hire

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of seven consecutive days. T&Cs apply.

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Third weekend free car hire

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Available for rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Valid for 3 consecutive days over the weekend including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off SUV hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Car hire from $23 per day Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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15% off 2019 car hire

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Valid for rentals between 1 January 2019 - 15 December 2019 across Australia. Minimum of 5 consecutive days rental. T&C's apply.

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Get one free day on 5-day rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 any day of the week. Valid across Australia.

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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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15% off for 5-day car hire

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Valid for rental pick ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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

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

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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 and Budget.

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Road rules: What to know about driving in Canberra

As in the rest of Australia, in Canberra cars drive on the left side of the road. Thanks to the clever placement of roundabouts in the city and dual carriageways on the city outskirts, Canberra doesn’t really experience the sort of congestion other capitals do.

Prepare for roundabouts. Canberra is home to over 400 roundabouts. Each one is governed by a “halfway round” rule, which means you must enter the left lane if you are turning off before the halfway point and you have to use the right lane if you intend to turn off after the halfway point.

Beware of wildlife. Wild animals are common on the remote roads that surround Canberra. Kangaroos, wombats and possums often stray onto the roads, especially at dusk and dawn. Drive more slowly in these areas and try not to swerve if you do encounter an animal; it’s safer to brake and continue on course.

Watch out for cyclists. Canberra has a reputation for being the cycling capital of Australia, so keep an eye out for cyclists when you drive around. Most intersections have coloured bike lanes where cyclists have right of way.


Popular Canberra driving routes

Canberra to Murrumbateman. Follow the Barton Highway north of Canberra and you’ll reach Murrumbateman in just over half an hour. It’s an easy drive with high returns. The village is orbited by vineyards where you can go wine tasting or sit down to a long lunch in the countryside.

Canberra to Kangaroo Valley. It takes two and a half hours to drive north-east from Canberra to Kangaroo Valley. The region has christened itself “Australia’s most beautiful valley” and is home to rainforests, creeks, rivers and bushland. The region also hosts a regular craft beer and barbecue festival in November.

Canberra to Braidwood. Braidwood is a stopped clock of a town. The history of many of its buildings can be traced back over 100 years. Antiques shops, tea houses, old-world pubs and an old-fashioned lolly shop are also part of this place’s appeal. It takes an hour to drive here from Canberra.


Frequently asked questions about car hire

  • Who offers cheap car hire from Canberra airport? Avis, Budget, East Coast Car Rentals, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty all hire out cars at Canberra airport.
  • I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Canberra? Most big-brand car hire companies won’t rent vehicles to drivers on provisional licenses. Redspot and East Coast Car Rentals are the exceptions in Canberra.
  • How does car insurance work? All hire cars come with a standard level of insurance in Canberra. Check your policy to see how much the excess is set at though. It can be really high and you might want to take out additional cover to lower the price. You can compare rental excess insurance here.

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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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