Car hire in Hobart

Make the most of your visit to Hobart with car hire deals from under $40 per day.

Updated

Fact checked

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

Hobart is the main springboard into the rest of Tasmania. Hire a car here and you can be unwinding on the crescent beaches of the Freycinet Peninsula or exploring national parks and colonial towns within a couple of hours.

Before you get behind the wheel, though, there are a few things you should know.


Compare hire cars and prices in Hobart

To help nut out your budget, we've outlined approximate costs you can expect to pay for your hire car, broken down by vehicle size.

We arrived at these costs by searching our booking and comparison tool for a 4-day hire from Hobart Airport, booked a month in advance and priced for drivers aged 25+. We then pulled out the cheapest vehicle for small, medium, large and SUV cars. Prices were retrieved on 23 October 2018 for hires starting on 23 November 2018.

Small, economy car

  • Car: Hyundai Accent Hatch
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1x large bag, 1x small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Cost: $151.41 for 4 days or $37.85 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Kia Cerato Sedan
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1x large bag, 1x small bag
  • Rental company: Europcar
  • Cost: $184.43 for 4 days or $46.11 per day

Large car

  • Car: Toyota Camry
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2x large bags, 1x small bag
  • Rental company: Europcar
  • Cost: $210.20 for 4 days or $52.55 per day

Estate car

  • Car: Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3x large bags, 3x small bags
  • Rental company: Thrifty
  • Cost: $330.04 for 4 days or $82.51 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 23 October and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


Car hire locations in Hobart

Major car hire companies such as Budget, Hertz, Europcar and East Coast Car Rentals are present around Tasmania, as are more local companies such as AutoRent and RentforLess. Popular rental locations include:

  • Hobart Airport
  • Hobart Cruise Terminal (Argyle Street and Harrington Street)
  • Hobart CBD (Argyle Street and Harrington Street)

Tips for driving in Hobart

  • Don't cross double white dividing lines. When a road has a set of double white lines running down the middle, it means you're not allowed to cross, even to turn into a driveway or a street on the opposite side of the road.
  • Look out for vehicles overtaking on the left. On multi-lane roads, it's legal for cars to overtake using the left lane as well as the right, so pay attention to your blind spots.
  • Keep your fuel topped up. It's not unusual for petrol stations in certain parts of Tasmania to close early or be shut when they're meant to be open. To make sure you don't run out of petrol, try to keep half a tank in your car at all times.
  • Drive on the left. As with the rest of Australia, Tasmanians drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Tips for car hire in Hobart

  • Car rental excess insurance. While car rentals generally come with basic insurance the excess is usually quite high. You can pay to have this reduced or you can opt for private insurance which may work out to be cheaper and you can customise to better suit your needs. Compare your options here.

4 popular driving routes in Hobart

Hobart to Port Arthur

  • How long is the drive? 200km, round trip
  • How long do I need? One day
  • Must-sees along the way: Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and possibly the most popular daytrip out of Hobart for first timers is the convict penal settlement of Port Arthur.

Once you're out of the city wind through the countryside and Tasman National Park to this historic site, but don't forgo a side-trip to spy the coast's natural formations. This includes the Tasman Arch (pictured), Devil's Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay.


Hobart to Bruny Island

  • How long is the drive? 167km, round trip
  • How long do I need? One day
  • Must-sees on Bruny Island: Adventure Bay, Bruny Island Bligh Museum, Cloudy Bay Lagoon, Bruny Island Lighthouse and Cockle Creek.

When the sun's out and adventure is on the cards, the ultimate day trip is to Bruny Island. It's a 40 minute drive from Hobart CBD and involves catching a ferry from Kettering. The good news is that it's a vehicle ferry so you can drive straight on and straight off when you arrive on the island. Highpoints include The Neck at Adventure Bay which affords breathtaking views of Hobart and Mount Wellington, the historic Bruny Island Lighthouse and stacks of places to eat and drink.


Great Eastern Drive (Buckland to Bay of Fires)

  • How long is the drive? 418km, one-way
  • How long do I need? Three to five days
  • Must-sees along the way: The Surf Coast, Freycinet Peninsula, Fertile Valleys and Maria Island

This is arguably the road trip across Tasmania that gets paid the most lip-service. It's coloured with beach upon beach and features well-known hotspots like Maria Island and Wineglass Bay in the Freycinet Peninsula.

It officially starts in Orford which is an hour out of Hobart and ends in St Helens which is about two hours from Launceston. However, you can extend the journey to start in Buckland and end at the Bay of Fires.


The Heritage Highway

  • How long is the drive? 268 km, round trip
  • How long do I need? Two days
  • Must-sees along the way: Pontville, Bothwell, Callington Mill, Blackman's River Bridge, Elizabeth River and Brickendon.

A less renowned though no less magical road trip is the Heritage Highway. It's a blast from the past that takes you by farmland, Georgian villages and historical properties where you can gaze upon immaculate gardens and wander through servants' quarters.

The highway features some of Australia's oldest constructs, including the Callington Mill, which is Australia's third oldest windmill, built in 1837 and Ratho, the nation's oldest golf course which winds the clock back to the 1820s.

I'm ready to book my car hire!


Car hire deals in Hobart

East Coast Car RentalsEast Coast Car Rentals

Up to 15% off Australia rentals

Available on all rentals from February - March 2021 across Australia, including Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

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.

Last verified

EuropcarEuropcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

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

Last verified

Looking4ParkingLooking4Parking

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 20% off Apollo campervan hires

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

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Skyscanner Car HireSkyscanner Car Hire

Hobart car hire from $33

Valid for travel on select dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Hobart include Port Arthur, Tasmania and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

HertzHertz

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

HertzHertz

Up to 15% off 7-day rentals

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

Last verified

Coupon code ends

HertzHertz

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.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

DriveMyCarDriveMyCar

Car hire from $24 per day

Hire cars across Australia from as little as $24 per day. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Rentalcars.comRentalcars.com

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.

Last verified

Discover CarsDiscover Cars

Australia car hires from $14.99/day

Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.

Last verified

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

Budget Car RentalBudget Car Rental

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.

Last verified

Deal ends

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.

Last verified

Popular Car Hire coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
20 Jan 2021 Up to 15% off Australia rentals HOL****
14 Dec 2020 Get $20 credit FIN****
20 Jan 2021 Get 10% off NSW car hires LOV****
18 Jan 2021 $20 off $200 car hires FIN****
21 Jan 2021 Up to 15% off with code PAP****

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site