Car hire in Hobart

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

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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.

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Car hire deals in Hobart

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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 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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$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 10% off + free cancellation on Australia rentals

Verified 2 days ago Expires 1 Oct 2021
Available on select rental dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more. Prepayment is required. Must cancel 7 days prior to get a full refund. T&Cs apply.
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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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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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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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7-day Tasmania campervan from $449

Expires 30 Oct 2021
Available on rentals from 18 February - 20 March 2022 in Hobart. 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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Car hire from $24 per day

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

Hobart car hires from $37

Available on select rental dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Hobart include Port Arthur, Tasmania 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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Australia car hires from $14.99/day

Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.
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Hobart car hires from $42 per day

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select rental dates with Hertz, Sixt, East Coast, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and more.

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