Car hire Los Angeles

Cruise the streets of LA in style with our guide to car hire in LA - including the latest deals.

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Famed for its boulevards and sun-soaked ocean views, Los Angeles is a city best seen from inside a convertible. It’s your chance to road trip like a rockstar, from the downtown metropolis to the wide open road, from the sea to the mountains.

Read on for car hire deals, where to book the most unique rides, key road rules and spectacular driving routes in and around Los Angeles.


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$15 off all Australian activities with code

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

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Get $10 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Get $5 off activities with code

Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Jetstar sale: Australia-wide flights from $32 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to Launceston, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Whitsundays, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Darwin, Uluru and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off: Qantas flights from $70 each way

Available on flights from April - September 2021 to destinations including Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra, Darwin, Broome, Perth and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Launceston.

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Up to 50% off domestic flights with Qantas

Available on flights from April - September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Hobart, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin Australia Virgin Australia

Happy hour sale: Australia flights from $49 each way

Available on flights from 28 June 2021 - 5 March 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Launceston, Canberra, Gold Coast, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off Sydney getaways with code

Available until 31 December 2021 when you stay a minimum of 2 nights. Valid for first time app users and discount capped at $250. T&Cs apply.

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Queensland flights from $44 each way

Available on Jetstar flights from July 2021 - March 2022. Destinations include Cairns, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Sunshine Coast and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast.

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Australia flights from $54 return

Available on flights from June - September 2021 to Gold Coast, Cairns, Brisbane, Hobart and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

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Skydive Australia Skydive Australia

Extra $40 off weekday skydiving with code

Available for use on all 5 days of the week until August 2021. Applies to 15,000ft tandem skydives. Destinations include New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Rex Airlines sale: Flights between Sydney and Melbourne from $39

Available on select flight dates until December 2021.

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Get $20 credit

Get $5 off each of your first four rides in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Perth and Newcastle. Valid on all dates for new users. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

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 20% off car hire

Compare car hire prices on Rentalcars.com and save up to 20% compared to booking direct.

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Up to 15% off Apollo Motorhomes rentals with code

Available on one-way rentals to Northern Territory from 12 July - 17 December 2021. Pick up locations include Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 15% off hotels with code

Available on stays until 30 June 2022 when you spend a minimum of $150. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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Viator Viator
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Extra 10% off Cairns and the Tropical North experiences

Available on select activities when you use the code. Includes sightseeing cruises, day tours, hot air balloon flights, helicopter scenic flights, attraction passes and more. Plus get free cancellation and pay later options. T&Cs apply.

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KKday KKday
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Get $15 off Australia activities with code

Available on all experiences until 31 December 2021 across Australia when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Whitsunday, Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

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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Virgin Australia Virgin Australia

Up to 15% off domestic flights with code

Available on Australia flights until May 2022 when you book 7 days in advance. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.

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Get $10 off Vivid Sydney experiences

Available from 6-28 August 2021 on activities including cruises, skywalks and more. Minimum spend of $300 required.

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Agoda Agoda

Up to 77% off Sydney hotels + an extra 5% off with code

Available on stays until December 2021. Includes free breakfast, free cancellation and pay at the hotel option on select properties.

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Cheap Flights Cheap Flights

Australia-wide flights from $55 return

Available on flights until December 2021 to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Launceston and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

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New Zealand flights from $287 return

Available on flights from June - November 2021 to Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland with Jetstar.

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Up to 31% off flying experiences plus an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights. Destinations include Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 28% off things to do in Sydney + Extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of 250. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives, whale watching cruises, dining, classes, high teas, spa treatments, getaways and attraction passes. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off things to do in Gold Coast + Extra $5 off w/ code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include indoor skydiving, sightseeing cruises, hot air ballooning, getaways, jet boat rides, spa treatments and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 11% off Perth activities + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include driving experience, bike tours, kayaking, art workshops, spa treatments, skydiving and much more.

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Extra $10 off Australia getaway packages

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Blue Mountains, Cairns, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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Activities for kids from $17 + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include day tour cruises, zoo experiences, hop-on hop-off bus tours, attraction passes, zoo and animal interactions and more. Destinations include Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Extra $10 off Northern Territory activities with code

Available on select dates and activities include sightseeing tours, zoo and wildlife experience, spas, sailings, hot air balloon flights and scenic flights. Minimum spend of $300 required. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $10 off Adelaide activities with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Activities include winery tours in Adelaide Hills, tandem skydives, kayak tours and more. Sample price is for River Torrens sightseeing cruise. T&Cs apply.

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$10 off hot air balloon experiences in Perth

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 25% off driving experiences + an extra $5 off with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include rally driving, go-karting, quad-biking and more. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $10 off Canberra hot air balloon flight experiences

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 47% off last-minute domestic escapes

Available on stays within the next 14 days. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $10 off Hobart activities with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Activities include winery tours, getaways, high teas, spas, sightseeing cruises, helicopter flights and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin Australia Virgin Australia

Up to 50% off: Flights from $70 each way

Available on flights from June - September 2021. Sample fare is Melbourne-Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 63% off Sydney stays

Available on select travel dates until December 2021, include during Vivid Sydney Festival dates. Sample stay is at Meriton Suites Campbell Street.

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Car hire from Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

You won't fall short of car hire options from Los Angeles Airport, with numerous world-known and local brands available to book with. While no car hire company is located at the airport, most offer free shuttles that pick you up from outside the baggage claim to take you to their rental offices.

Here are some of the more popular options available:

  • Right Cars
  • Midway Car Rental
  • Allstates Car Rental
  • U-Save Car and Truck Rental
  • Atwest Rent A Car

Who offers luxury car hire in Los Angeles?

Here are some of the more popular car rental companies that specialise in luxury vehicles:

  • Rex Luxury Car Rental
  • Royal Exotic Car Rental
  • Silver Lake Luxury Car Rental
  • Black and White Car Rental
  • Gotham Dream Cars
  • 777 Exotics Car Rental
  • LA Luxury Car Rental
  • Falcon Car Rental

Who offers mustang car hire in Los Angeles?

  • Budget
  • 777 Exotics Car Rental
  • Classic Mustang Rentals
  • Regency Car Rentals
  • Legends Car and Van Rentals
  • Olympic Rent-A-Car

Who offers muscle car hire in Los Angeles?

  • Fast Lane Luxury Cars
  • Legends Car and Van Rentals
  • 777 Exotics Car Rental
  • Olympic Rent-A-Car
  • Regency Car Rentals


Road rules: What to know about driving in Los Angeles

  • Drive on the right. In Los Angeles, and throughout the US, you must drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • The first car goes first at crossroads. If there are no traffic lights at an intersection, the first car that arrived at the intersection has right of way.
  • You can turn right at red lights. Unless specifically prohibited, it’s legal to turn right on a red signal provided you give way to other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Give way on the downhill. On steep, narrow roads where two vehicles can’t pass each other, the vehicle facing downhill must give way by reversing until the vehicle facing uphill can pass.

Popular Los Angeles driving routes

  • Sunset Boulevard. Immortalised in popular culture, this 35km boulevard takes you along the Sunset Strip, which includes legendary venues like the Roxy and House of Blues, before making its way through Beverly Hills and Bel Air to meet the coast.
  • Mulholland Drive. This route combines the best of Hollywood ritz and natural grandeur. Beginning near the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, you will pass the iconic Hollywood sign, panoramic views of Hollywood and Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and the Griffith Park Observatory. At about 22 km long, it’s the perfect afternoon drive.

FAQs about car hire in Los Angeles

Can I hire my car in Los Angeles and drop it off in San Francisco or Las Vegas? Yes. Most car rental companies let you hire vehicles for one-way journeys. When booking, just nominate to drop the vehicle off at a different location to organise this. Note that fees may apply for one-way hires as the rental company needs to organise for the vehicle's return outside of your hire.

Do I need an international driver's licence to drive in Los Angeles? No. The state of California recognises foreign drivers’ licences for non-residents. However, if you plan to drive in other states, it is advisable to obtain an International Driving Permit.

I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Los Angeles? Yes. However, be aware that people under 25 years may have difficulties with car hire and insurance. An International Driving Permit will help minimise the difficulties.

How does car insurance work? Rental car insurance is a must and can be purchased from your car hire company or from another insurance company. Depending on your level of cover, it may also be included in your travel insurance policy. Whichever option you choose, it’s important to choose the right excess amount for your plans and budget – you can even remove the excess altogether if you like. To learn more and compare hire car insurance policies, click here.


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