Cheap car hire in Tasmania

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With its national parks, mountain ranges, forests, vineyards, hot springs and untamed coastline, Tasmania was made for road trips.

It doesn't matter if you're exploring unknown territory or visiting family and friends, compare car rental options first to find the right price for you and your budget.

Compare hire cars and prices in Tasmania

We've sussed out how much you can expect to pay to hire a car in Tasmania. Our figures are based on a quote from our car rental search engine to determine prices for a 5-day rental from Hobart Airport, booked during the peak (December 2021) and off peak periods (August 2022) for a driver aged 30+.

Prices retrieved 1 October 2021.


Grey Holden Barina

Small, economy car

  • Car: Holden Barina
  • Seats: 4
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Budget
  • Peak cost: $1,167.12 for 5 days or $233.42 per day
    Off peak cost: $494.02 for 5 days or $98.80 per day

White Hyundai Accent

Medium car

  • Car: Hyundai Accent
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Peak cost: $643.13 for 5 days or $128.62 per day
    Off peak cost: $399.38 for 5 days or $79.87 per day

Black Holden Commodore

Large car

  • Car: Holden Commodore
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Peak cost: $1,264.09 for 5 days or $252.81 per day
    Off peak cost: $785.57 for 5 days or $157.11 per day

Red Nissan X-Trail

SUV/Estate car

  • Car: Nissan X-Trail
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Peak cost: $902.81 for 5 days or $180.56 per day
    Off peak cost: $846.89 for 5 days or $169.37 per day

Where can I book car hire in Tasmania?

Car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, DriveNow and Thrifty are all present in Tasmania. These rental companies and others are available at major airports and cities. This includes:

  • Burnie (Wynyard) Airport
  • Devonport Airport
  • Devonport CBD
  • Hobart Airport
  • Hobart CBD
  • Launceston Airport
  • Launceston CBD

Who offers car hire from Hobart Airport?

There are 8 car hire companies available for pick-up from Hobart Airport. Each rental company has a booth located in the arrivals area towards the exit. Companies include:

  • Budget
  • Bargain Car Rentals
  • Redspot
  • Thrifty

Frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Tasmania

Can I hire a car without a deposit?

Yes it's possible. The decision to ask for a deposit is at the discretion of each individual car company. Things like your relationship with the company, the duration of hire, and model of car being rented can influence how much a deposit costs or if you need to pay one at all.

How much is it to hire a car in Tasmania?

Based on Tasmanian car hire pricing data from KAYAK the average per-day cost of car hire in Hobart is $33, with $25 per day being a good deal. The average price in Launceston is slightly higher at $36 per day.

This makes it on average between $230 to $250 to hire a car in Tasmania for a week.

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Tasmania?

According to data from KAYAK August and September are the cheapest months to rent a car in Hobart or Launceston. Car hire prices in both cities are at their highest in December followed by January and February.

How can I get a cheap car rental?

There are a few ways to get the cheapest deal on car rental including:

  • Skipping the airport. Sure, renting from the airport is convenient, but you'll often end up paying more to cover airport surcharges. If you can manage to wait until you're in the city to rent a car you can save yourself some money.
  • Compare online. Use our car rental search engine or sites like KAYAK to compare your options and find the cheapest deal.
  • Pay for car rental with frequent flyer points. Both Qantas and Velocity frequent flyers can earn and redeem points on car hire. The minimum number of points per rental using Qantas Points with Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty is 3,500 points. The minimum for a rental with Velocity Points is 4,000 points with Europcar.
  • Opt for a smaller car. Smaller cars are typically more affordable and will need less fuel than a bigger car. Depending on the number of people you're travelling with you might not need the space a bigger car comes with.
  • Stick with one driver. Only people with their name on the rental agreement can drive a hire car. Some companies will charge extra per day if you want to add another driver.
  • Avoid extras. With most people having access to smartphones these days you can forgo expensive extras like satellite radio and GPS navigation to save more money.
  • Make the most of memberships. If you frequently hire cars you might consider signing up to a company's membership program. Most are free and typical features include priority service and a free additional driver in the case that it's the main driver's spouse or an employee or employer.

How old do I have to be to hire a car in Tasmania?

Most car hire companies in Tasmania including Avis, Budget and Europcar, to name a few, require the driver of the vehicle to be at least 21 years of age.

All drivers must hold a full and current driver's licence that has been valid for at least 12 months.

Most companies will charge a "young driver" surcharge for drivers under the age of 25.

Do you need an international licence to hire a car?

If you don't hold an Australian driver's licence you will need to carry an international licence or international driver's permit (IDP) most of the time.

This is because most car hire companies can't verify your national driver's licence if it isn't written in English.

Other issues you might have using your national licence could be that it doesn't have an up to date licence photo or the home address is not up to date.

You can get an IDP from a road transportation authority or auto club in your home country. These typically have up-to-date information, translations in multiple languages and an up-to-date photo.

Is it cheaper to use car share or car hire?

It depends on your circumstance.

If you're travelling to a metropolitan area and are between 21 and 25 years of age you might be better off using a combination of public transportation and rideshare to get around. This is because you'll save money on the more expensive premiums for younger drivers.

If you're over the age of 25 and planning to drive around Tasmania then hiring a car will likely end up being cheaper. For example, we checked on Uber and found that it would cost $304 for a ride between Hobart to Launceston which is nearly as much as it costs to hire a small car for 5 days.

Tasmania driving tips

Road rules

  • Drive on the left. In line with the rest of Australia, Tasmanians drive on the left side of the road. When on multi-lane roads, you must stay in the left lane unless you're overtaking.
  • Keep an eye out for native wildlife. It's estimated as many as 500,000 native animals are killed on Tasmanian roads yearly, says the ABC. If you hit an animal you must get out and check if it is still alive. If you hit a marsupial, check the pouch to see if there are any living babies inside. You can report injured wildlife to the Tasmanian Government's Wildlife Management Branch on 1300 827 727. In July 2018 the government launched this Roadkill Tas app where users can record where they see dead animals. The information recorded will be used to pinpoint areas that require better road management to reduce roadkill.
  • Provisional licence holders may not be able to rent and drive cars. Most of the best-known car hire companies won't lend a car to a driver on their provisional licence. Redspot is one exception.

Good to know

Car hire deals in Tasmania

Deal

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 10% off car rentals in Australia

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available until 31 December 2021 when you spend a minimum of $50. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Hobart and more. Prepayment is required. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 20% off 2+ days Australia and New Zealand rentals

Verified 5 days ago Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on 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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Third day free on rentals

Expires 31 Oct 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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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.
Deal

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

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

Up to 10% off + free cancellation on Australia rentals

Verified 5 days ago Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on select rental dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne and more. Prepayment is required. Must cancel 7 days prior to get a full refund. T&Cs apply.
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6th day free + free upgrade on Australia car rentals

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available from 3 October – 5 December 2021 when you book a minimum of 6 days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
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Get $50 off 6-day rentals

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 12 December 2021 across Australia, including Western Australia, New South Wales and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to $30 off rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 31 October 2021 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rent including a Saturday night required. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Earn Qantas Points on car hires

Expires 30 Nov 2021
Earn 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent on rentals in Australia. T&Cs apply.
Code

Up to 20% off Tasmania car hires

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 31 December 2021 on locations including Launceston, Hobart, Burnie and Devonport. T&Cs apply.
Code

Up to 20% off Australia car hires

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on weekend rentals until 31 December 2021. Destinations include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 15% off car hires + earn Triple Accor Live Limitless rewards points

Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on rentals until 15 December 2021. Valid for Accor Live Limitless members. Destinations include Australia and more. T&Cs apply.
Code

Up to 20% off Australia car rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 31 December 2021 when you book a minimum of 7 days. Destinations include Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Earn Qantas Points on rentals

Earn 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent on car rentals across Australia. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Hobart car hires from $33

Available on select rental dates in 2021 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Hobart include Port Arthur, Tasmania and more.
Code

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.
Deal

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.
Deal

7-day Tasmania campervan from $449

Expires 30 Oct 2021
Available on rentals from 18 February - 20 March 2022 in Hobart. T&Cs apply.
Code

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.
Deal

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.
Deal

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.
Deal

Car hire from $24 per day

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

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.
Deal

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.
Deal

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.
Deal

Australia car hires from $14.99/day

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

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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