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Car hire in Tasmania

Get behind the wheel for less than $40 a day in the land under Down Under.

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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 your car rental options first for the ride and price for you and your budget below.

You can also read on details on how much you should expect to pay for rentals, popular pick-up and drop off locations and itineraries to capture the island's hotspots.

Compare hire cars and prices in Tasmania

We've sussed out how much you can expect to pay for car hire. Our figures are based on a quote from our engine for a rental car from Hobart for 5 days, booked a month in advance for a driver aged 30+.

Small, economy car

  • Car: Hyundai Accent Hatch
  • Seats: 4
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Cost: $184.89 for 5 days or $36.98 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Kia Rio
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag, 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Alamo
  • Cost: $254.74 for 5 days or $50.95 per day

Large car

  • Car: Kia Cerato Sedan
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags, 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Europcar
  • Cost: $265.78 for 5 days or $53.16 per day

Estate car

  • Car: Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3 large bags
  • Rental company: Thrifty
  • Cost: $501.62 for 5 days or $100.34 per day

We retrieved these prices on 18 September 2018 - but prices change often. Search for your dates to see how much hire costs for you today.


Car hire locations 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


3 popular driving routes in Tasmania

Cradle Country

  • How long is the drive? 230 kilometres
  • How long do I need?

    2-4 days

  • Must-sees on the way:

    Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot

This route takes you round a 230 kilometre loop in the north of the island. You can spread the journey across two or four days and split it into three legs: Devonport to Sheffield, Sheffield to Cradle Mountain, and Cradle Mountain to Burnie.


The Southern/Huon Trail

  • How long is the drive? 376 kilometres
  • How long do I need? 3-5 days
  • Must-sees on the way: Huon River, Hartz Mountains National Park, Bruny Island, Huonville

Beginning in Hobart, this itinerary takes in Geeveston, Dover and Bruny Island and offers you the opportunity to walk through the forest on an aerial walkway at the Tahune AirWalk, explore the Hastings Caves and soak in thermal springs in Dover.


Tasmania circle

  • How long is the drive? ~1,500 kilometres
  • How long do I need? 14-21 days
  • Must-sees on the way: Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, Freycinet National Park, Coal River Valley and Martia Island National Park

This itinerary isn’t for fairweather road-trippers and covers a fair chunk of the island. It starts and ends in Hobart although you can break it up into three itineraries: Hobart-Launceston (625km), Launceston-Cradle Mountain (406km) and Cradle Mountain-Hobart (429km) to make it more manageable or to suit your time limit.

Tips for driving

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:

  • There are lots of unsealed roads and mountain tracks in Tasmania. So driving from A to B can take longer than expected. Always leave extra time for your journey, keep supplies in the car and keep your fuel tank topped up.
  • All hire cars in Tasmania come with a basic level of insurance. Check the excess on your policy, though. Figures can be high, but you can pay your hire company extra to reduce the excess. Alternatively, you can organise your own car hire rental excess insurance which may save you money, especially if you compare cheap car rental excess insurance options..

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Available on rentals until 18 December 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and more. Minimum 4 days rental required. T&Cs apply.

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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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Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations close from Hobart include Port Arthur, Tasmania and more. T&Cs apply.

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SUV rentals from $59/day

Available on 3+ day rentals until 31 October 2020 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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