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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 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..

Car hire deals in Tasmania

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.

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AvisAvis

Sixth day free + free upgrade on car hires

Available on 6+ day rentals from 15 July - 15 September 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. T&Cs apply.

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AvisAvis

Third day free on Australia car rentals

Available on 3+ days rentals, including a Saturday night from 22 April - 21 June 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. T&Cs apply.

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EuropcarEuropcar

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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EuropcarEuropcar

$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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KlookKlook
Exclusive

15% off Australia car rentals + free cancellations

Available on all dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Discount capped at $60. Destinations include Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Extra 3% off Australia and New Zealand rentals with code

Available on rentals from 20 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 when you use the code. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 35% off Britz rentals

Available on rentals until 30 June 2021 in Hobart. T&C apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Up to 10% off Cruisin motorhome rentals

Available on rentals until 31 March 2022 across Australia when you book 128 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

5% off advance bookings

Available on rentals until 31 March 2021 across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Broome and more. Minimum of 180 days advance booking. T&Cs apply.

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Skyscanner Car HireSkyscanner Car Hire

Hobart car hires from $18

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.

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AvisAvis

Earn 4 Qantas points with every $1 spent

Earn Qantas points on car hires across Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and more. T&Cs apply.

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East Coast Car RentalsEast Coast Car Rentals

Up to 10% off + free cancellation on Australia rentals

Available on select rental dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more. Prepayment is required. T&Cs apply.

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Motorhome RepublicMotorhome Republic

Australia: Up to 7.5% off Let’s Go Motorhomes rentals

Available on select rental dates until 31 March 2022 when you book 180 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DriveMyCarDriveMyCar

Car hire from $24 per day

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

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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.

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Discover CarsDiscover Cars

Australia car hires from $14.99/day

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

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MomondoMomondo

Hobart car hires from $30/day

Available on select rental dates with Enterprise, Hertz, East Coast, Avis, Europcar and more. Sample rate is for a sedan car. T&Cs apply.

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KayakKayak

Hobart car hires from $30 per day

Available on select rental dates with Hertz, Sixt, East Coast, Alamo, Avis, Budget and more. T&Cs apply.

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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.

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