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Hobart car hire deals

Make the most of your visit to Hobart with these great car hire deals.

As well as being a city of culture, creativity and cuisine, with its galleries, museums and award-winning restaurants, Hobart is also 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.

Top car hire Hobart deals

Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid on hire cars in Australia and New Zealand for pick up before 16 December 2018. Must book 21 days in advance.

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15% off base rate on 5+ days rentals

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Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand until 29 June 2018. Book 7 days in advance to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Get one day free on weekend rentals

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of three consecutive days including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$1/day one-way car hire Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Campervan hire from $5/day Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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15% off Audi rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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10% off private car rides

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Book now and save 10% off on private car rides all over 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Czech Republic. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals until 30 September 2018 with minimum of four consecutive days rental across Australia. T&cs apply.

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15% off car hire

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of seven consecutive days. T&Cs apply.

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Third weekend free car hire

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Available for rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Valid for 3 consecutive days over the weekend including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off SUV hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Car hire from $23 per day Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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15% off 2019 car hire

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Valid for rentals between 1 January 2019 - 15 December 2019 across Australia. Minimum of 5 consecutive days rental. T&C's apply.

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Get one free day on 5-day rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 any day of the week. Valid across Australia.

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25% off premium hire insurance Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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15% off for 5-day car hire

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Valid for rental pick ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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10% off 3+ day truck, ute and van rentals

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Valid for pick ups until 31 August 2018 in Australia. Minimum three day hire required.

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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 and Budget.

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Road rules: What to know about driving in Hobart

In Hobart, vehicles drive on the left side of the road. On the whole, driving is simple in this part of Australia. Brush up on the following rules and your road trip should go ahead without a glitch.

  • Keep your fuel topped up. It’s not unusual for petrol stations in certain parts of Tasmania to close early or to 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.
  • 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 lane, so pay special attention to your blind spots.

Popular Hobart driving routes

  • The Convict Trail. Tasmania’s Convict Trail arches from Hobart to Port Arthur and takes about an hour and a half to follow without stops. Of course, the stops are part of the point of the trip. The route takes you to the colonial town of Richmond where you can see Australia’s oldest bridge, which was built by convict labour, as well as to Copping, where you can visit the Colonial and Convict Exhibition. The trail offers a deep dive into the region’s past.
  • Great Eastern Drive. This is the road trip that gets the most lip service in Tasmania. The Great Eastern Drive stretches for almost 300 kilometres between Hobart and St Helens and most travellers put two to five days aside to do it justice. You don’t have to drive the whole route, though. If you’re short on time, you could just do the Hobart to Swansea leg, which only takes two hours and takes in the coastal scenery of the Freycinet Peninsula.
  • Heritage Highway. Drive an hour and a half north of Hobart and you’ll reach Campbell Town. The route takes you through farmland, past Georgian villages and swings by historical properties like homesteads with formal gardens and servants’ quarters.

Frequently asked questions about car hire

  • Who offers cheap car hire from Hobart airport? Seven car rental companies are located in the arrivals hall at Hobart Airport. These are Hertz, Avis, Bargain Car Rentals, Budget, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty.
  • I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Hobart? Most leading car hire companies won’t hire their cars to drivers with provisional licences. Redspot is an exception.
  • How does car insurance work? Hire cars in Hobart come with a basic level of insurance. The cost of the excess on policies is often very high, so you can choose to pay extra to reduce that figure.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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