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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

Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off base rate

Valid for rentals until 16 December 2018 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advanced and a minimum of 2-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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Europcar Europcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

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

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Avis Avis

Earn double Qantas points on 4+ days car hire

Valid on until 16 December 2018 across Australia. Minimum rental of 4 days to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Free upgrade car hire

Valid from 1 October - 16 December 2018 across Australia. Minimum rental of three days. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

7-day Australia car hire for the price of 5 days

Valid from 1 October - 16 December 2018. Minimum rental of seven days. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Double upgrade car hire

Valid for rentals from 28 January - 30 April 2019 across Australia. Minimum of three days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

15% off the 5+ day hires

Valid on select dates until 16 December 2018 in Australia or New Zealand. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire

Valid until 15 December 2018. Minimum of 7 days rental in Australia.

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Enterprise Rent a Car Enterprise Rent a Car

Up to 10% off Australia car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire on prestige cars

Valid until 29 October 2018 at participating locations in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar

Car hire from $23 per day

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

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Europcar Europcar

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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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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