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Launceston car hire deals

Everything you need to know to hire a car in Launceston, including the best deals for the biggest bargains.

Located in Tasmania's north, Launceston is popularly used as a gateway into the rest of the island. To its west is the iconic Cradle Mountain, to its east the spectacular Great Eastern Drive, and just north is the beautiful Tamar Valley region.

Being a tiny island, the best way to capture it all at your own pace is by car.

If you’re enticed by the idea of driving through Launceston and its exquisite surrounds, we’ve got all the info you need. That's car hire deals from the top rental companies in the area as well as general road rules so you stay safe and avoid having to call on your car insurance.


Top car hire Launceston deals

Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid on hire cars in Australia and New Zealand for pick up before 29 June 2018. Must book 21 days in advance.

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Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid every Sunday, Monday or Tuesday until 29 June 2018 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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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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$20 off SUV hire

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Valid on rentals from 7 January - 28 March 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&C's apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals from 7 January - 28 March 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&C's apply.

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$20 off car hire

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Valid on rentals from 7 January - 28 March 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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Fifth day free car hire in Australia

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Valid from 5 January - 25 March 2018. Minimum of 5 days rental. 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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Car hire from $32 per day Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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Road rules: What to know about driving in Launceston

While the same road rules apply in Launceston as the rest of Australia, including driving on the left side of the road, there are a couple of other things to be mindful of:

  • Be aware of your vehicle size. If you’re renting a motorhome, campervan or any other large vehicle, it’s important to be size-aware. Watch for height indicator signs and overhanging tree branches.
  • Be aware of cyclists. Drivers must be at least one metre from a cyclist when overtaking on roads restricted to up to 60km/h. When travelling on roads where the limit exceeds 60km/h, drivers must give a berth of 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists.

Popular Launceston driving routes

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  • Cradle Country: Indulge in the variety of Tasmania's beautiful natural landscapes, from the north coast's patchwork of farms to the magnificence of Cradle Mountain on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It's a windy drive from Launceston and is best experienced with a night or two staying near Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
  • Tamar Valley: Drive north from Launceston and the arresting Tamar Valley region opens up to you. It's a tantalising route that winds through rivers and valleys and encompasses wine country and wetlands. Ensure you stop by Batman Bridge to marvel at its architecture and engineering, Beaconsfield Mine for a historical throwback and any one of 30 vineyards along the Tamar Valley Wine Route. But don't forget to bring a designated driver along with you when you do!
  • Great Eastern Drive. This breathtaking drive is a 176-kilometre run that hugs the eastern coast of Tasmania, taking in a colourful coastline of sandy beaches, forest and rich blue water. It starts at St Helens in the north and trails past Surf Coast and Freycinet Peninsula down to Orford.While it can be achieved in a day (without return), it's recommended as a weekend drive. From Launceston it's a two-hour drive to St Helens, though if you'd prefer to start closer to Launceston you can begin the drive from Fingal or St Marys instead, which are around 90 minutes from Launceston.

Frequently asked questions about car hire

Who offers cheap car hire from Launceston airport?

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty all offer car rentals from Launceston airport.

I’m on a provisional license. Can I drive in Launceston?

Yes, drivers holding a valid Australian P licence can drive within Tasmania, however the following rules apply:

  • When in a 100km/hr zone, P licence holders must drive no faster than 90km/hr
  • When in a 110km/hr zone, P licence holders must drive no faster than 100km/hr
  • You cannot tow a trailer or boat
  • You must obey the zero alcohol limit
  • P plates must be clearly displayed at all times

Can I pick up a rental car in Launceston and drop it off in Hobart?

Some companies, including Thrifty, let you pick up your rental in Launceston and drop it off in Hobart and vice versa. This can be organised with your car rental company when you book.

How does car insurance work?

Car insurance differs depending on the level of cover you choose. Car hire rental excess insurance is worth investing in as it will help to reduce the excess payable in the event that you need to make a claim.

You can get insurance directly from the company you’re booking with, although you do have the option to buy your insurance elsewhere if you prefer.


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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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