Car Hire at Brisbane Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Whether you want to escape the heat in the lush Glass House Mountains, revel in the sun and surf on the Sunshine Coast or live it up in the nightlife of lively Brisbane, you can find the best car hire at Brisbane Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Brisbane Airport
There are six car hire companies with desks at Brisbane Airport: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Redspot, Europecar and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Brisbane Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Brisbane Airport Fuel Services petrol station located in the grounds of the airport terminal, just a couple of minutes by car from the car hire pick-up area. Get onto Moreton Drive, take a left onto Nancy Bird Way, take the first exit onto Airport Drive and then rights on to Hakea Street where the petrol station will be on the right.
Driving around Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. Visitors from southern Australia can reach Brisbane by either the New England and Cunningham or Pacific Highways. The A1 Bruce Highway connects the northern coast of Queensland to Brisbane. The M1 Pacific Motorway connects Brisbane to the Gold Coast and the Pacific Highway along the New South Wales coast. The M2 Ipswich Motorway connects to Ipswich and surrounding Western Brisbane areas. The A2 Warrego Highway links Brisbane to the west through the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs while the A15 Cunningham Highway links Brisbane to Southern Queensland and Central western New South Wales.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Brisbane Airport.
Glass House Mountains
A stunning mountain drive leads to this incredible national park, whose mountains were named by Captain Cook who, form his ship, thought they looked like glass-houses. Easy or difficult hikes are available to the lookout points of this spectacular park. Small roadside shops sell homemade and homegrown goodies to feast on after a hard day’s climb.
It takes just 50 minutes drive north to reach the Glass House Mountains from Brisbane Airport. Take the M1 from the airport and follow signs for the Glass House Mountains. Take the exit Steve Irwin Way and follow signs to Reed Street.
The Sunshine Coast
Great for surfers escaping the crowds of Oz’s Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast boasts white sandy beaches, incredible waves, exciting towns like Noosa and a host of galleries and cafés, scenic bushwalks in the Blackall Ranges at Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton for a more ‘authentic’ Australian experience.
Just over an hour north of Brisbane is the Sunshine Coast. Get on the M1 from Brisbane Airport and exit on to the Sunshine Motorway. Follow this to Route 70 towards Noose Heads, then towards State Route 6 towards the Sunshine Coast.
If you love parklands and mountain views, farmers markets, planetariums, zoos and festivals you’ll love Brisbane! Outdoor enthusiasts will have a ball rock climbing, whale watching, hiking, cycling and kayaking in the never ending sunshine. Vast shopping malls and boutiques, designer stores and boho markets can seriously damage any credit card, while the city is one of the top 5 in the world for live music! Brisbane’s restaurants are as eclectic as its attractions.
It takes just 20 minutes to reach the centre of Brisbane from the airport. Take Moreton Drive out of the airport and get on to the M7 which is a partial toll road. Take the exit to the Inner City Bypass or M3 and follow signs to the city centre. Parking is available in Brisbane but it is expensive at approximately $40 to park for a day. $15 parking is available with early-bird deals, i.e. arriving before 9am and leaving before 4pm. Roads in the CBD (Central Business District)become clearways at 4pm. Any cars left parked here will be towed immediately. Parking in the CBD on unmarked roads is limited to 2 hours between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and before noon on Saturdays. Some hotels in Brisbane also offer parking.
Prices subject to change