Car Hire at Canberra Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Whether you want to visit perfect Canberra, surf Bondi beach or ski in the Snowy Mountains, you can find the best car hire at Canberra Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Canberra Airport
There are seven car hire companies with desks at Canberra Airport: Avis, Budget, East Coast, Europecar, Redspot, Hertz 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 Canberra Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Caltex petrol station located on the site of Canberra Airport. Head northeast on Terminal Avenue and take a right onto George Tyson Drive. Take the third exit at the roundabout and the petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Canberra Airport
Canberra Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. The drive from Sydney to Canberra is 290 km and takes around three and a half hours from the Sydney CBD. The road is dual-carriageway, mostly freeway-like conditions from the Harbour Bridge all the way to Canberra. The M31 links Canberra to Melbourne in the south of the country. The drive from Melbourne to Canberra is 650 km and takes roughly eight hours on the Hume and Barton Highways, again mostly on dual-carriageway roads.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Canberra Airport.
The spectacular Snowy Mountians are as they sound; snowy, but mainly in winter. In summer this beautiful alpine range of mountains becomes a hiker’s, climber’s, walker’s and mountain biker’s paradise. There is horse riding and trout fishing for those who prefer more relaxing pastimes, while admiring the beautiful carpet of wildflowers is an activity in itself. The ski season here is a joy with perfect powder and varied runs.
The Snowy Mountains are a 2 hour drive from Canberra Airport. Head northeast from the airport and merge with Fairbairn Avenue. Take the Monaro Highway and follow signs for the Snowy Mountains via Jindabyne Road.
Sun kissed Sydney is a city with a beach (in fact 70 close by!), a city with a spectacular foodie scene, lively bars, cafe and, clubs and restaurants; it’s a city with a hip harbour scene, an iconic opera house and bridge that you can climb. Surfing, bushwalking, shopping, wine tasting and sailing are all favourite Sydney activities. Enjoy tropical greenery in the botanical gardens; admire art and culture in the cutting edge museums and galleries or enjoy some world class retail therapy in the bohemian boutiques, mega malls, harbour-side shops and open-air markets that adorn the city. After a night of disco-ing until dawn, enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch or an early morning surf, to rejuvenate the spirit ready for more Sydney adventure!
The drive to Sydney from Canberra Airport is approximately 3 hours. Heading northeast from the airport, take Fairbairn Avenue and merge onto the Majura Parkway. Merge onto the A23 and exit for the M31. Take the exit for the M5 toll road and exit at City North. Keep left onto Shakespeare Place and follow signs for the city centre.
This perfectly planned and symmetrical capital is a city of order and perfection. Built on the high grass plains, there is an abundance of sun in the summer months and occasional snow in the winter. Canberra is a garden city with parklands and tree lined streets creating a lush relaxing feel. There are exciting arts and film festivals, arts and crafts movements, cool urban galleries and a bustling and creative restaurant, cafe and bar scene. Canberra is the perfect city.
Canberra is just a 13 minute drive from the airport. Head northeast on Terminal Avenue and merge with Fairbairn Avenue. Follow signs for Goulburn and the A23, then signs for the centre of Canberra.
Parking in Canberra is cheaper than other major capital cities. Most national attractions have paid parking at reasonable daily and hourly rates. Most shopping malls also offer free parking for the first two hours. Average daily parking fees are between $10 and $20* per day. Some hotels in Canberra offer free car parking.
Prices subject to change