How to Get Cheap Car Hire in Australia

$1 Car hire in Australia and New ZealandThere’s a way to get cheap car hire in Australia.

How cheap you ask?…well very cheap!

Australia can be a pricey travel destination and it’s easy to spend more than you planned.

Ever since I first visited Australia in 2008, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to see this huge country without breaking the bank. If you follow my blog, you might have read posts about Couchsurfing, airport sleeping and flying for free.

All of these have enabled me to save money while travelling in Australia.

However, there another way that allows me to see Australia on the cheap.

Why Hire a Car?

Flying is handy if you plan to go directly from city to city. However, the most convenient way to see out the way places is by driving.

I’m the first to admit a love a good road trip, and Australia is a great place to start planning one. The distances between cities are enormous, and there are lots of unique places in-between them to see.

By taking a road trip you will see parts other tourists often overlook. On a road trip, it’s possible to explore way beyond the usual city favourites and venture into mountains or more remote parts of the country.

Stepping into some of these smaller Aussie towns can be like stepping back in time. They offer a different side of Australia that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Australian’s do love their cars and although it can be expensive to buy one 2nd hand luckily renting a one isn’t.

How Get Cheap Hire Car in Australia

Cheap Car Hire in Australia: The Basics

So how exactly do you get the cheapest car hire in Australia?

Well, car hire companies often need to relocate vehicles.

This can sometimes be due to an increased demand in other areas. But more often than not is because a customer has hired a vehicle for a one-way trip and dropped it off at airport miles away from where it started

These vehicles frequently need returning to the original destination and transporting it by truck can be expensive. Car hire firms, therefore, offer one-way deals that give you the opportunity to relocate the vehicles for them at a price you can’t beat.

Transfercar.com.au specialises in this kind of one-way trip.

Another is onewaycampervans.com which has Melbourne to Sydney deals for $10 a day.

Melbourne to Sydney for $10 a day

I have seen deals like this for less than $10 AUD but found its Europcar that has the cheapest rate at the moment. One way rentals are from just $1!

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Advantages vs Disadvantages

There are a few advantages and disadvantages to these offers which might determine if this kind of travel is for you.

Advantages include:

  1. It’s the cheapest type of hire car you can get in Australia
  2. Well maintained vehicles with airconditioning
  3. You get a plenty time to complete the journey
  4. Decent kilometre allowance
  5. You get to see parts of Australia most other travellers overlook

Disadvantages include:

  1. Specific start and endpoint
  2. No option to chose the type of vehicle
  3. Limited availability
  4. Dates changes quickly

Overall

Starting at just $1, a one-way relocation is the cheapest hire car deal available. Unless that is you can find a company willing to pay you to take their car!

The $1 Europcar rental I booked from Coffs Harbor to Sydney included all the fees such as administration and GST. On a side note, they have the same deals in New Zealand too.

Each hire company is different so its best to whats included or not. Some of the longer trips also have unlimited kilometres included.

If you want to find cheap car hire in Australia then using one-way relocation deals is the best way.

Aussie car hire firms regularly run them and it always pays to ask if they’re not advertised!

Are you thinking about a road trip around Australia? 

Check out how much it cost to drive around Australia for one month.

How to Get Cheap Car Hire in Australia

Barry Sproston
Barry is an English traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. In addition to travelling, he has a passion for business as well as learning new things. He enjoys a decluttered lifestyle and currently reads 52 books a year.
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10 thoughts on “How to Get Cheap Car Hire in Australia

  1. Shoma Abhyankar

    On my first trip abroad to US I rented cars and realized that us much better way of traveling at own pace. Next on agenda is Australia and NewZealand . Your info might come handy. Thanks for sharing

  2. Teja

    What??! Something’s cheap in Australia? My only consolation is that I needed the car both ways for my last road trip in Victoria otherwise I’d be curled up in a ball right now in the corner LOL

  3. Constance

    I’ve found that renting a car is the best way to see as much as you want with the most freedom. Thank you for these tips, will definitely use them for Australia!

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