Kings Cross Car Rentals
Kings Cross is practically Rental Car HQ in Sydney. It has all the major hire car companies in Australia such as Hertz, Avis, Thrifty and Europcar.
However, there is a small rental car company in Kings Cross that you may not have heard of. They are called Bayswater Rent-A-Car. They can be quite cheap compared to the other hire car companies although Bayswater do have mileage limits to watch out for.
However, if you’re only driving around town and not planning on doing any day trips, Bayswater can be quite cheap.
Europcar vs Budget Rent A Car
Europcar is probably the cheapest of the major car rental companies in Sydney. However, if Budget is having a sale, you may find their day weekend deals quite cheap. These Budget deals allow you to hire the car for three days, but only pay for two.
Discounts On Rental Cars In Sydney
The best way to get discounts on hire cars is to book at least a week in advance, if possible. Just like airline seats, the prices of rental cars can go up the later you book. If you are going to book ahead, find out if you will get a refund or at least a partial refund if you have to cancel.
Airline Miles & Cheap Car Rentals In Australia
Frequent flyer points (airline miles) can also get you a massive discount on your rental car in Sydney.
For example, American Airlines and British Airways frequent flyers currently get a bonus day if they rent with Hertz for 7 days or more. (American and BA are affiliated with Qantas through the OneWorld program). Give your frequent flyer program a call to see what discounts they offer for car rental in Australia.
"Rent A Bomb" Hire Cars
If you don’t mind driving a used hire car, then keep Rent A Bomb in mind. (In Australia, a “bomb” is slang for an old wreck of a car). Rent A Bomb are located right next to the airport, and will arrange airport pick-ups for you. Their cars are really cheap and they are not really wrecks, just more than ten years old.
International Driver's Licences
An international licence written in English will get you on the road in Sydney. If your international licence is not written in English, you’ll need an IDP (International Driving Permit) or a certified English translation of your licence.
In Sydney, the driver is responsible for all their passengers wearing seatbelts.