Hire from the best at Hobart Airport
Hobart Airport is small but busy, handling most of the air traffic to the wild and wonderful island of Tasmania. Hiring a car on arrival is the last thing you want to worry about, so pre-book with us. You will be on your way to exploring Hobart in no time. With our low prices, great range of vehicles and easy-to-use website, we can make your Hobart Airport car rental simple.
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- Low prices: We are dedicated to bringing you the best possible deals on the internet. As well as constantly looking for bargains to pass on to you, we have a lowest price promise. This means that if you are quoted a lower price elsewhere online, we will do our best to beat it.
- Great range: Our network of suppliers is extensive and far-reaching, so that we can bring you as many options as possible for your car rental in Hobart. We offer not only the big international rental brands such as Budget, Thrifty and Avis, but also smaller local companies, including Selective Car Rentals.
- Our website is set up to make the booking process simple. Just enter your requirements and you will be presented with your options - easy! All of the information is right there on the results page, from pick-up details to company reviews, and you can narrow the search even further with filters. If there are any problems, our team of customer service representatives is only a phone call away and can answer even the trickiest questions. In addition, you will see special offers featured on our Australia Car Rental home page.
Tasmania Travels: Where your Car Rental Can Take You
Hobart is not a big city, but it packs a punch in terms of history and culture. The museums and art galleries tell the story of this maritime port city, and the Salamanca Market is a fantastic Saturday morning attraction selling produce, food and gifts. On the outskirts of the city, you will find Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory, Australia’s oldest brewery and a number of wineries.
The party starts once you get out of Hobart and into the wilderness that covers much of Tasmania. Highway B61 will take you right into the middle, to Lake Gordon and Lake Peddler which are surrounded by various national parks. Arguably the most scenic spot on the island is the Freycinet Peninsula, home to the stunning Wineglass Bay with its beautiful red and pink granite formations.
Planning on travelling during the holidays? Make sure you book well in advance so you can get the vehicle you want. December to February is peak summer season in Hobart, and it includes the Christmas period and Australia Day. So move quickly if you want to celebrate these during your Hobart car rental holiday! And find the best rental deal with airportrentals.com in the process. If you’re looking to explore other parts of Tasmania, try campervan rental in Campervan Hire Tasmania.
The capital of Tasmania, Hobart is a gem of an island to the south of the Australian mainland. Described in guide books as charming and fascinating, Hobart is a mixture of significant history as a penal colony and numerous tourist attractions. In terms of driving your Airport Rentals car around the city, there aren’t conventional public transport systems in place – so this Driving Guide will be an essential addition to your travel itinerary.
Due to the fact that Hobart doesn’t operate any other public transportation services apart from Metro Tasmania buses, the roads can get very busy, especially at rush hour. Trams and trains used to be on the city’s timetable, but have fallen by the wayside.
The main thoroughfares you will be using in central Hobart are the Brooker Highway across to the Northern Suburbs, Tasman and Bowen Bridges, Bass Highway, Macquarie Street, the Tasman Highway and the B32 East Derwent Highway. Right in the middle of town, there’s Elizabeth, Liverpool and Campbell Streets, while the A3, A6 and Highway 1 loop around these main tourism hot-spots. Unlike Sydney and Melbourne, you do not have to worry about toll roads in Tasmania.
Hobart International Airport into the city
The route from Hobart’s main airport to the CBD in your car rental is relatively straightforward. Depending on traffic, it can take you less than 20 minutes – just get on the Tasman Highway/A3, via Holyman Avenue, and follow that for 15km (just over 10 minutes) onto Liverpool Street, which will take you into the heart of the city. As is common in Australia, Hobart is situated on a river – and you will travel over the Derwent as you arrive at your central destination. You will also bypass the Aquatic Centre and Theatre Royal, but there are numerous other sights and sounds to enjoy.
Handy guide to driving in Hobart
There are numerous one-way streets, so don’t get caught out – an installed GPS in your Hobart car rental would be very handy.
Insurance cover is recommended, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
With so many arcades and lanes in central Hobart, think seriously about getting a central park and wandering the streets – a stress-free way to travel.
The major spot for congestion is the Brooker Highway, with the highest number of delays.
Travel time from Hobart to Launceston in your car rental will be around 2.5 hours.
While the general road standards are high, if you’re travelling to coastal areas or through the mountains, expect a variety of terrain. Winds may also be gusting, so the main message is to take your time.
Main tourism areas are Launceston, Strahan, Coles Bay and Cradle Mountain. If you’re seeking accommodation, book in advance – especially during summer.
Apart from the obvious holiday periods, there are numerous public holidays. Australia Day (January 26), Eight Hours Day (second Monday in March), Anzac Day (April 25) and Queen’s Birthday (first Monday of June) will see many people go on the travels – and the demand for Hobart car hire will be at its peak.
Hobart City Council is in charge of the parking facilities on council land and the public streets. As you would expect from a major city, it’s not always easy to find a park in the Hobart CBD. There are three main city centre, multi-storey car parks, relatively close to each other in a kind of triangle formation:
Argyle Street Car Park: You will find 950 parking bays here, where you can also store your bike if you’re of a more energetic nature. It opens from 7am-10pm from Monday to Sunday. Short-term parking upto 90 minutes is free, while a two-hour stay will cost $1.60, $3.80 for upto three hours. Eight hours will set you back $19.
Centrepoint Car Park: Access is from Victoria Street, but note this is a main park for the Centrepoint Shopping Centre and is very popular. Opening at 8am and closing at 6.15pm Monday to Friday, you will find 782 parking bays. On weekends it closes even earlier, so don’t bank on Centrepoint if you have evening plans.
Hobart Central Car Park: On Melville Street, this facility has 465 parking bays, with similar tariffs to Argyle Street.
You can find other parking options at Trafalgar Place, Market Place and public, metered spots. Always check the signs carefully – wardens are regular and you don’t want to get caught out.
Parking at Hobart International Airport
There are a couple of parking options at the airport. First up is the Main Car Park
, located right in front of the main terminal off Addison Drive. The first 10 minutes are free, with $3 for upto 30 minutes. An hour will set you back $6. If you’re looking for a longer-term stay, it will cost just over $100 dollars.
The Saver Car Park
is off Gatty Street and is just a few minutes’ walk to the terminal. Ideal as a longer-term choice, this is a new facility at Hobart International Airport. A whole day costs just $14 and $60 for seven days. Check out hobartairport.com.au
for more information – there is also impressive Valet Parking on offer.
Grab a spot and stay there
If you’re enjoying the many attractions of Hobart, you’re likely to want to visit Salamanca markets and Battery Point. For Salamanca, see out the docks off Castray Esplanade, while Montpellier Street is another good area. You will find multi bay and single-head parking meters – always have some spare change. Parks are also available near the Parliament building, for a small fee. Just be patient, you will find one in the end!
It’s a very common problem when you’re hiring a rental car – driving back to Hobart International Airport and you only remember to top up at the very last minute. But, as you would expect, there are many refilling points near the airport. So, here they are:
BP Garage, 3 Holyman Avenue, Cambridge, 7170 This is literally a stone’s throw away from the main terminal.
Caltex Australia Ltd, 263 Kennedy Drive, 7170 Just across the way from the BP, if your preference is Caltex, you are in luck.
BP, 967 Cambridge Rd, Cambridge, 7170 Close to the Tasman Highway and B31.
Major thoroughfares such as Main Road, B64 and Clarence Street in Bellerive have numerous fuelling options.
Finding the best prices in Tasmania
Historically, Australian fuel prices can vary greatly from region to region. However these extremes don’t apply so much in Hobart. As of January 2015, fuel prices in the city didn’t vary too much – between 132.5 cents per litre at Caltex Hobart on Brooker Avenue, and 133.5 cents on Green Point Road at United Bridgewater. However, please note that this is considerably higher than the likes of Melbourne and Brisbane. Also, there’s often a jump in cost in Launceston, so it’s a better idea to fill up in Hobart if you’re taking a road trip.
Whether you’re purchasing Unleaded, Diesel or LPG, remember that the later at night you drive, the less likely it is you will find a petrol station open. There are some very isolated spots in Tasmania and you don’t want to be caught short.
Fill up early, take your time and drive safely in this beautiful city.
Hobart Airport Car Rental Brands
The urban heart of Tasmania is Hobart, a city full of heritage and culture which sits proudly at the foot of the mighty Mount Wellington. Air gateway and state capital, it is the natural starting point for a road trip on the island.
Here you will find information on the various car rental brands available at Hobart Airport and what they offer, so you can choose the perfect vehicle for your own Tasmanian adventure.
Hobart’s airport at Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170 is home to an array of big-name international car rental brands which can back up your hire with the assurance of a well-known name. Operating from counters inside the terminal are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. These all offer reliable and late-model vehicles in a range of shapes and sizes, from small economy cars to big people movers and SUVs. Check out the hybrids available from Europcar, 4WDs from Thrifty and other specialist vehicles.
It’s nice to do business with an Australian company on occasion, and you’ll find two of these amongst the rental offerings at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170. Redspot Car Rentals is a nation-wide family-owned brand with a very modern fleet and wide range of vehicles. Even more local is Bargain Car Rentals, a Tasmania-based company with everyday low prices on regularly-serviced vehicles.
You can often pick up a bargain with the companies which rebrand rentals. These do not have a physical presence in Hobart Airport, but bookings with them are serviced by other international and local brands which do. Red Ribbon Car Rentals is a rebrand of Budget, and frequently have great discounted rates. Auto Europe Rentals could be serviced by any of the other brands, so check your rental confirmation to find out where you will pick up your car. Keddy by Europcar is, evidently, serviced by Europcar.
Many of the companies offering handy counters at the airport also have downtown locations, for travellers who choose to pick up there. Here are the companies which offer city pick ups:
Avis Car Rental, 2-4 Market Place.
Budget Car Rental, 96 Harrington Street.
Europcar Car Rental, 112 Harrington Street.
Hertz Car Rental, 122 Harrington Street.
Thrifty Car Rental, 11-17 Argyle Street.
Bargain Car Rentals, 173 Harrington Street.