Car Hire Brisbane Airport

Car Rental options at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport provides a variety of low-cost rental car options that will allow you to explore Queensland’s Great South East and further north to Townsville and Cairns.

All of the major car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and SIXT, have low-cost options at Brisbane Airport. Both the Domestic and International Terminals have convenient pick-up locations for your keys and rental car.


The main car rental offices at Brisbane Airport are located in the arrivals areas on level 2 of the international terminal and level 1 of the domestic terminal near the baggage claim area. Other businesses have off-site locations and provide a free airport shuttle service.

You will usually get the best price and ensure that the class of car you want is available if you book your car hire online as far in advance as possible. The majority of Brisbane Airport car rental companies have a ‘full to full’ fuel policy, which means you only pay for the fuel you use. If you do not return the car with a full tank, you will be charged a premium rate plus a service charge for the missing fuel.

Type of car

There are a few things to think about before booking the first available car for your trip to Brisbane.

Brisbane has a subtropical climate, you’ll want to choose a vehicle with air conditioning to ensure a comfortable driving experience, especially during the summer months December to February.

To alleviate the stress of navigating the river city, choose a car with built-in navigation to easily get from your accommodation to Brisbane’s top tourist attractions.


The insurance coverage provided is usually the bare minimum, and you will be required to put down a large deposit against your credit card to cover the excess in the event of damage. The company will try to sell you comprehensive insurance when you pick up the car, but you can get it cheaper when you book. It is preferable to obtain your own rental car excess insurance, either for a single hire or on an annual basis.

Some of the less expensive car rental deals will have limited mileage, so if you’re planning any long-distance trips, find out how much the extra kilometres will cost first.

Documentation Is Necessary

If you reserved your rental car in advance, you will be asked to present the booking voucher, your passport, and a credit card in the driver’s name when you arrive. Also don’t forget to bring with you your valid drivers licence.

Prior to Driving

It’s worth spending some time inspecting the vehicle inside and out before you drive your rental vehicle away. Make a note of any scratches, dents, or stains on the rental form and check the fuel level. Pay close attention to the tyres, lights, and windows. Take pictures and even video of all damage so that if there are any questions, you will have proof that it was there before, which will save you a lot of time.

Before you drive off, allow yourself some time to get used to the controls and adjust the seat and mirrors. When you exit the airport, make sure you know which way you’re going and are familiar with Queensland road rules and speeding restrictions.