The pride of South Australia, Adelaide is a fantastic starting point for your airport car rental. It’s a city on the rise with a growing population, thriving infrastructure and an interesting history, thanks largely to its houses of government. The roads are relatively easy to negotiate and there are numerous road trips to enjoy – whether you’re travelling north, south, east or west. It’s so easy to book your hire car with us, so you can get first-hand experience of this wonderful, sunny, travel hot-spot.
Renting your car – the basics
The beauty of our website is we collate all the top car hire brands into our database for you to choose from. All you have to do is input your travel details into the ‘Search car hire at Adelaide Airport’ tab, then click the big yellow search button. This will then reveal pages and pages of hire options – including our ‘Hot Sellers’ and ‘Best Deals’. The cheapest will be listed first, but you can filter by pick-up, class, fleet, people, availability and even transmission. So whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple, or with family, we can deliver your specific requirements.
Our easy-to-follow symbols illustrate passenger numbers, air-conditioning and other specifications of the vehicle – you will be fully informed. The car may be immediately available (where you will see a green tick) or there could be a 24-hour waiting time. You can save the quote if you don’t want to make a decision right away and refer to it later. And remember, the earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting the exact vehicle you want.
Hire companies on offer
You may wish to opt for a big-name brand, or perhaps you’ve had recommendations for a smaller, local company. Either way, whether it’s the likes of Avis, Europcar, Avis or Big Value Cars, these options are all available on the site. Located on the ground level near baggage claim at Adelaide Airport are the car rental desks. These depots are:
Red Spot / Sixt
Don’t worry if the company you wish to book with doesn’t have a depot at Adelaide Airport, as most of them offer shuttles so you can collect your vehicle quickly. Some are located very close to the airport, just outside terminal grounds. The filter on our home page is a handy tool for checking the pick-up options. Once you’ve booked, we will email you confirmation.
A guide to driving in Adelaide
Due to the high temperatures, make sure the air-conditioning is exactly what you want in your hire car… it can get pretty sweltering. A friendly and welcoming city, the roads are relatively open-plan with no nasty surprises and there are only two main highways. However, signage can be patchy at best, so maybe invest in a GPS. Here are some more handy tips:
The default speed limit is 50kph and seat belts are a legal requirement for the driver and all passengers.
Make sure you have the right of way – buses and trams often take precedence.
Always give way to the right.
Parking your hire car is relatively easy in Adelaide, although you may have to pay in the CBD.
Do not take a U-turn at a traffic light.
Peace of mind and ready to start your holiday
Once you’ve booked your car hire on our easy-to-use, industry-leading website, you’re ready to hit the road. Remember, our handy customer service team are always ready for help and advice. It’s time to get out there and explore Adelaide…
Convenient airport hotels
If you’ve had an extra-long journey to Adelaide, you may wish to stay at a hotel near the airport. Adelaide Airport Motel on Sir Donald Bradman Drive is located just a few minutes away – and there’s a $3 charge to get on a shuttle to your comfy bed. The Morphettville Motor Inn and Rydges South Park Adelaide are also just a short drive from the terminal building.
Where to go next
If you just want to park up your car rental and go exploring Adelaide, there’s plenty to see and do. A haven for cuisines from around the world, the Central Market is fantastic for a variety of ingredients and dishes. Gouger Street has a smorgasbord of restaurants, with numerous pubs and bars. Events and festivals are commonplace, so check them out before you travel. Highly recommended is the Royal Adelaide Show – with rides, exhibitions and food and wine tastings. It’s always a favourite with locals and tourists.
Planning to journey away from the city? Look no further than the Adelaide Hills and Barossa. Australia is blessed with numerous wineries and Adelaide has some of the best. The Yorke Peninsula is a popular spot, with untouched beaches and second-to-none views, while Victor Harbour is a beautiful journey south, taking in the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Adelaide is known as the 20 minute city - because that's how long it takes to get pretty much anywhere. Thanks to Colonial city planner Col William Light, the city has a grid system of broad urban streets. The grid is only broken by major roads Port Rd and Anzac Highway which head to the Port and the beach at Glenelg respectively - and a road that snakes out north.
Sunny Adelaide is a planned city, making driving relatively straightforward. A population of 1.3 million inhabit this beautiful destination, known as the “City of Churches”. Easy to navigate and increasingly popular with tourists, Adelaide road rules are similar to most other places in Australia. Its formation incorporates five squares, with parks around the outside – the Adelaide Parklands. So, when you arrive in Adelaide and collect your car hire, keep this handy guide close by to make your journey that little bit smoother.
Adelaide - The Traffic Report
Although not as busy as the likes of Sydney or Melbourne, there are certain times when it’s best to avoid the Adelaide CBD. Key hot-spots include North Terrace, West Terrace and Goodwood Road. Roadworks and bad weather are major contributing factors to difficult driving conditions, so just take your time if you’re close to the city centre. Blackwood Roundabout also has a reputation for bottlenecks, although that is 20 minutes south of the CBD. It is estimated that around 25% of Adelaide traffic actually use the city as a through route, with close to 50% of locals travelling to work by car. Also, expect delays in your Adelaide car hire if there is a major event at the Adelaide Showground.
Driving from Adelaide Airport to the CBD
At just 6km west of the city, picking up your Airport Rentals car hire and driving to the centre of Adelaide is incredibly easy. It’s basically one straight major arterial road, the A6 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, onto Franklin St via the A21 – should take less than 20 minutes.
Many of the attractions in Adelaide are in the central area. The Festival Centre and Botanic Gardens are to the north, with the Central Market, not surprisingly, smack bang in the middle of the city between Grote St and Wakefield St. Adelaide Showground is on the south-west outskirts, on the A5 near Keswick Terminal.
Tips for driving Adelaide
Don’t be afraid of driving into the centre of town, there is plenty of parking available. The CBD is compact and small, so easily navigated on foot once you have parked up your Adelaide car hire.
The default metropolitan speed limit is 50km/h, with streets in the suburbs dropping to 40km/h. Other limits vary depending on the area, with a maximum of 110km/h on some country roads.
It can get incredibly hot, so make sure you are stocked up with water – especially if you’re travelling out of town in your rental vehicle.
Road trips to Adelaide wineries
Whether you’re in Adelaide for a short or long stay, the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley are incredibly tempting. South Australia has a total of 18 distinct wine regions. So here’s a wee Airport Rentals guide to some of the best bottles in the world.
Adelaide Hills: Less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide Airport in a car hire, head east to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. It’s a simple journey via the M1 and B34. There are more than 50 Cellar Doors, musical events, great views and so much more.
McLaren Vale: Even closer in terms of driving distance, McLaren Vale is around 45 minutes south on a good day. Take the A14 south past the likes of Richmond and Ascot Park, before getting onto the M2 near Happy Valley. The A13 will then lead you to McLaren Vale SA. Here you will find wineries and restaurants of the highest quality. Maybe try a cheese and wine trail.
Barossa Valley: Head north to the Barossa Valley, around an hour’s drive in your Adelaide car rental. Take Port Wakefield Highway (A1), then the M20. It’s basically a simple journey north on the Northern Expressway. Once you’re arrived, you will find 150 wineries. A real high point is around Krondorf Road, with Rockford, St Hallett, Charles Melton and Grant Burge sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Clare Valley: A bit of a longer drive but still worth it, Clare Valley will take around two hours. Head north on the A21, then A13 until you hit the National Highway. The A1 will then lead onto the M20, A32 and B82. Don’t worry, the region is clearly signposted. Boutique wineries are a specialty, while Sevenhill Cellars is a must-visit. Just remember to lock-in a sober driver!
Parking in the city centre is easy - and the cheapest in the country. You can park your Adelaide car hire all day for under $20 at one of the many multi-storey council carparks (UPark) and on-street parking is still a cinch. But Adelaide is well aware that its streets are fast filling with cars and the only way to preserve its clean and quiet feel is a switch to public transport and cycling.
There are a number of options for parking your car in central Adelaide. From multi-storeys to on-street and meter payment, just be patient and one should appear!
Car parking at Adelaide Airport
If you’re travelling away from Adelaide or need to store your car hire at the airport, parking is relatively easy. A new multi-level short-term car park can accommodate 1650 vehicles, with direct undercover access to the terminal via a link bridge on Level 2. Undercover parking is on levels 1-4 and will set you back $4 for up to 30 minutes. An hour is $8, then $15 for two hours. Three days costs $105, with $35 for each day thereafter.
Space for everyone in Adelaide
The City Council operate UPark in the central city, with nine under-cover multi-storey sites. You will find these on Wyatt St, Flinders St, Froome St, Rundle Street, Grote Street, Gawler Place, Topham Mall, Light Square and Central Market. There are bonuses if you book online and specials for weekends and evenings. If you were to park on Rundle, your standard fee is $2.50 for upto 30 minutes and $4.50 for an hour. A five-hour stay will cost around $25 visit www.upark.com.au for more information.
Adelaide Car Parking is another management company, having operated in the region for 15 years. They have more than 25 car parks in Adelaide, both short and long term. Seek out a white-coloured P in a white circle on a light blue background. Their sites include Carrington St, Coglin St, Flinders St, Moore St and North Terrace. Casual parking prices will vary, but tend to range between $1.75-$4 per half-hour, depending on how close to town you are.
For casual street parking, No Parking zones are clearly signposted, as are Bus and Loading Zones. If you’re in a Permit Zone, you need a permit to park there – so drive on! The most common signs are with green lettering on a white background. P with a right-facing arrow is a Permissive Parking area with no time limit. 1P with 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri and 9am-12 Noon Sat and a left-facing arrow is a Time Limit Parking Zone. 1P means one-hour parking only. 2P Ticket in green letters indicates you require a ticket from a vending machine, so make sure you don’t get caught out by council patrols and get snabbed with a ticket on your Adelaide car hire.
For more information, parkopedia.com is an excellent site. Just enter Adelaide in the search engine.
In recent years, many media reports claim that the cost of petrol in Adelaide is far less expensive than the rest of the country. However, fuel prices in Australia are extremely volatile and unpredictable. You can actually save money depending on which day you fill up – in most places Tuesday is reportedly the cheapest!
Fuel stations close to Adelaide Airport
Most people who have hired a car have forgotten about filling up their rental vehicle before returning it to the depot. So, here’s a quick guide to the nearest stations around the airport:
United Petroleum, Adelaide Airport, Sir Richard Williams Avenue.
Tip Top Mobil Service Stations, 195 Richmond Road, just down the A14 alongside the airport.
BP Garage, 79-81 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, along the A6 back towards the city.
BP Garage, 89 Military Road, West Beach, west of the airport along the A6.
Don’t forget there are numerous petrol stations in the CBD to fill up your rental car, especially along the A11.
How much does fuel cost in Adelaide?
As in most cities of Australia, petrol will cost more nearer the airport and the CBD. You may be able to save money if you fill up in one of the outer suburbs. The main operators are BP and Caltex, with Liberty stations to the north and south of Adelaide. As of December 2014, prices ranged from 111.9 cents per litre at West Terrace to 112.7 cents per litre at the airport. Visit motormouth.com.au for a more detailed analysis from day to day.
Sophisticated, urban Adelaide has a busy airport with lots going on. There’s no shortage of rental companies offering their wares in the terminals, in fact the variety of options can make it difficult to pick just one. Here’s what you might need to know about the various rental brands at Adelaide Airport.
On airport brands are very convenient, with counters right in the terminals- but you might pick up a deal on an off-airport car hire and get a free shuttle ride in the bargain!
On Adelaide Airport Car Hire Brands
Cars of all kinds can be found in the fleets of these suppliers, from small and efficient economy models to big and grunty SUVs or spacious minivans. Europcar has some nice high-end vehicles such as Mini Coopers and BMWs, while the Family Collection by Hertz is convenient for large groups. The options are numerous!
Avis Car Rental has a counter in the Adelaide Airport, James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950. They also offer a downtown depot at 136 North Terrace. Their range of late model vehicles includes not only compact, standard, intermediate and full size vehicles but also a range of luxury and prestige options.
Budget Car Rental is located at Adelaide Airport, James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950, with additional car hire Adelaide depots around the city including one central one at 274 North Terrace. Their fleet is modern and varied, ranging from economy vehicles to full size sedans and beyond - luxury cars, SUVs and even vans for the whole family.
Europcar Car Hire has a counter at Adelaide Airport, James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950, and another in central Adelaide at 142 North Terrace. Their late-model fleet includes all sizes from small to people mover, and some gems like Mini Coopers and BMWs of various models.
Hertz Car Rental is located at Adelaide Airport, James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950, and has an additional location downtown at 125 North Terrace. From a tiny Toyota Yaris to a big Holden V6, they have the full spectrum of cars to rent. They also offer a Family Collection for big groups, an Adrenaline Collections for driving aficionados, a Prestige Collection and a few more great options.
Redspot Car Rental, an Australian-owned company, have a handy rental counter in the terminals at Adelaide Airport, James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950. From there customers can access their young, well-kept fleet of vehicles which come in all sizes - economy, compact, intermediate, full size and large.
Thrifty Car Rental has a counter at Adelaide Airport, James Schofield Drive, Adelaide, SA 5950 and also a depot at 23 Hindley Street in Adelaide. Their fleet consists of modern vehicles in more than 14 different categories which go right up to full-sized vans.
AutoEurope rentals will be one of the brands you see above, usually Europcar or Thrifty. This company often has great rates and savings.
Apollo Car Rental is serviced by Hertz at Adelaide Airport, so you can go to their desk to pick up your Adelaide Car Hire. It uses the same modern Hertz fleet but with different terms and conditions.
Firefly Car Rental is also serviced by Hertz. They have the same cars but are often very well priced, so look out for a Firefly deal.
Keddy by Europcar is serviced through the Europcar desk. They are quite often more affordable, and at certain times of the year offer fantastic savings on your hire.
Off Airport Rental Brands
East Coast Car Rentals has a depot close by Adelaide Airport at 237 Richmond Road, Richmond, SA 5033. It’s open from 7am to 8pm and offers free pick ups and drop offs for customers flying in or out. Their wide range of late-model vehicles are often rented at great rates.
Ace Rental Cars has a depot between the airport and the city, at 13 Anzac Highway, Keswick, SA 5035. A free shuttle can be arranged to take you there on arrival so you can access their fleet of slightly older, well-maintained cars which include economy, tourist and family sedan models. You can usually score a great bargain with Ace.
Access Rent a Car is a local supplier with a depot at 464 Port Road, West Hindmarsh, SA 5007 just five minutes from the airport. They deliver the cars right to the airport for utmost convenience, and offer a range of well-maintained vehicles including hatchbacks, compact cars, full sized sedans, 4WDs and people movers.
Some rental suppliers also have depots closer to the centre which are more convenient for some travelers.
Avis Car Rental, 136 North Terrace
Budget Car Rental, 274 North Terrace
Europcar Car Rental, 142 North Terrace
Hertz Car Rental, 125 North Terrace
Thrifty Car Rental, 23 Hindley Street
Rental companies with no location of their own at Adelaide Airport often offer great hire deals through agreements with other suppliers. Auto Europe Rentals could be renaming of any one of the brands you see above, while Apollo and Firefly are always serviced by Hertz. Keddy by Europcar operates via Europcar, and like most of these brands it can offer great savings. Don’t be afraid to book a rebranded rental - just make sure you read your confirmation carefully so you know where to go to pick it up!
Whether you’re heading to Adelaide for a business trip, a coastal vacation or a journey into Australia’s Red Centre, the wide variety of car rental depots in this city allow you to choose one that fits in perfectly with your plans. Check out our quick guide to the different Adelaide car hire pick up spots available in and around Adelaide so your holiday can get off to the best start possible.
Adelaide - Downtown
If you’re staying in Adelaide itself, picking up your car rental from the downtown area may be an easier choice than driving in from the airport. If you’re not sure how to get from the airport to downtown, try the JetExpress double decker bus service. Car suppliers with depots in downtown Adelaide include Access Rent a car, Ace, Avis, Big Value Cars, Budget, Dollar, East Coast Car Rentals, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Honk, Keddy by Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty.
This suburb is located just to the northwest of the Adelaide city centre, with easy access to major routes north, south and east in your Adelaide car hire. It’s also home to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, the venue for the city’s biggest concerts and events. You can find a Honk rental pick up depot in Hindmarsh.
Situated a little to northeast of the Adelaide centre, picking up your car hire from Klemzig allows you to avoid the busier central suburbs and leaves you perfectly poised to head north along the coast or explore the Barossa Valley wine region. Hertz has a car rental depot in Klemzig.
Just a couple kilometres away from Glenelg Beach, a Plympton car rental pick up will get you down to the beach, or even swimming with dolphins, in no time. Apollo, Hertz and AutoEurope all have depots based in Plympton.
Located toward the southern end of the city, picking your car rental up from Reynella is a solid choice for those looking to explore the land around Cape Jervis, or even head out to Kangaroo Island. Budget has a pick up depot in Reynella.
Nestled between Adelaide Airport and the city centre, Richmond is conveniently placed within striking distance of West Beach and Henley Beach as well. Budget has a depot in Richmond that you can pick up your Adelaide car hire from.
This northern Adelaide suburb is a little removed from the rush of the city centre - if you’re planning on heading out of town in your car hire soon after you land in Adelaide, this could be the choice for you. Budget, Europcar, Honk and Keddy by Europcar are all available in Salisbury.
Situated just to the northeast of the Adelaide city centre, Walkerville is one of the city’s most affluent suburbs and is home to many of Adelaide’s most significant historical buildings. You can find car hire depots for both Thrifty and Dollar in Walkerville.
Although picking up your rental from a city suburb might be the best choice for some, many will find that it’s most convenient to simply fly into Adelaide Airport and pick up their car rental directly from the airport itself. You’ll find a generous selection of rental suppliers based on airport, including Access Rent a car, Ace, Avis, Big Value Cars, Budget, Dollar, East Coast Car Rentals, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Honk, Keddy by Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty.
A holiday in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne is all very well, but it’s easy to get tired of the crowds that throng these cities’ attractions and after a few trips to Australia’s east coast, it can all get a bit monotonous. Flying into Adelaide Airport and picking up a car hire opens up a whole new world of opportunities for those exploring Australia. There are more than enough things to do in Adelaide to keep visitors busy for weeks on end. Below you’ll find just a small selection of the city’s attractions to help you work out your travel plans. If you’re planning to steer your Adelaide car rental away from the city for further exploration, check out these itineraries from Adelaide for hot tips and exciting destinations. For a few pointers on what to do before you leave town, read on!
Aboriginal traditions form an integral part of Adelaide’s culture, and one great place to go to get a firsthand taste of this tradition is Tandanya. An Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre, Tandanya features a number of gallery spaces which displays both contemporary and traditional pieces from a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists. Depending on when you’re picking up your Adelaide Airport car hire, you might even be able to catch one of the events or festivals which Tandanya hosts, like Survival Day or the award winning Spirit Festival.
Address: 253 Grenfell St Adelaide SA 5000 Opening Hours: 9:30AM–4:30PM Website: www.tandanya.com.au
If you manage to catch some clear weather during your stay in Adelaide (which is quite likely, given that Adelaide is the driest of all Australia’s capital cities) heading down to Glenelg Beach is just about the best way to spend a sunny day in the city. Whether you want to take a tour to swim with the wild dolphins that play offshore or just relax on the golden sands, Glenelg has rest and recreation covered with plenty of car hire parking.
Address: Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA 5045, Australia Website: www.glenelgsa.com.au
For a keen cyclist, flying in to a new city can sometimes be a little problematic. You obviously can’t take your bike with you, in spite of all the new cycling opportunities. Adelaide in particular has some great cycling options - and fortunately, there’s a way for you to experience them. Velo-Porte allows you to get hold of a bike to suit high performance riding, or one that’s great for just zipping around the city and touring wine regions. Renting a bike opens up Adelaide for an entirely different kind of exploration, and will give you a unique view of this incredible region. So park up your Adelaide Airport car hire and get on a bike!
Any trip to this city isn’t complete without driving your Adelaide car hire north to the nearby Barossa Valley. This is one of Australia’s most famous wine regions and is the perfect spot for those looking to indulge in the good life. In addition to the many award-winning wineries, there is an impressive array of eateries to enjoy, ranging from humble, to hearty, to haute cuisine. If you can, schedule a bit of time to spend in Barossa Valley - this is a place where a slower pace of life will serve you best.
Location: Tanunda SA 5352, Australia Website: www.barossa.com
On the other hand if staying active is more your style, Dance Adelaide provides a fantastic way to have fun, learn something new and get your heart pumping at the same time. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly light on your feet, these guys will give you the confidence get out on the dance floor and have a great time. Their teaching focuses on creating confident, stylish dancers quickly - without the endless repetition that puts so many off the idea of learning to dance.
Location: 93 Gilles Street, Adelaide SA Website: www.DanceAdelaide.com
Adelaide Central Market
There’s a good reason that the Central Market is South Australia’s biggest attraction. The sheer amount of fresh produce, bakery goods and seafood on offer is staggering - so if you’re planning on cooking up a delicious meal or two while you’re in Adelaide, a trip to the Central Market is a must. Even if you don’t have time to be preparing your own food, you can come here for the many excellent cafes and to pick up a little something tasty for brunch. There is plenty of parking available to park your Adelaide car hire in nearby streets.
Address: 44 – 60 Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Website: www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au
MJET Riding School
For Adelaidians, the MJET Riding School offers the chance to brush up on horseriding skills, but visitors can saddle up for a different kind of experience. Trail rides offer a relaxing guided experience amidst the Adelaide Hills near historic Hahndorf. This is suitable for any level of rider, so even if you haven’t had a lot of time in the saddle, you can still enjoy this serene cross country course. If you’ve got little ones who aren’t quite up to a trail ride, they can still have fun with the Stay and Play program. Hahndorf is a 40 minute drive in your from Adelaide Airport in a car hire.
Address:171 River Road, Hahndorf SA 5245 Phone Number: 0435 831 304
While those who enjoy crafting meals from scratch will love the Adelaide Central Market, sometimes you just want to head out for a delicious meal that someone’s prepared for you. When this inclination strikes, visitors would do well to drive their Adelaide car hire down to Gouger Street. A profusion of flavours and cultural influences lies in store for the eager diner - Gouger Street is particularly well known for its asian cuisine but there are all sorts of different dishes to be discovered here.
Opening Hours: varies Location: Central Adelaide
HG Coffee School
If you’re thinking about sticking around Adelaide for an extended holiday, it may be worth your time getting into the hospitality scene. Skilled baristas are a valuable asset for many of Adelaide’s cafes, bars and eateries and the HG Coffee School can set you up to extend your stay in the area thanks to some extra cash. With Master Baristas who are still hands on at the cutting edge of modern coffee creating, HG Coffee School offers top quality training and a nationally recognised qualification.
Address: 2/86 North Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067 Phone Number: 0423 791 549
A car hire from Adelaide Airport will get you to a lot of places around Adelaide, but if you’re itching to escape the ordinary and launch yourself into a more remote adventure, Escapegoat may be just what you’re searching for. Offering a bunch of different mountain bike trips that range from cruising through the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale wine regions to epic multi-day trips to the Flinders Ranges, Escapegoat Adventures will have you out and about, experiencing firsthand the best that South Australia has to offer. They can even do private mountain bike trips, perfect for those hoping for inside tips on the best trails in the Adelaide area.
Address: 22 Willunga St Eden Hills SA 5050 Contact no. 61 422 916 289 Website: escapegoat.com.au