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Car Hire in Sydney

Car Rental in Sydney

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Where to rent a car in Sydney

There are plenty of car rental companies that are based in the Sydney central business district, and travellers will find them almost anywhere. A dime a dozen, these car rental companies range from the small, local agencies, to the big and international agencies. The build-up suggests that many Sydney locals and visitors prefer driving instead of public transport, even if there are decent ways to ride around the city without driving personally.

Most of the car rental companies are settled within Ultimo, Camperdown, Leichardt, Waterloo, Alexandria, Sutry Hills, Darling Point, the Rocks, Lilyfield, Bondi and Bondi Beach, in the Sydney Airport and within its immediate vicinity. There are just so many that travellers may actually book upon arrival to the city – even if they're just going to use the car for the day. Most of the car rental companies, especially the local ones, offer competitive prices that can be experimented and haggled on, while the bigger rental companies rely on their service and their vast range of car offerings, pre-installed GPS systems, unlimited mileage benefits, and other features.

Some of the companies located in central Sydney include Hertz, Budget, National, Avis, Redspot, Sixt, Europcar, Discount, GoGet, Mercedes-Benz Rentals, Angel Classics for Hire, and many others. There are companies that specifically offer classic cars, while others offer the top-of-the-line ones, even trucks and limousines. Ask your chosen car rental companies if they offer various pick-up and drop-off points, or if they accept online bookings. It is also important to know their phone numbers, so that you may contact them off if any issues arise. Most travellers prefer to book through phone as they can inquire and ask for quotes here, although others prefer the efficiency of online booking.

What to expect when renting a car from Sydney

Undeniably, Sydney CBD is a bustling area. Almost every street experiences moderate to heavy traffic, and every turn is like mayhem, especially during weekday mornings. Traffic goes down to light and moderate at around lunch time, however towards the afternoon and the early evening, it picks up again. Weekend traffic is clear in the mornings, but picks up between 11 in the morning up to the early afternoon, and again tones down at around 8 in the evening. Mostly, the bigger roads that do not pass the establishments are usually free flowing, while the smaller and more grounded streets are the busy ones. Outside central district, however, in areas such as Chatswood, Castle Cove, Belrose, Saint Ives, and others, traffic is as green as you can see.

Sydney locals are big on bikes too – so drivers should expect some of them on the freeways and the smaller streets. Prepare for some toll roads, and watch out for speeding cameras that might provide you with fines to pay.

Getting to your destination

While in Sydney, do not miss the chance of exploring the beautiful city – famous for its culture, art forms, food, and art.

From the Sydney Airport, take the M1 in Eastlakes towards Wentworth Avenue, then exit at Southern Cross Drive towards Sydney. Exit from Cross City Tunnel to reach the central business district. There are tolls on some of the roads here, so prepare some cash.

Know more about Australia by exploring its capital, Canberra. Canberra is set at the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra can be reached by getting on the M1 in Botany from Joyce Drive and General Holmes Drive towards Hume motorway and Federal Highway/A23. Simply continue on the A23 to Vernon Cir, and then enter Canberra. There are tolls ahead, so make sure to prepare some cash.

Sydney Olympic Park
One of the most visited areas in Sydney, the Sydney Olympic Park lets travellers explore the said leisure and sporting venue at their phase.

The Sydney Olympic Park is pretty much accessible through the A4 and the Olympic Boulevard.

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