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About Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)

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Sydney is one of the most visited cities in the world as thousands of tourists flock to its many attractions every year.

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is roughly 13 km (8 miles) south of the Sydney Central Business District CBD. The famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are located in the CBD.  Sydney also offers stunning beaches, lively nightlife and adventure opportunities in the nearby Blue Mountains and beyond.

Kingsford Smith International Airport car rental is an easy and convenient option for seeing the best of what Sydney has to offer, with pick-up locations across International and Domestic terminals.

Head to T1 International terminal Arrivals hall where the car hire desks are located. Once you've collected your keys, you will be directed to the ground level of the multi-storey car park P7. This is just opposite the T1 International terminal. If you are picking up your rental car from the T2 or T3 Domestic terminals, follow the signs for rental cars in the Arrivals hall.

  Getting around

Leaving the airport car rental area, you will drive via the M1 Eastern Distributor Motorway - which is one of Sydney’s toll roads — to the Sydney CBD.  The trip is practically a straight line that runs from north to south and will take just over 20 minutes in normal traffic conditions.  However, this road is often heavily congested during peak periods. The other option is to drive via O’Riordan Street, which runs almost parallel to the M1 and doesn’t involve tolls, but also involves congestion at certain points so might take longer.

The M5 South Western Motorway links the airport to the South Western Suburbs of Sydney and onwards to Canberra and Melbourne.  It is tolled west of the Kingsgrove Road exit.

  Choosing your car

Airport car rental with us is simple. On the booking page all you need to do is enter your pick-up and drop-off dates, indicate the driver’s age and whether you’ll be arriving via the domestic or international terminal. Keep in mind that the two terminals are quite far apart, so be sure to double check where you’ll be arriving.

You will then be presented with a list of vehicles and prices from the leading car hire companies in Sydney. You can easily find the best bargains from companies such as Thrifty, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and more, in an easy-to-read format.

Whether you need a small city runner, a mid-range cruiser, an SUV for rougher terrain or a 7-9-seater to fit the whole family, the choice is yours. There are also premium and luxury cars, as well as convertibles!

Remember that not all the car hire companies have the same terms and conditions, so from our booking system you can check this for each offer, before deciding on the rental.

Renting a car has never been easier with our mobile and desktop friendly booking experiences. Wherever you are, and whatever device you use, we are connected 24/7 to your car rental needs.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Sydney Airport


Australia is very strict on immigration and customs procedures. You might get caught up in the queue for more than an hour.


The terminals are busy at peak periods (07:00 - 09:00). If you need to get in or out of the airport by car, try and avoid these times.


The airport has an overnight curfew from 11:00 to 17:30. The terminals close after the last flight and delayed flights can only depart or arrive the next morning.


Car lanes that says T2 or T3 means there must be either 2 people or 3 people in the car to be able to drive in that lane.


Driving along Sydney Harbour Bridge can be daunting. The 8 lanes go off in all directions, so be prepared.


Traffic police are very strict: Always use your seatbelt and don’t dare to look at your mobile while driving. Fines are steep.

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Sydney Airport

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Sydney Airport?

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Sydney Airport?

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3. Does Sydney Airport have cars with 7 seats?

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Sydney Airport to a different drop off location in Australia?

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Sydney Airport?

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6. Is it better to rent at Sydney Airport or off airport?

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Sydney Airport?

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Sydney Airport?

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Sydney Airport?

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Sydney Airport?

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11. What car types are there for rent at Sydney Airport?

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Sydney Airport?

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Sydney Airport?

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14. What SUV cars are available at Sydney Airport in 3 months time?

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15. Which rental companies are there at Sydney Airport?

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Sydney Airport?

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Sydney Airport?

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Sydney Airport?

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Sydney Airport and how does this compare to others?

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Sydney Airport?