Car Rental in Sydney
Sydney is one of the world’s premier travel destinations and Australia’s largest city home to everything from world-famous landmarks and vibrant shopping/nightlife districts to culturally diverse neighborhoods and fun, family attractions. The city is huge and spreads far inland from the city and is also close to many beaches, serene nature reserves and even the Blue Mountains. With your own rental car you can explore everything that Sydney and the state of New South Wales have to offer.
Where to rent a car in Sydney
Many international car rental providers at Sydney Airport including Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty amongst others. Car rental counters can be found in the arrivals hall of the international terminal and vehicles collected at Car Park P7. Most international agencies and many more local providers are located around the city of Sydney if you don’t need to collect your vehicle right away. This is ideal if you want to explore central Sydney by public transport before venturing out of the city with your own vehicle.
Driving in Sydney
Sydney experiences its fair share of bad traffic which is to be expected of such a bustling city, but in general you won’t suffer too much if you avoid the city center during rush hour (07.00-09.00 and 16.30-19.00). Remember that in Australia cars drive on the left-hand side of the road. The rules of the road are generally well adhered to by locals and the quality of city roads and highways are also excellent. You may however want to consider getting a more robust vehicle like a 4x4 if your excursions are going to take you off the beaten track and out into the New South Wales wilderness.
Parking in Sydney
Parking in Sydney is available but it can be extremely expensive depending on where you go, with central parking lots costing as much as 60 AED per hour in places. You will find that some car parks offer free parking for the first 30 minutes but others will charge up to 12 AED per half hour. If you are visiting the center you are probably better off parking up in the suburbs before catching public transport in to save on time and money. Consult with your hotel before your journey as many will be able to provide excellent advice on parking arrangements or offer their own facilities at reduced rates for guests. Street parking throughout Sydney is managed via parking meters which charge by the hour, with most street parking free of charge overnight from around 10pm-6am.
Where to go around Sydney
Sydney is a huge city offering many attractions and points of interest without even starting on the many nearby towns and nature spots reachable by vehicle. Down in the center by The Rocks district is where you will see the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge, while the nearby Darling Harbor area is packed full of restaurants, bars and family attractions like aquariums and museums. Venture out into Greater Sydney to the bohemian Inner West neighborhood or head north along the coast to the affluent Manly Beach area. Many adventures out in nature are accessible from Sydney including the rugged Blue Mountains, the Royal National Park or the stunning wineries of the Hunter Valley region.
* This information is correct as of December 2018