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Book Your Rental at Brisbane Airport

Make planning your self-drive holiday from Brisbane airport simple with our easy-to-use booking website. Rather than spending hours on the internet or phone getting quotes to compare, just enter your requirements into our search engine and multiple options will be at your fingertips. Our global network allows us to offer you a huge range of vehicles, from the big international brands like Europcar, Budget and Thrifty, to smaller local and national businesses, including Andy’s Auto Rental and East Coast Car Rentals.
 
Brisbane is a place for fun in the sun. It’s a bold and vibrant city located between the theme parks and bustling beaches of the Gold Coast and the idyllic, deserted coastlines of Northern Queensland. Flying in, you will immediately feel the holiday vibes – and the last thing you want is stress regarding a car rental.
 

Why Choose Us?

Our sites are simple and convenient, but that is not the only reason to trust us with your booking:
  • Our lowest price promise means we are committed to having the best deals and we will match any better price quoted by another website.
  • We have a team of knowledgeable customer service representatives to help you with any questions about the booking process. We have freephone numbers in 20 countries.
  • Your search results will tell you straight away whether the depot is in-airport or has a shuttle, the required gas level for returning the vehicle, the review rating, the vehicle age and the features of the rental agreement. Free amendments, free additional driver, unlimited mileage.
  • You can filter results by pick-up method, class, fleet, transmission, passenger numbers and availability to narrow your search even more.
  • Book a Brisbane rental car straight from your phone! Our Airport Car Rental app makes it easy to plan your travels on the go.

Get out and About: Events in Brisbane

Once your rental vehicle is booked, it’s time to explore Brisbane and all that the region has to offer. The Gold Coast is only an hour away, beaches line the coasts in both directions, and if you head inland you will soon be in the mighty Outback.
 
A Brisbane holiday over Christmas and New Year is a festive occasion, but you will need to get in quick as rental vehicles can sell out fast for the holiday periods. The Australia Day celebrations on January 26 are another great time to visit, and any car rental booking will need to be made well in advance. But let Brisbaneairportcarhire.net help you find the best offer.  

Driving Guide

Here at airportrentals.com we fully appreciate how difficult it can be to collect a car hire and drive into a new town. Street layouts are different, road rules vary, parking is a mystery and who knew the main road into the city centre was a one-way? Well, that’s where our ‘City Driving Guide’ will prove invaluable for anyone collecting a rental, whether you’re on a short two-day business trip or taking the family away for a well-earned break. From finding that perfect spot, to dreaded toll roads and traffic hot-spots to avoid, it’s all here, courtesy of Airport Rentals. We don’t just take the stress out of car hire… we want to help with your entire journey.

Getting around Brisbane, a city with so much to offer

The Capital of Queensland, Brisbane’s reputation as a travel destination has risen dramatically in recent years, now competing strongly with the big-hitters of Sydney and Melbourne. A gateway to the north-eastern coastal delights of Byron Bay, Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef, with the Gold Coast and Sydney to the south, Brisbane is one of those cultural melting pots where travellers of all shapes and sizes pass through.  

But let us not forget that Brisbane itself is a diamond of the Australian landscape, as ‘Brissie’ offers a modern, fresh lifestyle approach. Traditionally revered for its blissful outdoor-friendly environment with a vast array of beaches and cafes, the cultural menu in the city centre is resplendent with art galleries, festivals and the very best in contemporary dining. For short- or long-term visitors, you’re probably going to spend some time taking in the sights in your airportrentals.com car hire. So, here’s a handy lowdown of what to expect on the roads and some essential tips.  

Traffic

Being located on the Brisbane River presents a unique layout for a newcomer to the city in a car rental. A hilly region, it’s difficult to keep your eyes on the road with such a picturesque CBD. Once you collect your car hire from Brisbane Airport, it’s only 14.3km (8.8 miles) to the central city, heading south-west. Your journey is incredibly straightforward; just jump on the M7 and follow that for around 6km (five minutes) to the M3, which takes you straight into the heartbeat of Brisbane. You will pass the likes of Wooloowin, Lutwyche, Bowen Hills, Paddington and the world-famous sports arena Suncorp Stadium. Clear signage ensures a relatively pain-free passage.


The main roads in and around Brisbane are the M1M2M3M4 and M5, with various freeways and  nine road bridges in total – so take your time. Brisbane traffic conditions are typical of any major city, although it is quite vulnerable to flooding. Be vigilant and check the weather forecast before you land and ask your rental consultant for more information.

Brisbane CBD is a delightful contrast of skyscrapers and parks, such as Roma Street Parklands and the Botanic Gardens. Its grid layout is relatively easy to follow, with Queen Street the central pedestrian mall. Smaller roads such as Adelaide St, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Adelaide help to form quite a small city centre, with Roma St Station at the top, on Albert Park. Look out for four bridges that link to the southern bank of the river: Captain Cook, Victoria, William Jolly and Go Between Bridge. However, the Brisbane Central Traffic Area, as it is called, can be notoriously busy for traffic. The weather forecast is generally good in Brisbane, so why not park-up and have a stroll into the city.     

Toll Roads

Brisbane has quite an impressive road infrastructure, with bridges, tunnels and highways. However, this has been partly funded by toll roads and there are a few that can catch you out. While a GPS can help, forewarned is still forearmed, so here’s all the information you need to avoid a nasty surprise (all prices, without conversions, are in Australian dollars). Please note these prices are December 2014 rates and subject to change.
  • AirportlinkM7:Operated by BrisConnections, you will hit this this toll road within around 10 minutes of leaving Brisbane Airport in your rental. A car will cost $4.50 (US$3.72) between Bowen Hills and Kedron. Between Bowen Hills and Toombul it’s $4.98 and $3.82 between Kedron and Toombul. A day pass for all routes is $14.68 (US$12.13).   
  • Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7): Operated by Queensland Motorways, this travels under the Brisbane River between Bowen Hills to the north, near the tip of the M7, all the way down to Woolloongabba in the south. The CLEM7 is a direct route for the likes of Chermside Shopping Centre and the RNA Exhibition grounds. The electronic tolling system currently costs $4.78 for your rental car, then varies for shorter journeys. Again, check with the rental provider – it will help if you have a rough idea of where you’re travelling.
  • Gateway Motorway and Bridges: Located on the eastern side of the city, the Gateway Motorway travels via Gateway Bridges, also taking in Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges. It’s the perfect route between the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, so is very popular. Running from Nudgee to the Pacific Motorway interchange at Eight Mile Planes and on to the Logan Motorway Extension, there are two toll points: Murarrie between Exits 105 and 103 (Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges) and later Kuraby. The toll tarrif for a car at Murarrie is $4.25, at Kuraby $2.51.
  • Logan Motorway: There are three toll spots on Logan. Heathwood will cost you $2.65, Loganlea $1.61 and Paradise Road $2.65.
  • Go Between Bridge:  Four lanes wide, this route over the Brisbane River will take you to the South Bank, Gallery of Modern Art and Suncorp Stadium. Connecting Merivale and Cordelia Streets to Hale St and the Inner City Bypass, it’s fully electronic so you will not see any toll booths – but that doesn’t mean you’re not being charged. Your rental car will be charged a toll of $2.98.

Handing over the cash

Paying your tolls is relatively easy. If you’re hire car is from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty or Hertz, they operate a tolling program, so talk to customer service when you pick-up your car hire at Brisbane Airport. However, if you’re not using one of these providers, there’s a short-term payment system called Roadpass. You’re more than likely to travel on the AirportlinkM7, so visit www.airportlinkm7.com.au for comprehensive information. Another crucial site is www.govia.com.au, where you can set up a viaroad pass, which also has a small additional fee. You have three days to clear the toll.
CITY GUIDE TIP: www.queenslandtollroads.com.au is a fantastic site, where all your questions can be answered. 

Parking

The bane of every driver’s existence is parking, and central traffic areas in Brisbane are notoriously difficult for parking you rental car. As well as various rules and regulations, such as having to park at least 20 metres behind a bus stop, there are also special events and residential zones to contend with.

After collecting your car rental from Brisbane Airport, the last thing you want is to get stung with some over-the-top rates in the city.

Parking at the airport, the options

While you’re most likely to be driving away as soon as you land, if you do require parking at the airport at some point during your trip, facilities are good. There are regular promotions and deals, including a $49 pass for one week, $69 for Park Valet Weekend and $149 specials for a fortnight. Prices vary between domestic and international terminals, from $66 for one to two days, up to $158 for seven to eight days if you’re flying domestically; long-term parking at the international terminal is slightly cheaper over seven to eight days, costing $129. You can also find the best deals if you book online. With four car parks operating 24 hours a day, you’re sure to find a spot for however long you need.

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Parking in Brisbane’s CBD can be very tricky. Known as the Brisbane Central Traffic Area, this covers the city and surrounding suburbs such as South Bank, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley and part of the West End, Kangaroo Point and Kelvin Grove, amongst others. What this basically means is that you can leave your car rental for no more than two hours on unsigned streets, unless the meter or signs tell you otherwise – so be vigilant. This applies Mon-Fri, 7am til 6pm; Sat 7am til noon.

There are two main carparks in Brisbane: King George Square (on Ann and Adelaide Streets) and Wickham Terrace (near Central Station). Now these offer various deals online, so check out www.brisbane.qld.gov.au for more information. They include $5 per day on weekends and evening specials. Unfortunately, both these facilities are positioned frustratingly close to each other, around 20 minutes from the airport on a good day with minimal traffic. So, if you are staying in one of the surrounding suburbs, you’re likely to find more options. Meter prices vary according to zones, with CBD Zone 1, and suburbs on the city fringe designated as Zone 2, therefore slightly cheaper. Average charges are around $2.70 an hour in the day, $1.50 in the evening.

A very popular spot is Roma Street Parkland, which is a unique and stunning subtropical park set in the middle of the city. Hugely popular with locals and tourists, it has 35 parking bays on the Boulevard, also operated by meters – but be patient, as demand is high.

Tips and things to remember on Brisbane parking

  • Do not gamble on getting a fine. Starting at $85 and moving to three figures depending on the infringement, it’s a cost you should desperately avoid. Check for meters wherever you park, and even if one isn’t working, go and find another one that does.
  • Secure Parking and Wilson offer various special deals, especially on weekends and evenings. If you have a clear picture of your Brisbane car rental itinerary, get online and save some cash. Secure also operate specials with Queen Plaza.
  • If you’re shopping, there are discounts for parking – just keep your receipts.
  • Cornerstone Parking on Browning St, West End, have a fantastic Early Bird deal of $14 if you enter before 8am and leave after 2pm. Cornerstone on Ann St (right in the CBD) offer a $22 Early Bird package. 

Fuel

Now there is one unfortunate fact regarding your Brisbane Airport car rental. In most cases, you will have to refill the tank before you return the vehicle to your depot. Also, if you’re travelling extensively, some knowledge about the local gasoline situation is very handy – so here it is!

How much does fuel cost in Brisbane?

Now of course the price of petrol and diesel in Brisbane will vary massively from pump to pump, as it does around the world. Unleaded has fluctuated greatly in Brisbane, ranging from 147c per litre, down to around 132c just a few months later – it’s incredibly unpredictable. Obviously the closer you get to the city centre, the more you are likely to pay.

Closest petrol stations to Brisbane Airport

Now a very common last-minute problem when hiring a vehicle from airportrentals.com is remembering to refill the tank before you return the car. If you’re approaching the airport and it’s slipped your mind, don’t panic. There are two petrol stations located at Brisbane Airport:
  • Shell Service Station, Airport Drive
  • Coles Express, Airport Drive

If you are coming in from the M1 Northern Gateway, there are two more options:
  • Coles Express, 1097 Nudgee Rd, Banyo
  • Freedom Fuels, Cnr Nudgee and Tufnell Rds, Nudgee

Finding the best deal

The massive fluctuations in price mean it’s very difficult to locate the cheapest fuel in Queensland. You can find differences of five cents in one day, depending on which region of Brisbane you are driving. The likes of Coles and Woolworths dominate the sales market, with discounts offered with various retail purchasing. But there are other options if you don’t want to buy from the bigger corporations. For the very latest pricing, visit this very handy website: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. This will also help guide you around the pricing cycle and how some days are cheaper to buy than others. 
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