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Darwin car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Darwin

  • If you plan on heading out of Darwin and into the outback, there are a few extra things you may want in your Darwin hire car. Consider adding a satellite GPS to your hire agreement. Once you head outside the major cities and towns, you won't want to rely on your phone for directions. Additionally, always bring a paper map as a final backup. If you're heading into national parks or other remote areas, it's also a good idea to have an emergency communication device such as a satellite phone or an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).
  • Driving in and around Darwin can be very different depending on the season you’re visiting in. The dry season typically lasts from May to October and generally has the best conditions for driving. The coolest (though still very warm) months are June, July and August. If you're visiting during the rainy season, from November to April, you may encounter road closures due to heavy rain. The Northern Territory government provides up-to-date information about road closures on its Road Report website. It displays both closed roads and hazardous roads where extra care should be taken.
  • Getting cheap car hire in Darwin makes it easy to explore other towns, attractions and national parks in the Northern Territory. Stuart Highway, for example, connects Darwin to South Australia and goes through Alice Springs along the way. The trip between Darwin and Alice Springs takes at least two days, but there are a number of beautiful places along the way. Around 4 hours after leaving Darwin, you can take a quick detour to Nitmiluk Gorge; here you can hike, swim and canoe while you explore. Around 5 hours from Alice Springs, you can stop at Tennant Creek, with the stunning Barkly Tablelands to the east.
  • As the most tropical climate out of all Australian capital cities, having a temperature-controlled car in Darwin is vital. Hiring a car in Darwin also offers superb freedom to explore the surrounding nature reserves that are not connected by public transport. Go hiking and discover waterfalls in the famous Litchfield National Park, which can be reached with a 1h drive, or get a look out over the city in Charles Darwin National Park, which is only 15min away. Bus services in Darwin generally finish at around 20:00, meaning a hire car will open up more night-time activities. Attractions in the city of Darwin are also spread out, with places such as the Military Museum and MAGNT more than 4 km from the CBD, and it is not quite time-efficient to visit all of them on public transport.
  • The offices of car hire companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty, are located on the ground floor at Darwin International Airport (DRW). The reception desks are directly across from the baggage claim in the Arrivals Hall, while the pick-up area is only a short walk outside the terminal.
  • Be aware that trucks carrying multiple trailers, known as road trains, are common on major highways around Darwin. Take extra care and keep a safe distance from the vehicles when driving, remembering that you need plenty of space and time to overtake. Familiarise yourself with the windscreen wipers in your hire car as dust often rises off the road and impairs visibility. Keep a watchful eye out for wild animals and livestock, especially at night, as they are known to wander onto the road in rural areas.
  • Traffic flows freely throughout most of the day in Darwin; however, increased congestion is certainly noticed between 07:30–08:30 and 16:00–17:00. Stuart Hwy handles the majority of commuters entering and leaving the city for work, thus it’s best to avoid it at peak periods on weekdays.
  • Book your rental car in Darwin at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Darwin are around 32% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Darwin

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Darwin?

    Compact cars offer fantastic prices and fuel efficiency, making them a popular choice for visitors planning to travel out of Darwin. Smaller models of hire cars will also navigate the inner-city streets best, though you won’t have to handle many tight alleyways or corners.

  • What’s the speed limit in Darwin?

    Unless otherwise indicated by signage, the default speed limit is 60 km/h. Many streets in Darwin’s city centre are, however, reduced to 40 km/h, which is the same limit for school zones between 08:00–17:00. The maximum speed outside of built-up areas is 110 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Darwin?

    Paid parking spaces are metered in the city centre from 08:00–17:00 on weekdays, with hourly fees at roughly A$ 2. State Square Car Park is a short walk from the waterfront precinct and has flat daily rates of about A$ 11, open 24h. Parking throughout the CBD is free and unrestricted on weekends and public holidays.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Darwin?

    The average price of fuel in Darwin is RM 20.68 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between RM 248 and RM 331, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Darwin?

    Compact (Hyundai i30 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Darwin.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Darwin?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Darwin?

    A Compact car rental in Darwin costs RM 371 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Darwin?

    A Standard car hire in Darwin costs RM 1,073 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Darwin?

    A Mini car hire in Darwin costs RM 145 per day, on average.

  • What charging stations for electric vehicles are in Darwin?

    There are a number of EV charging stations in Darwin's city centre as well as the surrounding suburbs. While EV charging stations will be harder to find if you're heading out of the major towns, there are also stations outside many national parks in the area.

  • Which Darwin car hire offices are available outside of the airport?

    While you'll find most companies offering cheap car hire in Darwin at the airport, a number also have offices in the city centre. You'll find most close to the Waterfront Precinct, with Enterprise offices on The Esplanade. Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar all have offices on Mitchell Street, just a few blocks back from The Esplanade.

Darwin car rental reviews and directory

Budget

10.0

Wonderful

8 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Darwin

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Locations in Darwin

Cnr Smith & Mclachlan Streets

+61 8 8981 9800

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Terminal Building

+61 8 8945 2011

Monday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
Tuesday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00
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8.0 Very Good

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Very easy to book and good price

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

For price very good

Cons:

300km takes you no where in Darwin

2.0 Poor

Jul 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

Kayak did not disclose that Budget car rentals charges users per km after a very low free distance allowance. This can easily double or triple the charges upon returning the car. Kayak should disclose these hidden fees when displaying the options.

1 out of 1

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

4 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

7.9

2 locations in Darwin

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55-59 Mitchell St

+61 8 8925 5890

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00

Mcmillans Rd

+61 8 8982 6690

Monday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00
Tuesday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
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Saturday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
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2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It will cost you no less than $300 for a rental. I bought a flight once I arrived and they presented me with a rental agreement which was over 3x the cost of the rental agreement for which I had paid for.

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2021

KAYAK
Great experience with Hertz. Man at counter suggested an upgrade at a fair price so we did. Great car and made our holiday very enjoyable and safe.

1 out of 1

Thrifty

10.0

Wonderful

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Darwin

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50 Mitchell St

+61 8 8924 0000

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

64 Stuart Hwy

+61 8 8924 0000

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

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Alamo

9.2

Wonderful

11 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.9

One location in Darwin

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In Terminal

+61 1300 106 666

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Staff were great. Car seat was dirty.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
Great easy

4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Didn’t get the car because I was in my first year provisionals

10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
Great service, got a free upgrade to a small SUV. Very satisfied customer. Would definitely use them again

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Really great car to drive and friendly service

1 out of 2

Europcar

8.0

Very Good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

3 locations in Darwin

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Locations in Darwin

77 Cavenagh Street

+61 889 410 300

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Shop 31 / 55-59 Mitchell Street

+61 8 8941 0300

Opening times not available

Terminal Building

+61 8 8945 3261

Opening times not available

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8.0 Very Good

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were very friendly. Pick up and drop off easy.

8.0 Very Good

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Great staff. Website had incorrect branch closure times.

1 out of 1

Sixt

8.0

Very Good

5 reviews

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.4

Value for money

8.0

One location in Darwin

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Terminal Building

+61 8 7914 7011

Monday09:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Like everything!

2.0 Poor

Mar 2022

KAYAK
The office was closed When I flew in then I phoned many times But no reply and no call back I will not recommend this company again Customer service zero

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6.9

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

3.9

2 locations in Darwin

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Locations in Darwin

102 Esplanade

+61 1300 106 666

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:00

In Terminal 1 Henry Wrigley Dr

+61 1300 106 666

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Friendly and helpful staff at a community Enterprise rental location made it easy to rent in a country that I was visiting for the first time.

1 out of 1

National

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Darwin

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In Terminal1 Henry Wrigley Way

+61 1300 106 666

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 23:59
Sunday09:00 - 23:59

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Avis

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Darwin

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Locations in Darwin

89 Smith St

+61 8 8936 0600

Monday09:00 - 23:59
Tuesday09:00 - 23:59
Wednesday09:00 - 23:59
Thursday09:00 - 23:59
Friday09:00 - 23:59

Terminal Building

+61 8 8936 6166

Monday08:15 - 23:59
Tuesday08:15 - 23:59
Wednesday08:15 - 23:59
Thursday08:15 - 23:59
Friday08:15 - 23:59
Saturday08:15 - 23:59
Sunday08:15 - 23:59

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Dollar

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

4 locations in Darwin

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50 Mitchell Street

+61 8 8981 5599

Monday09:00 - 23:59
Tuesday09:00 - 23:59
Wednesday09:00 - 23:59
Thursday09:00 - 23:59
Friday09:00 - 23:59

55-59 Mitchell St

+61 1800 501 934

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00

64 Stuart Highway

Monday09:00 - 23:59
Tuesday09:00 - 23:59
Wednesday09:00 - 23:59
Thursday09:00 - 23:59
Friday09:00 - 23:59

Mcmillans Rd

+61 1800 501 934

Monday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
Friday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:0000:00 - 01:00
Sunday00:00 - 01:0008:00 - 16:00

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Ace Rental Cars

8.7

Very Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Darwin

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14, Larkin Avenue

Opening times not available

Shop 41, Mitchell Centre, 51/59 Mitchell Street

+61 1800 620 408

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00

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Firefly

8.3

Very Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Darwin

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Locations in Darwin

55-59 Mitchell St

+61 889 410 944

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00

Mcmillians Road

+61 889 450 999

Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Wednesday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00
Saturday00:00 - 01:0006:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:00

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Bargain Car Rentals

8.2

Very Good

No reviews available

3 locations in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

1/8 Osgood Drive

+61 1300 729 230

Monday07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday07:00 - 19:00
Thursday07:00 - 19:00
Friday07:00 - 19:00
Saturday07:00 - 19:00
Sunday07:00 - 19:00

99 Mitchell St

+61 889 111 959

Opening times not available

Darwin Airport

Opening times not available

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East Coast Car Rentals

8.1

Very Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

285 Bagot Road, Coconut Grove, Darwin, Northern Territory, 0810

Opening times not available

285 Bagot Road, Coconut Grove, NT

+61 1800 028 881

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00

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JUCY

6.3

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

75 Mcminn Street

Opening times not available

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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

3 locations in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

77 CAVENAGH STREET

+61 889 410 300

Opening times not available

Mcmillan's Road

61 8 89453261

Monday06:30 - 22:3007:30 - 18:00
Tuesday06:30 - 22:3007:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:0006:30 - 22:30
Thursday06:30 - 22:3007:30 - 18:00
Friday06:30 - 22:3007:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:0006:30 - 22:30
Sunday07:30 - 18:0006:30 - 22:30

Shop 31 / 55-59 Mitchell Street

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Bargain Rental Cars

9.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

99 Mitchell Street

+61 1300 729 230

Opening times not available

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

4.9

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

Shop 31/55/59 Mitchell St

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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Sunnycars

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4 locations in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

1 Henry Wrigley Drive

Opening times not available

55-59 Mitchell Street

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Mc Millan`s Road

Opening times not available

Terminal Building

Opening times not available

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Apollo Car Rentals

No score available yet

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

Darwin Depot

Opening times not available

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AutoEurope

No score available yet

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

Darwin International Airport

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CalAuto

No score available yet

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

75 Mcminn St

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Red Spot

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One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

Darwin International Airport

Opening times not available

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in Darwin

Locations in Darwin

Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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33 travellers who rented a car in Darwin gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.2

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