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Sydney car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Sydney

  • Opting for a Sydney car hire lets you plan your trip. You can visit multiple destinations daily, choose your routes, and spend as much time at each. This flexibility is ideal if you like hiking, fishing, or visiting off-the-beaten-path attractions. Car hire in Sydney lets you explore Nova Scotia beyond Sydney. Halifax, Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove, and the Bay of Fundy, known for its massive tides, are scenic drives. Sydney, Canada, has stunning scenery. A hire car lets you visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park, located 134 km (83 miles) from Sydney.
  • The main airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY). Travellers have convenient car hire in Sydney at the airport to choose from. Some well-known hire car companies are in Sydney Airport's Arrivals terminal. Compact cars, sedans, SUVs, and minivans are available from these hire car companies. You can pick a car that suits you. Make a reservation to a car hire in Sydney, especially during peak travel times or if you have specific vehicle preferences. Booking ahead ensures availability and may get you a better rate.
  • Driving is done on the right side of the road in Canada, including Sydney, Nova Scotia. Make certain that all vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts at all times. It is illegal to use portable gadgets, such as mobile phones, while driving, as it is critical to avoid any activity that could divert your attention away from the road. To get directions, think about utilising a GPS device when opting for a car hire in Sydney. These tools can assist you in navigating unknown terrain and determining the best routes. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. Nova Scotia has a 0.05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. Avoid alcohol and drugs if you're driving.
  • The weather in Sydney, Canada, varies. Winter can be difficult if you're not used to driving in snow and ice. Drive carefully, allow extra braking distance, and use winter tyres when needed. In rural Sydney, roads may be narrower, winding, or need repair. Watch for signs and potholes. Steep inclines and sharp curves require careful driving along coastal routes and the Cabot Trail. Sydney, Nova Scotia, is known for its deer and moose. When active, these animals can endanger drivers. Drive your car hire in Sydney safely and watch out for wildlife crossing signs.
  • Book your rental car in Sydney at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Sydney are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

Sydney car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in Sydney 
Verified travelerOct 2023
Rent from Avis. Not enterprise.
Verified travelerAug 2023
Very easy driving around. Well maintained highways and roads. Well marked signs.

FAQs about renting a car in Sydney

  • How much is the price of fuel in Sydney?

    The average price of fuel in Sydney is RM 24.24 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between RM 291 and RM 388, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Sydney?

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

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

    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 Sydney?

    A Compact car rental in Sydney costs RM 335 per day, on average.

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

    A Standard car hire in Sydney costs RM 469 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Sydney?

    A Special car hire in Sydney costs RM 476 per day, on average.

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

    In Sydney, compact or mid-size cars are popular. These fuel-efficient, manoeuvrable cars are easy to park. They're great for city driving and scenic drives. Hiring an SUV or crossover may be a good idea if you want to explore Sydney's rugged terrain or go on outdoor adventures. These vehicles have more space, ground clearance, and traction, which can help on unpaved roads. In winter, an AWD or 4WD vehicle can improve stability and traction in snowy or icy conditions. Consider hiring an AWD or 4WD vehicle if you visit in winter or plan to explore rough roads.

  • What's the speed limit in Sydney?

    Urban areas, including residential and commercial areas, usually have a speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph). This speed limit is enforced to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles in densely populated areas. Most rural roads and highways outside urban areas have an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit. This speed limit speeds up open-road travel while ensuring safety. Major highways and expressways have speed limits of 100 km/h (62 mph) or higher, depending on the road and signage. These higher speed limits allow faster traffic flow on well-designed, controlled highway sections.

  • Where are the best places to park in Sydney?

    Sydney provides on-street parking in several locations. Depending on the location, on-street parking fees and time restrictions may change. Look for any parking restrictions or time limits on the signage. Sydney offers a variety of car parks. Parking in these locations can be expensive but, on average, it costs around C$2 (£1.53) per hour and C$15 (£11.45) per day. The Prince Street Parkade, the Sydney Justice Center car park, and the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion car park are well-known car parks.

Sydney car rental reviews and directory

Budget

7.7

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.2

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

6.5

2 locations in Sydney

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Locations in Sydney

224 Welton Street

+1 902 564 2610

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

280 Airport Road

+1 902 564 2615

Monday12:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:3023:30 - 23:59
Tuesday12:00 - 17:3023:30 - 23:5900:00 - 02:30
Wednesday12:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:3023:30 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 02:3023:30 - 23:5912:00 - 17:30
Friday12:00 - 17:3023:30 - 23:5900:00 - 02:30
Saturday00:00 - 02:3023:30 - 23:5914:30 - 17:30
Sunday23:30 - 23:5914:30 - 17:3000:00 - 02:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff, was all very good!

Cons:

Nothing better then going home to good hospitality. And the comments on the side that I can see are exactly the same comments about the Hamilton, Ontario location. I am finding that to be not the truth.

9.6 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Super friendly and they actually answered the local phone to assist us prior to our cruise ship arrival! At the counter they were fantastic, made sure we had all the info to make the most of our one-day rental in Sydney.

Cons:

They had pickup from the ship/harbor, but were closed at after noon on a Sunday so we had to take a cab back to the ship. Only $10 but shuttle both ways would be extra grand.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Nothing

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Ride back to cruise ship. Efficient checkin/out!

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

It was very convenient to get to the location as there was a shuttle that we saw just as we exited the ship at the port of Sydney. The car was clean and comfortable and we really liked the fact that they had pre-printed directions for some of the most popular sites in the area—and the car had Sat Nav as well.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

When I picked up the car in Sydney at 12:00 PM, the agent was warm, welcoming, efficient, and knowledgeable. She asked what my plans were in Sydney and gave local suggestions as she processed my paperwork. What a wonderful way to introduce me to the beautiful Cape Breton.

Cons:

Everything was perfect.

1 out of 3

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.3

Cleanliness

7.1

Comfort

7.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.3

Value for money

7.3

2 locations in Sydney

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Locations in Sydney

280 Silver Dart Way

+1 902 539 1303

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:30
Sunday00:00 - 02:30

446 Grand Lake Road

+1 902 539 6700

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 02:30

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
They canceled the reservation the day of the rental because there were no cars available. More advance notice should have been given. Fortunately the Avis down the street was able to accommodate us as well as several others who experienced the same thing.

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
They canceled the last minute and refused to assist us in getting another car.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staffs were super friendly and helpful. Car was so clean and smooth to use. Drop off was easy.

Cons:

It would be better if they could accept debit cards too for payments.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy drop off

Cons:

Was overall good. No complaints

2.0 Poor

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Website gave me a car but when we got to the place they said they have no cars? This has happened twice in our vacation and has runed most of our vacation. Stuck on PEI Island for 3 days with out a car when we had a confirmation number and all... apparently it doesn't mean anything

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Shuttle driver and associates were outstanding. Vehicle had only 1k miles. Very fair prices.

Cons:

Nothing to dislike.

1 out of 5

Avis

6.8

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

5.7

2 locations in Sydney

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224 Welton Street

+1 902 564 2611

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

280 Airport Road

+1 902 563 2847

Monday23:30 - 23:5912:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:30
Tuesday00:00 - 02:3023:30 - 23:5912:00 - 17:30
Wednesday12:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:3023:30 - 23:59
Thursday23:30 - 23:5912:00 - 17:3000:00 - 02:30
Friday23:30 - 23:5900:00 - 02:3012:00 - 17:30
Saturday23:30 - 23:5914:30 - 17:3000:00 - 02:30
Sunday23:30 - 23:5900:00 - 02:3014:30 - 17:30

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
We are very disappointed with our experience and will never use Avis again. After calling the day before our booking to change the pick up time and confirm (which the agent did confirm there was no issue with the new pick up time and the pick up time was changed), we took a taxi to downtown Avis from the airport as airport Avis was sold out. Upon arrival, Avis was closed and we were left without a rental car to get to our hotel 2 hours away. We took a taxi half way to the hotel before the airport Avis location called back saying they now had a mini van available, even though we had booked an SUV. This cost us about $400 more than anticipated ($100 taxi and can was $300 more for the week than SUV) and 4 hour of our time. It was a horrible experience on my birthday and to start our honeymoon and we will never use Avis ever again.

6.0 Okay

Sep 2022

KAYAK
They sold us on a GPS when the car had one built in, and we paid for the satellite radio and it never got hooked up.

4.0 Mediocre

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Could not use the credit card we booked with (didn't have the physical card) so we had to pay unexpected fees for insurance that would have been covered by the other card. Gentleman at the counter was not helpful - clearly wanted to go home as it was near the end of the day.

8.0 Very Good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
All good. Easy, quick pick up, asy dropping off, I wish maps could have been available. (Sydney N.S. Airport) Otherwise very easy to pick up, very easy to drop off.

1 out of 2

National

6.0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.0

One location in Sydney

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Locations in Sydney

280 Silver Dart Way

+1 902 539 1303

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday00:00 - 02:30
Sunday00:00 - 02:30

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2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
There was nobody there when we got there, had to wait half an hour for someone to get there then when we went to pay they would not accept it because the driver and credit card weren’t the same people. The woman was rude the whole experience also.

1 out of 1

keddy by Europcar

6.2

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Sydney

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Please Call Location At 9025784608, 1691 Grand Lake Rd

+1 902 578 4608

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Discount Car & Truck Rentals

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One location in Sydney

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Locations in Sydney

Sidney Ns Airport

Opening times not available

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Europcar

No score available yet

One location in Sydney

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Locations in Sydney

Please Call Location At 9022172321

+1 902 217 2321

Opening times not available

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Sydney

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280 Silver Dart Way

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41 travellers who rented a car in Sydney gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.3

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