Don’t make the mistake of only visiting the incredible city of Sydney during your trip to New South Wales, but plan to rent a car in Sydney in order to independently and comfortably explore the city’s unique surroundings. While Sydney is considered by many to be Oceania’s prime metropolis, the city is also located in the center of some of southern Australia’s most spectacular natural sights as well. Australia is, after all, one of the best nations to explore by rental car! Here is a guide to driving in New South Wales and to finding the cheapest car rental in Sydney, Australia.
All drivers with a valid driver’s license are permitted to drive in Australia for up to three months. However, if your driver’s license has been issued in a language other than English, you are also required to carry an international driver’s permit with you. Be sure to register for an international driver’s permit before you depart from your country of residence.
Rental cars in Sydney are available in over 25 locations throughout the city, including the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD), downtown, and in the Mascot suburb. Car hire in Sydney starts as low as €15 a day!
By far the cheapest location in which to book your rental car in Sydney is the Sydney International Airport, where companies like Carhood Car Rental keep prices under €20 a day year-round—depending on availability! If you are planning on visiting Sydney during the popular spring and summer months (typically October through February), be sure to book your rental car well in advance in order to get the best prices. The price of car hire at the Sydney Airport often rises to around €30 a day in January, even if you book your car around five months in advance.
If it is inconvenient for you to pick up your Sydney rental car at the airport, you can also often find good car hire prices in downtown Sydney and in Mascot.
Keep an eye out for discounts of around 20% that drive the price of car hire in Sydney even lower!
Speed limits in Sydney:
Rush hour in Sydney:
Parking in Sydney:
Toll roads, bridges, and tunnels in Sydney:
Numerous roads and tunnels are tolled throughout the city and are demarcated with a sign announcing “Toll.” The roads that are tolled in Sydney include the:
The tolled bridges and tunnels in Sydney include the:
Especially if you are driving through Sydney outside of morning and evening peak travel hours, you may find that tolled roads, bridges, and tunnels do not actually save you any time in getting to your destination. Especially as some tolls can cost as much as $8, it is worth your time to compare tolled and un-tolled routes to your desired destination!