You have successfully booked your trip to Adelaide, South Australia. Bags are packed, and you have journeyed to arrive at Adelaide Airport. Now, what? You could take advantage of the cities public transport from Adelaide airport, or you could hire a private vehicle from the airport or a car hire company in the city.
What happens when you want to go off the beaten path say to the countryside or when you want to travel in privacy and convenience. This is where a rental car comes in handy. Theres’s lots to see and do in South Australia such as wineries, the Barossa Valley, beaches, Adelaide city and more.
This article focuses on Adelaide car hire, in respect to rental firms from the Airport. We will cover city based hire companies in another article at a later time. If you want to read other articles about airport vehicle rentals check out our articles on Avalon airport (Victoria) or Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport that we recently posted. If you want cheap car rental options from Melbourne Airport, I recently added an article mentioning car hood (a website) which has vehicles for hire, under $30 per day from both Tullamarine and Brisbane Airports.
If you are looking for full transport options from the airport, you have the airport website to check first. In a nutshell, there are five transportation options from the airport out. One of those options is free transport. These are
- Adelaide Metro bus,
- Shuttle bus,
- Rental car
For cycling options, the bicycle service is free of charge, but this may change in the future, and the bicycle hires booth closes at 11:00 pm and reopens at 04:00 am.
The following car hire companies open for business at Adelaide Airport
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and RedSpot. Daily rate pricing varied and got cheaper the further out you the date of hire that you booked. I was getting pricing online for hire vehicles starting at a Kia Rio for between $100 and $120 per day. Holden Malibu’s were around $130 a day to hire at the time of writing.
Again, with Avis the economy and compact vehicles were around $95 to $100 a day when I checked online, going right up in price to a Toyota Corolla at $115 a day, SUV’s for $135 a day and a full-size van such as a Hyundai Imax for $217 a day. Bigger cars such as a Holden Caprice or Chrysler 300c were around $167 a day.
In my books the Adelaide Airport based car rental companies are pricey (someone might beg to clarify this with me) when using their websites I feel there are cheaper alternatives out of the airport and going in to Adelaide City itself. Maybe the airport has a captive audience of arriving passengers but as I checked the rates are more competitive with lower daily rates on offer in Adelaide itself than at the airport.
Take Ace rental cars had a Hyundai Elantra quoted at $53 a day and I’m sure you can get cars at some outlets cheaper than that. I checked Argus Car Hire, which has hire vehicles at a reasonable price range – see image below that shows the daily rate quotes I got back from a search. These rates are nearly 50% cheaper than the prices I was getting from the Adelaide airport hire companies when I sought quotes online.
Firefly has a hire desk at Adelaide airport. Their website is here. I found the Firefly internet site extremely annoying. It was returning vehicles available for hire but didn’t have any pricing information or any buttons to enable me to proceed to the next step of booking anything! Boing.. sales lost.
The cheapest cars usually to hire will be the “Economy” and “Compact cars” category. These cars will provide seating for 5 and trunk space for 1-2 suitcases. If you need more space, you could upgrade to Midsize OR Fullsize classes of vehicle. However, if you need as much space as possible, the Fullsize Van is available which can seat 8-12 passengers. Also, traveling in luxury is always nice if the Premium SUV or Premium Sedan catches your eye. I’m reluctant to specify prices for these vehicles as I got such a broad range of price quotes for the similar class of vehicles from hire different companies.
Another company that offers online booking from $66 at the time of writing is a website called car hire global. Rates also differ depending on age, i.e., Under 25 or over.
Hiring a vehicle either way for your next holiday will give you reliable transportation with more time and freedom to experience the Barossa wine region or McLaren Vale, easy day trips from Adelaide, a short day trip during your vacation to Cape Jervis to catch a ferry to Kangaroo Island or exploring Adelaide at your pace.