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Car rental Sydney 

Sydney City, NSW
Pickup: Shop 4 191 William St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Please note the pick up and return locations differ.

Pickup location: Shop 4 191 William St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010.
Return location: Domain car park, 50 Sir John Young Crescent, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011

Nearby CBD car hire locations

Sydney City, NSW

Domain Car Park, Sir John Young Crescent
East Sydney NSW 2011

Located in the domain car park on Sir John Young Crescent, our friendly staff are there to help with any rental inquiries.

Due to the current COVID lockdown in Sydney, our Domain location is closed. Customers can still return vehicles using the drop box.

Alexandria/Mascot, Sydney, NSW

Cnr Bourke & Gardeners Road
Alexandria NSW 2015
Conveniently located 10 mins from the CBD, inner west and eastern suburbs of Sydney. A short drive from Sydney Airport. The closest train station is Mascot. 

Artarmon, Sydney, NSW

8-10 Cleg Street
Artarmon NSW 2064
Located near the junction between the M1 and Pacific Highway, not far from North Shore Private Hospital. 10 minutes north of the city off the M1 motorway. If you're arriving by train, we're only a 13-minute walk from Artarmon station. You can even take a bus – get off on the Pacific Highway then walk the few minutes to the office.

Sydney Airport, Sydney, NSW

Terminal Building
Sydney NSW 2020

You can find in T1 between arrival gates A and B. In T2, at baggage collections in front of carousel 5. In T3, in front of carousel 4 in the Qantas baggage collection area. The vehicles are collected at the central car park location (P1) which is located between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

The Airport Link train which runs every 10 minutes and takes less than 15 minutes to reach the airport from Central Station is a convenient way to get to the Airport.

Please download our Sydney Airport Map for more information.

Rent a car from Thrifty

  • Wide range of cars and commercial vehicles
  • Easy access around the city and out to the suburbs
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local staff

Looking for convenient car rentals in Sydney? At Thrifty, we've got you covered with our centrally located hub at Domain Car Park, Sir John Young Crescent, right near the CBD.


Our friendly staff are here to make your car rental process easy and get you on the road sooner. Whether you need a large 4WD, roomy van, spacious sedan or hot hatch, we have a wide range of vehicles to choose from for car rentals in our Sydney locations.

Once you’ve chosen your perfect hire car, you'll find easy access to major roads, such as the South and West motorways, from our Domain car rental centre. 

Car options available

Small and medium

Sydney small and medium hire cars

If you're after a fuel-efficient and easy-to-drive option in Sydney, have a look at our range of small and medium cars. The top choices include the zippy Toyota Yaris, the automatic Kia Cerato, and the ever-popular Toyota Corolla. 

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SUVs and 4WDs

SUV hire in Sydney

An SUV is the option if you need a vehicle with more space and comfort when driving around Sydney. We have a great selection of models including our most popular Mitsubishi ASX – with spacious interiors and plenty of seating, they’re perfect for bigger road trips.

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Large and luxury

luxury car rental in Sydney

Looking for a more luxurious Sydney driving experience? Opt for one of our large or luxury cars. These vehicles are great for business trips or when you need a special occasion car. Our luxury range now includes Mercedes Benz.


Commercial car rentals and optional extras

Looking for a ute, truck, bus or moving van? We also have a great range of commercial vehicles available for hire from our Sydney locations.

Once you've got your car sorted, we can also help you with a range of optional extras to make your car hire experience even easier. Take the headache out of driving in Sydney with our easy to use TomTom GPS unit that can be added as an extra for a small additional price.

Forget lugging around baby seats while on holiday, instead opt for one of our baby or child booster seats that can be easily fitted to our hire cars. Extras can be added online during the booking process or in store.

Opening hours for early rises at Thrifty Domain

Hitting the road early can mean the difference between hours in traffic and a smooth ride to your destination. That’s why our Domain car hire location is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays. If you have any questions please ask our friendly Thrifty team members for more information.

Check out our special offers in Sydney

Thrifty Car Hire options

Thrifty is the exclusive car rental partner to all of Australian's leading Auto Clubs, whether you are renting for leisure travel or if you need something bigger to help you move house, Thrifty have the perfect vehicle hire for you. Auto Club members enjoy exclusive benefits every day, including:

• 15% Member discount off our daily rate

• $5 off damage protection options

• No additional driver fees

Things to see and do in Sydney

Sydney Botanic Gardens Thrifty Car Hire

Sun, sand and surf: there’s nowhere quite like Sydney! The world-famous harbourside city is teeming with activities to keep you entertained from dawn to dusk. With some of the world’s most breathtaking natural beauty and sandy coastlines, there’s no shortage of fun to be had for the outdoor explorer. Start your adventure by stopping off for a swim at iconic Bondi Beach, just 7km east of the CBD, or taking a stroll along the harbourfront in Barangaroo.

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For the shopaholic, Sydney is home to some of the world's most fashion-forward boutiques and retail outlets, with shopping hubs on Pitt St, Oxford St and dotted throughout the city. When you’re all shopped out, give your tastebuds a treat at one of the top-notch restaurants in the city area or one of the neighbouring culinary hotspots like Surry Hills, Paddington, Kings Cross or Glebe.

If you’re travelling with pint-sized tourists, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities and places to explore throughout Sydney, such as the Wild Life Zoo, Madame Tussauds and the Sea Life Aquarium.

Exploring outside the CBD

The CBD area is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to see and do in Sydney. For a true blue Aussie holiday, hitting the open road in your rental car is one the best ways to see what this beautiful region is all about. From the lush green vineyards of the Hunter Valley north-west of Sydney to the rugged mountainous bushland of the Blue Mountains and, the potential for unforgettable experiences is only limited by the length of your stay!

For larger groups and families planning an exciting road trip, we have a range of buses and vans that are perfect for longer journeys, such as a surf trip up north to Crescent Head or the pristine white sandy beaches of Jervis Bay down south. For couples, our luxury sedans and roomy hatchbacks make the perfect ride for a romantic getaway.

Looking for more ideas on what to do in Sydney and NSW with your car rental? Read the latest on the Thrifty travel blog.

Frequently asked questions

What is the most popular hire car in Sydney?

The most popular Sydney car hire is the classic Toyota Corolla, a zippy compact car ideal for getting around the city.

Of all the Sydney car rental options available, the Corolla is a favourite for many reasons. Not only is it one of our most affordable options, it will also keep your petrol costs at a minimum thanks to its excellent fuel efficiency. It has plenty of space for your luggage and work gear, and is an automatic for easy driving, which is especially helpful if you're new to the city.

Naturally, there's much more than just compact vehicles on offer when you choose your Sydney car rental. From hybrid rentals for eco-friendliness, to durable SUVs for trips out of town, to luxury models such as the Mercedes for professional trips and lavish road trips throughout the city and beyond.

Where can I book a hire car in Sydney?

There are four Thrifty locations where you can book and pick up your Sydney car rental. These are dotted around the city, ensuring you'll never have to drive too far to pick up or drop off your vehicle.

These are the four Sydney car hire Thrifty locations:

Sydney Domain: Our Sydney Domain office is the closest to the CBD, located in the Domain Car Park on Sir John Young Crescent.

Alexandria: The Thrifty Alexandria office is between Sydney Airport and the CBD. It is less than 10 minutes by foot to the Mascot Train Station on the corner of Bourke and Gardeners Roads.

Artarmon: Our Artarmon office is located north of Sydney, close to the junction between the M1 Highway and Pacific Highway. We’re also not far from the North Shore Private Hospital, and a 13-minute walk from the Artarmon Train Station.

Sydney Airport: Looking for a Sydney car hire as soon as you land? You’ll find Thrifty in all three terminal buildings of the Sydney Airport, ready for you to pick up your rental and go.

You might also remember our Darlinghurst location. This office is temporarily closed (the Sydney Domain office is not far away), and we will update this page once Darlinghurst is open once again. We apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime. 

How much does it cost to hire a car in Sydney?

The cost of a Sydney car rental can vary greatly, depending on what kind of car you’re looking for, when you’d like to pick it up, and how long you’d like to rent it for. You might also be able to take advantage of one of our fantastic specials, so be sure to double check our specials page for current deals.

You’ll also need to consider whether you’d like to upgrade your Standard Protection to Premium or Ultimate Protection, and if you’ll need optional extras such as a baby seat or GPS unit.

That said, for a very rough idea of the cost of a Sydney car hire, you can expect to pay $80-$120 per day for a standard compact vehicle, such as a Toyota Corolla or a Toyota Yaris.

Hybrid cars and SUVs typically cost a little more, usually around the $120-$160 per day range, again depending on the model. 

Larger vehicles, premium 4WDs, and luxury Sydney car rental options can cost $200 per day or more. 

Keep in mind, booking in advance will help to ensure you get the model you’re after (including the most economical ones), and making the most of specials will help to keep your overall trip costs down. 

Where can I pick up or drop off my hire car after hours in Sydney?

You can pick up and drop off your Sydney car rental after hours at any of our locations around the city. However, after hours pick-ups and drop-offs are all completed on a case-by-case basis, so you’ll need to call your rental location to discuss exactly what you need so the office manager can make arrangements. 

Fortunately, many of our locations for Sydney car hire have opening hours that are designed to meet demand. For example, the Sydney Airport location is open every day of the week from early in the morning until late at night, and our Alexandria location is open throughout the week and during the mornings on Saturday and Sunday, so hopefully you can avoid needing to organise an after-hours rental or drop-off. 

Sydney city and suburb locations

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