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Car hire Sydney Airport

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.

Sydney Airport car rental from Thrifty

Thrifty Car Rental Sydney Airport

Have a booking at Sydney Airport? Find your rental car quickly by using the Thrifty Airport Map!

Please note, we have changed offices and will be located opposite our previous space and next to the car park exit. 

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  • Airport terminal locations
  • Customer service with a smile
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local staff

The Sydney Airport is separated into three terminals, and the domestic and international terminals are a short drive away from each other. For your convenience, Thrifty offers rental desks at all three terminals (T1, T2 and T3), with a wide variety of cars and commercial vehicles available to rent.

Looking for another Thrifty office? Choose from a nearby location.

Rental cars available

Rental cars

Thrifty Sydney Airport SUV hire

Choose from a variety of small cars, sedans and SUVs. The Mitsubishi ASX is a popular choice for renters due to its fuel economy, modern features and comfortable driving experience. 

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Minibus and bus hire

Thrifty Sydney Airport bus hire

If you need to move a larger group, have a look at our range of people movers. This includes an easy to drive 8 seater minibus. Hire a minibus from Sydney airport to transport your group as one!

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Trucks, utes, vans

Thrifty Sydney Airport truck hire

We also have commercial vehicles available. View our range of trucks, utes and vans including the popular Toyota Hiace, Toyota Hilux Dual Cab and moving vans available in different sizes.  

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Convenient car rental - fly in and drive out! 

Arrive and Drive

Our zippy car rental is at your service - seamless pick up, speedy drop off equals no fuss travel. No mucking about, you'll be able to drive out of the airport without the headache of public transport. Feel like a superstar with our Blue Chip program that is perfect for the frequent business traveller with exclusive benefits, such as a dedicated phone line for Blue Chip reservations


Bypass the counter with Thrifty Arrive and Drive, the ultimate benefit of being a Blue Chip member, as there's no counter check in. You can jump off the flight, check Thrifty's large TV screens that will have your name displayed and walk straight to the rental car and the paperwork will be conveniently placed in the front seat. Sign the condition report and hand to the friendly concierge and you're off. Too easy!


Handy extras

We understand travelling with too much luggage and bulky items is a pain. That's why we offer handy optional extras like baby and child seats that you can hire with your car rental. And don't worry about getting lost in Sydney's busy streets. Our GPS navigation unit will show you the way, including advanced lane guidance so you know where you're heading before the turn is right on top of you!

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Sydney Airport check in desk
check in desk Sydney Airport
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Things to see and do in Sydney

Vivid Sydney Thrifty Airport Car Hire

Sydney is Australia’s tourism capital, with more than 30 million visitors per year. Find out why it’s so popular by adding a few of the city’s top sights to your to-do list while you’re in town. 

You can start with some of Sydney’s more famous attractions. For example, visit or even catch a show at the Sydney Opera House, walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy a coffee (or a cocktail) at The Rocks. Once you’ve explored the CBD, don’t forget to relax on Bondi Beach, try a few games at Luna Park, and visit the animals at Taronga Zoo and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. With so much to do, your only worry will be fitting it all in!

For anyone looking to head out of the city, there’s something to do in every direction. Head inland and you can visit the beautiful Blue Mountains. With its stunning natural scenery, including the famous Three Sisters rock formation, it’s the ideal spot for a day of hiking. Meanwhile, you can also head north to discover the lively Central Coast and its glorious beaches, or make your way south down the coast to discover the laid-back vibes of Cronulla and the Illawarra region. 

With so much to do and see in and around Sydney, you'll never be short of places to visit with your Thrifty car hire! You can also hire a car from another of Thrifty's many car rental Sydney locations if the airport is not quite right for you.

For new tips, as well as vehicle and travel recommendations, be sure to have a read of the Thrifty blog for all the latest inspiration

Frequently asked questions

What is the most popular hire car at Sydney Airport?

The most popular Sydney Airport car rental is the versatile Mitsubishi ASX. When visitors land in the New South Wales capital, it seems they’re largely after an SUV that can do it all, from zipping around the city to heading out on a road trip with a spacious vehicle that has plenty of space in the boot for luggage, and plenty of room inside. It’s easy to drive with automatic transmission and all the latest tech, such as ABS brakes, parking sensors, and more. It’s no wonder it’s our most requested rental. 

That said, the ASX isn’t the only Sydney Airport car hire available, so there’s a lot more to choose from. We offer a range of small and compact vehicles that are ideal for getting about town without needing too much petrol, as well as a variety of hybrid cars for the environmentally conscious, and even luxury vehicles for those important business trips - or important romantic weekends away in the Hunter Valley. 

Where can I book a hire car at Sydney Airport?

Sydney Airport has three terminals, which is why you can organise your Sydney Airport car rental from whichever one is most convenient for you. 

Terminal 1: Terminal 1 is Sydney Airport’s international terminal. You’ll find the desk right out the passport control doors to the left, and the pick up and drop off area outside by the Rydges hotel.

Terminal 2: Terminal 2 is a domestic terminal for Jetstar flights. The Thrifty desk can be found in the middle of the terminal building amongst the other rental companies, and the pick up and drop off area is a one-minute walk away straight out front in the parking lot. 

Terminal 3: Terminal 3 is the second domestic terminal, catering to all non-Jetstar airlines. The Thrifty desk is towards the end of the building by the Currency Exchange booth, and the pick up and drop off area is a minute’s walk away in the parking lot outside. 

Simply let us know your flight details when you book, so we’ll know which terminal you’ll land in (even if you don’t!) and we can have your Sydney Airport car hire ready for you when you arrive.  

Keep in mind, if you are a Blue Chip member, you can make the most of our Arrive and Drive offering. When you get off the plane, you’ll find your name and Sydney Airport car rental details on Thrifty’s large TV screen, so you can skip the counter paperwork and head straight to your vehicle. The paperwork will be placed inside so you can fill it out on your own time, but the most important part is that you’ll get to hit the road straight away without the wait.

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

The cost of a Sydney Airport car rental will vary greatly depending on a number of factors, mostly the model itself, and the number of days you’re renting for. You might also be able to get a better deal by booking in advance, or taking advantage of one of our regular specials and deals.  

You’ll also need to factor in optional extras such as Premium or Ultimate Protection plans, and daily rental options like GPS units and car seats. 
Yet to give you a general idea of the cost of Sydney Airport car hire, you can expect to pay approximately $80-$120 per day for a compact car such as a Toyota Yaris. Hybrids, sedans, and smaller SUVs generally fall into the $120-$160 per day range, whereas luxury vehicles, large SUVs, and 4WDs, usually rent for $160-$200 per day. 

Be sure to book your Sydney Airport car rental as soon as possible to secure the best rate, and so you don’t miss out on your preferred model. 

Where do I return my hire car at Sydney Airport?

Unless otherwise stated in your rental agreement, you will simply return your Sydney Airport car rental back to the same place you picked it up. There are three terminals at the Sydney Airport, and three Thrifty pick up and drop off locations, so be sure to double check which terminal you arrived in before you drop your vehicle off again. 

Terminal 1: Find the Thrifty drop off area next to the Rydges Airport Hotel.
Terminal 2: Look for the Thrifty returns area in P1, directly in front of the terminal.
Terminal 3: Find the Thrifty car rental returns spot in P1, across from the terminal.

If you are dropping your vehicle off in one terminal, but need to get to another terminal for a flight out, you can either walk between Terminals 2 and 3 (the domestic terminals), or take the Airport Link shuttle one way for $6.70. 

Can I collect a car from Sydney Airport and return somewhere else?

Yes, renters can book a Sydney Airport car hire for pick up, then return it in another Thrifty rental location. We understand that one-way road trips can be much more convenient than making a return trip, so we have created a Thrifty network to allow for one-way rentals. 

Keep in mind, due to the demand for one-way rentals, there is usually a one-way fee for these types of rentals. You will be able to see the additional fee when you view enter your preferred pick up and drop off locations.

You can also call our help centre on 1300 367 227 to find out which locations allow for one-way rentals, and to request a quote. 

Nearby locations

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.

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. 

Carlton, Sydney, NSW

249 West Street
Carlton NSW 2218
 You’ll find Thrifty on West Street just off the Princes Highway. Just look for the big Thrifty sign next to St George Auto Salvage, and you can’t miss us. We are approximately a five-minute taxi ride from the Hurtsville train station, and only 20 minutes from Sydney Airport.  If you’re driving to us, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s plenty of off-street parking with no limit. 

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.

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