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Darwin Airport Car Hire

Darwin Airport, Darwin, NT
Terminal Building
Darwin NT 0800
Our counter is located in the Arrivals Hall, near baggage collection on the ground floor. Our friendly staff will be on hand to help as soon as you arrive and will ensure that you’re all set for your drive into Darwin.

Car and truck hire from Darwin Airport

  • Top-quality, five-star service
  •  Convenient in terminal location
  • Wide range of vehicles

We have vehicles to suit all types of terrain and our team will help you get what you need for your onward journey. Whether you’re looking for a family car, truck, tipper, 4WD or anything else, there’s plenty of choice at Thrifty.

Vehicles for rent at Darwin Airport

Small to medium rentals

Small and medium - ECMR - Toyota Yaris

The best drives for exploring the city and surrounds are our 2WD and AWD vehicles. We have a range of small and medium sized cars to get you around with good fuel efficiency and lower costs such as the Toyota Yaris or Corolla.



Mitsubishi ASX

If you’re after a bit more space and comfort in your ride, check out our range of SUVs or 4WDs. The Mitsubishi ASX is one of the most popular rental cars as an easy to drive SUV. If you’re driving off road, you’ll need a 4WD.


Trucks, utes, vans

Large and luxury - LDAR - Holden Caprice V8

Need a commercial vehicle to do the job? We also provide vehicles for construction sites and can fit these out to suit specific site requirements, so just chat to our team for more information about this.


We can further provide accessories and extras for some of our vehicles, including a spare tyre, tow bar, bull bar, or UHF, so if you require any of these items just let us know. Our friendly staff are always happy to help.

Check out our special offers on car rental in the Darwin region

Here at Thrifty, we offer great-value car and truck hire rates throughout the year, so you can walk into any depot and pick up a fantastic deal on a rental vehicle. However, we also like to treat our customers with special discounts from time to time, so check out our offers to see what you can save. Click here for more details.

Things to see and do with a car rental in the Darwin area

As the capital city of the Northern Territory, Darwin is a rich and vibrant location brimming with all sorts of things to see and do. With a strong indigenous heritage, beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife, it has something for everyone to enjoy and is a great retreat for families, couples and more mature travelers. You can get up close and personal with a croc at Crocodylus Park, visit the Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre, or take a cultural tour to learn more about the region’s Indigenous history.

If you love the great outdoors, you’ll be delighted by the variety of parks you can explore – not to mention the gorgeous botanic gardens. Meanwhile bargain-hunters will enjoy wandering through the local markets, which offer up an impressive variety of local arts and crafts. And there’s plenty for foodies to get stuck into as well, with a wide selection of quality restaurants and eateries just waiting to tempt your taste buds.

Of course, if you fancy heading out of Darwin, then your Thrifty hire car will easily take you to Litchfield National Park, which is just a short hour-and-a-half drive away. Other iconic natural sites include the Kakadu National Park – which is about a three-hour drive – where you’ll find ancient Aboriginal rock art, lush wetlands and a third of Australia's bird species. The outback landscape is one of a kind, and something you have to see to believe. 

Tips and advice when visiting the Darwin region

It’s best not to drive outside the city between dusk and dawn as there’s a lot of animal activity on the roads at these times, which can make driving dangerous. And unfortunately, if your Thrifty vehicle obtains animal damage as a result, then this isn’t covered under our Damage Recovery Fees.

Our 2WD and AWD vehicles are restricted to sealed/bitumen roads – so if you’re going to get into the dirt, then you’re going to need one of our popular 4WD wagons. They’re great for more adventurous trips, and we can advise you on the ideal model for your particular needs.

Please also note that Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park are not accessible with our vehicles, nor is Arnhem Land. 

For more handy travel tips and advice, check out the Thrifty Travel Blog.

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