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Car hire in Sydney Airport

Car hire at Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport (SYD) is just 12km from the centre of Sydney via the M1, meaning you can start your exploration of the city straight away, especially if you hire a car. The capital of New South Wales in Australia Sydney is the ideal place to start your adventure from and is home to some of the country's most recognisable landmarks.

What I need to know

You've got a few car hire companies operating at Sydney Airport, each of which offers car rentals for both international and domestic arrivals. While there is not a huge number of companies to choose from, you will still be able to choose your hire car from a range of vehicles. Use our booking tool to find the perfect hire car for you and make the most of 24/7 customer service and free cancellation.

Where to pick up my car

Most of the car hire companies operating at Sydney Airport allow you to pick up your vehicle from the terminal. You'll find the car hire desks in the arrivals hall of both terminals, allowing you to collect your bags and be on your way. Ace Rental Cars is the only company that provides a free shuttle bus to its off-airport collection point.

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Where to go

You don't have to go far from the airport to see some of the amazing sights that Sydney has to offer. The wonderfully varied city is full of different cultures and is wonderfully vibrant, so you'll soon be having an incredible time. From the Sydney Opera House to Darling Harbour, you can explore some of the most recognisable attractions in the world without needing to drive for hours.

Nearby Sydney Airport

Around 20 minutes away from the airport via the M1 is The Rocks. This historic area of the city is a must-visit, offering great food, shopping opportunities and a fantastic atmosphere. You'll find a unique mix of shops, a gallery and museum, as well as great views of Harbour Bridge that make for an interesting day out.

Longer drives

If you want a break from the city delights of Sydney, drive for just over an hour on the M1 to Gosford. The town is situated in the Brisbane Water National Park and, as such, it has a wonderful array of beaches and lakes for you to visit. It has also become known for having great restaurants, making it a foodies' paradise.

Eating and drinking

The bar and restaurant scene in Sydney is vibrant and varied, giving you everything from affordable street food to fine dining. The city is known for its great meat pies, which are an Aussie favourite, as well as fantastic Thai and Chinese food. Those wanting a drink can't go wrong at any of Sydney's cocktail bars, while the city is also home to some of the best cafes you'll ever visit.

Things to do

Those feeling brave may want to take in the best views of the city by taking part in a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Not for the faint-hearted, the climb lets you see out across Sydney and offers an unforgettable experience.

For a more relaxing day, head to Bondi Icebergs, the most iconic ocean pool in Sydney. Here you can swim in saltwater in a safely enclosed place that still allows you to enjoy the warm natural waters of Bondi Beach.

Sightseeing

You can't really head to Sydney without going to Sydney Opera House. Arguably one of the most recognisable structures in the world, the opera house's sail design is hard to miss. You can explore it from the outside or head in to see a show, which is an experience you won't forget.

To see Sydney from a different perspective, go kayaking in the harbour to check out the city in all its glory.