Vehicles & Driving | Budget Rent A Car

Due to the dynamic nature of our rental fleet, Budget is not able to guarantee a specific make or model of a vehicle. Car groups and models may vary by location and may not be available at all locations.

Pets or animals are not permitted in any Budget vehicle, with the exception of guide dogs for visually impaired people. A cleaning fee may be charged if it's deemed that a vehicle has been used to transport pets or animals.

All Budget Australia vehicles are non-smoking.

Generally the removal of seats in vans is not permitted. Please check with the location directly for further information.

Yes you must wear a seatbelt to ensure the safety of you and your passengers as well as others. The use of seatbelts is mandatory in Australia.

Children of certain weight ranges may be required to use an approved child safety seat. For more information on these seats please click here.

Only select Budget vehicles can travel to the snow. Please see our Snow Cover page for full restrictions and details.

Yes. Budget has your commercial needs covered. We offer a range of commercial vehicles including cargo and passengers vans as well as utes for hire. View our commercial fleet here.


Pre-pay a full tank of fuel from us at the start of your rental, at a price competitive with the local fuel stations. You will not need to refill the tank before returning and will have nothing more to pay for fuel. This is the best option for high kilometre journeys where you will use 3/4 tank of fuel.

DIY Fuel

Return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel purchased from a local fuel station. This is a good option for low kilometre journeys.

Pay on Return

We will charge you a price per litre to refill the tank. Pay on return price may be higher than the local fuel station. These prices are indicated on your Rental Agreement in ‘Fuel Services’. This is a good option if you are short on time.

Unfortunately no. Budget vehicles must only be used on a road which is properly formed and constructed as a sealed, metalled or gravel road.

You and any Authorised Driver must not, unless authorised in writing by Budget, drive or take the Vehicle:

  • to Gove Peninsula or any island off the coast of Australia (including, but not limited to, Bruny Island, Fraser Island, Groote Eylandt, or the Tiwi Islands);
  • to Kangaroo Island; however, if so authorised in writing by Budget, You and any Authorised Driver must not drive the Vehicle between dusk and dawn outside town limits;
  • into or out of the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmania;
  • in Queensland:
    • on Highway No. 27: beyond Chillagoe in a westerly direction;
    • on Highway No. 1: beyond Normanton in a southerly direction and no further north than Karumba;
    • if the Vehicle is a passenger Vehicle or truck, beyond Cooktown to the north or Lakeland to the west and no further north than Cape Tribulation on the Coast Road; or
    • on the Coast Road from Helenvale to Cape Tribulation, unless the Vehicle is a 4WD Vehicle
  • in the snow (at anytime and anywhere (including Tasmania));
  • above the snow line in:
    • New South Wales (being Jindabyne); or
    • Victoria (being Bright), from the beginning of June until the end of September.
    • on beaches or through streams, dams, rivers or flood waters;
  • in Western Australia:
    • to any parts north of Carnarvon;
    • on the Kalumburu Road, Tanami Road, Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway and Holland Track;
    • on the Gibb River Road, Cape Leveque Road and Windjana Gorge unless the Vehicle is a 4WD Vehicle and is being driven in 4WD mode on these roads;
    • beyond 100 kilometres of the Perth city limits between dusk and dawn; or
    • outside any town or city limits between dusk and dawn.
  • in the Northern Territory:
    • on the Jim Jim Falls Road to Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls; or
    • outside any town or city limits between dusk and dawn.
  • airside on any airport in Australia unless You have authorisation from Budget in writing.

The user manual in the glove compartment of the vehicle; or the label inside the fuel door or flap will specify the fuel to use. There will be a release lever or button inside the car that will open the fuel door. Look for a label with the wording “Diesel Fuel Only” or “Unleaded Gasoline Only”. Please contact the pickup location if you need assistance with this.