Car Hire & Rental in Gold Coast Airport

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Gold Coast Airport Car Hire

Whether you’re arriving here to surf or you’re visiting for business, Gold Coast is an area you must explore. At Budget Australia, we provide a Gold Coast Airport car hire service that’ll help you make the most of your budget. If you need a few ideas for things to do in the area, let’s explore your options together.

How to find our Gold Coast Airport car hire desks

Finding the Budget Gold Coast Airport car hire desks is easy. You’ll find them opposite the arrivals area as you step outside. If you’d rather spend more time driving and less time at the desks, consider downloading the Budget car hire app. Once the app is on your phone, you can use it to hire a car, make changes to your existing booking, and request upgrades. 

Your guide to Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport features one main terminal, which is home to the area’s domestic and international flights. Reaching it from Gold Coast City Centre is easy:

  • Start on Lothian Avenue and head east towards Argyle Crescent
  • Turn left onto Campbell Street, then turn right onto Allawah Street
  • Turn left onto Upton Street
  • When you reach the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto State Route 24
  • Turn right onto State Route 3
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit onto M1 and then merge onto the M1
  • Take the Gold Coast Highway to State Route 2
  • Turn left onto Gold Coast Highway
  • Turn left onto Terminal Drive and follow the signs for the airport

Things to do near Gold Coast Airport

When you hire a car at Gold Coast Airport, you’ll find there’s lots for you to explore. If you’re looking for nearby attractions, we have some suggestions:

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

If you’d like to relax after your flight amongst animals, take the 4.5km drive to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Once there, you can pet cuddly creatures and learn more about the area’s conservation efforts. As a heritage-listed zoological garden, it’s a gorgeous attraction that people of all ages love.

Rainbow Bay

As one of the Gold Coast’s most famous bays, Rainbow Bay is popular for a long list of reasons. Most notably, its sandy beaches attract sun worshippers and the waves draw in surfers. It’s just a 4.2km drive from Gold Coast Airport.

Superbee Honeyworld

Although you probably know where honey comes from, seeing the process in action is an experience you cannot miss. Superbee Honeyworld is just 4.2km away from Gold Coast Airport. After learning about the ways bees make honey, you can take a fresh pot home with you.

Our car hire fleet

Thanks to our diverse Budget fleet of cars for hire at Gold Coast Airport, we can serve travellers of all types. Whether you want a small city car or a large SUV, we can meet your needs.

Nearby locations for refuelling

When you hire a car at Gold Coast Airport, you’ll need to return it with a full tank of petrol. Here are some of the nearest refuelling locations:

  • Freedom Fuels in Bilinga
  • Eleven at Palm Beach
  • Shell in Miami
  • Shell in Tugun
  • BP in Tugun

Distances to nearby popular attractions

When you hire a car at Gold Coast Airport and you want to explore a little further afield, there are lots of attractions to choose from. Here are some of our favourites:

Burleigh Heads 13.6km
Skypoint Observation Deck 21.3km
Warner Bros Movie World 39.9km
Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast 40km
Springbrook National Park 46.5km

FAQs

Where can you fly to from Gold Coast Airport?

Gold Coast Airport hosts flights to a selection of domestic and international locations. In addition to reaching major and regional airports throughout Australia, you can venture to various parts of New Zealand, Asia, and further afield. In total, 420 flights leave Gold Coast Airport every week. It’s served by multiple airlines, including Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand.

Is Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta Airport the same thing?

Yes, Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta Airport are the same facility. Although the names are used interchangeably, you’re more likely to see Gold Coast Airport on your tickets and when making a booking. The airport stopped using the Coolangatta name in 1999 and changed to Gold Coast Airport instead.

How do I get from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise?

As one of the most popular attractions close to Gold Coast Airport, Surfers Paradise attracts surfers and non-surfers alike. You can reach it with the following directions:

  • Head South West on Terminal Drive
  • Turn right onto Eastern Avenue
  • When you reach the roundabout, take the second exit
  • Turn left onto Gold Coast Highway
  • Take a slight left onto Tugun Currumbin Road
  • Continue straight onto Currumbin Creek Road
  • Turn right and merge onto M1
  • Take exit 87 towards State Highway 3
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to continue onto SH 3
  • Turn right, then left, keep right, turn left, and turn right again

At Budget Australia, we’re here to make hiring a car at Gold Coast Airport easier. To see what we can do, check out our fleet.