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Driving with Budget in Australia

Budget Car Hire Australia

Australia is a country of open skies, dramatic landscapes, white sandy beaches, fine wining and dining and friendly locals. The only way to explore is to hit the open road, and what better way to travel around than in a hire car from Budget Rent a Car Australia.

Take the time to explore Australia with Budget Rent a Car. Car hire in Australia is a great way to get around, and Budget has all your car rental needs covered. Our car rental Australia range includes the EconomyNissan Micra (or similar) through to the full size Toyota Camry (or similar) or the Hyundai iMax People Mover Van. Don't worry if you'll be driving in an unfamiliar place, add a Budget portable GPS unit to your Budget car rental for convenience and peace of mind.

Budget offers great car rental special offers right throughout Australia - with locations in New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland (QLD), Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS), South Australia (SA), Western Australia (WA) and Northern Territory (NT), you'll never be far away from a Budget car and truck rental location to hire a car, truck or van or simply ask for some friendly advice. Whether you're landing at Brisbane Airport and Sydney Airport for a sunny holiday, or picking up a car in Canberra and Melbourne for business, we have all your rental needs covered.

Travelling by car around Australia is convenient and affordable - whether it is for business or holiday travel. Our friendly staff members are locals to their area, so are always happy to point you in the right direction, or give a recommendation on local tourist attractions, accommodation, restaurants and more!

Booking your car hire online with Budget is the stress free way to organise your travel. Budget's best rates are always available online, and booking is as simple as choosing your Budget rental location, the relevant pick up and drop off dates and then choosing your car!

If you're looking for a great holiday deal, look no further than our Special Offers page. Here you will find all of Budget's latest car rental deals which can be browsed by state to ensure you can find the right deal for your car rental needs.

Let Budget Rent a Car drive your dollar further in Australia!

Are you a Budget Fastbreak or Rapidrez member? Please enter your six-character number and surname in this field. Corporate Fastbreak members should also enter there six-character number and surname in this field.

If youre a member of an organisation or company that partners with Budget, that organisation may have Direct PIN, OTTO or ACTO number. Add this number into the field shown.

A BCD (Budget Customer discount promotion code) is a 7 character code used for special offers that may be found in a variety of places in advertisements, on our deals page or emailed to you as part of our special E-newsletter offers. Enter the BCD into the BCD field; remember to check any terms and conditions applicable to the offer before you enter the BCD number.

If youre a Frequent Flyer member of FlyBuys member you may earn points on your rental charges, select the program you are a member of and enter your membership number and we will automatically credit your frequent flyer of FlyBuys membership with the applicable points after your rental has been completed.

If you are a member of an Australian motoring association you may be eligible to receive discounted rates from Budget. Please enter your membership number in this field.

Coupon or Discount numbers may be found in a variety of places in advertisements, on our deals page or emailed to you as part of our special E-newsletter offers. Enter the coupon number in the coupon/discount field. The value of the coupon will be attached to your reservation for reference. It will not be applied to the rental until you pick up the vehicle.

Enter your travel agency IATA or Budget assigned number in this field.

Many of our locations are unable to obtain insurance for under 21 year old drivers who are therefore required, prior to the start of the rental, to present an original Insurance Certificate of Currency - not a cover note - that indemnifies the replacement value of Budget's vehicle and third party property damage up to $20 million for any one occurrence. The certificate must be issued by a reputable insurer (as opposed to a broker) and is accepted at the discretion of the prospective location with which arrangements should be made directly. Please contact us on 1300 362 848.


Payment must be made by credit card when collecting the vehicle. The credit card holder needs to be present when the vehicle is collected. If your Fastbreak or Corporate Account has a charge back facility, such as Direct Pin, ACTO or OTTO, this does not apply to you.

When you collect your vehicle a pre-authorisation will be made on your credit card for the estimated value of the rental and any applicable security bond. Provided the vehicle is returned undamaged and no additional charges apply (e.g. fuel), the pre-authorisation is cancelled.

Debit Card Policies


Budget Australia Corporate locations accept debit cards for rentals with some conditions. The card must:
Be issued by a recognised bank
Display the Visa or Master Card logo and hologram
Display the cardholder name
Display the card number
Prepaid and reloadable debit cards as well as travel cards and EFTPOS cards are not acceptable for rental.
A hold will be placed on your account for total rental charges, and funds must be available at time of pick up.
Charges will be processed after completion of the rental and if applicable the unused portion of the authorisation will be released by Budget. Please note that the hold may take up to 2-3 weeks to be released by your bank.
Budget will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees based on this policy


Not all Budget Australia Licensee/Franchise locations accept debit cards for rentals.

Conditions apply as per Corporate locations, with a possible additional hold amount. Funds must be available at time of pick up. Check at counter for further details.

Licence Requirements

To rent a vehicle you must present a valid unrestricted Drivers Licence (i.e. not a probationary Licence) that you have held for a minimum of 12 months. The Licence must include a photo of yourself and be written in English. If the Licence is not in English you must carry an English Translation and an International Driving Permit.

Optional Excess Reduction

In Australia, this reduces the excess in most cases by an amount dependent on the age of renter, location, type of vehicle and rate. Please contact your rental location for specific information on the reduced excess. Note: ER does not cover certain loss or damage and cannot be waived in full.

Subject to Budget Terms and Conditions of the rental agreement.

Optional Extras

Budget holds your request with your reservation however cannot guarantee availability until rental pickup.

Vehicle Type

Vehicles displayed are for demonstration purposes only. Brands and models may vary by location. Vehicles are subject to availability at time of rental.

Area of Use Restrictions

Restrictions may apply if you intend to take the vehicle outside the local area in which it is being collected. If you intend to do so, you must contact the pick up location prior to the rental for advice on availability or restrictions that may apply for this rental. In Western Australia and the Northern Territory the use of vehicles in certain areas is restricted to commercial 4WD vehicles only, please contact your rental location for more information. Vehicles are not to be taken off the Mainland of Australia unless connected by bridge (for example, travel between Brisbane and Stradbroke Island or Melbourne and Devonport is prohibited).

During the ski season, vehicles may not be taken above the snowline (unless advised otherwise). Please contact your selected branch for further information. Local driving conditions and restrictions vary between locations. We suggest you contact the pick up location for advice if you intend travelling outside the local area.

Additional Charges

In Australia, GST, Administration Fee, Airport Concession Recovery Fees or Premium Location Surcharges apply to optional coverage's, one way fees and any other miscellaneous charges (e.g. re-fuelling charges or late return fees). Any additional miscellaneous charges will incur these additional fees and taxes. Airport Concession Recovery fees or Premium Location Surcharges are charged at most Major Airport Locations.

Electronic Tolling Program

Budget rental vehicles are now registered on the RMS e-toll system so that tolls incurred by you when using a Budget vehicle on any Australian toll road can be recorded and billed to you by the RMS in an efficient manner. Currently, these toll roads are on the eastern seaboard of Australia (including the toll roads in the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane).

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services Service Fee payable by you for each calendar day that you use a toll road is $3.30 (if paying other than by cash) or $5.00 (if paying by cash) in addition to the toll charges. For full details, please view the complete Terms & Conditions of Rental.

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