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Guide to Car Rentals on Gold Coast
Want to Hire a Car? Or Not Sure? Where to start?
If you want to hire a car there are several choices on the Gold Coast.
Picking up a rental car from the airport when you arrive and dropping off when you leave is a popular option. It certainly can make it nice and easy.
Other visitors like the idea of using transfers and local transport options, to get to and from the airport, theme parks and other attractions.
Selecting tours that pick you up from your accommodation can also mean you don't have to drive yourself whilst on holiday.
However, there's also the option to use a combination of transfers, tours and a day or two of car hire.
This option can be useful if you want to explore by yourself or go somewhere not easily covered by the tours and transfers.
It's easy to just hire for a day or two by picking up a local hire close to where you are staying.
Australian visitors won't have too much trouble with the local travel conditions.
Visitors from overseas have to decide whether they want to drive here - we drive on left hand side of road in right hand drive cars. Adjusting to our road conditions is easier for visitors who drive on the same side of the road as we do!
Gold Coast Airport Car Rentals. There are both pros and cons for hiring a rental car at the airport.
You will find most standard rentals options are available from compact through to people movers and some convertibles.
At the airport you usually find the big name brands for car hire Avis, Budget Rent a Car, Thrifty, Hertz and Europcar and local Australian company Redspot Car Rentals.
Car rental companies off airport with transfers offer more options for airport car hire.
Near airport companies tend to cater for similar market but more budget minded. The cars are usually older and of variable quality.
Local car rental in the Gold Coast is great if you only want a car for part of your holiday. You can pick up a vehicle close to your accommodation and only pay for the days you want to use it. East Coast Car Rentals is one I use in Surfers Paradise as an example.
There are lots of options for renting motor vehicles near your accommodation. Many local motor hire companies have a niche such as:
There are companies that offer car rentals across Gold Coast. When you know where you are staying, you can then search for a local car rental company.
I used to always pay for the extra insurance and peace of mind when renting a car whilst on holiday. However, I discovered that my travel insurance covered the excesses on my car hire! This saved me so much money, I won't be travelling without travel insurance from now on - it is so worth it! So check your Travel Insurance Policy to see if you are covered.
Don't want to drive yourself?
If you don't want to drive whilst here on holiday there are many other transport options, including buses, shuttles, tours, limousines and helicopters to name a few!