Rent a Car at Sydney Airport (SYD)

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Sydney Airport (SYD)

Address: Terminal Building, Mascot, NS, New South Wales, 2020, Australia
Phone: CALL: (61) 2 9353 9000
Hours of Operation: Sun - Sat 6:00 AM - 10:30 PM


Location Information
Preferred Service
Domestic arrivals only: Bypass the Avis counter in the baggage claim area and go directly to the Avis Preferred booth located on the ground floor of the carpark.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

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Car Hire at Sydney Airport: Your Complete Guide

As one of the busiest airports in the world, Sydney Airport attracts millions of business and leisure travellers each year. If you’re due to land there sometime soon, you may want to look into car hire at Sydney Airport. At Avis, our fleet of cars at Sydney Airport ranges from small economy models to large SUVs and people carriers. If you’re trying to find a car hire service, now’s a good time to learn more about what we do.

How to reach the Avis car hire desk at Sydney Airport

If you’re landing into Terminal 2, which is Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal, you will find the Avis desk in the baggage reclaim area. Alternatively, if you’re an Avis Preferred member feel free to head straight to the carpark. Find your name and parking bay on the Preferred board.

Customers arriving at Qantas Domestic Terminal 3 can also find a counter near baggage claim or proceed to the car park office. Follow the signs for car rental.

Customers collecting from Sydney domestic terminals can make use of our self-service app. Preferred customers can bypass the counter completely! Use the app to find your car with keys ready to go, upgrade your vehicle, add optional equipment and more!

International flights to Sydney Airport arrive at terminal 1. The Avis booth can be found in the arrivals hall after clearing immigration and collecting luggage.

How do I get to Sydney airport?

You can reach Sydney Airport from the CBD within about 25 minutes. Many customers choose to take the M1 also known as Southern Cross Drive.

Alternatively if you are coming from the other side of Sydney you may take the M5. Regardless of which route you take, you’ll find that the airport signs are frequent.

Things to do near Sydney Airport

There’s no shortage of things to do near Sydney Airport. Some of the most popular attractions include:

Visit Brighton Le Sands

As a Sydney suburb that’s brimming with some of the city’s best outdoor attractions, Brighton Le Sands is the perfect place to unwind.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s most popular attractions, especially amongst those with a head for heights. If you do want to climb it, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Sydney has a museum for everyone! Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales or the Australian Museum are some popular choices.

Refuelling locations

When you rent a car with Avis it is a requirement to return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. There are numerous petrol stations located around Sydney Airport:

  • Budget Petrol – Situated on the M5
  • Speedway – Located on Princes Highway
  • Caltex Tempe – Located on Princes Highway
  • BP – Butler Road and General Holmes Drive
  • Budget Petrol – Located on Botany Road

Don’t forget to check if your car is petrol or diesel!

Our Sydney Airport car hire fleet

At Avis, we’re always striving to keep our customers happy. It’s for this reason that our Sydney Airport fleet continuously changes. However, some of our popular car hire services include compact zippy cars for the day, spacious family cars and generously-sized SUVs. Regardless of which car you hire, you can choose to add journey-enhancing extras to it, including satellite navigation. Looking for something more luxurious? Our Signature Series range has modern European vehicles for driving in style.

Distances between Sydney Airport and popular attractions

Choosing to hire a car at Sydney Airport is an excellent opportunity to see some of the popular attractions nearby. Fortunately, many of them are within easy reach:

To/From Distance (    Travel Time (Approx. hr)  
Sydney Harbour (Circular Quay)    13 .20
Manly beach 25 .40
Bondi 15 .30
Brighton Le Sands 8 .15
Katoomba (Blue Mountains) 115 1.5
Newcastle 175 2.5

How much does it cost to hire a car at Sydney Airport?

As one of the busiest airports in the world, car hire costs at Sydney Airport vary from day-to-day. To provide you with an estimate, we need to know more about your hire period, the car you want, and how long you need it for. When you choose one of the rentals at, you’ll save money no matter which option you choose.

What cars can I rent from Avis Sydney Airport?

You can choose from the full Avis fleet at Sydney airport. This includes the compact Kia Rio or similar, the Intermediate Hyundai i30 or similar or the full size Toyota Camry or similar. Looking for an SUV? The compact SUV, Mitsubishi ASX is a popular choice or even the Full Size 4WD, the Mitsubishi Pajero seats 5 comfortably.

Can I rent a luxury vehicle from Sydney Airport?

Yes, the Avis Signature Series luxury range is available from Sydney Airport. Take your choice from a range of BMW's and Mercedes vehicles.

Can I rent a car from Sydney Airport and return to Newcastle?

Yes, one way rentals are possible between Sydney Airport and Newcastle Airport. It is a popular choice for those in the Newcastle area connecting to international flights departing Sydney. Fees and restrictions may apply - please enter your details in the search form for a quote.

Is there only one airport in Sydney?

Yes, currently there is only one airport in Sydney. Its official name is Sydney Kingsford Smith airport and it’s located in the suburb of Mascot. You’re likely to see the airport code SYD printed on your tickets or when making a flight booking online.

What time do planes stop flying at Sydney Airport?

Officially, flights stop at 11pm at Sydney Airport, before resuming again at 6am. For the opening hours of Avis Sydney Airport, please refer to the opening hours' section at the top of this page. 

When should you arrive at Sydney Airport before a flight?

Airlines recommend to arrive three hours before an international flight and two hours before a domestic flight. Remember to allow extra time to return your car and walk across to the terminal.

Is Sydney Airport closed at night?

For security reasons, Sydney Airport closes its terminals at night. However, they all open early enough for you to arrive on time and make your way through security before your flight departs.