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Drive Away from Adelaide Airport

This stately southern city is full of things to see and do, making it a perfect location for your next road trip. Getting on the road in Adelaide is easy with a rental car from our site. Just fly in, pick up your car and be on your way to explore the beaches, boutiques, vineyards and more to be found in this fantastic part of South Australia.

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Take the stress out of airport car rental by pre-booking your car right here. The search and booking process is simple and you can compare a wide range of vehicles from many different rental companies. With all the information at your fingertips, why go anywhere else?
Our lowest price promise is our dedication to bringing our customers the lowest prices on the internet. It also means that if you are quoted a better deal elsewhere, we will beat it by $1. We are also committed to making the booking process hassle-free, and to this end we have a team of booking specialists on hand 24/7 on weekdays, 12 hours a day on weekends, to answer any questions you may have.

Adelaide Adventures

There are plenty of directions you could take after picking up your Adelaide car rental. Surrounding the well-ordered and leafy city centre are interesting suburbs like Glenelg, a historic beachside neighbourhood, and Hahndorf, a German settlement complete with chocolate factory. The Adelaide Hills and Adelaide Plains wine regions are both just outside the city, while slightly further afield is the world-renowned Barossa Valley.
Adelaide lies at the southern end of the Stuart Highway - an Australian institution which runs clear up to Darwin in the north, through the mighty outback. Driving this road is an adventure- and requires some preparation! Be warned that civilisation is sparse, so make sure you are always well stocked for petrol, food and essentials. The stunning landscapes are jaw-droppingly worth it.
To the east is Melbourne, and the best way to reach it is via the Great Ocean Road, another famous route. For a longer road trip, head west towards Perth and uncrowded, gorgeous Western Australia.
Peak season in Adelaide is summertime, which of course coincides with the holiday season, no school for the kids and Australia Day. December-March are very busy times in the city, so be in quick and secure the best vehicle for you and your Adelaide car rental holiday.
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Driving Guide

Adelaide is known as the 20 minute city - because that's how long it takes to get pretty much anywhere. Thanks to Colonial city planner Col William Light, the city has a grid system of broad urban streets. The grid is only broken by major roads Port Rd and Anzac Highway which head to the Port and the beach at Glenelg respectively - and a road that snakes out north. 
Sunny Adelaide is a planned city, making driving relatively straightforward. A population of 1.3 million inhabit this beautiful destination, known as the “City of Churches”. Easy to navigate and increasingly popular with tourists, Adelaide road rules are similar to most other places in Australia. Its formation incorporates five squares, with parks around the outside – the Adelaide Parklands. So, when you arrive in Adelaide and collect your car hire, keep this handy guide close by to make your journey that little bit smoother.  

The Traffic Report

Although not as busy as the likes of Sydney or Melbourne, there are certain times when it’s best to avoid the Adelaide CBD. Key hot-spots include North Terrace, West Terrace and Goodwood Road. Roadworks and bad weather are major contributing factors to difficult driving conditions, so just take your time if you’re close to the city centre. Blackwood Roundabout also has a reputation for bottlenecks, although that is 20 minutes south of the CBD. It is estimated that around 25% of Adelaide traffic actually use the city as a through route, with close to 50% of locals travelling to work by car. Also, expect delays if there is a major event at the Adelaide Showground. 

Driving from Adelaide Airport to the CBD

At just 6km west of the city, picking up your Airport Rentals car hire and driving to the centre of Adelaide is incredibly easy. It’s basically one straight major arterial road, the A6 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, onto Franklin St via the A21 – should take less than 20 minutes.
Many of the attractions in Adelaide are in the central area. The Festival Centre and Botanic Gardens are to the north, with the Central Market, not surprisingly, smack bang in the middle of the city between Grote St and Wakefield St. Adelaide Showground is on the south-west outskirts, on the A5 near Keswick Terminal.

Tips for driving Adelaide

  • Don’t be afraid of driving into the centre of town, there is plenty of parking available. The CBD is compact and small, so easily navigated on foot.
  • The default metropolitan speed limit is 50km/h, with streets in the suburbs dropping to 40km/h. Other limits vary depending on the area, with a maximum of 110km/h on some country roads. 
  • It can get incredibly hot, so make sure you are stocked up with water – especially if you’re travelling out of town. 

Road trips to Adelaide wineries

Whether you’re in Adelaide for a short or long stay, the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley are incredibly tempting. South Australia has a total of 18 distinct wine regions. So here’s a wee Airport Rentals guide to some of the best bottles in the world.
Adelaide Hills: Less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide CBD, head east to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. It’s a simple journey via the M1 and B34. There are more than 50 Cellar Doors, musical events, great views and so much more.

McLaren Vale: Even closer in terms of driving distance, McLaren Vale is around 45 minutes south on a good day. Take the A14 south past the likes of Richmond and Ascot Park, before getting onto the M2 near Happy Valley. The A13 will then lead you to McLaren Vale SA. Here you will find wineries and restaurants of the highest quality. Maybe try a cheese and wine trail.

Barossa Valley: Head north to the Barossa Valley, around an hour’s drive. Take Port Wakefield Highway (A1), then the M20. It’s basically a simple journey north on the Northern Expressway. Once you’re arrived, you will find 150 wineries. A real high point is around Krondorf Road, with Rockford, St Hallett, Charles Melton and Grant Burge sure to tantalise your taste buds. 

Clare Valley: A bit of a longer drive but still worth it, Clare Valley will take around two hours. Head north on the A21, then A13 until you hit the National Highway. The A1 will then lead onto the M20, A32 and B82. Don’t worry, the region is clearly signposted. Boutique wineries are a specialty, while Sevenhill Cellars is a must-visit. Just remember to lock-in a sober driver!


Parking in the city centre is easy - and the cheapest in the country. You can park all day for under $20 at one of the many multi-storey council carparks (UPark) and on-street parking is still a cinch. But Adelaide is well aware that its streets are fast filling with cars and the only way to preserve its clean and quiet feel is a switch to public transport and cycling.
There are a number of options for parking your car in central Adelaide. From multi-storeys to on-street and meter payment, just be patient and one should appear!  

Car parking at Adelaide Airport

If you’re travelling away from Adelaide or need to store your car rental at the airport, parking is relatively easy. A new multi-level short-term car park can accommodate 1650 vehicles, with direct undercover access to the terminal via a link bridge on Level 2. Undercover parking is on levels 1-4 and will set you back $4 for up to 30 minutes. An hour is $8, then $15 for two hours. Three days costs $105, with $35 for each day thereafter. 

Space for everyone in Adelaide

The City Council operate UPark in the central city, with nine under-cover multi-storey sites. You will find these on Wyatt St, Flinders St, Froome St, Rundle Street, Grote Street, Gawler Place, Topham Mall, Light Square and Central Market. There are bonuses if you book online and specials for weekends and evenings. If you were to park on Rundle, your standard fee is $2.50 for up to 30 minutes and $4.50 for an hour. A five-hour stay will cost around $25 visit for more information.

Adelaide Car Parking is another management company, having operated in the region for 15 years. They have more than 25 car parks in Adelaide, both short and long term. Seek out a white-coloured P in a white circle on a light blue background. Their sites include Carrington St, Coglin St, Flinders St, Moore St and North Terrace. Casual parking prices will vary, but tend to range between $1.75-$4 per half-hour, depending on how close to town you are.

For casual street parking, No Parking zones are clearly signposted, as are Bus and Loading Zones. If you’re in a Permit Zone, you need a permit to park there – so drive on! The most common signs are with green lettering on a white background. P with a right-facing arrow is a Permissive Parking area with no time limit. 1P with 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri and 9am-12 Noon Sat and a left-facing arrow is a Time Limit Parking Zone. 1P means one-hour parking only. 2P Ticket in green letters indicates you require a ticket from a vending machine, so make sure you don’t get caught out by council patrols.

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In recent years, many media reports claim that the cost of petrol in Adelaide is far less expensive than the rest of the country. However, fuel prices in Australia are extremely volatile and unpredictable. You can actually save money depending on which day you fill up – in most places Tuesday is reportedly the cheapest!

Fuel stations close to Adelaide Airport

Most people who have hired a car have forgotten about filling up their rental vehicle before returning it to the depot. So, here’s a quick guide to the nearest stations around the airport:
  • United Petroleum, Adelaide Airport, Sir Richard Williams Avenue.
  • Tip Top Mobil Service Stations, 195 Richmond Road, just down the A14 alongside the airport.
  • BP Garage, 79-81 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, along the A6 back towards the city.
  • BP Garage, 89 Military Road, West Beach, west of the airport along the A6.
  • Don’t forget there are numerous petrol stations in the CBD, especially along the A11.

How much does fuel cost in Adelaide?

As in most cities of Australia, petrol will cost more nearer the airport and the CBD. You may be able to save money if you fill up in one of the outer suburbs. The main operators are BP and Caltex, with Liberty stations to the north and south of Adelaide. As of December 2014, prices ranged from 111.9 cents per litre at West Terrace to 112.7 cents per litre at the airport. Visit for a more detailed analysis from day to day. 
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