Cheap Car Hire in Brisbane Airport

+61 7 3062 7439 – Local Number

Mon to Fri: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sat to Sun : 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM


After-hours pickup is not available. If your flight is delayed please call +61 7 3062 7439 as soon as possible so we can assist with a following day collection.

After-hours return is not available. Please call +61 7 3062 7439 for assistance.

We have a spacious shuttle ready to take you to your car. Please view the map below to see where we’ll pick you up. Please give us a call once you’re ready to go so we can quickly send the shuttle your way.

There are a number of options including prepayment or paying at the counter. If you wish to prepay when you complete your reservation, select the Pay Now or Book over the Phone option to process your payment. Please be aware that even if the booking is prepaid you must present a credit/debit card at the time of collection and pay the applicable bond.

All charges will be in Australian Dollars. We cannot accept responsibility for the fluctuating currency conversion if monies outside of AUD are used.

A valid Mastercard or Visa card must be supplied at collection. Debit cards are acceptable forms of payment. You must present the physical card. The card must be in the name of the hirer. If you cannot present a card in the hirers name, please contact us for assistance.

Please note credit card surcharges may apply to your booking.

Please Note: Alpha Car Hire does not accept cash, gift cards, travel cards, diners, American Express, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or any Tap & Go options using a phone or watch.

Gain complete control of your destinations, experiences and itinerary with unlimited daily kilometres. So, get out there and start making wonderful memories with friends and family.

*Not applicable to People Movers, Moving Vans, Moving Trucks and Utes.

Ekka Holiday 16th August 7am – 9pm
King’s Birthday 2nd October 7am – 9pm
Christmas Day 25th December CLOSED
Boxing Day 26th December 7am – 9pm

How to get to Alpha Car Hire from Brisbane Airport

Our depot is conveniently located in 10 minutes from the Brisbane Domestic & International Airports.

We provide complimentary shuttle service from your terminal to our facility which operates every 15-30 minutes.

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Instructions for Brisbane Shuttle Bus Service

  1. Once you collect your luggage and are ready to go, please call (07) 3062 7439, so we can send the Shuttle Bus on its way to pick you up.
  2. If your flight is delayed please notify us as soon as possible so we can assist with a following day collection.

  3. Once in the shuttle pick-up area, look for the Purple Shuttle Bus with Alpha Car Hire logos.
  4. Our Shuttle Bus can take up to 9 people at once.

Domestic Terminal

  • Exit the Terminal and make your way to the Skywalk bridge;
  • Once on the sky walk bridge, take the second set of escalators on the right down to B1/B2 ground level bus zone;
  • The Alpha shuttle bus will pick you up.
Brisbane Domestic Airport Shuttle Bus Map

International Terminal

  • Turn left into the arrivals hall;
  • Look for the coach departure sign and exit the terminal;
  • Proceed down the ramp, to the furthest set of Bays on the left at the bottom of the ramp;
  • The Alpha shuttle bus will pick you up.

Cheap Car Rental at Brisbane Airport

At Alpha Car Hire, we’ve made it our mission to provide premium-quality rental vehicles at very affordable rates. Our proximity to the airport makes us the convenient choice for tourists and business travellers alike looking for budget car rental in Brisbane. From fuel-efficient economy car hire in Brisbane and cheap van rental in Brisbane to an SUV rental in Brisbane, you can trust us to provide you with highly reliable vehicles and helpful customer support.

We have years of experience in the car hire industry, so that we can pass on our expertise to you. We are confident that we are the best choice for a cheap car rental in Brisbane. Our local knowledge means we don’t just offer budget car rental in Brisbane but also friendly, experienced staff to help you make the most of your holiday.

Car Rentals

Our competitive pricing has never compromised the quality of our rental vehicles.


Our complimentary shuttles will ferry you between the airport and our nearby facility.

Car Hire

From hatchbacks to family cars to utes and moving trucks, we are your one-stop shop.


We offer a range of extras, including baby seats and boosters, to make your trip extra safe and comfortable.

and Friendly

Our team puts people first. Let us know what you need, and we’ll be more than eager to help you out.


With more free daily kilometres and 24-hour roadside assistance, we will be your most practical choice.

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Car Hire at Brisbane Airport

If you’re looking for an airport car rental in Brisbane, our friendly customer service team is more than ready to answer all of your enquiries. We pride ourselves on being the best budget car rental in Brisbane. As well as getting cheap car hire in Brisbane, you also get high-quality vehicles and extensive customer support.

Budget Car Rental in Brisbane

Cheap car rental to suit all needs and budgets

Cheap Car Hire Brisbane

Whether you’re flying in for business or pleasure, you will be looking for cheap car rentals in Brisbane.  Budget car hires in Brisbane from Alpha Car Hire can work out cheaper than taking lots of taxis to get to your destinations. Plus, when you rent a car, you save yourself hours of trying to familiarise yourself with the local public transport system. If you’re trying to get some business done or you’re hoping to see multiple attractions, taking advantage of our cheap car rentals in Brisbane will save you time, money and energy.

To help get your holiday off to the best possible start, use Alpha Car Hire Brisbane Airport.  We are easy to find close to the airport, so you can skip all the hassle of trying to manage your luggage on public transport, and you won’t need to shell out on expensive taxis.  To give you an idea, taxis from Brisbane airport to the city start at about $50.

Car hire Queensland is a good choice as it’s an easy city to drive around.  During peak commuting times, traffic can get busy, but otherwise, there’s nothing to put you off car rental in Brisbane.  If you are planning to explore the Gold Coast, it is a trip of about one-and-a-half-hour drives with no tolls, so a cheap car rental in Brisbane would be more fun and work out cheaper than a coach trip.

From compact cars and mid-sized sedans to SUVs and 8-seater people movers, Alpha Car Hire has a large selection of vehicles to suit every need. You’d also be pleased to know that we offer generous daily kilometres, standard liability protection and 24-hour roadside assistance services for your peace of mind. By driving your own rental vehicle, you’ll have complete control over your time, budget and itinerary.


You may request a quotation and check availability without making a reservation. Complete only the first pages of the rates and reservations process. If you wish to make a reservation at this time and with these details simply continue by pressing the “Book Now” Button.

At the end of the reservation process, you will receive a “Reservation Confirmation” page with the reservation number highlighted. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the details of your reservation and collection procedure.

Yes, however, the person with the credit card must be on the Rental Contract as the main driver so they will need to have a current open driver’s licence written in English.

Extending the rental duration is possible at time of check out or during the rental itself. You will need to contact or come in person to the nearest location. The extension is subject to vehicle availability and extra payment.

Yes. Please contact our Reservations team and they will be more than happy to help. 1300 227 473 or NZ 0800 445 492

You may receive a refund of your booking fee, minus any applicable cancellation fees. We do not charge cancellation fees for bookings cancelled more than 48 hours before pickup. Otherwise, for cancellations within or less than 48 hours of pickup, a fixed $75 cancellation fee will be applicable.

We charge a full day’s fee if the vehicle is returned 2 hours beyond the drop-off time.

For example, if a full-day rental is from 8:00 am to 8:00 am the next day, and you use the vehicle from 8:00 am to 10:00 am the next day, you exceed the 2-hour limit. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our customer service team.

To help you explore more Queensland destinations during your holiday, you can rent a car from us if you’re looking to explore East Coast Suburbs, including Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Fortitude Valley, Hendra, Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe, Morayfield, Caboolture, Burleigh Heads, Capalaba, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach and Toowoomba.

Our Locations

Why Choose Brisbane for your Next Holiday?

While most holiday planners often consider Sydney or Melbourne for their next destination, you’d be pleased to learn that sunny Brisbane can give the more popular cities a good run for their Money. Boasting year-long sunshine and a laid-back beach culture, Brisbane will give you an immersive cultural experience—from food, drinks, art and music to outdoor activities and nature trips.

From fine dining to forest walks, the sunny Queensland capital can give you the best of both worlds, whether you’re feeling a cosmopolitan experience or looking to re-attach with nature. With endless activities, including live music, annual festivals and boating down the iconic river, Brisbane will spoil you for choice when it comes to making precious memories with friends and family.

Rest assured that Brisbane can give you everything that bigger cities offer, including beaches, restaurants, amenities and cultural experiences—with less traffic and more predictable weather.

Must-Visit Places in Brisbane

Perhaps the only downside of having numerous attractions and activities is choosing which and where to go, especially with limited time. This is why we’ve made it easier for you and curated a list of our top picks for experiencing Brisbane to the fullest, all best explored with a car rental Brisbane Airport.

If you’re looking to reconnect with nature and explore Australia’s great outdoors, a quick drive with your Brisbane car hire from the CBD can take you to nearby Mt. Coot-Tha, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from 287-metres above sea level—the Lookout Point is one of its most popular attractions. And while many tourists go for the spectacular views, there are other activities available and places to visit around the area, including the 52-hectare Brisbane Botanic Gardens, biking or hiking up the Summit Trail, a picnic right by the JC Slaughter Falls and capping the day off with some good food at The Summit Café or the Summit Restaurant & Bar.

Another option for an elevated adventure is Tamborine Mountain, which is just an hour’s drive with your hire car Brisbane. Enjoy the Rainforest Skywalk, dig for treasure in Thunderbird Park and explore more exciting nearby attractions, such as the Glow Worm Caves, the Cauldron Distillery, Tamborine Botanic Gardens, the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Jasmin Organics, Castle Glen and the Fortitude Brewing Company, just to name a few.

If you’re looking to enjoy more peaks, the Glass House Mountains has all seven and is home to a wide range of walking trails, waterholes, food crawls and other family-friendly escapes and adventures. It’s also famous for the Glass on Glasshouse—book a stay if you’re looking for an award-winning accommodation option.

For something less “elevated,” you can look into driving your car rental Brisbane Airport and spending a day in Springbrook National Park or Lamington National Park. Both World Heritage Areas offer barbecue and picnic facilities, camping sites, lookout points, hiking trails, public toilets and even wi-fi spots.

You may request a quotation and check availability without making a reservation. Complete only the first pages of the rates and reservations process. If you wish to make a reservation at this time and with these details simply continue by pressing the “Book Now” Button.

Brisbane is also peppered with nearby islands where you and your friends and family can take a couple of days off to relax and unwind and appreciate the unspoiled natural beauty these islands have to offer.

Starting off with the “Secret Garden of Brisbane,” taking holiday in Moreton Island will get you up close and with rainbow-coloured fish and dugongs, hand-feed wild dolphins and explore sparkling beaches and uniquely stunning Tangalooma Shipwrecks. On the island itself, you can also take some time to whiz down sand dunes on toboggans or quad bikes. There’s also a freshwater option called the Blue Lagoon where the relatively shallow water is a haven for birds and shellfish—the waters are also infused with tea tree oil which is believed to have healing properties.

Another nearby island you can visit is Fraser Island; this World Heritage Listing is unique for being the only place in the world where a rainforest grows on sand dunes. Despite its relatively smaller size, the island is teeming with more than 100 freshwater lakes, and 40 of which is made up completely of rainwater. The popular activities on the island include 4WD tours and whale watching activities, and you can find good accommodation at the Kingfisher Bay Resort or Eurong Beach Resort.

Another good option is North Straddie or, simply, Straddie—North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay lets tourists do as little or as much as they like. If you’re the type for adventure, you can for activities, such as surfing, kayaking, cycling, paddleboarding or 4WD-ing. Conversely, you can simply find a quiet spot on the beach to soak up some sunshine, have a picnic with friends or lose track of time in a book. The island has several options for B&B and has numerous options for lunch, dinner, coffees and snacks.

And if you’re looking for an island getaway without the boat transfers, Bribie Island, the smallest of the three major islands in the northern part of Moreton Bay, is the only island in Queensland connected by Bridgeway, which means you can drive to it directly with your Brisbane Airport car rental. The spot is dotted with camping sports, boating jump-off points, birdwatching vistas and springtime wildflowers.

Brisbane is known for having the perfect balance between cosmopolitan living and natural attractions. Being said, animal lovers can delight in a number of animal encounters and attractions when visiting sunny Brisbane.

The Daisy Hill Koala Centre lets visitors admire koalas in their natural setting and learn more about their secret lives—the best thing’s admission is free! The Centre’s Woodland Theatre also showcases shows where viewers can discover the interesting snippets about the Koala life cycle, their unique biology, the signs and symptoms when they’re sick, as well as how to play a role in their conservation.

If you need a bigger koala fix, you can head over to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and  largest koala sanctuary, where you can enjoy unique wildlife experiences, photo ops, virtual tours and programs made for kids. The popular Koala Discovery Tour lets visitors a 60-minute behind-the-scenes look at how koalas are cared for, from the leaf sorting area and routine veterinary care, all the way to entering a koala exhibit up close and hold one in your arms for a special photo snapped by a professional.

If you’re looking to see more than koalas, you need to jump on over to the Home of the Crocodile Hunter—Australia Zoo. This massive collection of flora and fauna holds several Croc School, Bindi’s Island Treehouse, Wildlife Photo Studio, Wildlife Hospital, Tiger Temple, Giraffe Encounters, African Collections and so much more!

Both locals and tourists can find solace in Brisbane’s South Bank. This iconic location is renowned for its year-round green space, bursting through the seams with community events, gastronomic experiences and social gatherings. Activities you can partake range from lazing by the water’s edge or taking a dip in one of the swimming facilities to enjoying a quiet picnic or barbeque, walking our cycling along the river’s edge, sightseeing or getting a dose of arts from the cultural precinct. This cultural heart of Brisbane features art exhibitions, theatre presentations, comedy shows, music and dance culminations and so much more.

The South Bank is split into four dining precincts, each with their unique flair—whether you’re looking to get cheap takeaway, casual sit-downs, dessert or a quick stop at a café, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

If you’re looking for a bit of casual dining or a relaxing moment in a café, Little Stanley or Grey Street will be your go-to locations. You can also choose to head up into Stanley Street Plaza for a good selection of relaxed cafes and happening bars. But if you’re heart’s set on some a fine dining experience, then, River Quay will be the place for you.

As for accommodation, South Bank is home to four hotels – Rydges, Emporium and Mantra on Grey Street and the Novotel on Cordelia.

Another quiet spot you can check out is the Riverwalk. If you’re visiting Brisbane, this is an absolute must-do. Jutting across the Brisbane River, this scenic and iconic above-water highway for cyclists and pedestrians runs between the CBD and the historic Howard St. Wharves. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride across the length of the walkway—better when done with friends or family.

And not far from the Brisbane Riverwalk is the New Farm Park. As one of Brisbane’s longest-running, largest and grandest parks, it accommodates an average of 18,000 weekly visitors, tourists and locals alike. It’s become a favourite spot for most families, since it has more than enough activities and amusements to keep kids busy all day long. From picnic areas, barbecue spots and Active Parks activities to rose gardens, farmers markets and the seasonal Moonlight Cinema, you’ll have a full day of fun if you choose to pay a visit.

To reiterate Brisbane’s thriving mix of nature-themed attractions and cosmopolitan amenities, the city is no stranger to the lively party and entertainment scene. While one is spoiled for choice when it comes to bars and clubs, most of the sought-after places can be found clumped together in lively districts.

Howard Smith Wharves, for example, is a bustling venue for food, drinks and happenings. A visit here will place you in proximity to good eats and social scenes. For our recommended go-to restaurants, cafes and bars, you can pay a visit to Felons Brewing Co., Felons Barrel Hall, Mr Percival’s, Stanley, Ciao Papi, Yoko Dining, Greca Restaurant, Gigi’s Homestyle Cooking, Mews and Betty’s Burgers, just to name a few. We’re also giving out a special mention to Goodtimes Gelateria focuses on sourcing its ingredients from local suppliers and turning them into absolutely delicious gelato.

Another destination with a collection of good eats and drinks, coupled with a never-ending list of events, is Fortitude Valley. As Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district, The Valley draws the very best local and global acts into its bars and concert venues. As for a pleasurable retail experience, the Chinatown Mall can give you your fill of exotic Chinese culinary finds. While James Street carries a variety of Australian fashion brands and homegrown boutiques and is home to Ada Lane and The Calile Hotel. And if you drop by Brunswick Street, you’ll find yourself immersed in a multicultural mix of affordable dining options.

And if you’re looking to get your fill of eats and drinks while soaking up the majestic view of the city, make sure to check out these gems. The MAYA Rooftop will take your taste buds on a trip to the Guadalajara. Introduce your pallet to a taste of artisanal tequila before embarking on a gastronomic journey across the richly diverse regional Mexican cuisine sourced from Queensland’s best local producers.

The Emporium Hotel also holds several venues where one—or many—can enjoy good food while enjoying spectacular vistas of the city. The Terrace Rooftop Bar, along with its retractable ceiling and glass roof, offers unrivalled views of the South Bank. The Terrace also holds a special place, 21 Sundays, where you can enjoy free-flowing drinks while soaking up the Brisbane sun or the lively nighttime skyline. And if you’re looking for a private dining space, the Billiards Room can accommodate up to 40 guests for sit-down dinners. Additionally, if you’re on a business trip and are looking for the perfect place to close the perfect deal, the Terrace Dining Room, with its 22-guest capacity, is the perfect place for long lunches to suave soirees.

And last but not least, the Spanish-inspired Iris Rooftop is on our list of recommendations. Enjoy a culinary selection while sitting in the clouds, perfect for lunch, dinner, date night, after-work drinks or any celebration with friends or family. This luxurious Spanish oasis embodies the essence of Fortitude Valley while serving impressive views of Brisbane City and beyond. Be prepared to have your breath taken away once you step foot in this restaurant.

Brisbane is filled to the brim with attractions, activities and experiences. Taking a holiday here is a unique experience on its own and worth anyone’s time. Explore all the sights and sounds and book your cheap car hire at Brisbane Airport today.

What Our Customers Say About Us

John RylandJohn Ryland
09:12 24 Jan 23
Good cars, excellent variety and keen rates. Easy website booking. Airport pick up and drop off very good. Good people to deal with. I’ve used these guys twice and will continue on every Brisbane visit.
Simon HogbenSimon Hogben
23:36 29 Nov 22
First time hire with Alpha and I must say it was great. Much better value than other hire companies. Was reticent about the off airport location but the shuttle was easy, virtually no waiting and drivers friendly and polite. Check-in and drop off very easy as well. Again, staff were great. Car clean and no problems.
Kieran SKieran S
00:18 10 Oct 22
I used Alpha 10 years back when they had just started out and loved their service back then, so when it came time to hire another car in Brisbane I sought them out. Super pleased to see their great work has paid off and they are now a massive company but have retained the small company service and vibe. Super friendly staff from the shuttle drivers, to front desk and phones. 0800 is answered quickly unlike others. Nice vehicles and great price. Will be back for sure.
Rustam GilyazovRustam Gilyazov
03:08 27 Sep 22
Great experience renting a truck (both times). In both cases - clean interior, runs well. Hydraulic lift, A/C, cruise control were in good working order. Booked and paid online, no hassle pickup and drop off, friendly staff. Also, great price on truck rental, looks like the best in the city. Don't forget to fill that tank when returning the vehicle.
Leonie NewtonLeonie Newton
05:11 31 Aug 22
The business is located in the perfect spot in Hendra and there is a service station only metres away, making it super easy to refuel just before returning the car. The staff are quick, friendly and efficient. The car I had was relatively new and in excellent condition (although it did need a more thorough clean, which could be due to my last minute booking). The shuttle bus runs regularly and the driver was extremely helpful and considerate. Overall, I was very happy with every aspect of my first experience with them. It won't be my last!