Car Hire Sydney Airport

Cheapest Car Rentals Sydney Airport

Planning a trip to Sydney and need a car to explore? Renting a car at Sydney Airport (SYD) is a convenient and efficient way to get around the city and its surrounding areas. This guide provides all the information you need to find the perfect car rental for your needs, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

+61 2 8355 1933 – Local Number

Mon – Fri: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat – Sun: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Quick Facts

🚗 Vehicle types Family Cars, Small Cars, Economy, Compact, SUV, Crossover, Passenger, Van, Hybrid Cars.
✅ Payment Options Pay Now, Pay Later, Pay over the Phone with our Concierge Service, Save with Long Term Rentals
👍 Why Alpha? The Cheapest Car Rental, Unlimited KM*, Book in Advance & Save, Prepay & Save, Discounts, Australian Owned
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4.7 – Based on 3,010 combined customers’ Google reviews.


After-hours service is only applicable if the express check-in has been completed successfully by the customer. The branch will also collect payments and security bonds during this time.

Afterhours return is available for bookings between 4.30am & 10.30pm and is facilitated by our Parking Partners. Customers will be given instructions on collection.

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.

Regular operating hours during the Holidays except for Christmas Day (Closed)

Exclusive Sydney Airport Car Hire Deals:

To make your Sydney travels even more economical, Alpha Car Hire offers exclusive deals and discounts. By booking directly through us, you not only secure budget-friendly rates but also enjoy a straightforward booking process.

How to get to Alpha Car Hire from Sydney Airport

Our depot is conveniently located in 10 minutes from the Sydney Airport.

We provide complimentary shuttle service from your terminal to our facility which operates every 10-30 minutes.

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Instructions for Sydney Shuttle Bus Service

  1. Once you collect your luggage and are ready to go, please call (02) 8355 1933, 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 you can so we can provide you with an after-hour pick-up instructions.
  3. There are no available baby seats in the shuttle bus. Children under 6 months are unable to travel on our shuttles, if this affects you, please contact our branch who will assist in collecting your driver to return to the rest of your party.

Domestic Terminal

For customers flying in with VIRGIN, JETSTAR & Regionals (Terminal T2):

  1. Please contact our office at (02) 8355 1933 once you have collected your luggage.
  2. Exit the terminal (T2) and immediately turn left. Walk down the road bend and look for the Blue Park on King Shuttle Bus.
  3. Once you have arrived at the T2 shuttle area, please wait in that area and look for the Blue Park on King shuttle. Let the driver know that you are going to Alpha.
  4. Please be aware that during peak times, a wait of up to 25 minutes may be expected.

For customers flying in with QANTAS Domestic (Terminal T3):

  1. Please contact our office at (02) 8355 1933 once you have collected your luggage.
  2. Exit the terminal (T3) and proceed to walk at the road bend.
  3. Please look for the blue Park on King shuttle and let the driver know that you are going to Alpha.
  4. Please be aware that during peak times, a wait of up to 25 minutes may be expected.

International Airport Terminal

  1. Please contact our office once you have collected your luggage on (02) 8355 1933.
  2. Exit the arrival hall of the terminal and turn right.
  3. Follow the signs to the Shuttle Bus/Mini Bus area. Please wait at BAY no. 22.
  4. Please look for the blue Park on King Shuttle and let the Driver know that you are going to Alpha.
  5. Please be aware in peak times a wait of up to 25 minutes may be expected.
Sydney International Airport Shuttle Bus Map

Budget Car Rental Sydney Airport

At Alpha Car Hire Sydney Airport, our commitment is to provide a customer-centric car rental service at affordable prices. Whatever your preferences, our range of rental options will ensure you get the best experience renting with us. If you’re looking for the biggest savings, you can book your car, pay upfront, and take advantage of an instant discount for your rental. Or if you’re leaning towards securing your future trips but are still unsure of your plans, you can reserve your car and choose to pay later upon pickup; plus, you can cancel anytime. For the most flexible and personalised venture, you can contact our Concierge Service and get insider info on the year’s prices and upcoming deals. At Alpha, we offer the perfect balance of quality, affordability and convenience. Make us your travel partner for your next unforgettable journey!

Easy Booking Process

Here’s a run-through of our quick booking process:

Select Location &
Travel Dates

Choose a branch near you and your date and time of travel. Our five locations are located strategically near airports and transport hubs.

Add Optional

We offer flexible extras that cater to all your needs, including child & booster seats, roadside assistance, extra drivers and much more.

Vehicle Type

Choose your preferred vehicle to meet your transportation needs. We offer commercial and passenger vehicles to suit all your requirements.

Add Driver

Fill out a short form with your name and contact information so we can get you out on the road faster when you come and pick up your vehicle.

Choose Liability

Discover the perfect protection tailored to your personal needs from our wide range of options. Know that you’re safe from untoward events.

Select Payment

You can choose to pay online after you book or upon pickup. We currently accept VISA and Mastercard debit and credit cards.

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Skip the Sydney Airport Queues

Skip the hustle and bustle of airport queues and dive straight into your adventure with our off-airport car hire. With us, you avoid the long lines at the Sydney Airport car rental counters and enjoy the comfort of a free shuttle service transporting you directly to your vehicle. Our fleet of modern, air-conditioned shuttles will let you chat with our local drivers for some insider local Sydney knowledge. Whilst on board, you’ll also have ample time to complete your online check-in, so once you get to our branch, all that’s left to do is collect your keys and car!

Diverse Range of Budget Rental Cars in Sydney Airport (SYD)

Our fleet is designed to cater to diverse travel needs. Whether you’re a solo explorer or a family on vacation, Alpha Car Hire has the perfect vehicle for you.

Why Choose Alpha Car Hire in Sydney Mascot Airport?

Quality Fleet

Explore our diverse range of vehicles, catering to all needs – from compact cars to spacious SUVs. .


We believe in providing quality service at budget-friendly rates, making us the preferred choice for savvy travellers.

Customer-Centric Approach

Transparent policies, responsive customer support, and a user-friendly booking process showcase our commitment to your satisfaction.

What Our Customers Say About Us

Karryn GavenlockKarryn Gavenlock
10:59 19 May 24
Great experience, collection and return. Staff extremely helpful, so much so that they helped me return to a local servo to fill up instead of paying the penalty refuel. Price extremely reasonable too 👍
Gabrielle BouverieGabrielle Bouverie
03:08 19 May 24
Amazing staff! Staff were very helpful, easy pick up and drop off. Would highly recommend Alpha care hire to anyone wanting a reasonably price car hire service. Car was new and very clean.
Lois JewellLois Jewell
00:01 17 May 24
I was initially apprehensive about using a car hire company I hadn't heard of before, but in the end the process was easy and everything went smoothly. I got exactly the same experience (minus the loyalty points) as one of the bigger/known companies, but at an extremely competitive price.
Ina TumaaiIna Tumaai
08:29 13 May 24
Awesome well organised experience!Second time hired with Alpha and will always come back here..
Charles DodgsonCharles Dodgson
00:02 12 May 24
Excellent and economical. Easy and quick pick up near the airport. Easy to return. Good, economical car. Only downside is large bond payable by locals.
Craig OwenCraig Owen
01:54 28 Apr 24
Great price, excellent service. Seamless pickup and drop off. Waited no more than 10 minutes for shuttle bus to and from Sydney domestic airport. Definitely use again.
Adam SkippenAdam Skippen
03:59 13 Apr 24
Excellent experience on each occasion I've booked.Alison collected me from the airport and was super friendly and helpful.Good quality car, excellent service and fair prices.Thanks Alison and team
Armin YaghiniArmin Yaghini
05:32 10 Apr 24
Disappointing Experience with Rigid Policies at Alpha Car HireI recently rented a car from Alpha Car Hire and was left dissatisfied due to their rigid late return policy and what I perceive as an unfair charging practice. My rental experience began with a 25-minute delay in pickup, which I overlooked, assuming there would be flexibility in their service. However, this expectation was not met reciprocally.Upon returning the vehicle, which I had taken the extra step to clean out of respect for the next user, I was 30 minutes late beyond my scheduled time. This delay resulted in an additional full day’s charge, based on their strict policy. I attempted to resolve this matter through communication, explaining the circumstances, including my efforts to return the car in excellent condition and the miscommunication I faced when trying to inform them of my delay. Despite this, their response was uncaring, highlighting their strict adherence to policy without room for consideration of the unique context of my situation.This experience has led me to question the customer-centric nature of Alpha Car Hire’s policies and their flexibility in accommodating unforeseen circumstances. I am compelled to share this experience to inform potential customers about the strict policy enforcement and the potential for unexpected charges. Customer service is about understanding and flexibility, traits I found lacking in my interaction with Alpha Car Hire.Tip: Consider finding a car via a car share service near the airport and take a $10-20 Uber to pick up your car. The total cost will likely be much cheaper. I initially fell for the free pickup service, but they try to compensate through other means, leading to significantly higher costs. This one-day trip could have cost me $100-120 via car sharing versus the $245 bill with Alpha.
Goran MiseskiGoran Miseski
23:52 28 Jan 24
CHECK YOUR CAR BEFORE LEAVING!!!!!!!After being told the car was ready to go/ clean and had no damage, this is what I came across in the car park, the side of the car damaged.Back in I go to have them update the paperwork!Car wasn’t the cleanest, smelt like people had been eating food in there and there were bugs and bird droppings all over the windscreen!Take the car back prior to the allotted time and get an email an hour later said I’m getting charged for a chip in the windscreen?????? 100% didn’t happen on the trip, but probably my fault for not taking 100 photos of the car before leaving.I regularly hire cars and this has never happened & I’ll never ever use this company again- such a poor experience.SB

Pick-Up and Return Tips for your Sydney Car Hire

Our dedication to providing you with the best rental experience stretches from start to finish. From the moment you book your car, you’re provided with an Online Express Check-In to save you from filling out forms at the branch. When you arrive to pick up your vehicle, just remember to present your valid driver’s license and a credit card for your security bond so we can get you on the road faster.

The drop-off process is just as easy. Returning the car in the same condition as you picked it up and with a full tank of petrol will allow us to process your drop-off faster. As for your security bond, the return period will depend on your issuing bank’s policies.

We’ll even send you email and SMS reminders of your pick-up and drop-off dates so you can focus on enjoying your holiday. Keep in mind that we’re just a phone call away. Whether you’re running late or need to extend your rental period, call us at 0283551933, and we’ll do our best to assist you suitably

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Ready to enhance your travel experience? Reach out to us for inquiries or support. Alpha Car Hire is not just a car rental service; it’s your dedicated travel partner, committed to making your journey memorable.


To help you explore more New South Wales destinations during your holiday, you can rent a car from us if you’re looking to explore East Coast Suburbs, including Sydney CBD, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Central Coast, Wollongong, Pyrmont, Gosford, Blacktown, Surry Hills and Newcastle

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.

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

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.

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.

Our Locations

Why Choose Sydney for your next Holiday?

While Sydney has become almost synonymous for its iconic opera house, this vibrant city has plenty more surprises in every corner. As one of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney is teeming with happening destinations ranging from family fun to fashionably fancy and everything in between.

From laid back sand and surf, as well as parks and nature, all the way to cosmopolitan hubs of food and arts, you’ll never run out of things to do, places to see and experiences to explore when visiting Sydney. Where else can you spend a single day and get your feet wet, pet animals, enjoy a laid-back brunch and reconnect with nature and cap-off the day with a fancy dinner and drinks with friends or family.

It can all happen in hip and happening Sydney—with a year-long calendar of events, you’ll be spoiled for choice when planning you itinerary.

Must-See Places in Sydney

Perhaps, the only downside too much to offer is that visitors can be overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds and savoury cuisine. This is why we’ve curated a list of recommendations for tourists, such as yourself, to help make the most out of your time spent in this vibrant city, which will all be done best with a Sydney Airport car hire.

Unbeknownst to most, when picturing Sydney, is that it’s never lost its connection to nature—and is actually right by downtown’s doorstep. The city is surrounded by national parks, sandstone cliffs and untouched wilderness for everyone to enjoy.

You can start off your adventure with Royal National Park, known for its indigenous rock art, rugged cliffs and windswept beaches. If you choose to spend enough time here, you’ll have lots of opportunities for fishing, whale watching, barbecues, bushwalks and bird watching. Established in 1879, making it the world’s second-oldest national park, “The Royal” is teeming to the brim with heritage attractions.

Another national park you can visit is Sydney Harbour National Park – Middle Head; as one of Sydney Harbour’s seven headlands, the lookout point from this location lets visitors enjoy spectacular vistas of the great Pacific, with the north and south heads framing the horizon.

For something more inland, Lane Cove National Park welcomes tourists with the tranquil Lane Cove River. Visitors can enjoy a quiet picnic or barbecue among the flat, grassy areas on either bank. There are also children’s play equipment and biking tracks along the length of the waterway.

If you’re looking for a more structured experience, you can book a slot with the Cronulla and National Park Ferry Cruises. This hourly ferry service employs the oldest commuter ferry in Australia still in operation—the MV Curranulla. Visitors can also choose to hop aboard the MV Tom Thumb III and enjoy a 3-hour cruise along the unspoilt Hacking River. The cruises serve morning tea while giving full commentaries on the historical and aboriginal sites along the way.

Other ships on the fleet let participants enjoy champagne breakfasts, dinner cruises, live music, swim-and-dine experiences and other charters for that immersive experience.

With more than a hundred distinct beaches lining Sydney’s coast, the city adopted a unique blend of laid-back beach vibes and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Sydney has become synonymous with water activities, from sandy walks and beachside eats to swimming, surfing, snorkelling, and other water sports.

Perhaps, the most famous of all the surfing beaches is Bondi Beach, situated less than an hour from the city’s centre. Out here, you blend among the visitors enjoying the serious waves at the southern end and the day-trippers soaking up the vibes in one of the numerous bars and cafes in the area. Moving further south can take you to Maroubra, where you can join the surfers, swimmers and families flocking to the area.

Then, we have the Northern Beaches, stretching from Palm Beach to Manly and offer the area’s top surfing spots. Visit Manly in March, and you can witness the Sydney Surf Pro, where the best in the world competes for the top spot.

If you’re just starting off surfing, you can use your Sydney car rental to get premier lessons from Let’s Go Surfing, Manly Surf School, Manly Surf Guide, Cronulla Surfing Academy or The Body Board Academy, just to name a few.

For more relaxed and family-friendly beaches, you can opt to take your loved ones to one of the Harbour Beaches. The lovely Parsley Bay Reserve opens up before your eyes after you walk through a grassy park, and you’ll notice the footbridge overhead with its bushwalkers. This small pocket is perfect for families, with its kiosks, playgrounds and public toilets.

On the other side of the bridge, settling on Balmoral Beach gives you unprecedented views of Sydney Harbour National Park. You’ll enjoy several dining options here, including Bathers Pavilion and The Boathouse, among other cafes in the area. For smaller crowds, you can pay a visit to Chinamans Beach and enjoy a laid-back picnic on the Rosherville Reserve.

Of course, for the authentic adventures only locals would mostly know, Sydney has a few “secret” beaches waiting for you to discover. Walking along the Hermitage Foreshore Track, beginning in Nielsen Park, will wind down to the Strickland House and to the small, sandy oasis that is Milk Beach. Taking this trail also gives you fantastic views of Shark Island and the iconic Harbour Bridge.

And not too far from the CBD, Redleaf Beach gives off a harbour setting with majestic views of Darling Point and the rest of the city. Over here, you’ll find the Murray Rose Pool, perfect if you’re looking for calm ocean swimming.

A quick half-hour drive from Manly will take you to Turimetta Beach; just make sure to time it right since the small stretch of sand only appears during low tide.

Whether you explore Sydney’s north, south or east, you’re in for a world of adventure regarding beaches and waterside attractions. Just make sure to follow all the safety precautions and listen to the local lifeguards’ instructions. Check out Beachsafe for the latest safety updates.

If you want to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, Sydney is never short on aquariums, zoos and wildlife parks—you can even pat a snake or dive amongst sharks if you’re feeling up to it.

If you take a boat ride from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour, you’ll end up close to Taronga Zoo, which is home to more than 350 species of animals. Their attendance includes elephants, tigers, and giraffes, and they hold daily seal and bird shows.

If you travel to Western Sydney, you can pay a visit to the Sydney Zoo, where you can get up close safari-style in open-air exhibits. Experience walking amongst zebras and lions across their African boardwalk. They also feature a nocturnal display to see what reptiles are up to when night sets in.

Another place you can visit is the Wild Life Sydney Zoo which lets visitors get up close and personal to pat snakes and view crocs from pop-up windows. Walk among emus, roos and koalas with behind-the-scenes tours.

And next to this zoo is Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, where you can have loads of fun scuba diving with sharks, watching Gentoo and King penguins, Pig the dugong and other reef wildlife.

A quick drive out to the Blue Mountains will take you to Featherdale Wildlife Park—one of the few places where you can get really up close with a Koala. And if you’re looking for something more exotic, you can visit south of Sydney’s Symbio Wildlife Park or the Australian Reptile Park up north

Because of its multicultural heritage, Sydney enjoys a thriving arts scene, which can be seen through numerous galleries, theatres, public displays and annual events—including ancient Aboriginal sites right in the capital.

From independent exhibits to major galleries, all the way to pop-up exhibitions here are our recommendations for soaking up some visual magnificence during your stay in Sydney, which you can visit with your cheap car hire Sydney Airport.

Overlooking the Opera House is the Museum of Contemporary Art. This innovative space showcases works of both home-grown and international artists alike and also holds educational programs and a rooftop café with a breathtaking view of the water.

The Art Gallery of NSW houses works of international and local talents, including a permanent installation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. They’re also the host of several annual art events, including the Wynne, Sulman and Archibald prizes.

If you head over to Chippendale, you can visit the White Rabbit Gallery, where you can gaze at brilliant collections of contemporary Chinese art. And over on to Redfern, the Carriageworks showcases multi-medium arts reflective of urban Sydney culture. There’s also the Brett Whitely Studio which celebrates the artist’s best-kept work and secrets, including his private collection of photos, sketches, music collection and other personal memorabilia.

If you choose to explore the banks of the Georges River, you can stop over at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, which holds six distinct galleries of exhibitions and events—admission is free. Heading over to the fringes of the Greater Sydney area, the Campbelltown Arts Centre welcomes more than 70,000 guests per year. Aside from visual art spaces, the gallery also showcases workshops, a performance studio, an outdoor amphitheatre and the renowned Arts Centre Café.

If you’re visiting during the month of July, time your trip right to take part in NAIDOC week’s National Indigenous Art Fair, which puts the spotlight on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works and various dance and music performances. There’s also this very unique spot, The Artery Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, which houses collections from remote communities. Visit them in Darlinghurst or visit their website for ethical and affordable Aboriginal works.

Sydney is also home to several of Outdoor Cinemas, such as the Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park, the Sunset Cinema at North Sydney, the Skyline Drive-In in Blacktown and the Westpac OpenAir in the CBD.

And what are arts and culture scenes without a trip to the museum—Sydney is overflowing with them. There’s the Museum in The Rocks, the Museum of Sydney, the Justice and Police Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Sydney Jewish Museum, just to name a few.

Arguably, the best part of any trip is savouring the local flavours—and most will agree that Sydney is Australia’s flavour capital. Because of a highly diverse, multicultural heritage and access to fresh seafood and produce, the city is teeming with gastronomic experiences on every corner.

Restaurants will come in an endless list when choosing where to dine in Sydney. To make it easier for you, we’ve curated our top picks to help narrow down your choices regarding where to go with your cheap car rental Sydney.

Chef Peter Gilmore’s Quay is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. The nature-inspired menu is built upon close collaboration with local fisherfolk, farmers, produce makers and artisans. Underneath the smallest sail of the Opera House sits Bennelong, another restaurant with Chef Gilmore at the helm.

If you’re feeling some seasonal Japanese flavours enhanced with French culinary techniques, Tetsuya’s will amaze you with a constantly evolving menu. Speaking of French, this next restaurant hidden below the ground in the CBD is Restaurant Hubert. This French restaurant sets the mood with its dimly lit, low ceilings, red leather booths, tattered grand piano and a menu of classic dishes.

For fine dining with a spectacular ocean view, Pilu at Freshwater will fill your fancy. Let chef Giovanni Pilu’s menu spoil your senses with him personally presenting each course while you relax in his Hamptons-inspired beach house.

And if you’re looking for a good brew to start your day or to bask in the afternoon ambience, the coffee shops around the area will spoil you for choice.

The Artificer and the Icebergs Terrace will be in Surry Hills and Bondi. In the Inner West, you can visit Black Star Pastry or The Grounds of Alexandria. You can head to the café on the rooftop of the Contemporary Art Museum, The Boathouse Palm Beach or the Bathers’ Pavilion for cafes with a view of the water.

And if tea is your cup of tea, you can sit back and relax at The Tea Room QVB, Strangers’ Restaurant at Parliament House or the Estate Vaucluse House.

Hit all these stops with a hire car from Alpha and enjoy your holiday without worries. Let our Price Match Guarantee, Roadside Assistance and Liability Reduction options leave you with nothing but peace of mind. Book your Sydney hire car today! Whether you need a car for one day, a weekly trip, or a monthly business meeting, you can trust us for long-term, short-term and medium-term transportation solutions every time.