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Easy and Affordable Economy Car Rentals in Australia

Get wherever you need to be, whenever you need to be, without the frills. Alpha Car Hire offers highly dependable Economy Car Hire Services across Australia. Save up on fuel costs by zipping across the city on a fuel-efficient economy car and cut back on travel time by skipping trying to learn the local transport schedules. We have branches located strategically near major transport hubs in Brisbane Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport and Sunshine Coast. We also offer free airport transfers between your terminal and our depots. 

Our Inclusions

Driving a unit from our line of economy cars from carefully selected manufacturers will entitle you to the following benefits:

1. Free Standard Liability Protection
2. No Upfront Fees
3. Unlimited KM Mileage Allowance

  • ABS
  • Air Conditioner
  • Automatic
  • Reverse Camera
  • SRS Airbag
  • Unlimited KM
  • USB Charging Port
  • FREE Standard Liability Protection
economy car rentals

Book Your Economy Car Rental Today

Give us a call today or book online and take advantage of high-quality economy rental cars fitted with all the latest safety features. We have economy car rentals near Brisbane Airport, Gold Coast Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport and Sunshine Coast.

Get to Where You Need to Be Economically

Travelling with a fuel-efficient economy car rental will be much cheaper than taking multiple taxi rides across the city. And it will save you from the burden of trying to get your head around local transportation schedules and directions. With your own rental vehicle at your command, you’ll have full control of your budget and itinerary.

Economy Rental Cars

Our competitive pricing is what our clients love to come back to.


We are located near major transport hubs for your convenience.

Car Hire

We only source from the most reliable makes and models.


Child seats, boosters and other extras to make your trip more comfortable.

and Friendly

Our customer-oriented team is always ready to address your concerns.


From free airport transfers to affordable add-on roadside assistance, your convenience is our priority.


You may request a price 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.

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, 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.

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.

All vehicles are covered by 24-hour roadside assistance for all mechanical faults with the vehicle. 

Free Roadside Assistance does not cover non-mechanical defects and driver errors, such as lost keys, keys locked in the vehicle, flat battery due to lights being left on, etc. These instances will incur a $150 fee per call-out.

However, all costs are waived if the customer avails of the $5 per day Roadside Assistance package.

If you run a business with ongoing transportation needs, you know as well as anyone that handling maintenance, inventory and financing can be both an expense and a hassle. If you need to supplement your fleet for a short-term or longer term, our friendly team will happily provide a quote.

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. Please contact our Reservations Staff and they will be more than happy to help 1300 227 473.

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.

All Alpha vehicles which are rented have comprehensive insurance with a standard liability that is applicable to renters that may be reduced with one of Alpha’s waiver options. For passenger vehicles (hatchbacks, sedans, family cars, SUVs, 8-seater vans and Utes) the standard liability is $4,400 for drivers over 21 years of age. For more information on our Standard Liability Protection Cover visit our Terms & Conditions.

What are the exclusions to liability waivers?

The following are not covered by the Total Protection Liability Waiver, Premium Protection Liability Waiver, or the Collision Damage Liability Waiver:

  • Reversing damage
  • Overhead damage
  • Undercarriage damage
  • Water damage
  • Hail damage
  • Negligence or Abuse

Please note that you will not have the benefit of Alpha’s insurance if the rental vehicle is driven on unsealed roads.

The following are not covered by the Total Protection Liability Waiver, Premium Protection Liability Waiver, or the Collision Damage Liability Waiver: 

  • Reversing damage 
  • Overhead damage 
  • Undercarriage damage 
  • Water damage 
  • Hail damage 
  • Negligence or Abuse 

Please note that you will not have the benefit of Alpha’s insurance if the rental vehicle is driven on unsealed roads. 

Though actual models, driving conditions and vehicle age will show us varied results, the International Energy Agency sets the average of light-duty vehicles at 7.2 litres of petrol for every 100 kilometres. Car users and their driving habits can also affect a car’s overall fuel consumption. If you’re looking for “fuel efficient cars near me,” your search ends with us. We have compact and intermediate cars available in our Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne and Sydney locations. 

Yes, hybrid cars, in general, return better fuel mileage than traditional combustion engines. The capability to switch between electric and petrol power sources improves fuel efficiency. Alpha Car Hire also offers low-cost Hybrid Car Rentals if you’re looking to rent the best in fuel economy. 

Compact Cars typically utilise a smaller engine, therefore requiring less fuel consumption but may lack the power that an intermediate car can provide. In terms of dimensions, while both can fit up to 5 people, an intermediate car can provide better leg room and boot space, while the compact car makes up for it when maneuvering tight spaces. Depending on where and how to plan your drive, both compact and intermediate cars can have their own advantages and disadvantages.  

Yes, the baby seats and booster seats we provide are up to industry standards and can easily be installed into any of our economy cars.  

Yes, for your added safety and convenience, our economy cars are equipped with reverse cameras. But please be reminded that you should still check your mirrors and surroundings when backing up.

This feature varies between models. Please confirm this information at the counter when you pick up your car. 

Yes, our economy cars have USB ports to charge your devices.

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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!
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