Brisbane Airport Car Hire

Discover Car Rental at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport serves the major city of Brisbane and surrounding areas of Queensland. It is the third busiest airport in the country after Sydney and Melbourne Airports. It is the gateway to the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane and all the wonderful adventures waiting for you in the Sunshine State. Brisbane Airport services flights to 46 different Australian airports and to 32 international destinations, handling over 21 million passengers each year. Travellers from every corner of the globe travel to Queensland to discover its epic adventures and dazzling delights. The best way to explore this vast sun-kissed area is with the ease and convenience of your own hire car.

The newly upgraded International Terminal at Brisbane Airport now boasts a themed departures lounge, walkthrough duty free stores for departures and arrivals, specialty retail stores and food & drink stands, as well as three new airline lounges and a day spa. Both terminal buildings are very modern and have great facilities. There are also a couple of petrol stations within close proximity to the airport – a 24 hour Shell located within the Brisbane Airport service centre or a BP service station 10 minutes drive from the airport. The roads leading into Brisbane airport have also been updated, and you can make your way to the Gateway Motorway very easily. This motorway takes you north or south.

Exploring Brisbane Airport

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Navigating The Terminals

Brisbane Airport has two terminals (domestic & international), located approximately 1km apart.

Domestic Terminal - A curved building with 3 satellite arms:

  • Northern End: Serving Qantas and Qantaslink
  • Southern End: Serving Virgin Australia
  • Central Area: Other Airlines (Jetstar, Tiger Airways and JetGo)
  • The car rental customer service desks are located on level 1 of the Domestic Terminal.

International Terminal - Hosts all international flights, is divided into 4 levels:

  • Level 1: Handles airline offices, operators and baggage.
  • Level 2: Arrivals
  • Level 3 & 4: Departures
  • The car rental customer service desks are located on level 2 of the International Terminal.

When booking your Brisbane Airport car rental, take note of on airport and off airport suppliers. On airport suppliers have desks located within the terminal and is a quick and efficient option. Off airport suppliers will generally provide a shuttle from the airport to the office (5-10 minutes) and is a cheaper alternative but will lengthen the time it takes to collect your rental.

Our on airport suppliers are conveniently located within each terminal of Brisbane Airport, so once you hop off your flight simply head towards your chosen supplier’s counter. For international arrivals, the car rental customer service desks are located on level 2. And for domestic arrivals the service desks are located on level 1.

Comparing the Costs

Many people do not realise just how cost-effective hiring a car can be. While taxis, shuttles and transfer services seem like the most obvious option, they are definitely not the cheapest! A one-way transfer from Brisbane Airport to the CBD starts from $20 per person. For a family for four that is already $80 for a 20-minute transfer. You can hire a car in Brisbane for as little as $36 per day, with the added freedom of creating your own self-drive adventure!

The Brisbane Airtrain is a popular option for those travelling from Brisbane Airport to the CBD or Gold Coast. It’s great if you’re travelling solo but can turn out to be quite expensive for more than one person. The cost per person is over $30 return to Brisbane or nearly $70 return to Gold Coast. Once you do the maths, if travelling with more than one person it’s much cheaper and more convenient to rent a car.

Cities (To and From) Distance ( Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Brisbane Airport to Brisbane CBD 17 20 mins
Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast 86 1.25 hrs
Brisbane Airport to Coolangatta 79 1.25 hrs
Brisbane Airport to Sunshine Coast 110 1.5 hrs
Brisbane Airport to Toowoomba 138 1.45 hrs

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