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Newcastle car hire information

Pick-up locationNewcastle
Car types
Hire locations20
Airport locations10

Cheap car hire in Newcastle

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Newcastle

  • There are a few road rules to be aware of when driving your hire car in Newcastle. In New South Wales, your car horn is considered to be a warning device and that's the only thing you can use it for. You can use it to let a driver know you're in their blind spot or other situations where you need to warn drivers or other road users of potential dangers. Additionally, you can be fined for extending your limbs out of the window, so if you're waving a pedestrian across, keep your hands in the car. New South Wales is also one of the states that requires a three-second gap, instead of a two-second gap.
  • If you only need cheap car hire in Newcastle for part of your trip, you might prefer to pick up your vehicle in town, instead of at the airport. Keddy by Europcar has offices on Denison Street, just off the Pacific Highway and near the Tudor Street bus stop. Sunnycars have offices close to the west bank of Throsby Creek, over Cowper Street Bridge. Budget, Hertz and Avis have offices in the suburb of Hamilton North, on Clyde Street, and the Number 12 bus stops very close by. Some Newcastle car hire companies will also allow you to pick up and drop off your hire car at separate locations.
  • With cheap car hire in Newcastle, it's easy to explore the rest of New South Wales, including its capital, Sydney. You can drive from Newcastle to Sydney in around 2 hours on the Pacific Motorway, but there are also a number of interesting places to visit along the way. Just after leaving Newcastle, you can pay a visit to Watagans National Park. The coastal route is a little longer, but it will let you stop at some of the state's best beaches.
  • Surrounded by soft sand beach stretching from Nelson Bay to Lake Macquarie and dense forestlands, hiring a car in Newcastle will let you break free from the city, off the beaten path. Driving to Blackbutt Nature Reserve from the centre of Newcastle takes just 15min, though the journey by bus or train requires at least 30min with more than 1.5 km of walking. Coastal destinations, including Worimi Regional Park and Tomaree National Park, are best reached by car as direct public transport routes are not available from Newcastle.
  • The offices of Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty are directly across from the baggage claim carousels at Newcastle Airport (NCL). Hire cars are located 100 m from the terminal via a protected walkway. Turn left as you exit the building and follow the signs to find your vehicle.
  • Newcastle has several railway level crossings passing through town and extra caution should be taken when approaching the intersections. Avoid driving over the tracks if you see the boom gates lowering and remember not to cross until the sirens have finished. If beach driving is in your plans, consult with local councils to understand which sections of coastline allow 4WDs to enter. Observe conditions and tide levels to ensure there is an adequate amount of firm sand to drive over.
  • Traffic is at its worst in Newcastle for the school rush and as commuters make their way to work, between 07:30–09:30. Conditions are comparatively quiet through the remainder of the day; however, major arterial roads near the University of Newcastle, such as Main Rd and Maitland Rd, experience steady congestion. You should expect delays when using Newcastle Link Rd and Pacific Mwy as people travel to and from Sydney. Strong winds are common in Newcastle and it’s recommended that drivers reduce speed and keep an eye out for falling branches.
  • Book your car hire in Newcastle at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice car hire in Newcastle are around 34% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Newcastle

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Newcastle?

    Intermediate and full-size models will handle the CBD traffic comfortably as well as provide a smooth ride along coastal roads. 4WDs are priced cheaply considering the off-road versatility they provide. It’s best to check the hire conditions to assure driving is allowed on unsurfaced roads, when choosing a 4WD.

  • What’s the speed limit in Newcastle?

    The standard speed limit throughout the urban area of Newcastle is 50 km/h. Between 08:00–09:30 and 14:30–16:00 on weekdays, a 40 km/h maximum is enforced surrounding schools, indicated by flashing yellow lights and marked pedestrian crossings. Highways and motorways around Newcastle vary from 100–110 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Newcastle?

    No.2 Sportsground Car Park on Smith St has all-day parking available for roughly A$8. Closer to the CBD, Mall Car Park has a approximate A$5 flat rate on Saturdays and is free on Sundays. The first 15min of metered parking across Newcastle is free when using the EasyPark app.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Newcastle?

    The average price of fuel in Newcastle is R85,40 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 025 and R1 366, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Newcastle?

    Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Newcastle.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Newcastle?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Newcastle?

    A Special car hire in Newcastle costs R703 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Newcastle?

    A Mini car hire in Newcastle costs R752 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Newcastle?

    A Standard car hire in Newcastle costs R968 per day, on average.

  • What documentation do I need to get a hire car in Newcastle?

    You'll need to present your driver's licence and a credit or debit card before picking up your Newcastle hire car. If your licence isn't in English, you'll also need an official translation, such as an International Driver's Permit. Usually, you need to have held your licence for at least one year and be 21 or older.

  • Do children need to be in child seats in Newcastle?

    If you have passengers under 145 cm tall, they need to be in a booster seat or restraint appropriate for their age and weight. Children 145 cm or taller can usually use a normal seat and seatbelt, and babies under six months must be in a rear-facing car seat.

Newcastle car rental reviews and directory

East Coast Car Rentals

10,0

Wonderful

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Newcastle

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849 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW

+61 1800 474 258

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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Europcar

10,0

Wonderful

3 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.6

One location in Newcastle

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Terminal Building

+61 2 4965 0162

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10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Staff very friendly.

1 out of 1

Thrifty

10,0

Wonderful

2 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Newcastle

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11b/50 Clyde Street

+61 136139

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Rachel, the young woman that checked us in, Amazing!!

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Nothing

1 out of 1

Alamo

8,5

Very Good

5 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

7.5

One location in Newcastle

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In Terminal 1 Williamtown Dr

+61 2 8303 2274

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Pay and bond should be all at once.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2023

KAYAK
Will not use again as we got charged currency conversion not aware the company was in Ireland

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2023

KAYAK
Easy to check in and fuss free.

1 out of 1

Budget

8,3

Very Good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

7.5

2 locations in Newcastle

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50 Clyde St

+61 2 4904 5255

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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Terminal Building

+61 2 4910 9203

Monday07:15 - 21:00
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9,2 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

It was compact but still roomy enough, easy to drive and park.

Cons:

Nothing the car suited us for what we needed it for. Would get a bigger model car if we were doing a lot of driving and there was more than two of us.

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
The car was great But was charged $200 to my card over the invoice slack staff

6,0 Okay

Jun 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff happy to help

Cons:

Lower prices

1 out of 1

Hertz

5,0

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Newcastle

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11b/50 Clyde Street

+61 2 4967 5223

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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4,0 Mediocre

May 2022

KAYAK
After booking with call centre all details NOOT passed onto collection site. Staff at collection site pleasant but curt as if i was lying about what was said at call centre.

6,0 Okay

Jan 2022

KAYAK
I didn't like the fact that took $265 for bond $ when it should have $ 200 And worse of all they haven't return it to my account yet.

1 out of 1

Firefly

10,0

Wonderful

No reviews available

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2 locations in Newcastle

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Aeropelican Airport

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Williamstown Dve

+61 249 651 360

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keddy by Europcar

6,0

Okay

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3 locations in Newcastle

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15 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West

+61 249 400 364

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20 Denison Street

+61 249 895 750

Monday07:30 - 17:00
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5 Throsby Street

+61 249 400 364

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

4,4

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Newcastle

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In Terminal 1 Williamtown Dr

+61 2 8303 2274

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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National

8,0

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Newcastle

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In Terminal 1 Williamtown Dr

+61 2 8303 2274

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Newcastle

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15 Murray Dwyer Circuit

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849 Hunter Street

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Red Spot

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One location in Newcastle

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Newcastle Airport - Terminal 1

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Shouqi

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One location in Newcastle

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Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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Target Car Rental

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One location in Newcastle

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Williamtown Apt Williamtown Nsw(1), NS

+61 249 651 896

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16 travellers who hired a car in Newcastle gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

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