If you’re looking to hire a car in Tasmania, you must ensure you have all the correct documents with you to complete your car hire agreement. Hiring a car in Tasmania is straightforward; to go along with your booking confirmation, you must provide a valid driver’s licence and also an International Driver’s Permit, which you can obtain from your local UK post office. Finally, you’ll need a credit card to pay the deposit and for any potential additional charges at the end of the hire.
As soon as you’ve hired your car and started to plan out your journey, it’s recommended to take some time to get used to the roads around Tasmania and make a note of the local driving regulations. As in most countries, wearing a seatbelt is mandatory; so if you’re not wearing a seatbelt, you’ll be subject to a heavy fine by traffic police of around A$ 550 (£296), and an additional charge will apply for any passengers not wearing a seatbelt. When driving with young children in the car, any child under the age of seven must be seated in the back seat, while a booster seat must be used for children aged between four and seven.
Before hiring a car in Tasmania, it’s worth noting a few things prior to signing the paperwork. Make sure you’re receiving the exact model of car that you booked online, this is important because if the model of car is different, the rate may be different as well as the engine size and accessories. Once you have the car you expected and before getting on the road, inspect the vehicle for dents and scrapes, make a note of them and take photographs, then report it to the hire company. Ensure they note the damages down in your paperwork, so you won’t be liable for any costs related to repairs. And finally, check if the car has a full tank of petrol before you drive away.
Book your car hire in Tasmania at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy car hires in Tasmania are around -11% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Tasmania
Tasmania is a big island, and it can take a long time to get from north to south if you’re just relying on buses or trains. With plenty of connections to contemplate, public transport can take a lot of time out of your day, so it’s much more convenient and flexible to hire a car. Tasmania is made for driving; there are even self-drive itineraries, such as the Great Eastern Drive, which is 112 miles of road stretching along the island’s beautiful east coast, along the Tasman Highway A3 from Orford to St Helens. If you’re hiring your car in the capital, Hobart, you can usually reach other major towns such as Launceston within 2h 30min and Devonport in 3h 20min, both via National Highway 1.
Tasmania is a stunning place to visit, especially when exploring the beautiful scenery and ever-changing landscapes by car. However, driving around the island can have its dangers if you’re not aware of the rules of the road. Firstly, make sure to note the general speed limits of 50 km/h (30 mph) in urban areas, 100 km/h (60 mph) in rural areas and 110 km/h (68 mph) on motorways. Though roads are well connected, some can be closed off during severe wet weather, so plan out your route beforehand and check the weather forecast regularly. Also, petrol stations are scarce and can close at night or on Sundays, so it’s good to know where the nearest one is and fill up the tank as often as you can. And finally, watch out for animals on the road, especially during the early hours and at night.
If you want to hire a car in Tasmania, you must be at least 21 years old whilst having held your driving licence for a minimum of two years. Furthermore, some companies do not allow drivers under the age of 25 to hire a car. Most car hire companies apply a young driver surcharge, which is typically charged daily on top of the cost of the hire. Make sure to check your chosen car hire company’s minimum age policy; you can find them when booking your car online through KAYAK.
Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Tasmania.