About Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal (BNE)
Address: Terminal Building Brisbane Airport, Terminal Building, Brisbane, 4007, Qld
Once considered a quiet riverside town, Brisbane is now the bustling capital city of Queensland and home to Australia’s third busiest airport (BNE). You’ll find a comprehensive selection of airport car rental desks located on Level 1 of the domestic terminal, where you’ll find a proper selection of major car hire brands such as Budget, Enterprise, and Thrifty.
It’s a breezy 20-minute drive between the airport and Brisbane’s Central Business District, unless you’re traveling during rush hours. The fastest route into the city is via Airport Drive, which connects to the Airport Link and the M3, which will take you into town. There’s a toll charge to access the Airport Link — as well as certain other roads in Brisbane — which cannot be paid in cash. Most Brisbane Airport car rental agencies offer toll payment programs but make sure it’s included in your rental agreement. Otherwise, you can purchase a Go Via pass online in advance of your trip.
Keep in mind that Australian roads and vehicles are right-hand drive, so it may be best to avoid cars with manual transmission if you’re used to left-hand driving. Also, visitors will English language driver’s licenses are free to drive in Australia. All others must acquire an International Driver’s Permit from their home countries before driving in Australia.
Choosing your car
Brisbane is the gateway to a wide range of destinations, so it’s important to consider your agenda when choosing your car. And you may have specific preferences for make, model, size and color. Fortunately, Brisbane Airport car rental options are plentiful.
Compact and economy options such as the Kia Rio and Toyota Corolla are best suited for city driving. If you need a little more room for baggage and passengers, an intermediate vehicle such as the Hyundai i30 is good for urban cruising, too. Travelers heading out to the Gold Coast may want to rent a Mitsubishi X-trail SUV in order to get a better view of the road. And of course, groups and families will find a number of 7-9 seater options available — the Kia Grand Carnival is a popular choice.
Tips and advice
Parking in Brisbane’s CBD is competitive and costly, with steep fines for metered violations.
Brisbane is laid out on a somewhat confusing grid of one-way streets, so a GPS will take a lot of the stress out of city driving.
Avoid driving in the city during peak times during the weekday if possible. Note that the CBD is fairly compact, so you may want to find a parking spot and explore on foot. Parking in the CBD is free from 6:00 PM on weekdays and noon on Saturday — as well as all day Sunday.
You must be 21 years or older to rent a car in Australia.
To avoid car hire “one-way fees”, be sure to pick up and drop off your rental car at (BNE).
The default speed limit in residential and urban areas is 50 km/ph, and goes up to 110 km/ph on freeways and toll roads.