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LEADING CAR RENTAL BRANDS AT DARWIN AIRPORT DRW

About Darwin International Airport (DRW)


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Address: Mcmillians Road, Darwin Not (3), 0800, Nt, Nt

  Getting around

Darwin serves as the capital of the Northern Territory, and gateway to an ample array of outdoor recreational activities and historical destinations. As Australia’s tenth-busiest airport, Darwin International Airport is well equipped with transportation options to the city center (8 km / 4 mi) and around Australia’s “Top End.”

Driving is by the most popular means of getting around Darwin and the surrounding attractions. Most visitors to (DRW) will head straight to the car hire counters in the Arrivals Hall, where they’ll find a generous selection of reputable airport car rental brands like Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National.

Although it’s a pleasant 15-minute commute from the airport to downtown Darwin, many popular destinations like Berry Springs Nature Park and Crocosaurus Cove are at least an hour away.

Australia has an extensive system of well-maintained roads and drivers will enjoy light traffic on the highways and plenty of parking in urban areas. However, check with your car rental agent about any restrictions that may apply to travelling in remote or outback areas.

Australia utilizes right-hand drive vehicles, which may pose a problem for drivers from other countries with left-hand drive. Therefore, to minimize your hassle of getting used to driving on “the wrong side of the road,” it’s probably better to rent a car with automatic transmission.

Driving in Australia obviously requires a valid driver’s license, and foreign travelers with an English language license are permitted to drive for three months. For non-English license holders, you’ll need to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your home countries.

  Choosing your car

With such a wide range of destinations and attractions, choosing your car will be one of the most important decisions of your visit to Darwin and the Northern Territory.

The best rides for inter-city driving are small and mid-sized cars such as the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Almera, which have better fuel efficiency (and lower rates). If you’re planning to hit the outback, a four-wheel drive is essential. The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the most popular 4x4 rental vehicles. Meanwhile, if you’re seeking to get around in style and luxury, the easy-to-drive Holden Commodore SV6 seats five passengers and looks sharp on the road. For group travelers, a 7-9 seater people carrier like the Hyundai Imax will comfortably accommodate the crew. Regardless of your travel plans, you’ll have no trouble finding ideal model for your particular needs.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Darwin Airport DRW

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Most rental cars are prohibited from off-road driving; however, most destinations can be reached by paved (sealed) roads

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Driving outside the city at night is strongly discouraged due to the abundance of wildlife activity across the flat terrain

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Check with your airport rental car agency if the vehicle’s insurance waiver covers animal damage — most don’t

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The Northern Territory, and particularly Darwin, is exceptionally hot, so rent a car with air conditioning

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The car rental prices change on a daily basis at (DRW), so shop around for the best rate that fits your budget

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The Northern Territory covers a vast range of acreage, and gas (petrol) stations tend to be few and far between. So keep your eye on the fuel gauge and always be prepared with emergency supplies when traveling great distances

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Darwin Airport DRW

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Darwin Airport DRW?

At all times it is better to book your car rental before you arrive at Darwin Airport DRW. Discounts are rarely applied when you turn up at the pick up desk to book.

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Darwin Airport DRW?

In short, book early when flying into Darwin Airport DRW, since the later you leave it, the more expensive it will become.

There’s a chance that in peak demand periods in Australia that there will be no availability. Also in low season there may be insufficient cars due to low demand. You can generally amend or cancel up to 24 hrs in advance, free of charge.

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3. Does Darwin Airport DRW have cars with 7 seats?

Darwin Airport DRW does have 7 seat vehicles depending on availability. Enter your dates in the search availability box to see what is on offer.

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Darwin Airport DRW to a different drop off location in Australia?

This is usually possible from Darwin Airport DRW but depends on the specific drop off point in Australia. You can check instantly by putting your pick up and drop off requirements into the search box.

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Darwin Airport DRW?

It depends. If you intend to drive straight from Darwin Airport DRW for a short distances or in and around city or urban areas then small to mid size cars will likely be more convenient. For longer distances and greater passenger numbers with luggage, SUV’s and People Carriers (MPV’s) offer more flexibility, convenience and comfort.

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6. Is it better to rent at Darwin Airport DRW or off airport?

This depends on whether the savings obtained from off Darwin Airport DRW are better than the inconvenience in terms of time, both at pick up or on drop off. Offsite Darwin Airport DRW car rental companies usually offer a shuttle from and to the terminal.

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Darwin Airport DRW?

Generally, if you informed the car rental company of your arrival flight into Darwin Airport DRW they will be aware of delays. If you did not, then it is important to notify them by phone or email on the contacts provided on your voucher. Cancelled flights can result in cancelled bookings. Cover yourself with travel insurance to Australia and be prepared to make a new booking for your amended plans.

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Darwin Airport DRW?

To avoid confusion with the car rental company at Darwin Airport DRW it is a good idea to inform them. Sometimes you can return the car without informing them, but you do risk a hefty rate increase without your negotiation, if you do.

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Darwin Airport DRW?

Availability for minivans and people movers at Darwin Airport DRW rentals always depends on demand. Check your exact dates here.

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Darwin Airport DRW?

It is common practice for car rental companies to upsell you to higher levels of insurance at Darwin Airport DRW. You can save a lot of money by using the insurance offered at Cheaperthancars, sometimes which is more than 50%. Also be aware that your travel insurance may also offer you cover for excess waiver in the event of an accident.

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11. What car types are there for rent at Darwin Airport DRW?

There are a range of cars available for rental at Darwin Airport DRW including Toyota Kluger, Kia Carnival, Holden Commodore Estate, and Hyundai i20.

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Darwin Airport DRW?

There is a competitive selection of rental companies offering SUV’s at Darwin Airport DRW including:

  • Keddy By Europcar  Keddy By Europcar
  • Alamo  Alamo
  • Bargain Car Rentals  Bargain Car Rentals
  • Enterprise  Enterprise
  • Europcar  Europcar




After completeing a search for SUV’s on May 15, 2020 we found no SUV’s available at Darwin Airport DRW. This maybe because they are booked out on that day. To check alternative dates, please search here

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Darwin Airport DRW?

Pricing can vary through the month of May at Darwin Airport DRW, but we have provided an indicative price of GBP23 per day for a rental starting on May 15, 2020 with Bargain Car Rentals driving a Hyundai Accent or similar. For an exact quote enter your dates here.

There were insufficient search results returned for Darwin Airport DRW to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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14. What SUV cars are available at Darwin Airport DRW in 3 months time?

There are a number of SUV models currently available at Darwin Airport DRW with Keddy By Europcar, Alamo and Bargain Car Rentals at prices starting from GBP27 per day, in a Holden Trax or similar on an example date of May 15, 2020 for 7 days. For exact quotes enter your dates and selection here.

After completeing a search for SUV’s on May 15, 2020 we found no SUV’s available at Darwin Airport DRW. This maybe because they are booked out on that day. To check alternative dates, please search here

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15. Which rental companies are there at Darwin Airport DRW?

We have listed a selection of 5 rental companies at Darwin Airport DRW. These are:

  • Keddy By Europcar  Keddy By Europcar
  • Alamo  Alamo
  • Bargain Car Rentals  Bargain Car Rentals
  • Enterprise  Enterprise
  • Europcar  Europcar



There were insufficient search results returned for Darwin Airport DRW to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Darwin Airport DRW?

According to feedback from our rental pick up statistics at Darwin Airport DRW it takes an average of 14 mins to collect your vehicle.

We just checked the wait times at Darwin Airport DRW, but unfortunately we do not have any statistics for this location.

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Darwin Airport DRW?

These credit cards, Visa and MasterCard are generally acceptable at Darwin Airport DRW, but it will depend on your car rental company. You can check by searching here.

There were insufficient search results returned for Darwin Airport DRW to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Darwin Airport DRW?

Prices can vary at short notice at Darwin Airport DRW, but right now the cheapest car is a Mitsubishi Mirage or similar for pick up on Saturday morning at 10am, for 2 days costing GBP12 per day. To search for the cheapest car at other times you can check live availability here.

We performed a search of cars for pickup on Saturday morning at 10am, but unfortunately it looks like all cars at Darwin Airport DRW are booked out at that time. To search for other cars at another date or time, please check availability here.

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Darwin Airport DRW and how does this compare to others?

The highest rated car rental company in Darwin Airport DRW is Keddy By Europcar with a score of 8.6 / 10. Here are the top 5:

  • Keddy By Europcar  Keddy By Europcar - 8.6
  • Alamo  Alamo - 8.2
  • Bargain Car Rentals  Bargain Car Rentals - 7.8
  • Enterprise  Enterprise - 7.5
  • Europcar  Europcar - 7

There were insufficient search results returned for Darwin Airport DRW to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Darwin Airport DRW?

Yes, eco friendly cars are available to rent in Australia at Darwin Airport DRW. Some examples listed here are:

  • Hyundai Accent  Hyundai Accent
  • Mitsubishi Mirage  Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Hyundai i20  Hyundai i20
  • Kia Rio  Kia Rio
  • Nissan Micra  Nissan Micra

There were insufficient search results returned for Darwin Airport DRW to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.