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Discover Hobart and explore the Apple Isle of Tasmania with a great car rental deal from DriveNow. We compare rates and vehicles to help you find and book the best car at the best price!

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Looking to hire a Car in Hobart? With one easy Search you can compare pricing and vehicles from all the leading Rental companies based in Hobart and book your car quickly and easily with the best available rate.

Despite being situated outside mainland Australia, Hobart is blessed with just as many unmissable road tripping opportunities as Sydney, Brisbane, and other major cities, so securing a car hire in Hobart is a must if you want to properly experience this superb island destination. With so many great locales to enjoy, you’ll want to make sure you rent a car that gets you to them all.

DriveNow takes the hassle out of Hobart car hire by working with the biggest and best brands in the market. Trusted suppliers such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Keddy, Dollar and Thrifty give you a variety of great makes, models, and sizes from which to compare, ensuring you get the keys to the cheapest vehicle that suits your needs. Depots are located in Hobart city, or if you’d prefer to collect the keys as soon as you arrive, DriveNow offers the flexibility of being able to compare bargain car hire from Hobart Airport as well.

In addition to awesome selection and convenience, you’ll also get good, honest pricing. You don’t have to worry about nasty hidden fees, freeing you up to use your money on tickets to check out all the off-the-wall exhibits at MONA or sample the amazing food and drink the city has to offer. All of these perks add up to easy and efficient Hobart car rental deal that will help you to get your trip started off on the right foot.

Why Use DriveNow to Rent a Car in Hobart?

  • Choice from the widest selection of rental companies available
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  • In most instances pay when you collect the vehicle not when you book
  • Receive drive-away rates (excludes young driver surcharge)
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Bargain car rentals in Hobart take the stress out of one of the most vital parts of any enjoyable holiday. We’ve been helping travellers get access to the vehicles they need for more than 17 years and are ready and waiting to help you compare and find the right fit.

Ready to book? Simply enter your dates of travel, decide on the make and model of your Hobart hire car, and place your reservation. It’s quick and easy!

Frequently asked Questions when hiring a car in Hobart

Which car rental companies are available in Hobart?

Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Keddy and Thrifty all have branches located in Hobart.

How long does it take to get from the airport to Hobart CBD?

The distance is about 18km and a 15-20 minute drive on the Tasman Highway.

What sort of vehicles can I rent in Hobart?

Everything from economy and compact size cars through to family and 8-seater vehicles are available along with 4 wheel drives.

Is it easy to find fuel stations in Hobart?

Yes, most are open from 7am to 10pm and you will even find a few 24-hour fuel stations in Hobart.

What kind of license do you need to drive in Tasmania?

A current full and unrestricted driving licence is required when hiring a vehicle. If the licence isn’t in English, you should also carry an International Driving Permit (IDP), issued in your home country.

Driving near a school bus?

If a school bus has warning sign and lights on the maximum speed limit is 40 km/h within 50 metres of the vehicle whether you are behind or coming from the oppsite direction.

Do you have to give way to pedestrians in Hobart?

If a driver is turning left or right at an intersection, the driver must give way to any pedestrian crossing the road the driver is entering. This applies to intersections with and without traffic lights.

What are the speed limits in Hobart?

The speed limit on highways in Tasmania is 100km/h. A 50km/h speed limit applies to urban streets unless otherwise signposted. The maximum speed on all gravel roads is 80km/h.

Can you use a mobile phone while driving in Hobart and surrounds?

No, it is illegal to drive while using a mobile phone. You need to use a hands-free device, or pull over safely to make or receive calls.

Driving Tips for you and your rental car in Hobart

Hiring a car in Hobart is a smart move to help you make the most out of your trip to Tasmania. Before you hit the road, here’s a few driving tips to get you prepped and ready for action.

  • While Tasmania is its own island, it follows the same rules and regulations as mainland Australia when it comes to road safety. This means you’ll drive on the left, must wear a seatbelt, and must have a valid driver’s license.
  • The speed limit on the highway out of Hobart is 100km/h, but don’t expect to be travelling anywhere at high speed. Most of the highways surrounding Hobart are scenic and windy, and should be taken with care. Of course, with views like those in Tassie, you’ll have no wish to drive fast anyway! If you have an itinerary to stick to, make sure to factor these winding roads and photo stops into your plans.
  • If you’re venturing outside of the city in your Hobart hire car, be cautious when driving at night. Tasmania is home to all kinds of wonderful nocturnal animals, some of which won’t be expecting you as they hop out into the road!

Hit These Hobart Road Trips

One of the best things about visiting Tasmania is the opportunity for road tripping. Whether you pick up your car rental at Hobart Airport or collect the keys once you get in to town, a Hobart hire car or campervan rental gives you the freedom to set course for an unforgettable journey around the island.

Cradle Country

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, it’s hard to any better than making your way through Cradle Country. After sorting your car rental at Hobart Airport, take your gear and head out on B31 until you hit National Highway 1 and take it to Devonport, on the north coast of Tasmania. The drive covers around 270km and should take a touch over three hours. From Devonport you are in striking distance of nearby towns Burnie and Wynyard, and can take your pick of dozens of terrific treks of varying distances and difficulties depending on your level of hiking experience and skill.

If you’ve ever wanted to live your Lord of the Rings fantasies out and are serious about trekking, look no further than the Overland Track, one of the best-known walks in the hiking community. This difficult journey takes about six days to complete, so only those keen to sleep under the stars need apply. However, if you’re properly prepared for a challenging 65km march, it doesn’t get much better than the Overland Track. It’s most crowded between October and May, and walkers must make a booking, pay a fee, and travel from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair. Other times of year have no such restrictions.


While Hobart is the state’s capital and most populous city, it’s certainly not the only city worth visiting when you land in Tassie. Launceston is located about 200km north of Hobart and is an ideal destination for those looking for the ultimate Tasmanian road trip.

The drive, which takes about 2.5 hours, is short enough where you can hop in your hire car in Hobart after breakfast and be in Launceston by lunch. Or you can turn the trip into a multiple-day voyage up B31 and National Highway 1.

The Cataract Gorge Reserve, known to locals as “The Gorge,” provides a taste of natural beauty just a few minutes from the Launceston city centre. It won’t cost you a thing to walk across the river or have a swim, and if you’re lucky enough and around in the summer you might even happen upon some peacocks and wallabies as the sun sets.

You can also take your hire car to the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve, located just 10 minutes outside Launceston, for a relaxing, educational experience for visitors both young and old.

Once you’ve finished exploring, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and wine. The region has earned a sterling reputation for excellent eateries and wonderful wines, many of which take advantage of the freshly sourced produce found in the area. If you’re not into the aforementioned grapes, the Boag’s Brewery tour could satisfy your thirst for local adult beverages.

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What You Need to Know about Car Hire at Hobart Airport

Airport Information

Address: Strachan Street, Cambridge, Tasmania, Australia 7170

Code: HBA

Telephone: +61 3 6216 1600

Location: Hobart Airport is located 17km east of Hobart

No. of Terminals: 1

Timezone: GMT/UTC +11:00

Much like the island of Tasmania itself, you will have little trouble navigating your way around Hobart Airport. There is just the one terminal, so you won’t be left having to decipher confusing airport signs or forced to sprint from building to building to find the bag carousel.

With DriveNow, car rental at Hobart Airport is also extremely easy. There are desks inside the arrivals hall from which you’ll be able to pick up the keys to your Hobart hire car from Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Alamo, or Thrifty, before hitting the open road. The two-lane highway leads directly to the city and it takes just 17km before you’re in the heart of town. With a Hobart Airport car hire, your holiday will be underway from the moment you arrive.

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Car rental at Hobart Airport gives you instant access to a set of wheels that will let you dictate the terms of your time in Tasmania. Whether you plan to stay in or around Hobart itself or want to head out on a road trip, Hobart Airport car hire from DriveNow makes it all possible.