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Why rent a car in Paddington?

Paddington is one of the trendiest parts of Sydney and lies in the heart of the eastern suburbs. With Oxford Street, Darlinghurst and the famous Paddington Markets all part of ‘Paddo’, as locals call it, there’s plenty to see and do in the area. You’re also within striking distance of the southern beaches and Sydney harbour, with Rushcutters Bay just a little distance away. To really make the most of staying in Paddington, hiring a car will help you spread your wings and explore the area.

How to get to and around Paddington?

Sydney Airport - known to locals as Kingsford Smith – is well served by international flights from around the world. You can find direct flights from the UK or take a stopover on the way. Sydney is the main entry point to Australia for most travellers and Sydney Airport is well served with car hire options. You can easily pick up a car here and head to Paddington along the M1. It’s just under eight miles away and shouldn’t take much more than 15 minutes.

Hiring a car in Paddington city centre

If you’re staying in Paddington the best options for car hire are to be found on William Street, playing host to most of the major car rental brands. Parking in Paddo isn’t easy though – there’s a lot of competition for parking spaces. Typically the car rental companies open from about 7.30am to 6pm on weekdays and until 4.30pm on weekends.

What brands are available?

Paddington and Sydney Airport have a mix of global brands and local options for car rental. International rental car brands include Avis, Budget, Sixt and Thrifty, while local Australian companies include East Coast, Bayswater and Redspot. At the airport, cars are available from 6am to 11pm daily.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Paddington

Paddington makes all of Sydney accessible, whether you want to see the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House or the Royal Botanic Gardens with the cheeky ibises and chattering kookaburras. Take a drive over the bridge to the north shore and Manly, about 15 miles away, or head 50 miles west to the Blue Mountains in just over an hour.

South along Princes Highway is Wollongong, the third largest city in New South Wales. The 51-mile route takes you through the Royal National Park, a beautiful area with great cliffs and views over the Pacific Ocean, in just over an hour and a half.

For the best views of Sydney Harbour from the south side, Potts Point is the place to go. The mansions built in the 19th century are some of the most sought-after residences in Sydney and there’s stacks of restaurants and cafes, just a 10-minute drive from Paddington, traffic permitting.

Tips and tricks for driving in Sydney

Paddington’s narrow streets and popularity mean that parking can be an issue – check the street signs to make sure you’re eligible. Bus lanes are heavily policed and you’ll find them tempting when the traffic builds up, especially on Oxford Street. Out of town, the roads are pleasant if you’re heading along the coast, but the western sprawl up to the Blue Mountains can be tedious. Speed limits are 25mph in most areas, rising to 37mph in some places.

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