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Why rent a car in Perth?

The capital of Western Australia, set on the banks of the Swan river, Perth has plenty to offer visitors, including more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, plenty of beautiful beaches and waterways, award-winning wineries, adventure activities and more.

A hire car is the perfect way to explore this beautiful city, as well as venture to nearby destinations such as Mandurah (an hour’s drive). A city on the southwest coast known for the Peel-Harvey estuary, Mandurah is home to a wide range of wildlife and migratory waterbirds. Make sure you stop off at Halls Head Beach, where you could encounter a member of the large resident dolphin population.

How to get to and around Perth?

Fly into Perth Airport and from there it’s an easy 20-minute drive into the centre of Perth.

With a hire car at your disposal, you can venture to Rockingham (a 40-minute drive), home to several areas of natural beauty including the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park – a protected marine park with everything from penguins and sea lions to dolphins.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Perth to suit every budget and requirement, from Enterprise and Alamo to Hertz and Europcar.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Perth

East Perth is home to several exciting destinations including the Perth Mint, Australia’s official bullion mint. There, you can take part in one of the hourly tours which includes entry into the Gold Exhibition, where you can view the Guinness World Record-holding Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin. Elsewhere in Perth, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is a popular visit, which contains more than 15,500 works of art including works by Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash and Henry Moore.

Beyond Perth, the port city of Fremantle is just a half-hour drive, where you can experience a taste of life on the inside at the Fremantle Prison, now converted into a museum with exhibits that tell the story of the building and its place in Fremantle society. Meanwhile Margaret River is a three-hour drive from Perth, where you can explore the Ngilgi Cave, associated with an Aboriginal legend that described the battle between the good spirit (Ngilgi) and an evil spirit (Wolgine), lined with stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Tips and tricks for driving in Perth

Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road, with the steering wheel located on the right-hand side of the car. In most states it is illegal to perform a u-turn at a traffic signal, unless otherwise stated, and toll roads are generally found in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney so remember to keep some spare change in the car.

Ready to plan your Perth city break?

Feeling inspired to start exploring Perth and other parts of Australia? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

FAQs for car hire in Perth

What’s the best price car rental in Perth?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Perth.

What’s the average car rental price in Perth?

On average, car rentals in Perth are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Perth?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Perth?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.