Brisbane

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Brisbane?

Do you need a car in Brisbane > Should you rent a car in Brisbane Australia > Brisbane ( BNE )

Our car hire advice for Brisbane starts with quite a few pointers to suggest that a rental car isn’t really necessary, and these include the fact that Brisbane has a well-developed public transport network. This isn’t just obvious and visible in terms of local rail services, which include a direct link to Brisbane airport, but Brisbane also has a well-developed bus system, including a wide range of mass transit bus ways, with two bus tunnels intersecting with each other through the city centre.

Do you need a car in Brisbane? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Needless to say, if you are landing in Brisbane to carry onwards towards the Great Barrier Reef, there are also numerous coastal activities which would involve nothing other than parking up a hire car if you have one, so you’d get little usage out of it.

However, for anything longer than a few days or a weekend, then a hire car is almost certainly going to become very useful, because if you want to visit any of the scenic areas beyond Brisbane and the Gold Coast Metropolis, a hire car is almost certainly going to be best. This advice would apply even more strongly if you plan to head inland, rather than just sticking to the coast.

Why should you rent a car in Brisbane?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Brisbane?

Brisbane Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€115

 #134/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €95

24/300

 

Free parking score

Total 376 - of which 240 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

64%

#76/300

 
  • Generally, a hire car will provide more flexibility, unless you are just staying in the city of Brisbane.
 

Why not? Visiting Brisbane without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Brisbane public transport quick facts

Train score

 

30%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

50%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Brisbane. 

60%

  • Public transport, including local rail and express bus service is relatively good, especially compared to other Australian cities of a similar size (Perth etc).

Ratings

Car rental in - Brisbane Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Brisbane?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Brisbane?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Brisbane?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Brisbane if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Brisbane if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Brisbane if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Brisbane on the Carornocar scale?

8

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Do you need a car in Brisbane? Verdict – yes

 

Would you hire a car in Brisbane?

Have you driven in Brisbane? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Brisbane?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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