Car Rental in Gold Coast Airport

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Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Address: Terminal Drive, Bilinga, QL, Queensland, 4225, Australia
Phone: CALL: (61) 2 9353 9000
Hours of Operation: Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM



Where can you fly to from Gold Coast Airport?

Gold Coast Airport hosts flights to a selection of domestic and international locations. In addition to reaching major and regional airports throughout Australia, you can venture to various parts of New Zealand, Asia, and further afield. In total, 420 flights leave Gold Coast Airport every week. It’s served by multiple airlines, including Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand.

Is Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta Airport the same thing?

Yes, Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta Airport are the same facility. Although the names are used interchangeably, you’re more likely to see Gold Coast Airport on your tickets and when making a booking. The airport stopped using the Coolangatta name in 1999 and changed to Gold Coast Airport instead.

How do I get from Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise?

As one of the most popular attractions close to Gold Coast Airport, Surfers Paradise attracts surfers and non-surfers alike. You can reach it with the following directions:

  • Head South West on Terminal Drive
  • Turn right onto Eastern Avenue
  • When you reach the roundabout, take the second exit
  • Turn left onto Gold Coast Highway
  • Take a slight left onto Tugun Currumbin Road
  • Continue straight onto Currumbin Creek Road
  • Turn right and merge onto M1
  • Take exit 87 towards State Highway 3
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to continue onto SH 3
  • Turn right, then left, keep right, turn left, and turn right again

At Avis New Zealand, we’re here to make hiring a car at Gold Coast Airport easier. To see what we can do, check out our fleet.

Renter Requirements

Optional Coverages

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is included in Avis Australia rentals. LDW reduces customer liability from the full value of the Avis vehicle to the standard excess amount.

Excess Options

Excess Reduction (ER), available online or Zero Excess, available at counter in participating locations are optional coverage that further reduces the standard excess.

Please click here for further information.

Credit Card Policies

Avis generally accepted credit and debit cards include; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and an Avis Charge Card. However, some locations may not accept all card types.

At commencement of rental, Avis does not accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card, a travel money card or an EFTPOS card. Avis also does not accept cards presented on phones/watches and doesn't allow contactless payment methods such as pay-wave. A physical credit or debit card must be presented at the start of rental. At the end of the rental, some Avis locations will accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card as a final form of payment.

Please Note: Rentals paid for by a valid credit/debit card will be subject to a card transaction fee of 1.29% (including GST) at time of pick-up.

Pay Now: If the names on the credit card do not match the credit card used at Reservation, it may be deemed as a non-permissible change to your Pay Now reservation. You may be required to cancel and re-book at the current rates (including any reasonable and applicable cancellation fees).

Avis Australia may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. Please see Rental Qualification Policy.

Debit Card Policies

See Credit Card Policy above.

Drivers License

The Driver must (i) hold a full and valid driving licence (not being a learners licence or provisional licence), (ii) have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or official translation (if licence is not in Roman alphabet), (iii) have held their licence for minimum 12 consecutive months immediately prior to signing the Rental Agreement.

An International Driving Permit is not a stand-alone document and this must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence for it to be valid.

Digital drivers licences are only accpeted in the issuing state. If you're travelling interstate you must present a physical (plastic) drivers licence.

Public Liability and Property Damage


Additional Driver Policy

All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers licence requirements as the main renter. Each Additional Driver may be charged a daily fee. A young driver surcharge may apply.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to drive a vehicle with Avis is 21 years of age. All drivers must hold a current, full and valid drivers licence, that has been valid for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. A young driver surcharge may apply.


You may cancel your booking at any time by calling reservations or managing your booking online.


For Pay Now reservations, depending on when you cancel, you may be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.

  • If you need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $82.50 AUD.
  • If you need to cancel within 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $165.00 AUD.
  • If the value of the reservation is less than the cancellation fee, you will not be charged any further amount and will not be entitled to any refund.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pick-up date, a no show fee of the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited.
  • Amounts indicated above are inclusive of GST.

COVID-19 Cancellation Waiver: Until 28 February 2022, we are offering free cancellation on Pay Now Rentals when you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of rental collection.

Fuel Policy

Modifying Your Booking

  • You may change your booking (whether a Pay Now or Pay at Location booking) any time before the day you are due to pick-up the vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available). We will send you a revised booking confirmation email confirming your new booking details. For Pay Now reservations, the additional amount to be paid will be charged at time of rental pick up.
  • For Pay Now reservations, if you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of your payment. This does not detract from your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Modifying or returning your vehicle to a different location, changing the dates or the rental duration, will result in the reservation being recalculated at the new daily rates and any applicable one way fees or other charges may apply.


At the start of your rental, a hold will be placed on your credit/debit card for the total estimated rental charges plus an additional pre-authorisation. You must use an approved payment card that is in your name and has enough funds available.

Passenger Vehicles
Pay later reservations

  • $0 for credit card payments 
  • $200 for debit card payments
  • $200 for all Signature Series vehicles only credit cards are accepted

Pay now reservations

  • $200 for credit card payments 
  • $200 for debit card payments
  • $200 for all Signature Series vehicles only credit cards are accepted

Commercial Vehicles

  • Up to $400 for credit or debit card payments. Please confirm with the pickup location

A pre-authorisation holds an amount of money in your account. Once a pre-authorisation has been held, you will not be able to use that money.

At the end of your rental, the final payment amount will be processed and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released. Depending on your bank, the money is usually released within 7-10 working days. Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.


The collection, use, disclosure and retention of your information, including your personal information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject our Privacy Notice located on our website or in the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement and the Privacy Act 1988.

Rates and Inclusions

The vehicle rental price is calculated based on your requested start and end dates and times, the rental location(s) and the type of vehicle you request. Unless stated otherwise, the price also includes all costs you must pay, for example, administration fees, GST, Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) and any location surcharges.

Rental Qualification Policy

Avis Australia may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. For further information and to download the form please click here.

Signature Series

When renting a vehicle from the Signature Series range specific Terms and Conditions apply.

  • Debit cards are not permitted.
  • At the start of your rental, a hold will be placed on your card for the total estimated rental charges plus an additional pre-authorisation of $200 on credit card.
  • Drivers must hold a full valid drivers licence (not being a learners or provisional licence) and be over 25 years of age.
  • Local Renters - The Local Airport Qualification Form must be completed with 2 contact telephone numbers. A second form of identification will be required for your booking. You will be required to provide proof of your current address that matches your current driver¿s licence. An example of the acceptable form of ID is a current utility or phone bill.
  • Interstate one-way rentals are not permitted on Signature Series vehicles.

Travel Restrictions

Area of Use Restrictions

Restrictions may apply if you intend to take the vehicle outside the local area in which it is being collected. Local driving conditions and restrictions vary between locations, so you must contact the pickup location prior to your rental date for further information. During the ski season, vehicles may not be taken above the snowline (unless advised otherwise). Please contact your selected location for further information.

Where You Can and Cannot Drive the Vehicle

You and any Authorised Driver must not, unless authorised in writing by Avis drive or take the Vehicle:

  • to Gove Peninsula or any island off the coast of Australia (including, but not limited to, Kangaroo Island, Bruny Island, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Groote Eylandt or the Tiwi Islands)
  • to Kangaroo Island; however, if so authorised in writing by Avis, You and any Authorised Driver must not drive the Vehicle between dusk and dawn outside town limits;
  • into or out of the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmania
  • In Queensland
    • on Highway No.27: beyond Chillagoe in a Westerly direction
    • on Highway No.1: beyond Normanton in a Southerly, direction and no further North than Karumba
    • beyond Cooktown to the North or Lakeland to the West and no further North than Cape Tribulation on the Coast Road
    • Or on the Coast Road from Helenvale to Cape Tribulation, or from Laura to Lakeland, unless the Vehicle is a 4 wheel drive vehicle
  • in the snow at any time and anywhere (including Tasmania)
  • above the snow line in New South Wales (being Jindabyne) or Victoria (being Bright), from the beginning of June until the end of September
  • on beaches or through streams, dams, rivers or flood waters
  • in Western Australia:
    • to any parts north of Carnarvon;
    • on the Kalumburu Road, Tanami Road, Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway and Holland Track:
    • on the Gibb River Road, Cape Leveque Road and Windjana Gorge unless the Vehicle is a 4WD Vehicle and is being driven in 4WD mode on these roads;
    • beyond 100 kilometres of the Perth city limits between dusk and dawn; or
    • outside any town or city limits between dusk and dawn.
  • in the Northern Territory:
    • on the Jim Jim Falls Road to Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls; or
    • outside any town or city limits between dusk and dawn.
  • Airside on any airport in Australia unless You have authorisation from Avis in writing.



Other Nearby Locations

Gold Coast Airport Car Hire

Whether you’re arriving here to surf or you’re visiting for business, Gold Coast is an area you must explore. At Budget Australia, we provide a Gold Coast Airport car hire service that’ll help you make the most of your budget. If you need a few ideas for things to do in the area, let’s explore your options together.

How to find our Gold Coast Airport car hire desks

Finding the Gold Coast Airport car hire desks is easy. You’ll find them opposite the arrivals area as you step outside. If you’d rather spend more time driving and less time at the desks, consider downloading the Budget car hire app. Once the app is on your phone, you can use it to hire a car, make changes to your existing booking, and request upgrades. In addition to acting as an excellent time saver, this is also useful for updating your Budget preferred settings.

Your guide to Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport features one main terminal, which is home to the area’s domestic and international flights. Reaching it from Gold Coast City Centre is easy:

  • Start on Lothian Avenue and head east towards Argyle Crescent
  • Turn left onto Campbell Street, then turn right onto Allawah Street
  • Turn left onto Upton Street
  • When you reach the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto State Route 24
  • Turn right onto State Route 3
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit onto M1 and then merge onto the M1
  • Take the Gold Coast Highway to State Route 2
  • Turn left onto Gold Coast Highway
  • Turn left onto Terminal Drive and follow the signs for the airport

Things to do near Gold Coast Airport

When you hire a car at Gold Coast Airport, you’ll find there’s lots for you to explore. If you’re looking for nearby attractions, we have some suggestions:

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

If you’d like to relax after your flight amongst animals, take the 4.5km drive to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Once there, you can pet cuddly creatures and learn more about the area’s conservation efforts. As a heritage-listed zoological garden, it’s a gorgeous attraction that people of all ages love.

Rainbow Bay

As one of the Gold Coast’s most famous bays, Rainbow Bay is popular for a long list of reasons. Most notably, its sandy beaches attract sun worshippers and the waves draw in surfers. It’s just a 4.2km drive from Gold Coast Airport.

Superbee Honeyworld

Although you probably know where honey comes from, seeing the process in action is an experience you cannot miss. Superbee Honeyworld is just 4.2km away from Gold Coast Airport. After learning about the ways bees make honey, you can take a fresh pot home with you.

Our car hire fleet

Thanks to our diverse fleet of cars for hire at Gold Coast Airport, we can serve travellers of all types. Whether you want a small city car or a large SUV, we can meet your needs.

Nearby locations for refuelling

When you hire a car at Gold Coast Airport, you’ll need to return it with a full tank of petrol. Here are some of the nearest refuelling locations:

  • Freedom Fuels in Bilinga
  • Eleven at Palm Beach
  • Shell in Miami
  • Shell in Tugun
  • BP in Tugun

Distances to nearby popular attractions

When you hire a car at Gold Coast Airport and you want to explore a little further afield, there are lots of attractions to choose from. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Warner Bros Movie World 39.9km
  • Burleigh Heads 13.6km
  • Skypoint Observation Deck 21.3km
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast 40km
  • Springbrook National Park 46.5km