One of the questions we often get asked is about travelling around in Hobart – how can guests get a taxi, where to rent a car, or simply how to get around using public transport? So we’re sharing some information and tips to get around in Hobart. Hope this helps 🙂
Hiring a Car
Driving is a wonderful way to see the countryside, and most Tassie roads are easy to travel on. We list below a few of the car rental companies that have manned kiosks at Hobart Airport and in Hobart CBD.
- Avis: Tel: 136 333
- Bargain Car Rentals: Tel – 1300 729 230
- Budget: Tel – 1300 362 848
- Europcar: Tel – 1300 131 390
- Hertz: Tel – 1300 030 500
- Redspot: Tel – 1300 668 810
- Thrifty: Tel – 1300 367 227
You can also ride an Uber in Hobart.
Rental cars book out very quickly over peak tourist seasons, such as Christmas or Dark Mofo , so we highly recommend booking in advance.
If you are an overseas visitor, some companies might require an International Drivers License. Please confirm with your car hire company beforehand.
Getting your Own Vehicle
You can also bring your own vehicle via the Spirit of Tasmania. The cost would be about the same amount as a flight from the mainland and you save the cost of hiring a car. The Spirit sails between Melbourne and Devonport, so you will reach Devonport around 6am you started your journey in the evening, or 6pm if it was a day sail.
Getting a Taxi / Cab
You can order a taxi over the phone, or find one at an official taxi rank, or simply stick out your arm if you spot a cab with its roof light illuminated.
Some companies that you can call to book a cab are:
- 13CABS: Tel 13 22 27
- 13ecab: Tel 13 22 22
- 131008 Hobart: Tel 13 10 08
- Yellow Cabs: Tel 13 19 24
Your cab driver may or may not help with the luggage. Sometimes, they might just pop the boot open for you.
Mostly, the taxi companies are quick to respond. However, just like rental cars, taxis can be difficult to find at busy times like New Year’s Eve etc. Book ahead.
Using Public Transport
Buses are the essential form of public transport as there are no rail services in Tasmania. To plan bus travel in and around Hobart, you can download the Metro Tas app or use Metro Tas’ trip planner. The Metro Shop, located on the ground floor at 22 Elizabeth Street in the Hobart City bus mall, can also help with any enquires related to timetables and services.
Do confirm public transport options beforehand to be sure if relying on public transport will suffice. E.g. To get to Mt Wellington, you would need a tour bus as Metro buses only run a service to Fern Tree. Note that public transport options are limited at night and over the weekends.
Bus tickets can be purchased onboard the bus, or you can use a rechargeable Greencard to simply swipe, move on and skip the queue.
Long Beach House Guests
We provide guests with free on site car parking for the duration of the stay. There are also 2 bus stops near Long Beach House – one at 625 Sandy Bay Road and another opposite 530 Churchill Avenue. Both have frequent bus services to the city.
Disclaimer: We do not claim responsibility for the accuracy of the information above, make no warranties or representations as to the suitability or otherwise of the companies listed above, nor do we accept any responsibility or liability in relation to any matter howsoever arising out of any contract or arrangement based on the information above. We reserve the right to remove any entry at any time.