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Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY)


Terminal Building,
(Metro), Maroochydore Qld, QL, Queensland, 4558, Australia


CALL: (61) 2 9353 9399

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Mon 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM; Tue - Wed 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM; Thu - Fri 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM; Sat 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Free pickup service available

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.

Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Fastbreak Pick up: Proceed to the Budget Fastbreak line or Budget rental counter. Present your driver licence and receive your rental agreement and keys.

Fastbreak Return: Park the vehicle and lock it. If a return agent is not available in the rental car park, proceed to the rental counter/office with your vehicle keys, mileage and fuel level. You can access your receipt online within 72 hours of returning your vehicle.
General Directions
COUNTER: Located near the arrivals hall in the airport terminal.
CARS: In airport parking lot approx 15 meters from counter.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER HOURS RETURNS: Drop box at counter available 24hr.

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Renter Requirements

Car Rental Sunshine Coast Airport

If you’re travelling to one of Queensland’s popular holiday destinations such as Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, or Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Airport (formerly Maroochydore Airport) offers a convenient transport hub from Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, as well as seasonal flights to Auckland, New Zealand.

There’s so much to explore in this part of Australia, you’ll need to rent a car to make the most of it. Budget offers a variety of vehicles to suit every need, so you can just fly into the airport and drive away.

Budget Car Rental at Sunshine Coast Airport

The Budget car rental counter is in the arrivals hall, next to the baggage collection belts. The counter is open from 9am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 9am – 10pm Friday, and 7.30am – 8.30pm Sunday. The cars are in the airport parking lot, just a 15m walk from the rental counter.

Sunshine Coast Airport Information

Sunshine Coast Airport is located in the town of Marcoola, at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. 

To get to Sunshine Coast Airport from Brisbane, take the M1 north towards Sunshine Coast and turn off on the Sunshine Motorway / State Route 70 towards Pacific Paradise. Follow the signs for the airport at the Mudjimba exit. The total drive takes around 1.5 hours.

If you’re driving south from Noosa, follow the Sunshine Motorway / State Route 70 until the turnoff for the airport. The drive takes about 35 minutes.

The airport has just one terminal and offers flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand. When the flights to New Zealand are running (July to October), the terminal is split into an international and domestic terminal.

Things to See and Do Around Sunshine Coast Airport

Looking for something to do near the airport before your flight? The Sunshine Coast is of course famed for its beaches, so pack a picnic and head to Mooloolaba beach, Maroochydore beach, Coolum Beach or Mudjimba beach. They’re all within 15 minutes’ drive of the airport and offer a beautiful place to enjoy a walk or swim.

However, if you’re all beached out, the area around Sunshine Coast Airport has plenty of other attractions.

The SEA LIFE Aquarium in Mooloolaba is popular with families and offers a variety of encounters with ocean life such as sea cucumbers and starfish, and a seal show.

The Ginger Factory at nearby Yandina is a ginger-themed park with a factory tour, train ride, and gardens. There’s also a ginger shop and café where you can buy ginger products such as sweets, marmalades, and ice cream.

If you have kids who need to burn off some energy before the flight, consider spending the day at Aqua Fun Park.This inflatable water park located within the Novotel Twin Waters Resort is home to the world’s tallest floating slide and is lots of fun for the whole family.

Fuel Locations Near Sunshine Coast Airport

Don’t forget to fuel up before you return your rental car to budget. There’s a BP at Pacific Paradise Service Centre on Route 6, south of the airport, and 7-Eleven Marcola at 946-948 David Low Way also has a petrol station.

Budget Australia Fleet Information

Budget car rental offers a variety of vehicles to suit your needs and budget. From compact cars to 4WDs, vans, and premium cars, you can choose the vehicle that suits you best.

Our economy vehicle models include the Holden Spark, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio Hatch, Nissan Micra, Mitsubishi Mirage and Suzuki Swift. If you're after a full-size car, you'll be offered a Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry, Ford Falcon, Kia Optima or Nissan Maxima.

Distances from Sunshine Coast Airport

  • Coolum Beach 12km
  • Mooloolaba Beach 13km
  • The Big Pineapple 20km
  • Kings Beach 28km
  • Noosa National Park 30km
  • Australia Zoo 40km
  • Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World 46km
  • Glass House Mountains 50km
  • Brisbane 112km

Sunshine Coast Airport FAQs

What time does Sunshine Coast airport close?

The airport closes one hour after the last flight and overnight stays are not permitted.

What airlines fly into Sunshine Coast?

Jetstar offers multiple daily flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne, and three flights a week to Adelaide. Virgin Australia flies daily to Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas flies daily to Sydney, and Air New Zealand offers 2-4 flights to Auckland each week July to October. Alliance Airlines also offers charter flights from Sunshine Coast Airport.

Does the Sunshine Coast have an airport?

Yes, Sunshine Coast Airport, formerly known as Maroochydore Airport (MCY) is located in Marcoola, Sunshine Coast.