Car sharing

Car sharing

The benefits

Car sharing is a convenient, affordable and sustainable transport option for city residents and businesses. The City of Sydney supports car sharing because it enables more sustainable travel habits and helps keep our businesses and residents connected. It is also an efficient use of parking space – a single car share vehicle can replace up to 12 private vehicles that would otherwise compete for local parking.

Almost  31,000 residents and businesses have joined one of the 3 car share schemes that operate in Sydney. Members can book a car online whenever they need one, and pick it up from one of close to 700 nearby parking spaces.

Car share users are charged by time and distance, at a rate set by each operator. Costs associated with fuel, vehicle maintenance and insurance are usually included in the operator's hire fees. Hourly costs usually range between $6 to $13, plus costs per kilometre.

Car share locations

Use the map below to find an on-street share car near you. The spaces are approximate locations and this map is only a guide.

Please note: We are currently undertaking an audit of car share locations across the local area. As a result, the current map on this page is not accurate and will be updated as soon as possible. In the meantime, we recommend you visit the car share operators listed below for up-to-date locations.

Car share operators

Car Next DoorFlexicarGoGet  

Find a share car near you

Please note, it may take up to 3 months for new car share locations to be updated on this map following Council approval.

Car sharing and the City

The City of Sydney supports car sharing because it is sustainable, practical, and popular with City business and residents.

Car share is an efficient use of parking space, allowing a single vehicle to be used by a large number of people. This reduces congestion and the competition for parking spaces, which ultimately benefits all road users.

Car share also reduces overheads for residents who rarely drive, and do not need to own their own vehicle.

The City has the lowest rate of household car ownership in metropolitan Sydney – about 35% of City households do not own a car, compared to approximately 12% of households across greater Sydney.

We began our car sharing trial in 2007 when 3 car share operators responded to an open expression of interest. Since that time the number of car share members has steadily increased, and since January 2011 membership has grown from approximately 6,100 to almost 31,000. Nearly one-third are business members.

To make sure the public interest is upheld, we impose strict quality and reporting requirements on the car share companies involved:

  • Membership must be available to all local residents and businesses.
  • Vehicles must be fuel efficient and in the lowest emissions category for their type. 
  • 24-hour booking systems must be available.
  • Monthly data must be reported on the use of individual spaces.

In 2012, we commissioned an independent economic appraisal of car sharing in the City of Sydney. The SGS Economics and Planning study found that car sharing has led to an easing of parking congestion and savings to residents of $21 million a year, including $18.5 million in deferred car purchases by residents and business. The study found other benefits include:

  • reduced travel times and traffic congestion
  • reduced parking times
  • personal health improvements from more walking
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions due to less cars on the road
  • more efficient vehicle usage.

You can download the study report and the City's car sharing policy.

The area graph represents the growth in car share members from 3073 members in January 2009 to 30934 members by June 2016. The total members are made up of resident members and business members. The graph shows that since mid-2011 residents have made up approximately 70% of the total members. 

The drop in member numbers in January 2016 is a result of improved spatial analysis and reporting methods carried out by GoGet.

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2018