Renting a car at Melbourne Airport couldn’t be easier. The second-busiest airport in Australia, Tullamarine is always bustling with people and getting busier all the time. So, if you’re planning on renting a car, let us take the wheel. With four terminals to negotiate, use our knowledge and expertise to locate and drive away your vehicle as soon as possible.
There are a number of reasons why our website is the best for car rental – but our primary strengths are the impartial, wide-ranging selection of suppliers, customer support and low-price guarantee. And we have numerous positive online reviews from international customers. It’s time for you to get the best car hire deal.
Choice is the key
We offer a unique, user-friendly search engine, with hundreds of thousands of business and leisure renters having trusted us previously with their bookings – the numbers speak for themselves. All you need to do is input your travel details and click the yellow search button. There is no hidden agenda with our website – so you get a full selection of hire companies, from major names to smaller, independent companies. At Melbourne Airport, you can pick from the likes of Alamo, Budget, Hertz and Europcar – or look at more independent, smaller operators, such as East Coast Car Rentals and Cruisin’ Oz.
Once you’ve begun the search, the cheapest option will appear at the top of the page. It’s here where you can select exactly what you want. From two-door to four-door, sporty to 4WD, people-carrier to mini-van, all the options are there. Maybe you require a roof-rack for some outdoor pursuits… or just want a smaller, more fuel-efficient car. Whether it’s Nissan, Mitsbushi, Honda or BMW, the variety we offer is sure to impress.
Getting to know Tullamarine Airport
There are six car-rental companies on site at Melbourne Airport.
However, you don’t have to book with one of these companies. Some firms will offer you a free shuttle from the airport to their depot. Check when you book – all the information on Melbourne is available on the site. There are four terminals. One deals with Qantas and Jetstar domestic; T2 operates for international flights; T3 Virgin Australia and REX domestic flights; T4 Tiger Airways domestic. The airport is around a 15-minute drive to the city centre.
Just the facts – the specifics of Melbourne car hire
The only way you can make the right decision is to have as much information as possible. Once you have uploaded your details into the search engine, you will be connected to the rental suppliers. The cars will be listed, then you can then find out everything you need to know about the vehicle. Passage and luggage capacity are of prime importance, as are the full specifications and transmission. A green tick indicates immediate availability, while a number 24 indicates availability confirmation in 24 hours.
The filtering option is another easy-to-use function of our website. You can opt for airport vehicle pick-up only. Or you may choose to take a shuttle to an off-site depot, which could be cheaper. You can also filter by availability, passenger numbers, fleet and class. The site also advises you of school holiday times – very handy.
That little bit extra online
We keep the car rental process as simple as possible, but there are also numerous added bonuses. Our extensive team of experts is on call 24 hours a day on weekdays, 12 hours a day on weekends, to assist with any queries or problems – and we’re more than happy to help and go that extra mile for customers.
Most vehicles have free cancellation and the same applies to amendments. We also offer a lowest-price guarantee. If you happen to find a better deal for the same brand, travel dates and locations on another site, we will beat that price by $1, subject to terms and conditions. We also offer a 25% discount on DriveEasy Excess Cover.
Tips for the roads of Melbourne
Arriving in a new town isn’t always easy, especially driving a hire car on the roads of Victoria. So here’s some handy driving guidance:
● You must be 21 to hire a car and be in possession of a full Australian or UK/International Driver’s Licence.
● Perhaps invest in a GPS to keep you on the straight and narrow!
● Double-check with the hire company where you can and cannot drive the vehicle. Use their local knowledge.
● Parking is readily available – it generally costs $2 an hour.
● You can tell if you’re approaching a toll road by the blue and yellow signage. The two operators are Transurban and ConnectEast. Some hire companies will attach an electronic tag to the windscreen and there can be additional charges. Again, check when you collect your vehicle, so you know exactly what you could end up paying for.
A world of Melbourne road trips
Car hire is the perfect method of transport from Melbourne, as there are so many fantastic driving adventures to enjoy. The most obvious is the Great Ocean Road – considered Australia’s finest coastal drive. But there’s also Melbourne to Sydney, Phillip Island, fantastic wine excursions and beaches galore. In case you would want to stay in the area, you could go to Ballarat if you are interested in learning more about the Australian Gold Rush. You probably won’t have time to fit it all in.
The final word on car hire…
Due to our experience and comprehensive airport rental network, we offer convenience and cost-effectiveness. Making sense of the complicated world of car hire isn’t always easy – and that’s why we are here. A dedicated customer service team, special deals and a huge variety of rental options mean you can get on with your holiday as soon as possible. Don’t delay, book today.
Places to Stay, Things to do and spots to wine & dine in and around Melbourne
The Grain Store
Get amongst Melbourne’s famous dining scene with a lunch, brunch or breakfast at The Grain Store. It is found right in the trendy and exciting Laneways area in the central city, making it the perfect urban experience to add to a car rental holiday from Melbourne. Fresh, seasonal local produce with few additives is the focus of The Grain Store, and you’ll find great examples of it on their menus. Originally from Germany, Head Chef Ingo Meissner has cooked around the globe. He specialises in delicious, rustic European and Mediterranean dishes. You can get breakfast or lunch on weekdays and on the weekends there’s a brunch menu too - a fantastic way to break up a day of sightseeing and retail therapy in Melbourne.
Where: 517 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 7am to 4pm, weekends 8am to 4pm
Melbourne-based, not-for-profit gallery and theatre Fortyfivedownstairs is a spectacular space displaying the works of an extensive range of talented musicians, artists and theatrical performers. One of Melbourne's most acclaimed creative hubs, Fortyfivedownstairs is a unique space, with all galleries and stages below street level. Head on in off the footpath and venture down the stairs to experience the different creative areas. You’ll arrive at the gallery on the first floor down where you can view artists’ pieces in all their glory. Another floor down you’ll find the cosy theatre, perfect for intimate shows and performances. Located in the heart of Melbourne, Fortyfivedownstairs is 45 minute drive in your rental car from Melbourne Airport, and is a must visit while you’re in the city.
Where: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
No matter the occasion, the Phillip Island RSL has got you covered for food and drinks in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Head into the Lone Pine family dining area and enjoy the al fresco dining on the patio, let the kids roam in a safe environment at the playground, try your luck on the pokies or TAB, and have a friendly tournament on the pool tables. The full drinks menu and range of meal options will keep you well fed and watered for a great price, and you can sit back and relax in this cosy local. Drive down to Phillip Island for a few days of relaxation with your Melbourne car rental. The Phillip Island RSL is a fantastic venue that features modern comfortable surrounds with a great range of food and beverage options. Perfect for any occasions such as birthdays, wedding, functions or just a great night out.
Where: 225-243 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Victoria 392
Opening hours: 9am - 1am Monday to Saturday, 10am - 1am Sundays.
Flying into Melbourne Airport, you will be presented with a range of options for car hire. From family wagons to economical compact cars, it’s all there - but you need to know how to find it. Here’s a quick guide to the rental suppliers in Melbourne and what they have to offer.
On Airport Rental Brands
Avis Car Rentals is located at Melbourne Airport, Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3045. It also has car hire depots around the city including one right downtown at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 123 Collins Street. Avis rental cars are late model and come in all shapes and sizes including specialty rentals like coupes and 4WDs.
Budget Car Rental is easy to find, with a counter at Melbourne Airport, Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3045. There are also multiple Budget car hire depots dotted around Melbourne both downtown and in the suburbs. Their range of late-model cars covers the full spectrum from economy hatchback to passenger van.
Europcar’s in airport counter at Melbourne Airport, Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3045 is in addition to a city location at 89 Franklin Street. Their modern fleet of vehicles includes small, medium and full size models and vans, and they also have a popular range of luxury vehicles including BMWs and Mini Coopers.
Hertz Car Rental can be found in the terminals at Melbourne Airport, Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3045, and also in their downtown location at 97 Franklin Street. Their late model vehicles include the usual range of sizes as well as some interesting options in their “Adrenaline” and “Prestige” collections available for hire.
Redspot Car Rental is an Australian-owned company with an in-terminal desk at Melbourne Airport, Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3045 and a downtown depot at 34-60 Little Collins Street. Their well-maintained fleet has an average age of six months, and range from small runabouts like a Mitsubishi Mirage to people movers like the Kia Carnival.
Thrifty Car Rental is located in the terminal at Melbourne Airport, Arrivals Drive, Melbourne, VIC 3045 and also services a downtown depot at 390 Elizabeth Street. Their fleet includes more than 20 separate car hire categories of late-model vehicles for great choice.
AutoEurope Car Rental will be a repackaging of one of the brands you see above, probably Europcar or Thrifty, so be sure to read your rental confirmation clearly. Booking under the AutoEurope brand can get you great savings!
Apollo Car Rental is serviced by Hertz in Melbourne Airport with different terms and conditions, so keep a lookout for the Hertz Melbourne car hire counter. These can often be a very good price depending on the time of year.
Firefly Car Rental is also serviced by Hertz and can be found at the Hertz counter in Melbourne Airport. It’s often possible to get a bargain on the same cars available for rental.
Keddy by Europcar is partnered with Europcar and has very affordable prices at certain times of the year. They are serviced by the Europcar desk at Melbourne Airport.
Off Airport Rental Brands
East Coast Car Rentals is to be found just off the airport at 2 Tarmac Drive, Tullamarine, VIC 3043. Their range of modern rentals spans from a compact or metro car (Suzuki Swift) to a 12-seater minibus. A free shuttle bus picks up and drops off customers at the terminals so customers can pick up their Melbourne car hire.
Atlas Car Rental has a depot at 29 Catalina Drive, not far from Melbourne Airport. Their free shuttle during business hours makes it easy to get to the fleet of late-model vehicles which range from small cars like a Hyundai i20 to SUVs like a Nissan Dualis.
Bargain Car Rental has a great range of new cars available for hire at their depot, located at 10 Smolic Court, Tullamarine, VIC 3043. Their small, medium and large rental vehicles are well-maintained and they offer a free pick up and drop off service from the airport for extra convenience.
Alpha Car Rental has a depot close by Melbourne Airport at 33 Catalina Drive, Tullamarine, VIC 3043. Their fleet of late-model and reasonably priced vehicles includes compact, intermediate and family-sized sedans, SUVs and people movers. Their courtesy shuttle will collect you from the airport to pick up your Melbourne car hire.
Advance Car Rental is located minutes away from the Melbourne Airport terminals at 7 Adina Court, Tullamarine, Vic 3034. They can rent you a car 24/7 and arrange a pick up and drop off at the airport, too. Their wide range of vehicles begins with three-door cars and goes all the way up to 12-seater vans.
Ace Rental Cars has a depot near the airport at 16 Tullamarine Park Road, and also offers car hire at the Hertz building in downtown Melbourne. They offer economy, tourist and family sedan vehicles which are a little older than the usual rental car but at great prices and a courtesy shuttle service available for all flights.
Melbourne is a city that’s so effortlessly cool and carefree that it makes it hard to leave. It’s the capital of Victoria but is known as the cultural capital of Australia with its many suburbs alive with old architecture, rooftop bars and eateries, and one art museum, gallery or attraction after the other. It’s part of the famous Great Ocean Road route, so is an idyllic spot to start any road trip or to simply discover on its own. Check out where you can pick up your Australia Airport Car Rental vehicle at the locations listed below and which companies operate in each one.
Melbourne Domestic Airport
The Melbourne Airport - also known as the Tullamarine Airport - includes three domestic terminals; T1, T2, and T4. The airport itself is just over 20 kilometres from the city centre, and both the domestic and international terminals are within the same building, making it easy for travellers to move between the two. Picking up a Melbourne Airport car hire as soon as you get off the plane is a great way to hit the road sooner, and the domestic terminal offers numerous options including Europcar, East Coast Car Rentals, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, Honk, Thrifty, Redspot, Bargain Car Rentals, Ace Rental Cars Australia, AutoEruope, Firefly, Apollo Rental Cars, Alpha Car Hire, Keddy by Europcar, Advance Car Rental Jucy Car Rentals, Alamo, Sixt, Dollar, and Enterprise Australia.
Melbourne International Airport
Melbourne International Airport is under the same roof as the Domestic Airport, so it’s easy to find your way between the two. You’ll find all international departures and arrivals at Terminal 2. You can grab a Melbourne car hire vehicle from any of the big name rental companies and many of the smaller ones from Melbourne International Airport, including Europcar, East Coast Car Rentals, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, Honk, Redspot Car Rentals, Bargain Car Rentals, Ace Rental Cars Australia, AutoEurope, Apollo Rental Cars, and Advance Car Rental.
The suburb of Airport West in Melbourne is a quick 20-minute drive in a Melbourne car hire to the CBD, or a quicker 10-minute drive to the main airport. It is so named due to its location compared to the city’s original airfield by Essendon Airport, which is now only used for lighter aircraft and freight. You can pick up a car hire from Budget Australia in Airport West.
Located roughly 10 kilometres east of Melbourne central, Balwyn is a mid-sized suburb that’s close to town but far enough away to avoid busy traffic. It’s a 35-minute drive from the airport to Balwyn, or 20 minutes from the CBD in a Melbourne car hire. It’s a great place to start any road trip that heads west either on the M1 or M3. Here, you can pick up a rental from the Budget Australia depot.
The Melbourne suburb of Bayswater is out west of the city. It will take approximately 35 minutes to drive this distance, or you can take the train from Bayswater Station. The suburb is perhaps most well known for Bayswater Park, a sporting ground with facilities for netball, tennis, cricket, and football. Car hire depots here include Budget and Thrifty Australia.
Blackburn is another suburb to the east of central Melbourne, this time approximately 25 minutes via the M3. Its proximity to the M3 makes it a good starting point for road trips, as you can easy head out of the city or straight into it in your car hire. There are a variety of rental companies operating in Blackburn including Europcar, Budget, Avis, Honk, and Thrifty.
Box Hill is roughly 20 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, but with a major transport hub including the 109 tram line and several bus routes, it’s easy to get here in order to pick up a rental vehicle. Box Hill is also known as a retail hub, so might be a perfect destination for savvy shoppers. You can pick up Melbourne car rental vehicles from Budget Australia in Box Hill.
Brooklyn is just 10 kilometres west of the city centre, or roughly 25 kilometres south of Melbourne Airport. It is chiefly known as an industrial centre and could be a good spot to start a road trip heading west in a car hire, as it’s located very near to both the M8 and M1. Hertz Australia is the only rental company operating out of Brooklyn.
Bundoora is a suburb 20 kilometres north of the centre centre and 20 kilometres west of the main airport. It is where you will find the Bundoora Campus of La Trobe University, as well as a campus for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. You can grab a Melbourne car hire vehicle to explore Melbourne and surrounds in Bundoora from Budget Australia.
Camberwell is conveniently located to the Melbourne city centre at just 11 kilometres east of the city. It’s also close to the M1 motorway for easy travelling to and from the CBD or out towards the southeast. Budget Australia offers a variety of car rental vehicles from its Camberwell location.
It takes roughly 30 minutes to drive from Caroline Springs to Melbourne CBD in good traffic conditions, or a little over 20 minutes from this western suburb to the airport. A new train station is currently being built in the suburb for more travel options, but a car hire is still the best way to get around in Caroline Springs. You can pick up yours from Avis Australia.
The suburb of Clayton lies 20 kilometres southeast of Melbourne city, not far from the M1 turn off and the Monash University Clayton Campus. It’s a major transport hub with the Clayton Railway Station offering links for all over the city. If you’re driving in Clayton, you can pick up your car hire to explore Melbourne and its surrounds here from Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Honk, or Thrifty.
The suburb of Dandenong is roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Melbourne City. It takes approximately 50 minutes to cover this distance by train or car. Dandenong is a good place to stay if you’re looking to explore the outer areas of Melbourne such as the Mornington Peninsula, which is directly south of Dandenong. You can pick up a Melbourne car hire to get started from Europcar, Hertz, Budget, or Thrifty.
Docklands suburb is only 2 kilometres from the CBD, and is a thriving hub of popular attractions, events, and waterside scenery. As well as a variety of entertainment options, Docklands is known as an enviable business location. Docklands car rental depots include Europcar, Budget, and Avis.
Melbourne’s Downtown area is the heart of it all with restaurants, shops, performance venues, art centres and more all in a compact location. It’s the perfect base for exploring the city and surrounds and is never short on things to see and do. From here, you can hire a car from rental depots such as Europcar, East Coast Car Rentals, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, Honk, Thrifty, Redspot, Ace Rental Cars, Apollo Rental Cars, or Advance Car Rental.
Footscray is just outside the Melbourne CBD, roughly 6.5 kilometres from the centre and 20 kilometres south of Melbourne Airport. The suburb is known for its diverse culture and huge array of dining options. Car rental depots in Footscray are Europcar, Budget, Avis, and Thrifty.
Frankston is an outer suburb of Melbourne, a little more than 40 kilometres southeast of the city, just north of the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a convenient location for anyone looking to explore the peninsula in a Melbourne car hire, the city, the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. Rental depots in Frankston include Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Honk, and Thrifty.
Hoppers Crossing is west of Melbourne, a drive that takes roughly 30 minutes by car. It’s accessible by train, or you can pick up a car rental from Thrifty Australia to get around.
Mitcham is a suburb roughly 25 kilometres east of Melbourne, not far from the M3 and only another 20 kilometres from the Dandenong Ranges. The suburb has two railway stations that can help get you around the city, or you can pick up a car rental from the Hertz Mitcham depot.
Moorabbin is a suburb located 16 kilometres southeast of the Melbourne CBD, which is an easy drive straight down National Route Alt 1 and the Princess Highway. You can access Moorabbin via train or bus, or you can rent a car to explore Melbourne from one of the depots in the suburb - Europcar, Avis, or Thrifty.
Preston is due north of Melbourne by roughly 10 kilometres, and is a 30-minute drive in a car hire from Melbourne Airport. It’s known for its many restaurants and shopping opportunities, and is easily accessible by train, tram, or bus. To easily get around on your own time, pick up your rental car from Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, Honk, or Thrifty.
Richmond is just one suburb east of the Melbourne CBD, making it an ideal place to stay for easy access to the centre of the city. Both the Capital City Trail and the Yarra River Trail (biking routes) pass through Richmond, and multiple tram, train and bus lines make it highly accessible from the city in a car hire. Rental depots in Richmond include Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, and Keddy by Europcar.
South Melbourne is located just a couple of kilometres south of the CBD over the Yarra River. It’s a great destination for those who love day and night markets, and is full of fantastic restaurants and bars. You can hire a vehicle in South Melbourne from Europcar, Avis or Thrifty.
You’ll find South Yarra just over the Yarra River, 6 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. This suburb is one of the older areas in Melbourne, and is known for its shopping, social scene, and markets. Your Melbourne car rental depot options in South Yarra include Hertz, Budget, Avis, and Honk.
The suburb of Southbank is about as close as you’ll get to the Melbourne CBD. It’s directly across the Yarra River and is where you’ll find many of Melbourne’s premier attractions such as Eureka Tower, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Start exploring Melbourne here with a car hire from Budget or Honk.
St Kilda is a beach-side suburb less than 10 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. It is home to Luna Park and St Kilda Beach, and offers a fantastic mix of Victorian and Edwardian homes. It’s easy to get to from Melbourne via tram, or you can hire a car from Honk or Europcar to get around.
The suburb of Tullamarine offers a few residential areas, but it most notable for being close to the Melbourne Airport, which is only 5 kilometres away. As it’s situated between the airport and the city, it’s a convenient location for those who will need to travel between the two. Rental depots in this location include Europcar, Honk, Thrifty, Bargain Car Rentals, Ace Rental Cars, Alpha Car Hire, and Keddy by Europcar.
Werribee lies just over 30 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, which will take roughly an hour to drive in a car hire. Despite the distance, Werribee is a popular attraction thanks to its numerous tourist hotspots such as the Open Range Zoo, the Victoria State Rose Garden, and Werribee Park. You can pick up rental vehicles here from Hertz Australia.