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With a little time to spare and your own set of wheels, you can set out from Melbourne on an unforgettable road trip. The Great Ocean Road is a popular route, and for very good reason—but there are myriad more enticing destinations within reach of the city. Pick up your Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine) rental car and hit the highways. What are you waiting for?
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Car hire locations at Melbourne International Airport
There are two types of rental suppliers providing cars at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport: on-airport suppliers and off-airport suppliers. The latter group will generally have a depot very close to the terminals and offer a free shuttle to arriving and departing customers. You can filter your search results to show exclusively one or the other.
On-airport providers at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport include: Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise, Alamo, Dollar, and National.
Off-airport providers include Alpha, Ace, Jucy, Advance, Bargain, East Coast, and an off-airport Europcar branch. See the map below for accurate locations of each rental supplier.
Explore with your rental car from Melbourne Airport
Fun, arty, trendy, and charming Melbourne has a reputation as a great spot for a city break. From the hip laneways to the sporting stadiums that draw enormous crowds, there’s always something to see and do. Visitors love the cafe culture, diverse restaurants, Queen Victoria Market, and the beaches facing out into Port Phillip Bay.
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (IATA: MEL) is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne, with regularly scheduled domestic and international flights. It has four terminals: one international terminal, two domestic terminals, and a budget domestic terminal. The airport is located 23 kilometres northwest of central Melbourne.
The international terminal offers travellers an array of amenities: shops, eateries, airline lounges, toilets and parents’ rooms, foreign exchange, play areas, showers, chaplaincy, a medical centre, and free WiFi. There are several car parks, and you can book parking on the airport website.
Rental car companies are located directly opposite Terminal 2, the international terminal, on the ground floor of the car park building.
To stay safe and enjoy a road trip that’s memorable for the right reasons, you need to be prepared with a little local driving knowledge. Before you pick up your rental vehicle, read our tips for anyone new to driving in Australia or the Melbourne area.
Drive on the left! Australia is a left-drive country, with drivers sitting on the right-hand side of the vehicle. You may need a bit of time to become accustomed to this arrangement if it is new for you.
- Be aware of trams in Melbourne and how they interact with traffic. Look up “hook turns” and become familiar with them, as they apply on intersections involving tram lines.
- The city has toll roads—CityLink and Eastlink—and tolls are tagged to a licence plate and paid online. Ask your rental provider about the procedure for paying your tolls.
- If you’re heading inland and into the more remote areas of Victoria, make sure you take plenty of food and water in case of a breakdown.
- Distances are posted in kilometres and speeds in kilometres per hour. The default speed limit in Victoria is 50 kph for built-up areas and 100 kph on highways and open roads, but this is subject to variation. Always obey the posted signs.
- The blood alcohol concentration limit for fully licenced drivers in Victoria is 0.05%. We recommend abstaining from alcohol before driving.
Make the most of your Melbourne Airport car hire
There are so many things to see and do in Melbourne and the surrounding region that it can be difficult to decide where to start. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a few suggestions for destinations within half a day’s drive of the city. Take a look and start planning your adventure.
Great Ocean Road
This unforgettable route starts in Torquay, just 100 kilometres from central Melbourne. It’s famous for its coastal scenery including iconic rock formations the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. This is a must-do drive for anyone with a few days to fill and a rental car from Melbourne Airport.
This peninsula is just an hours’ drive from Melbourne and is well known as a destination for holidaymakers. It boasts sea air, local cuisine, boutique wineries, and scores of national parks and reserves. If you’re looking to hit the beach, this is a top choice.
Yarra Ranges National Park
Make the 2.5-hour drive to visit this “local” national park. This is the traditional land of the Wurundjeri People and has some incredible mountain views to behold. It’s also home to spectacular temperate forests featuring the Mountain Ash species, one of the tallest types of trees in the world. Walk through them and wonder at the leafy heights—you may even spot some native wildlife along the way.
Escape the city to Daylesford, a charming town at the centre of Victoria’s spa country. Here you’ll find history to interest the mind and natural mineral springs to relax the body, along with some fabulous farm-to-table local food. If you’re seeking a luxury getaway, this is your top spot.
A coastal suburb of Melbourne, this one’s ideal for those who want a beach day without travelling too far. The colourful bathing boxes are iconic and the perfect photo backdrop. The suburb also boasts a golf course, many op shops (thrift stores), a coastal arts trail, and plenty of places to be fed and watered.
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Car rental Melbourne Airport: Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to hire a car at Melbourne Airport?
The vast array of vehicles from many different suppliers available at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport means that there is a wide range of rental costs. The cheapest rental cars from Melbourne Airport are generally compact cars from off-airport providers and may cost as little as AUD$40 per day. The most expensive luxury cars or larger vehicles like vans may cost as much as AUD$550 per day. To find something that fits your budget, search on the simple GoSee search engine. You can arrange the results by lowest price first or highest price first and use a slider to filter for your price range.
What is the cheapest car hire company at Melbourne Airport?
Cheap rental car suppliers at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) include Apex, Jucy, Alpha, and National. Alamo is an affordable on-airport supplier.
Which car rental suppliers are based in or around Melbourne Airport?
Rental car companies supplying Melbourne Airport include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise, Alamo, Dollar, and National, Alpha, Ace, Jucy, Advance, Bargain, and East Coast.
Which car hire companies in Melbourne have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Most rental companies operating in and around Melbourne Airport have updated policies written in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When searching, keep an eye out for features such as “Enhanced Cleaning” and “Contactless Pick Up” in the listing. Check each company’s website for more information.
Can I collect a car from Melbourne Airport and return it somewhere else?
Yes, many rental car companies operating at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport have spots in other Australian cities and will allow a one-way rental. This may incur a relocation fee. If you’d like to return your vehicle elsewhere, you should specify this when you enter your dates and details into the search panels.
How old do I need to be to rent a car from Melbourne Airport?
Most companies offering hire cars from Melbourne Airport require renters to be at least 21 years of age. There may be a surcharge applied to renters under the age of 25.
Where do I return my rental car at Melbourne Airport?
You will either return your rental car to the off-airport depot from which you picked it up or to the specified rental car return area for on-airport providers. Your booking confirmation will include more details.
Where can I book a hire car at Melbourne Airport?
Right here on GoSee! Our simple and intuitive search engine makes it easy to search, compare, and book a range of rental cars.
Do I need to fill up the tank before returning my rental car?
Yes, you will need to return your car to the depot on or near Melbourne Airport with a full tank. If you do not, the rental supplier will charge a refilling fee.
What is the speed limit in Melbourne?
The default speed limit for built-up areas in Melbourne is 50 kilometres per hour. Highways have a default limit of 100 kilometres per hour. Always check posted signs for accurate information. Please be advised that bigger vehicles, like campervan rentals, may take a bit longer to decelerate or stop compared to cars.