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Car Rental in Melbourne

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$23.34 / per day
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Melbourne Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Bargain Car Rentals
$23.84 / per day
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Melbourne Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$23.84 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$24.01 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$24.29 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$25.25 / per day
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Melbourne Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
$26.31 / per day
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Melbourne Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$27.00 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:13 on 2021-01-15. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.3

Why rent a car in Melbourne?

It is a great idea to explore Melbourne by car as you’ll be able to first explore this unique city and then set out on a longer adventure along the state of Victoria.

Melbourne Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Melbourne

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Melbourne and drop off in another city include:

  • From Melbourne to Brisbane - 34 offers from US$ 79.51 per day
  • From Melbourne to Sydney - 42 offers from US$ 52.09 per day
  • From Melbourne to Cairns - 16 offers from US$ 189.99 per day
  • From Melbourne to Avalon - 9 offers from US$ 54.99 per day
  • From Melbourne to Gold Coast - 34 offers from US$ 79.51 per day

Top ways to enter Melbourne

  • Melbourne Airport: The second-busiest in Australia, Melbourne Tullamarine Airport handled 37 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for Jetstar, Qantas, and Virgin, and is served by around 30 other airlines. Located 22 km (13.7 mi) north of the city center, the airport can be reached in 20-30 minutes.

Useful city facts

  • Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate. The summers, which in Southern hemisphere typically last from December to February, are very hot while winters are short and mild. The average high temperature is 26.6 °C (79.9 °F) in February, the warmest month, and 14.2 °C (57.6 °F) in June, the coldest. The precipitation is rather even throughout the year, with a small increase from October to December.
  • Melbourne has often been named as one of the most liveable cities in the world. In The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking of 2019, it ranked second, behind only in Vienna in Austria and ahead of Sydney, Osaka in Japan, and Calgary in Canada. Factors like high quality of healthcare and other public services, good educational opportunities, and diverse cultural life contributed to Melbourne’s high ranking.
  • With more than 4.9 million inhabitants as of 2019, Melbourne is the second-most populated city in Australia. Nearly 75% of the inhabitants of the state of Victoria (which is about as large as the United Kingdom) and 20% of all Australians live in or near the city. The Greater Melbourne is made up of 23 divisions.

Top destinations and activities

  • Royal Botanic Gardens. Covering a vast area in Melbourne and its suburbs, the botanical gardens are home to more than 8,500 unique species of plants, as well as different birds and animals, some of which you might be lucky enough to spot on a relaxing day out there.
  • Fitzroy. Fun, quirky, and always in fashion, Fitzroy is probably the hippest place you’ll find for thousands of kilometers if every direction. It is as easy to make new friends here as to get lost in the cozy bookshops, art galleries, and small concert venues.
  • Melbourne Zoo. Australia’s oldest zoo is a large and modern nature area where about 320 species of animals live. You can observe most of the domestic marsupial and other animal species here, as well as to visit the Orangutan Sanctuary, look at penguins in the Wild Sea exhibit, and see the pride of the zoo, the Trail of the Elephants.
  • National Gallery of Victoria. The National Gallery is the oldest, largest, and most visited museum in Australia. Also called simply the NGV, it houses an impressive array of paintings, statues, prints, photographs, and other artwork. There are exhibitions of both the indigenous art and contemporary Australian artists, as well as works by such globally renowned old masters as Degas, El Greco, Rothko, and Renoir. Other interesting museums in Melbourne include the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Old Treasury Building and Gold Museum, Immigration Museum and many others.

Traffic and parking tips

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia are the wildlife. Take extra caution when driving in bad weather or after dark as this is when most of the collisions with wildlife take place.
  • Mobile coverage is very rarely available outside of major highways and population centers, so take extra caution when traveling in nature areas.
  • Another great risk when traveling outside of main highways is the heat. The temperatures can reach extremes very easily, especially during the summer months and in inland areas. Always stay properly hydrated and set out your route in advance to be able to supplement your water supplies.
  • Driving under the influence laws differ from territory to territory in Australia. In Victoria, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers with provisional licences. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a driver licence ban.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The primary, nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000. Victoria state emergency number is 131 444.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. In Victoria, there are two active toll roads, Linkt (formerly known as CityLink) and EastLink. 

Most toll roads in Australia use an “open roll system” with mainline barrier toll points. All toll roads in Australia use cashless payment system. You can purchase a prepaid pass for most toll roads. Some rental cars in Australia are equipped with an electronic toll responder the price of which is usually included in the rental price. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nation-wide fee system in place. 

For more information about the toll roads in the state of Victoria, visit the website of the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) of South Australia.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • The Great Ocean Road. More of a route for a road trip than a single destination, driving the Great Ocean Road is one of the best ways to experience the scenic beauty of Victoria state. See the coastal cliffs near the Apollo Bay, watch koalas in the surrounding eucalypt forests, and stop at stunning beaches along the way - the Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage for a reason.
  • Phillip Island. Less than three hours drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island and the nature park of the same name is known for its famous inhabitants - penguins and seals (statistically, there are more of the latter on the island than there area humans). The opportunities to observe both species are plenty.
  • Yarra Valley. Having won as many awards as their counterparts in Bordeaux and Burgundy, Yarra Valley is Australia’s number one wine destination. The wines are best sampled together with some delicious local food in one of the many area’s restaurants. If you can, set aside not one, but at least a couple of days for a full experience so that you and your travel buddy (or buddies) can take turns in enjoying the wines.
  • Yarra Ranges National Park. Part of the same Yarra Valley area, Yarra Ranges is one of the largest national parks in Victoria. Made up of winding paths that crisscross the temperate rainforest and mountain ash woodlands, this is a great place to enjoy a day outdoors. The national park is home to the emblematic slender fern tree, as well as wildlife species such as wombats, kangaroos, and different types of platypuses. Located about 160 km (100 miles) from Melbourne, the area can be reached in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. If you wish to avoid going there and back again on the same day, there are a number of hotels and bed & breakfasts in the immediate vicinity of the park. Other beautiful nature areas about the same distance from Melbourne include Wilsons Promontory National Park, Great Otway National Park, and Grampians National Park.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Australia is the Hyundai i20, although travelers also love the Toyota Corolla and the Kia Rio. The most popular rental car types are economy, standard, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Alpine National Park. Located in the Central Highlands of Victoria, this national park is a great place to explore for its beautiful wooded areas, long hiking trails, and accessible summits. Rest in the shade of the beautiful snow gum tree, then travel further to nearby Kosciuszko National Park in neighboring New South Wales.
  • Sydney. About nine hours drive northeast, Sydney is one of the most famous world cities for a good reason. Travel there for its famous harbour, unique architecture, and many nature areas nearby.
  • Tasmania. There are a bunch of cozy towns and villages on the island of Tasmania, but the number one attraction is its unique, untamed wilderness. If you want to travel from Melbourne to Tasmania with a rental car, you’ll have to take a ferry, so it’s good to first ask your car rental provider if they permit it.
  • Bellarine Peninsula. Just over an hour’s drive southwest of Melbourne, Bellarine is situated around the area where Port Phillip Bay meets the ocean. Famous for its beautiful beaches and surfing opportunities; marine wildlife like southern humpback whales and sea lions; and relaxed atmosphere, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. The main settlement on the peninsula is Geelong, but a number of smaller, equally nice towns and villages are scattered along the coast.

Car Rental Prices in Melbourne

  • Large cars - from $50 per day
  • Medium cars - from $48 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $107 per day
  • Premium cars - from $69 per day
  • Small cars - from $54 per day
  • SUVs - from $58 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Follow these tips to get the best rental car deal in Melbourne:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Melbourne is the cheapest in October when renting a car is more than 70% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Cities near Melbourne

  1. Hobart Car Rentals from $96.39 per day
    617.0 km / 383.4 miles away
  2. Sydney Car Rentals from $30.01 per day
    713.1 km / 443.1 miles away
  3. Richmond Car Rentals from $36.37 per day
    21.2 km / 13.2 miles away
  4. Launceston Car Rentals from $75.45 per day
    476.0 km / 295.8 miles away
  5. Adelaide Car Rentals from $32.93 per day
    641.7 km / 398.7 miles away
  6. Canberra Car Rentals from $39.03 per day
    469.6 km / 291.8 miles away
  7. Avalon Car Rentals from $36.81 per day
    52.3 km / 32.5 miles away
  8. Preston Car Rentals from $30.66 per day
    15.7 km / 9.7 miles away
  9. Newcastle Car Rentals from $34.57 per day
    834.7 km / 518.6 miles away
  10. Devonport Car Rentals from $96.19 per day
    412.0 km / 256.0 miles away
  11. Mildura Car Rentals from $30.38 per day
    456.3 km / 283.6 miles away
  12. Broken Hill Car Rentals from $34.33 per day
    701.6 km / 436.0 miles away
  13. Taree Car Rentals from $104.52 per day
    949.9 km / 590.3 miles away
  14. Tamworth Car Rentals from $41.60 per day
    918.2 km / 570.6 miles away
  15. Albury Car Rentals from $30.17 per day
    259.3 km / 161.1 miles away
  16. Dubbo Car Rentals from $31.09 per day
    695.4 km / 432.1 miles away
  17. Wagga Wagga Car Rentals from $31.09 per day
    364.7 km / 226.6 miles away
  18. Cooma Car Rentals from $28.64 per day
    414.8 km / 257.8 miles away
  19. Bathurst Car Rentals from $34.57 per day
    643.3 km / 399.7 miles away
  20. Dandenong Car Rentals from $36.81 per day
    47.5 km / 29.5 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Melbourne

  1. 18.3 km / 11.3 miles away
  2. Avalon Airport Car Rentals from $36.81 per day
    50.0 km / 31.1 miles away
  3. Albury Airport Car Rentals from $30.17 per day
    262.7 km / 163.3 miles away
  4. 369.9 km / 229.9 miles away
  5. Devonport Ferry Car Rentals from $89.82 per day
    393.6 km / 244.6 miles away
  6. 394.4 km / 245.1 miles away
  7. Griffith Airport Car Rentals from $32.93 per day
    408.0 km / 253.5 miles away
  8. Cooma Polo Flat Car Rentals from $28.64 per day
    411.2 km / 255.5 miles away
  9. 448.0 km / 278.4 miles away
  10. 458.0 km / 284.6 miles away
  11. Canberra Airport Car Rentals from $39.03 per day
    469.5 km / 291.7 miles away
  12. Mildura Airport Car Rentals from $30.38 per day
    474.6 km / 294.9 miles away
  13. Parkes Airport Car Rentals from $32.93 per day
    598.9 km / 372.1 miles away
  14. Hobart Airport Car Rentals from $96.39 per day
    599.2 km / 372.3 miles away
  15. Bathurst Airport Car Rentals from $34.57 per day
    647.3 km / 402.2 miles away
  16. Adelaide Airport Car Rentals from $32.93 per day
    657.6 km / 408.6 miles away
  17. Dubbo Airport Car Rentals from $31.09 per day
    703.5 km / 437.1 miles away
  18. Sydney Airport Car Rentals from $28.30 per day
    705.9 km / 438.6 miles away
  19. 719.7 km / 447.2 miles away
  20. 836.3 km / 519.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Melbourne?

Car rental prices in Melbourne vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Melbourne
$13.29
January
$35.56
February
$38.10
March
$27.70
April
$18.55
May
$29.81
June
$52.91
July
$44.13
August
$31.85
September
$37.70
October
$27.75
November
$16.19
December
The best month to rent a car in Melbourne is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $13.29). This is 57% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $52.91 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Melbourne?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in June, travelers rent a car for an average of 11 days in October, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Melbourne
10
January
8
February
8
March
10
April
10
May
11
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Melbourne?

While travelers visit Melbourne year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is August.
Popularity of Car Rental in Melbourne by Monthly Searches
9%
January
461%
February
454%
March
April
May
June
July
August
30%
September
27%
October
109%
November
110%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 5 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Kona 4 3 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Nissan X-Trail 4 2 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 2 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 4 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 5 1 Small cars
Bargain Car Rentals Holden Commodore 4 2 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

India
Nissan X-Trail
January 9, 2021
Visited regional Victoria and really liked the places
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla 5d
July 1, 2019
Great pick up at airport and such friendly staff. It was GREAT to drive into your yard at the end of our trip and find staff outside ready to transfer our bags to link to airport. We could not fault your service from beginning to end!
Singapore
Toyota Corolla Sedan
June 15, 2019
Very nice place. Beautiful beaches and scenery.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
May 14, 2019
It would be convenient to hire a car to travel in Melbourne and also scenic locations around Melbourne. Driving in Melbourne is quite pleasant and could save travelling time to various destinations.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
May 7, 2019
Melbourne is great - if u want to leave the CBD a car is a great asset
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
February 25, 2019
Driving inside the inner city is not recommended due to occasional difficulties with GPS accuracy and the tight streets, but it's straightforward to find paid parking and it saves time when going to places like St. Kilda. You should definitely have a car so that you can make the trip out to Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing road trip, as well as some of the other locations about 2 hours out of the city like Yarra Ranges National Park, Philip Island, and the You Yangs.
United Kingdom
Toyota RAV4
January 15, 2019
loved melbourne wonderfull city
Australia
Hyundai i40
December 16, 2018
Car hire is not necessary if staying in central Melbourne due to excellent public transport. However if going further a field then car hire is useful and I would certainly recommend Atlas Car Hire
United States of America (USA)
Kia Sportage
December 10, 2018
We found it very confusing to drive in Melbourne city (we're from US) but we managed. We got to where we wanted to go without any accidents :-) but the city was stressful driving. Outside of city was great. The Great Ocean Road drive was nice to do. But if you're just staying in the city, I'd get a shuttle from airport.
Australia
Kia Rio
December 6, 2018
A nice historic location, be aware of the trams. Road roles are slightly varied for them.

Top 12 Suppliers in Melbourne in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+61393351177
T1 Departure drive, Melbourne Airport, Melbourne VIC 3045
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+61393351177
T1 Departure drive, Melbourne Airport, Melbourne VIC 3045
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610392416800
Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3043
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610392416800
Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3043
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+610448415044
Melbourne Airport 39-41 Freight Road
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0391318809
Melbourne Airport, Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3045, Australia
Working hours
Mon:07:30-17:00
Tue:07:30-17:00
Wed:07:30-17:00
Thu:07:30-17:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Sun:08:00-12:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
0393351177
Ground Floor, Park Royal Hotel
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.5
+611800474258 / +61755558908
2 Tarmac Drive, Tullamarine, 3043
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-18:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-15:00
Sun:08:00-15:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
0391318801
Melbourne Airport, Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3045, Australia
Working hours
Mon:07:30-17:00
Tue:07:30-17:00
Wed:07:30-17:00
Thu:07:30-17:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-12:00
Sun:08:00-12:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.3
+61755558908
2 Tarmac Drive, Tullamarine
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+61134733
Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport 10/14 Centre Rd Melbourne 3045
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
61393380255 / 3172487251
16-20 Tullamarine Park Road
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