Car Rental at Melbourne Airport
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates
Toyota Corolla or similar
$48.16 per day
Toyota Corolla or similar
$70.58 per day
MG HS or similar
$78.17 per day
Toyota Corolla or similar
$82.47 per day
Most Popular Car Rental Deals
Mercedes Sedan C200 or similar
$93.46 / per day
Toyota Yaris or similar
$100.51 / per day
Audi A3 or similar
$118.28 / per day
Toyota Camry or similar
$140.45 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:27 on 2023-03-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Average car rental price
$91.51 / per day
Average car rental length
Speed limit within town
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
Average gasoline price
$1.42 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.62 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.14 / 1 liter
Airport Car Rental
Often called the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is a popular tourist destination for a good reason. Home to interesting history, artistic charm, lovely beaches, and a relaxed, creative vibe, it offers plenty of landmarks to see and experiences to try. It’s impossible to list all of the city’s attractions, but, for a start, here are three of them:
- Melbourne Recital Centre. The hometown of many international acts, Melbourne has been called the live music capital of the world, and the Recital Centre is one of its most iconic concert venues. More than 500 performances of various genres take place here every year. As great as the centre is, though, visiting it means just scratching the surface of everything that Melbourne can offer to indefatigable melomaniacs.
- Immigration Museum. For thousands of years before the British arrived, Melbourne was inhabited by indigenous Australians. Fittingly, there are many cultural and educational venues across the city that celebrate this heritage. Equally important to the city’s modern development, however, were immigrants from different European countries, Asia, and other parts of the world who arrived here over the previous two centuries. Located in a picturesque Renaissance Revival building, this fascinating museum is dedicated to telling their stories and deciphering the melting pot that is modern Melbourne.
- Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne is near a number of wild beaches, state forests, and national parks, but it’s also possible to enjoy greenery and nature without leaving the city. Often called one of the best botanical gardens in the world, this large area is home to more than 10,000 species of flora, both local and brought to Australia from all over the planet. Whether you walk among giant ferns or enjoy evening dusk over one of the gardens’ lakes, this is a great place to spend a day out in the sun.
- Dandenong Ranges National Park. Encompassing a territory of forested slopes, Dandenong is one of the nicest nature areas just outside of Melbourne city borders (the drive from the center takes about 40 minutes). Part of the Aboriginal cultural landscape, it is known for hilltop villages, mighty tree ferns, and unique inhabitants such as lyrebirds and powerful owls. Due to some fauna species being easily disturbed, it is not permitted to visit the park with dogs (with the exception of assistance dogs).
Top international routes
- Kuala Lumpur
- Port Macquarie
Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia, Air New Zealand, and Regional Express Airlines
Of the four passenger terminals, T1, T3, and T4 serve domestic flights, while T2 serves all international flights and some domestic flights. It’s a short and easy walk between any two of them.
Melbourne airport is around 23 km (14 mi) from downtown Melbourne. Freeway M2, also known as Tullamarine Freeway or simply the Tulla, is the road that connects the airport to the city.
Most popular types of rental car
- Large cars - from $121 per day
- Medium cars - from $95 per day
- Premium cars - from $116 per day
- Small cars - from $110 per day
- SUVs - from $131 per day
Car rental desks
These are located in various places inside Melbourne airport. Some are in the baggage claim area of each terminal while others are outside the main airport building, close to car parking areas.
Services and facilities
You’ll find many snack bars, cafeterias, and restaurants, as well as shops, stores, and duty-free outlets. T2 offers the biggest choice for both shopping and dining. You’ll also find many ATMs, lounges, baby care facilities, a children’s play area, a health and medical center, four pharmacies, a pet hotel, and showers. The luggage storage service is located in the arrivals area of T2 and is open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The airport’s facilities are equipped for travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.
Nearest gas station
Caltex Star Mart, located at Sharps Rd., Tullamarine VIC 3043, can be reached in about ten minutes and is open 24/7. While other gas stations are closer to the airport, travelers give this Caltex station the highest rating. There are many other gas stations in and around Melbourne.
Popular one-way rentals
- Sydney (856 km / 532 mi)
- Adelaide (727 km / 452 mi)
- Brisbane (1,659 km / 1,031 mi)
- Cloncurry Airport (2,463 km / 1,530 mi)
- Canberra (641 km / 398 mi)
- Perth Airport (3,405 km / 2,116 mi)
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Melbourne Airport (MEL)
- IATA: MEL
- ICAO: YMML
- Name: Melbourne Airport (MEL)
- Size: Large Airport
- Aircraft movements (per year): 234,789
- Passengers (per year): 33,704,854
- Distance from city: 13.7 miles / 22 km NW of town
- Working hours: 24 hours a day
- Phone: +61 3 9297 1600
Top 20 Locations near Melbourne Airport
Car Rental in South Melbourne from $56.65 per day2.7 km / 1.7 miles away
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Car Rental in Melbourne Brighton from $71.11 per day10.7 km / 6.6 miles away
Car Rental in Melbourne Tullamarine from $81.48 per day14.8 km / 9.2 miles away
Car Rental in Melbourne Hoppers Crossing from $81.48 per day22.3 km / 13.9 miles away
Car Rental in Melbourne Bayswater from $70.00 per day28.6 km / 17.8 miles away
Car Rental in Melbourne Dandenong from $42.55 per day29.5 km / 18.4 miles away
Car Rental in Melbourne Frankston from $40.23 per day40.1 km / 24.9 miles away
Car Rental at Avalon Airport from $104.17 per day50.0 km / 31.1 miles away
Car Rental at Bendigo Epsom from $70.17 per day135.3 km / 84.1 miles away
Car Rental at Albury Airport from $52.89 per day262.7 km / 163.3 miles away
Car Rental at Wagga Wagga Airport from $95.69 per day369.9 km / 229.9 miles away
Car Rental at Devonport Airport from $52.20 per day394.4 km / 245.1 miles away
Car Rental at Griffith Airport from $61.56 per day408.0 km / 253.5 miles away
Car Rental at Merimbula Airport from $34.04 per day448.0 km / 278.4 miles away
Car Rental at Launceston Airport from $36.93 per day458.0 km / 284.6 miles away
Car Rental at Canberra Airport from $49.91 per day469.5 km / 291.7 miles away
Car Rental at Mildura Airport from $48.15 per day474.6 km / 294.9 miles away
Car Rental at Hobart Airport from $47.39 per day599.2 km / 372.3 miles away
Car Rental in Wollongong Unanderra from $56.65 per day646.6 km / 401.8 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
When are car rental prices cheapest at Melbourne Airport?
The cost of renting a car at Melbourne Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Melbourne Airport
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Melbourne Airport is August when prices for an Economy class start from $48.08. You can see that this is 20% cheaper than the yearly average and 39% cheaper than renting a car in April (when rental prices start at $78.72 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are just average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!
What’s the most frequent rental length at Melbourne Airport?
Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 9 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average Rental Length
Which is the busiest month for car rental at Melbourne Airport?
Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Melbourne Airport in January, while they are least likely to to rent in in May.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
Car Rental Information
|Popular suppliers||Bargain Car Rentals, SIXT, EastCoast Car Rentals, ADVANCE CAR RENTAL, Jucy|
|Popular car categories||SUVs, Large cars, Medium cars, Vans|
|Lowest price||$48 per day|
|Cheapest supplier||Bargain Car Rentals|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Bargain Car Rentals||Toyota Corolla||4||2||Large cars|
|Bargain Car Rentals||Hyundai Accent||4||2||Medium cars|
|Bargain Car Rentals||Hyundai Kona||4||3||SUVs|
|EastCoast Car Rentals||Hyundai Kona||5||2||SUVs|
|Bargain Car Rentals||Nissan X-Trail||4||2||SUVs|
|SIXT||MG HS Aut.||5||3||SUVs|
|EastCoast Car Rentals||Mitsubishi Lancer||4||2||Medium cars|
|SIXT||Mitsubishi Outlander Aut.||5||3||SUVs|
|Jucy||Toyota Corolla||5||3||Medium cars|
Our Customers' Reviews
Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.
March 22, 2023
March 18, 2023
Melbourne is good place to visit and have holidays.
March 15, 2023
We visited family and friends . Very economical. Toured Yarra Valley
March 14, 2023
Went to an amazing g wedding
March 8, 2023
Peninsula Hot Spring is really good
March 3, 2023
We had a lovely few days in Melbourne and beyond seeing family and friends and spent time exploring the Mornington Peninsula. Our vehicle was well equipped, very reliable and economical.
February 21, 2023
Trip to the university and surrounding suburbs were great. Thumbs up at Victoria market, downtown Melbourne and nice little cafes within the lanes.
February 18, 2023
Was travelling two times with bargain rentals. Once in Melbourne, once in Tasmania. Both were great. For Tasmania I chose a bigger car and it was totally worth it! Much more fun and safer to go through the countryside and see the natural wonders.
February 13, 2023
Family visit, good get together
February 8, 2023
Came for our son’s wedding and had all our family with us so spent most of the time preparing and attending the wedding.
February 2, 2023
Car is new, inside is very clean. Easy to drive.
January 31, 2023
We got an 8 seater car and went to Phillip island for the day, the ease of using cruise control and Lane assist was super helpfull.
January 5, 2023
One of the highlights is the trip from Melbourne to Sydney. Great sceneries of grasslands and sunset. Beautiful seaview along the coastal route.
December 21, 2022
Trip was as expected and went well.
December 20, 2022
Drive to Halls Gaps from Melbourne was a better experience than anticipated as the roads were well maintained and easy to drive even on a people mover. Halls Gap is beautiful and have many different trails to offer for different fitness level. Recommended!
December 11, 2022
Gt ocean Rd , Donovan .Melbourne
November 30, 2022
Just make sure you can call an australian number from your phone or pick a local sim up at airport. Rental place was just off the dual carriageway so picked up car and off we went. When taking back there is a petrol station about 1 minute from the place which is a good place to return it full.
November 29, 2022
We went on the great coast road and called at Torquay, Bella beach, mariners lookout, Erskine falls, 12 apostles, Gibson steps, Koroit, Tower Hill, Geelong, moonlit sanctuary, Arthur’s seat, all the coast of Melbourne thank you!
November 26, 2022
Trentham Falls, Hanging Rock (walk to the top is relatively easy even for a pair of 72 year olds), Children’s cemetery (very moving) near Castlemaine
November 17, 2022
We made a trip from Melbourne to Sydney ( spend the night at Gundagai) toen we drive to Bowral en spend the night in Mittagong en drive to Batemans Bay en finally drive to Eden..so much to see..
November 15, 2022
November 11, 2022
Melbourne awesome place. Overall awesome
November 4, 2022
A beautiful trip along the Great Ocean Road and over to Kangaroo Island. Fantastic scenery, wildlife, and friendly people all along the way. The only thing to be improved was the weather!
October 16, 2022
We did 1800kms in a week. Was wonderful having the flexibility if unlimited kms in our little fuel efficient Hyundi Kona Mini SUV vehicle
October 7, 2022
great experience, easy, friendly and fast
October 7, 2022
We had great regional Victoria Trip that was made easier by the use of hire car.
September 29, 2022
Visitied family and friends
September 29, 2022
Drive up the great ocean road
September 25, 2022
September 15, 2022
Went to the theatre to see "Hamilton"... Amazing. Went to the hot springs in Mornington - lovely. Went to Sassafrass - gorgeous little town and Miss Marple's tea rooms were fabulous!
September 1, 2022
Easy transaction with a free shuttle bus provided at the airport taking us to the rental agency where pick up was super efficient. Vehicle provided was modern, clean and excellent for what we needed. Highly recommend.
July 28, 2022
June 23, 2022
Bright is great. Hamilton island was also great
June 6, 2022
My husband and I wanted a small car. It was new, great to visit family in Melbourne. We were there for 5 days and didn't even use half a tank of petrol. The service from all the staff was fantastic.
May 28, 2022
Could not have been easier
May 3, 2022
toured north Victoria
April 5, 2022
It’s a bit of a pain getting a bud but that can’t be helped. It was a bit confusing finding the pick up point but I’m hopeless with directions. Ethan helped me out heaps though
April 4, 2022
Good value . nice car
March 21, 2022
Travelled to Tasmania on the Ferry, during the day one way and overnight coming back. Trip is about 8 hours. Drove round North West and central Tassie. Cradle Mountain walks are definitely worth doing, but pick your time of year. March is best for stable weather.
January 11, 2022
I did a fair amount of comparison shopping amid this was excellent value comparatively.
January 1, 2022
Easy to book, easy to amend booking and got the car we asked for!
December 31, 2021
Went to geelong. Traffic wasn’t too bad on Xmas day.
December 17, 2021
After landing at Tullamarine late and being told by Head Office in Tasmania that the offices close at 8pm, I had to organise to stay in a motel for the night, an extra cost I didn't need!!!! I was told I couldn't have the car until 8am the next day. We were walking to catch a cab when I noticed the mini bus from your company, this was at 10pm, I spoke with the driver and he was very caring, helpful and reliable. He told me that they knew of the delays and were waiting for all their rental clients. He was so very helpful and told me to never call the 1300 number as they are not kept up to date with delayed flights in other states. I still had to stay in a motel as it was way too late to disturb my hosts. All because of a major misinformation. I was absolutely gutted and ended up needing to borrow money to stay in the motel for the night. Please make sure ALL of your employees are kept up to date with interstate issues. The Jetstar issue we encountered was a country wide problem, something everyone but Head Office in Tasmania knew about. Thank goodness your Melbourne staff were so helpful, otherwise my whole experience would have been plain awful, as it turned out, it was just the beginning of my holiday that was plain awful and not the whole holiday. I praise the Melbourne staff, so lucky the mini bus was at the terminal as we walked by.
December 15, 2021
I am local to Melbourne and rented 4 times while awaiting my new car from overseas. Bargain Car Rental is not in Melbourne Airport but close by via shuttle bus. Please allow at least 30 minutes to return yr car and get bus to terminal as car returns can get very busy and Bargain Car Rental is understaffed atm. Melbourne is a gorgeous city. Visit Southbank, Macedon Ranges, Sunbury, Bendigo gold mines (1hr 30 minute drive). Melbourne is full of cheap food.
December 4, 2021
Take what Bargain Car Rentals have to offer for your next holiday in and around Australia with friendly services and cheap affordable prices to go. Gotta Love Bargains.
July 28, 2021
Changing COVID regulations spoiled our short holiday.
May 6, 2021
Great Ocean Road was nice. Food on the Ocean Road not very good compared to Melbourne
February 7, 2021
Great staff! easy to deal with. Cars always ready to go. The airport shuttle bus is quick to pick you up and drop you off, no hidden fees would recommend and definitely will use again :)
November 7, 2019
Great Ocean Road - Great. 1000 Steps a great workout and excellent views Bendigo and Ballarat interesting cities outside Melboure Halls Gap a great weekend break
October 9, 2019
Of course, if you are leaving the city then you need a vehicle in Australia
Toyota Corolla Sedan
July 16, 2019
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!
United Arab Emirates
April 29, 2019
Nice to drive down the Mornington peninsula or great ocean road.
United States of America (USA)
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.
Car Rental Statistics
Highest rated company
9.39 / 10
Lowest rated company
8.16 / 10
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Top 18 Suppliers at Melbourne Airport in 2023
Terminal Building Tullamarine Airport
$93 - $138
3 Annandale Road, Tullamarine VIC 3045
$48 - $75
Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3043
$123 - $129
Ground Floor, Park Royal Hotel
+61393304442 / +61406316284
A1 Airport Parking 133-141 Western Avenue, Westmeadows, Vic 3049
$93 - $222
Ground Floor, Park Royal Hotel
Ace Rental Cars
+61383128400 / 1800620408
16 Tarmac Drive, Tullamarine
$82 - $172
+611800474258 / +61755558908
2 Tarmac Drive, Tullamarine, 3043
$71 - $152
Arrival Dr, Melbourne Airport VIC 3045
$128 - $164
$108 - $193
Ground Floor, Park Royal Hotel
$108 - $132
77 Queens Lane, VIC3004, Melbourne
$150 - $180
Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3043
$95 - $131
T1, T2, T3 Car Park, Melbourne Airport VIC 3045
$84 - $123
+61385908533 / +61420294357
39 Garden Drive - Shuttle -
1 Silicon Place Tullamarine VIC 3043
$49 - $49
+610393306161 / +61399992626
189 South Centre Rd Tullamarine, VIC 3043
$76 - $141
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