Car Hire in Melbourne

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Melbourne Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Big Boy Car Rentals
£ 20.05 / per day
Melbourne Airport
Economy
MG 3 or comparable
MG 3
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alpha car hire
£ 22.56 / per day
Melbourne Footscray
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 22.59 / per day
Melbourne Airport
Compact
Hyundai i30 or comparable
Hyundai i30
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Abaa Car Rentals
£ 24.69 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

City Centre
Full-size SUV
MG HS or comparable
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
£ 26.23 / per day
Melbourne Airport
Standard Extended Cab Pickup
LDV T60 or comparable
LDV T60
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
£ 27.23 / per day
City Centre
Compact Elite Crossover
MG ZS EV or comparable
MG ZS EV
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
£ 32.15 / per day
Melbourne Airport
Economy Elite
Toyota Corolla or comparable
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
£ 35.74 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 03:20 on 2024-04-16.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
AUD
Drive on
Left-hand side
Dialing code
+61
Average car hire price
£ 26 per day
Average car hire length
7 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
100 - 130 km/h or 62 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.01 per litre or £ 3.81 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 0.87 per litre or £ 3.31 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.27 per litre or £ 4.79 / 1 gallon

Why hire a car in Melbourne?

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

Melbourne

One-way Car Hire in Melbourne

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

  • From Melbourne to Brisbane - 34 offers from £ 56.40 per day
  • From Melbourne to Sydney - 42 offers from £ 36.95 per day
  • From Melbourne to Cairns - 16 offers from £ 134.78 per day
  • From Melbourne to Avalon - 9 offers from £ 39.01 per day
  • From Melbourne to Gold Coast - 34 offers from £ 56.40 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.

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

  • 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 VicRoads website.

Ideas for day trips

  • 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 cars

The most hired car in Australia is the Hyundai i20, although travelers also love the Toyota Corolla and the Kia Rio. The most popular 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 Hire Prices in Melbourne

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 38 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 20 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 24 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 44 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 33 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 23 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 23 per day

Money-saving tips

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

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

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Melbourne fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Melbourne
£ 27.04
January
£ 29.40
February
£ 33.17
March
£ 36.54
April
£ 35.47
May
£ 35.78
June
£ 37.52
July
£ 37.37
August
£ 33.49
September
£ 33.43
October
£ 34.17
November
£ 44.63
December
The best month to hire a car in Melbourne is January (when the average price is £ 27.04 per day). This is 22% less than the yearly average and 39% less than hiring in December (when the average price is £ 44.63).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Melbourne?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in February, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in October, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of hire days in Melbourne
8
January
9
February
8
March
8
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Melbourne?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Melbourne is December, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Hire in Melbourne by Monthly Searches
143%
January
109%
February
101%
March
68%
April
65%
May
61%
June
81%
July
72%
August
69%
September
100%
October
123%
November
208%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 24
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Bargain Car Rentals, SIXT, EastCoast Car Rentals, Thrifty, Jucy
Popular car categories SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars, Small cars
Lowest price £ 20 per day
Cheapest supplier Big Boy Car Rentals

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals MG HS 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Bargain Car Rentals Kia Stonic 4 2 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals MG ZS 5 2 SUVs
SIXT Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
SIXT MG HS Aut. 5 3 SUVs
Jucy Hyundai Accent 5 2 Medium cars
SIXT Kia Carnival 5 3 People Carriers
SIXT Mitsubishi Outlander Aut. 5 3 SUVs

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.

United Kingdom
Holden Acadia
8 April 2024
Family wedding
United Kingdom
Hyundai Venue
20 February 2024
Visited friends
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla Hybrid
8 February 2024
Great route and coastal stops between Melbourne and Sidney
United Kingdom
MG HS Aut.
12 November 2023
Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla Sedan
14 October 2023
We used the car to see the highlights of Melbourne
United Kingdom
Hyundai Palisade
26 August 2023
Canberra is well worth the visit
United Kingdom
Hyundai Kona
15 April 2023
We visited family and had some amazing trips to puffing Billy, kabloom, the chocolate factory and many other places a great places can’t wait to come back!
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
13 February 2023
Good drive from Melbourne to Sydney. Would not recommend travelling via Canberra, stick to the coast.
United Kingdom
Hyundai Kona
24 January 2023
Great trip down the great ocean road
United Kingdom
MG HS Aut.
7 January 2023
Did the great ocean drive and the grampions, perfect car for it.
United Kingdom
Hyundai Kona
16 May 2022
Drove the Great Ocean Road for 300km west of Melbourne. Spectacular views, especially the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Twelve Apostles and the koalas at Kennett River!
United Kingdom
Mitsubishi ASX
31 March 2022
Very efficient, lovely car and at a very competitive price 👍
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
GreenMotion
9 / 10
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Lowest rated company
yesaway
6.6 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
120
Total rental companies
28
Average daily price
£ 26.40
Lowest daily price
£ 20.05
Total cars available
1296

Top 28 Suppliers in Melbourne in 2024

GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Exceptional 9 / 62 reviews
1 location
£ 27 - £ 53
ADVANCE CAR RENTAL
ADVANCE CAR RENTAL
Very good 8.8 / 144 reviews
2 locations
£ 31 - £ 172
Bargain Car Rentals
Bargain Car Rentals
Very good 8.7 / 774 reviews
1 location
£ 27 - £ 36
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.7 / 543 reviews
18 locations
£ 23 - £ 131
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Very good 8.7 / 291 review
3 locations
£ 26 - £ 79
Abaa Car Rentals
Abaa Car Rentals
Very good 8.7 / 21 review
1 location
£ 25 - £ 26
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.7 / 13 reviews
3 locations
£ 60 - £ 94
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 44 reviews
1 location
£ 52 - £ 98
Alpha car hire
Alpha car hire
Very good 8.6 / 30 reviews
1 location
£ 23 - £ 34
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.6 / 10 reviews
1 location
£ 36 - £ 45
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.5 / 9 reviews
3 locations
£ 43 - £ 282
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.4 / 116 reviews
14 locations
£ 32 - £ 328
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.4 / 13 reviews
6 locations
£ 38 - £ 113
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.4 / 9 reviews
4 locations
£ 28 - £ 114
National
National
Very good 8.4 / 5 reviews
1 location
£ 63 - £ 105
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 8.2 / 6 reviews
1 location
£ 36 - £ 94
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8
3 locations
£ 34 - £ 155
Kangaroo Rental
Kangaroo Rental
Good 7.9 / 5 reviews
1 location
£ 54 - £ 105
Auz Rental Cars
Auz Rental Cars
Good 7.8 / 7 reviews
1 location
£ 38 - £ 128
Jucy
Jucy
Good 7.7 / 102 reviews
1 location
£ 39
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.7 / 16 reviews
11 locations
£ 33 - £ 84
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7
1 location
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.6 / 62 reviews
11 locations
£ 32 - £ 198
Big Boy Car Rentals
Big Boy Car Rentals
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
1 location
£ 20 - £ 21
JACE
JACE
Good 7.6
1 location
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.5 / 1 review
2 locations
£ 42 - £ 122
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.3
9 locations
£ 32 - £ 119
yesaway
yesaway
Satisfactory 6.6 / 14 reviews
1 location
£ 97 - £ 176
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