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Compare car hire at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)

Melbourne Airport

VroomVroomVroom makes it easy to secure your hire car at Melbourne Airport (MEL). Located around 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, we’ll have your car waiting for you from the moment you step off the plane, whether you’re coming from the domestic or international airport.

Quick facts on hiring a car at Melbourne Airport

🚗 Vehicle typesCar, Commercial Van/Truck, Crossover, Monospace, Passenger Van, SUV, Sport, Ute and Wagon/Estate.
🔑 No. of depotsTen car rental depots at Melbourne Airport.
✅ Rental brandsAlamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, East Coast, Enterprise, Everything Fleet, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty.

Upcoming car rental rates at Melbourne Airport*

Economy Car
Economy Car

Starts at AUD $58/day
From December 08, 2023 to December 13, 2023
Compact Car
Compact Car

Starts at AUD $59/day
From December 08, 2023 to December 13, 2023
Intermediate SUV
Intermediate SUV

Starts at AUD $71/day
From December 09, 2023 to December 12, 2023
Passenger Van
Passenger Van

Starts at AUD $111/day
From December 10, 2023 to December 15, 2023

*Rates last updated on December 05, 2023 Rental rate prices displayed were available in response to a search at 7:01 am on December 05, 2023 by an Australian resident aged between 30 and 69 years old, for the specified travel dates, with a pickup and return time of 10:00 am. Rates and vehicle availability may change without notice. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates. Rates include all mandatory fees for the rental and exclude credit card surcharges and extras.

Car rental depots at Melbourne Airport

Please note that the depot hours below may change at any time without notice.

Alamo Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - sun
    07:00 - 23:30
Avis Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - sun
    06:00 - 23:59
Budget Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - sun
    06:00 - 23:59
Dollar Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - fri
    00:00 - 01:00
    06:00 - 00:00
  • saturday
    07:00 - 22:00
  • sunday
    07:00 - 00:00
East Coast Melbourne Airport * 2 Tarmac Dr
  • mon - fri
    07:00 - 20:00
  • saturday
    07:00 - 16:30
  • sunday
    07:00 - 20:00
Enterprise Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - sun
    07:00 - 23:30
Everything Fleet Melbourne Airport * 133-141 Western Ave
  • mon - sun
    0700:undefined - 1800:undefined
Hertz Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - fri
    00:00 - 01:00
    06:00 - 00:00
  • saturday
    07:00 - 22:00
  • sunday
    07:00 - 00:00
Sixt Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - sun
    06:00 - 23:59
Thrifty Melbourne Airport Terminal Building
  • mon - fri
    00:00 - 01:00
    06:00 - 00:00
  • saturday
    07:00 - 22:00
  • sunday
    07:00 - 00:00
*East Coast and Everything Fleet are off-airport providers, meaning a complimentary shuttle bus will take you directly from the terminal to their site.

Picking up a rental car at Melbourne Airport

There is one terminal and almost a dozen on-site car rental brands to select from at Melbourne Airport. See below for clear instructions on how to find Melbourne Airport’s car hire desks and where to pick up your rental car in each terminal.

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Melbourne Airport orientation: Terminals

Melbourne Airport has four terminals. Terminal 2 handles all international flights and domestic flights are operated out of the other terminals. Melbourne Airport is conveniently all under one roof.

  • Terminal 1 Domestic serves Jetstar and Qantas.
  • Terminal 2 International serves all international flights.
  • Terminal 3 Domestic serves Virgin Australia and Regional Express (Rex).
  • Terminal 4 Domestic serves other domestic flights.

The terminals are all within walking distance from each other, and a walk between T1 and T4 takes around ten minutes.

Melbourne Airport orientation: Transfers

Melbourne’s domestic and international airports are all conveniently located within the same building. Terminal 1 is a ten minute walk from Terminal 4, meaning transferring between flights is easy.

Melbourne Airport’s car hire desks are located next to the front entrance of the ParkRoyal Hotel.
Melbourne Airport’s car hire desks are located next to the front entrance of the ParkRoyal Hotel.

International Terminal 2 and Domestic Terminal 1,3 and 4

Where are the on-airport hire car desks?

There are no car hire desks located inside the four terminals. Instead, the desks for on-airport car rentals are located outside the terminal opposite Terminal 2 on Arrivals Drive, and can be accessed via the walkways from each of the four terminals. The car hire desks for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty are located beside the front entrance of the Park Royal Hotel.

Where are the on-airport hire cars parked?

The on-airport rental cars for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty are located at the ground floor of car park Terminal 1, 2 and 3, on Arrivals Drive.

What should I do if the car hire desk is unattended?

Hopefully the car rental company has left a sign with instructions or a contact number. In this situation, use the number they have provided and let them know that you have arrived or follow the directions out to the car park where a rental attendant will help you.

If there is no sign, check your booking confirmation email for a contact phone number.

If you still have no luck finding assistance, contact us and consider heading to the ground floor of car park to look for uniformed staff to assist you. Don’t be alarmed. It’s not unusual to see unmanned desks, and rest assured there’s usually someone who can help out in the car park where the rental cars are located.

Where are the off-airport hire cars?

If you booked with an off-airport provider, you’ll need to catch a shuttle to the car rental provider’s premises near the airport.

Dropping off a hire car at Melbourne Airport

International Terminal 2 and Domestic Terminal 1,3 and 4

Returning an on-airport hire car

As you drive to the airport, observe the overhead signs, and after you cross the Centre Road traffic lights, stay in the right-hand lane and follow the black and white overhead sign that reads “Car Rental Returns.” On-airport rental cars can be returned at the Terminal car parks in Terminal 1, 2 & 3.

For after-hours returns, there will be a return slot where you will drop off the key. Park and lock the car, then place the car keys in the drop box located in the returns area.

Car hire depots outside Melbourne Airport Terminal 3.
Car hire depots outside Melbourne Airport Terminal 3.

Returning an off-airport hire car

For Bargain Car Rental return the vehicle to the depot located at 3 Annandale Road, Tullamarine. A courtesy shuttle service will take you directly to the designated drop-off point close to the Departure Terminal. The shuttle service is only available within business hours and 20 minutes prior to closing. Please allow approximately 20 minutes for the shuttle to arrive.

For East Coast return the vehicle to the depot located at 2 Tarmac Dr, Tullamarine. A courtesy shuttle service will take you directly to the designated drop-off point close to the Departure Terminal.

The information in this section was last reviewed on May 30, 2023.


Frequently asked questions for Melbourne Airport car rental

How much does it cost to hire a car at Melbourne Airport?

Prices start at AUD $58 per day for an Economy Car, up to AUD $159 per day for a Fullsize SUV. Get a live rate for your planned dates and desired vehicle at Melbourne Airport.

How much does it cost to hire a Luxury SUV at Melbourne Airport?

If you are looking for a Luxury SUV option, the rate is AUD $147 per day. Make sure to check a live rate for your desired car hire dates at Melbourne Airport.

How much does it cost to hire an Electric Car at Melbourne Airport?

If you prefer to plug your car in rather than fill it up, an Electric Car costs between AUD $113 and AUD $176 per day. Enter your car hire dates and find a live rate for your desired Electric Car at Melbourne Airport.

How much does it cost to hire a Minivan or People Mover at Melbourne Airport?

If you’ve got a crowd, but don’t need something as large as a bus, then a 7-seater or 8-seater Minivan hire might be your best option. A Minivan costs between AUD $111 and AUD $258 per day. Check for a live rate by entering your desired car hire dates at Melbourne Airport.

What is the highest-rated hire car at Melbourne Airport?

The highest-rated rental car at Melbourne Airport is Mercedes-Benz V Class or similar, based on ratings by our customers within the last 12 months.

What is the highest-rated car hire provider at Melbourne Airport?

Sixt is the highest-rated car hire provider at Melbourne Airport, based on ratings by our customers.

Is there a 24-hour rental car provider at Melbourne Airport?

There are no 24-hour rental car providers at Melbourne Airport, but selected brands are open until 12 midnight on most days.

If I fly into Melbourne Airport, is it easier to collect a rental car from Melbourne City?

There are a few options to travel from Melbourne Airport to the city. SkyBus Express Bus provides services running between the airport and the city 24/7. Uber, taxies, and other ride-sharing options are also available for travelling between the airport and downtown Melbourne. If convenience is what you prefer, we recommend booking your hire car from an airport depot, but if you have time and are flexible, then collecting from the city centre or other suburban location may be a good option.

What our customers say

Have a look at what VroomVroomVroom customers had to say after they booked a hire car for Melbourne Airport.

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quick and easy. Would like confirmation sent to email, though to improve service. Cheers
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Nice, easy process, with options clearly explained.
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Easy to understand and process
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Easy to understand and process
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