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LOCATION OVERVIEW

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located approximately 25 kilometres north west of Melbourne CBD in Victoria, Australia. By car it takes approximately 25 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic, travelling via the Tullamarine Freeway to reach the Melbourne CBD.

Melbourne Airport is also the gateway to wider Victorian experiences such as the Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Mt Buller and Falls Creek ski fields.

Melbourne Airport services both domestic and international flights and has 4 terminals. Terminal 1 is for Qantas domestic flights, Terminal 2 services international flights, Terminal 3 services Virgin Australia flights while Terminal 4 services Tiger Airlines, Jetstar, REX and Air North.

Car rental desks are location at Terminal 1 ground level opposite baggage area 1. Terminals 2 and 3 car rental desks are located within terminal 3 ground floor opposite the baggage 2 and 3 area. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise have rental counters at Melbourne Airport.

The car rental companies also have rental offices underneath the ParkRoyal Hotel opposite Terminal 3. If the rental counter in the airport terminal is unattended, you can go to their alternate office at this location for service. There are also a number of car rental companies such as East Coast Car Rental operating near the office. Rentals with off airport providers can often be cheaper than on airport however a little less convenient requiring a shuttle bus or taxi trip to the car rental pick up location.

CAR RENTAL OVERVIEW

Melbourne Airport Address: Arrival Drive, Melbourne Airport VIC 3045, Australia
Number of On-site Suppliers: 6 (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Thrifty and Hertz)
Car Rental Opening Hours: Car rental is available between 5am and 2am at Melbourne Airport, 7 days per week.

Hertz Melbourne Airport: Mon - Sun 5am - 2am
Avis Melbourne Airport: Mon - Sun 5am - 12 Midnight
Budget Melbourne Airport: Monday - Sunday 5am - 12 Midnight
Thrifty Melbourne Airport: Monday - Sunday 6am - 11.30pm
Europcar Melbourne Airport: Monday - Friday 6am - 12 midnight
Enterprise Melbourne Airport: Monday - Friday 5am - 1am

REAL CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK FOR MELBOURNE AIRPORT:

The best way to get an idea of renting a car is to read about fellow traveller’s real recent experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Melbourne Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Rhiannon (June 2019): Rhiannon collected a compact car from Europcar at Melbourne Airport. She found the pickup and drop off experience easy. She rated the condition of the Hyundai Accent a 10/10. She was in Melbourne for a holiday which lasted for 3 weeks.

Craig (June 2019): Craig collected a rental car from Enterprise at Melbourne Airport for 4 days. He booked an Intermediate SUV and rated the condition of the vehicle a 7/10 as he felt it was an older model. His piece of advice is to work around peak times for pickup and drop off times to avoid delays as he was traveling for Business and was held up when collecting his car due to the depot be busy with fellow customers.

Tim (June 2019): Tim collected an Avis rental car. He booked an Intermediate car and was provided with a Hyundai Accent. He rated the condition of the vehicle 10/10 and was happy with the pickup and drop off process. He was in Melbourne for a 2 day holiday.

Alan (June 2019): Alan arrived at Melbourne Airport and collected a rental car from Europcar. He was allocated a Nissan SUV from their Intermediate SUV category. He rated the condition of the hire car 8/10 and felt that it could do with a service. He traveled for work and was in Melbourne for 2 days. Alan said it was all okay when collecting and returning the rental car.

Why hire a car from Melbourne Airport at VroomVroomVroom

There are a lot of reasons to hire a car at Melbourne Airport with VroomVroomVroom. Here are some of the advantages of booking with us.
  • Save Time. Making the most of your time in Melbourne is a must, whether you are visiting for pleasure or business. And booking a car rental will help you to do this. There's no need to waste time waiting for buses or taxis when you book a hire car from the depot. Checking out and then driving out will be over in a jiffy.
  • Be Flexible. Having your own reliable rental car at your disposal allows you to move around the city at your leisure. There is no need to base your day around timetables or cut an awesome shopping trip short because you are relying on others for transport. A car rental in Melbourne Airport equals pure independence.
  • Great rates. We have negotiated with our car hire partners so we can provide the best rates. Read our Price Promise for more details.
  • Convenience. If you prefer hiring a car outside the airport, we also have a great selection of rental car depots in the city where you can pick-up and drop-off your vehicle. Check out our page on Melbourne Car Hire for more details on the city and rental cars.
  • Wide selection of cars. Finding the perfect rental car is easy since we compare all sorts of vehicles - ranging from economy to luxury cars. We also compare campervan rentals in Melbourne.
  • Trusted since 2001. We have been helping people book a rental car for more than 15 years. Let us help you as well! Feel free to contact us anytime.

Driving tips in Melbourne Airport

Melbourne, like many of the main cities in Australia have toll roads. Ensuring that you pay your tolls and have the information you need to pay for them will help you so that you don't find nasty fees or fines when your holiday comes to an end. Check out the toll charges in Australia so you will know the actual cost and terms of payment.

So, you are ready to drive your hire car, seatbelt on, ready to point the front of the car at Melbourne… but you are not really sure where that is. Perhaps it might be a great idea to check out the official website of Melbourne Airport and have a map beforehand, to see the location of the airport.

One thing to be aware of when driving your car towards the city is the Tullamarine Freeway. You will be charged a fee to take this route so you may need to obtain a CityLink pass. It is best to get in touch with your chosen car rental company about this. If you want to avoid this road, you can always travel toll-free via the Western Ring Road to reach the CBD.

Parking at Melbourne Airport

Whether you are looking for a short-term or long-term parking, an outdoor or indoor parking, you can easily find your ideal car park at VroomVroomVroom. We have listed down all the car park suppliers at Melbourne Airport so you can save time searching online. Click here to see the parking options at Melbourne Airport.

Travelling with your little one? Save money by hiring baby seats

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There are some airlines that allow babies or toddlers to travel for free if you have your own baby seats. However, you can also rent one when you arrive at the airport since it is essential to use child seats when renting a car.

VroomVroomVroom highly recommends " Just Take the Kids." The baby and child equipment hire provider offers a hassle-free, friendly and reliable service to parents visiting Melbourne with their families.

They offer a large range of car seats to suit all budgets. All car seats are cleaned and undergo a safety check before each hire. Car seats are fitted by trained and accredited restraint fitters. Have your car seats installed in your hire car prior to your arrival.

Other products also available for hire include prams, strollers, portacots, highchairs, toys plus more. Just Take the Kids offer delivery service at the airport 7 days a week between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on child car seats, check out VroomVroomVroom's baby seats guide.

FAQs about hiring a car from Melbourne Airport

Where do I collect my rental car?

The ground floor of the car park opposite terminal 3, underneath the Parkroyal Melbourne Airport hotel. You will find offices for each of the rental car companies at the ground level of the car park. Exit the terminal and walk across the road using the ParkRoyal as your landmark.​

Where do I return my rental car?​​

As you approach the airport and cross the centre road traffic lights, stay in the far right-hand lane that is marked ‘car rental returns’. Follow the signs into the carpark drop off area and park in a car park that is labelled with your chosen car rental company’s name eg. Hertz or as directed by the rental staff.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?​​​

No. Unless your car is particularly dirty eg. you have driven on muddy dirt roads, then there is no need to wash the car before you return it to the rental car depot.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Melbourne Airport?

BP Service Centre at Centre Road and Melbourne Drive, Melbourne Airport, Victoria, 3045. To find the service station, drive past the airport terminal as though you are returning to the City and you’ll see the BP petrol station next to McDonald's. After refuelling, you can loop back to the car rental returns area.

Alternatively, if you refuel the car to full within a 20 kilometre radius on your way to the airport, the gauge should remain full. The VroomVroomVroom Fuel Price Compare App​ can help you find the cheapest fuel price in real time. Don’t forget to keep a copy of your fuel receipt in the car when you return it to the rental company.​

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Melbourne Airport?

Yes. There are toll roads in the vicinity of Melbourne Airport. The fastest road into Melbourne CBD, the Tullamarine Freeway, is a toll road that may require a CityLink pass. Speak with your rental car supplier about options to pay for tolls during your journey when you pick up your rental car.

You can avoid the toll roads coming to and from Melbourne Tullamarine airport. But outside of rush hour the time to drive from and to the airport increases from 30 mins to 1 hour, so it’s only advisable if you have plenty of time and have sat nav as you’ll be driving through the suburbs.

Start your adventure from Melbourne Airport

Upon arrival at the Melbourne Airport, there are already attractions that you can check out while waiting for your car hire. VroomVroomVroom wants to make your next visit to Melbourne more awesome that's why we wanted to share a travel guide that could help you find a place where you can stay, shop, and dine during the whole trip. Check out our travel guide in Melbourne.

Where To Stay | Where To Shop | Where To Dine


Where To Stay

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

Address: 495 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Interncontinental Melbourne The Rialto in Melbourne

Everything about InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is geared to give you memorable, authentic local experiences. At the hotel, you can rely on their impeccable service and enjoy a cosmopolitan atmosphere that is quintessentially Melbourne and full of surprises. Their 1890s Victorian Gothic architecture blends evocatively with the hotel´s contemporary interior design. Enjoy sophisticated cuisine at Alluvial Restaurant or a range of wines and cocktails at Bluestone Wine Lounge and Market Lane Bar. Elevate your stay with Club InterContinental and enjoy exclusive benefits or relax and rejuvenate at Botanica Day Spa. Elegant signature suites and superbly comfortable guestrooms offer indulgence with a uniquely Melbourne flavour.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Address: 1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3008, Australia

Set along the Yarra River, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is conveniently located on Southbank, close to the Docklands precinct and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. You will be spoilt with unique river and Melbourne city views from stylish guest rooms and suites. With a wide range of hotel facilities such as the heated pool and 24-hour gym plus helpful guest services and concierge, you will have everything you need to ensure you have a great stay. Kick start your day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and be tempted by their range of tender steaks at Clarendon Street Grill. The Lobby Bar is the ideal place to meet, have a drink, and relax with colleagues or friends.


Where To Shop

JR/Watch Co.


A main Melbourne
Airport shopping attraction specialized in offering its customers luxury Swiss watches and other jewelry items from famous international brands. Here, you a have a selection of the finest gifts you could take home to loved ones, without even having to leave the airport, so if you are in a hurry, this is the place to shop.

WH Smith

Address: Address: Terminal T2 at of Melbourne Airport VIC 3045

Another retail venue of interest on Melbourne Airport, offering all necessary elements to make your traveling easier. You can purchase mandatory items for vacations and business trips and also fuel up on foods and groceries you may need. Do not leave the airport without stopping here first, because you can buy everything for your trip from a single location.

Queen Victoria Markets

Address: Corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

A great place to find a bargain. Don't do any shopping in Melbourne until you have searched the stalls at the inner city market. With food to eat straight away or take away, you can really make a day of it.


Where To Dine

Cafe Vue

A significant place to visit for people who travel a lot to and from the city proper. Rest your bones after travelling if you have time to spare before you collect your car rental. The venue offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a lavish space, designed to accommodate a large number of customers. If you are looking for quality meals in a professional space, this is the place for you. You can book and pre-order online for large families and groups or for business lunches and meetings. The venue is available Monday to Sunday, from 5am until 12am, only on Melbourne Airport.

For a complete list of shops, restaurants, cafes, and other establishments at the Melbourne Airport, visit their official website. If you have more time to explore the city with a car hire, check out our Melbourne Travel Guide.

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