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Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Melbourne Airport

Available Car Types​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Luxury, Passenger Van, SUV, Sport, Wagon/Estate​​
​Airport Depots​​13
​Car Rental Suppliers​​Avis, Budget, East Coast, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty​

Tips for Families Booking a Rental Car at Melbourne Airport

  • Choose the car class that will suit your needs. A 3 door hatch may not be ideal for baby seats.​
  • Be sure to check the next class up. Sometimes you only have to pay a few dollars more to get a more comfortable car.​

Booking a Rental Car for a Melbourne Airport Business Trip?

  • Do your homework. Research your driving routes before arriving so you can maximise the time spent on the roads in between meetings.​
  • Check where the closest petrol station is when leaving the airport so when you return the vehicle you know where to fill up.​

Current rates for rental cars for a 7 day hire between the 22nd to 29th of December, 2019 for the following car classes:

Standard Car​Compact SUV​Fullsize Car​
$114.48​​​ AUD per day*​$158.57​ ​​AUD per day*​$119.90​​ ​AUD per day*​

*View ALL current rates by clicking here​​​.

Prices may be changed at any time without notice. It is important to book early so you can choose and get the vehicle you want.

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, Hertz and Thrifty.

Number of off-site suppliers: 1. East Coast Car Rentals.

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available between 5 am and 2 am at Melbourne Airport, 7 days per week.

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Melbourne Airport?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Avis logo​Avis Melbourne Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 12 am.
Budget logoBudget Melbourne Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 12 am.
Enterprise logoEnterprise Melbourne Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 1 am​.
Hertz logoHertz Melbourne Airport
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 2 am​.

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 travelling 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 travelled 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.
  • More options - 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.
  • Convenience - You can now conveniently add extras​ like GPS and baby seats to your booking. You can also book a child seat with Just Take the Kids​. They offer a large range of car seats to suit all budgets. Car seats are fitted by trained and accredited restraint fitters.
  • 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 great Melbourne airport parking deals​ at VroomVroomVroom. We have listed down car park providers at Melbourne Airport so you can save time searching online, as well as even find parking discounts and vouchers.

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. 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 (satellite navigation) 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.

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Where To Shop

JR/Watch Co.

Address: Terminal T2 at of Melbourne Airport VIC 3045

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: 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.

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Where To Dine

Cafe Vue

Address: Airport Dr, Melbourne Airport VIC 3045

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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