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Compare Deals to Find the Best Car Rental in Melbourne

skyscrapers night view along Yarra River in Melbourne

Finding a reliable car rental in Melbourne is easy with CarHire.com.au. With our trusted car hire partners such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty, you'll get to choose from a wide variety of high-quality vehicles. Hire a car and travel in comfort when you visit the city.

​About Melbourne

There is always something happening in Australia's second-largest city. Melbourne is a hub for arts, sports and live music. By hiring a car you can explore the exciting streets of Melbourne and other fantastic destinations in Victoria like the famous Great Ocean Road. With so many activities on offer, you will not be short of things to do in Melbourne.

Reasons to Book a Rental Car in Melbourne With CarHire.com.au

  1. Great rates - Our car rental experts have negotiated with our suppliers so we can provide the best prices. For more information, check out our Price Promise
  2. Wide selection of vehicles - We compare mini or compact vehicles as well as larger vehicles like a people mover or an 8-seater van. Whatever size of vehicle you need, you can find the best car rental in Melbourne through us.
  3. Convenience - You can also choose from different locations to hire a car such as Melbourne Airport​​. Use our map to find the nearest depot to pick up and drop off your car.
  4. Excellent assistance - Our friendly customer care experts are ready to sort out your queries. Contact us now if you have any questions or need some assistance.

Top Tips for Hiring a Car in Melbourne

  • If you are arriving via Melbourne Airport, consider renting a car off-airport since car hire rates are usually higher at the airport.
  • Make it a point to pick up and return your rental car from the same location to avoid paying a one-way fee.
  • If you are spending Christmas in Melbourne, book well in advance since prices skyrocket as the holiday season gets closer.

When to Travel to Melbourne

If you want to escape the tourist crowds and enjoy cheaper rates, ​autumn and spring seasons are the ideal time to visit Melbourne. The weather is mild and you get to admire the fall foliage and flowers in full bloom during these times. Summer is the peak season so if you don't mind the crowd, you can go on a beach holiday in Brighton or attend music festivals such as Beyond the Valley in Lardner Park, just 75 minutes outside of Melbourne.

Melbourne Driving Tips

Before you hop in your hire car, why not check the live traffic update to save time. The M3, Southern Link (Monash Freeway), Tullamarine Freeway and Batman Avenue are just some of the toll roads that operate in Melbourne. Keep in mind that there are no cash booths on Melbourne's toll roads. Make sure to ask your rental company the payment options for toll charges. Usually, companies offer a direct tolling option which automatically debits your credit card each time you use a toll road.

Melbourne Car Rental FAQs

What is the most popular rental car in Melbourne?

The most popular vehicle class in Melbourne is a Kia Rio or similar based on our recent bookings by customers. 

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Melbourne Airport?

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty have counters at Melbourne Airport.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Melbourne?

You need to be 25 years old to hire a car in Melbourne. However, some companies accept 21-year-old drivers but they need to pay a young driver surcharge.

Is it cheaper to rent a car for a week in Melbourne?

It is usually cheaper renting a car for a week than one day. Based on a recent search, a one-day rental in Melbourne costs A$60 while a one-week rental costs A$188 (A$31 per day).

How can I find an affordable rental car in Melbourne?

By comparing deals from different rental companies, you can easily find an affordable car hire in Melbourne. Even after booking a rental car, take time to check the rates to see if the prices dropped so you can modify your booking.

What to do on your next visit to Melbourne?

Melbourne, the"Melting Pot", combines so many cultures into the one city that it is hard not to feel right at home there. Well-known as the fashion and design capital of Australia, there is no shortage of things to do and see here. If you are flying from Tullamarine Airport, you only need to drive your car hire for about 30 minutes to reach Melbourne CBD. Shopping? Where do you want to start? Just make sure your hire car is large enough to fit it all in!

skydiving in Melbourne

1. A beautiful spot to take in the Melbourne skyline and enjoy the best of food and drink is Naked in the Sky, a groovy rooftop bar in Brunswick, and part of Basque tapas bar Naked for Satan.

2. About half an hour's drive north of Melbourne you can hop out of your rental car and into a plane. Skydive Nagambie describes itself as Australia's premier skydiving centre. They specialise in taking people for their first, hair raising, blood pumping skydiving experience.

3. Travel down the east side of Port Phillip Bay and out through the rolling countryside to the Bellarine Peninsula. A one-day tour of the Mornington Peninsula in your hire car gives you the chance to enjoy both the turbulent beaches of Bass Strait and the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay.

4. The Yarra Valley is an easy 45-minute drive from the city of Melbourne. It's the perfect destination for when you want to get away just for the day. In this region, you'll discover some of the state's best wineries against a backdrop of stunning landscapes. Car hires make road trips a reality because you have the freedom to pick up and go at a whim.

5. From the Princess Theatre to the Art Gallery you won't fall short of cultural delights to keep you occupied. Melbourne truly has the largest slice of Australia's cultural pie. At any given time there's bound to be great theatre to experience.

Luna Park in Melbourne

6. Luna Park is a day of fun and festivities
that your whole family will enjoy. Opened in 1912, this is one of the oldest amusement parks in Australia and still one of the most enjoyed. So if you are short of something to do, just unload the hire car and take the day to enjoy this unique amusement park experience.

7. Another great day out with the family is a trip to the Melbourne Zoo. With over 320 species of animals, there is something for everyone to see. A surefire favourite with the children you will need at least half a day to see everything. Parking your Melbourne hire car is no worry at all with plenty of parking at the complex, just park and enjoy the day.

8. Sport in Melbourne.Known as a sporting capital in Australia, there are many things in store for sports enthusiasts visiting Melbourne. You can find the largest sports stadium in the country in the city. The Melbourne Cricket Ground had been the home of renowned sporting events including the 1956 Olympics and 1992 World Cricket Cup. The Etihad Stadium can also be found in Melbourne.

More useful information

train travels across Dandenong Ranges

No matter how luxurious your choice of Melbourne car rentals may be there will come a time when you're ready to get out from behind the wheel and enjoy some serious pampering. Aurora Spa retreat is located at The Prince Hotel, 2 Acland St in St Kilda and offers a variety of treatments to suit all. There are plenty of great Victorian destinations within an easy day trip's distance of your Melbourne car rental pickup location. In less than an hour, you can be exploring the Dandenong Ranges, which are the main hills that can be seen from CBD vantage points.

If you are hiring a Melbourne car rental vehicle and this is your first trip to Australia then you'll soon notice something: Australians not from Melbourne love to complain about its changeable weather. But don't, under any circumstances, let them put you off. Sure it's four seasons in one day, but Melbourne has a fashion for every season and all the ones in between. Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia with plenty of glitz, glamour and culinary delights to rival Sydney. In fact, Melbournians tend to believe they're just a little bit more glam and sophisticated than their Sydney cousins.

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