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Car hire in Melbourne deals

Top car hire deals for your next Melbourne road trip.

Home to one of the most iconic stretches of driveable coastline in Australia AKA Melbourne is the kind of city that deserves to be see by car.

If you're looking to take to the wheel, we've hunted out the best car hire deals to see it all at your own pace.

We've also got all the intel on which rental companies are available from Melbourne's airports, Melbourne-specific road rules and car insurance know-how. Read more here.

Melbourne care hire deals

Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid on hire cars in Australia and New Zealand for pick up before 29 June 2018. Must book 21 days in advance.

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Up to 20% off car hire

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Valid every Sunday, Monday or Tuesday until 29 June 2018 across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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$10 off first ride + 50% off all rides in Melbourne

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Use code for $10 off + 50% your first ride. Remaining rides get 50% rides in Melbourne for the first month Taxify is in operation.

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25% off premium hire insurance Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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$20 off SUV hire

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Valid on rentals from 7 January - 28 March 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&C's apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals from 7 January - 28 March 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&C's apply.

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$20 off car hire

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Valid on rentals from 7 January - 28 March 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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Save up to 70% on car hire from airports Valid on select dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. T&C's apply.

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$50 off Signature Series

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Available for rent from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports only. For 4 consecutive days or more. T&Cs apply.

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Fifth day free car hire in Australia

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Valid from 5 January - 25 March 2018. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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Road rules: What to know about driving in Melbourne

Like everywhere else in Australia, Melbourne drives on the left side of the road. Other road rules you should be aware of, even if you are familiar with Australian roads include:

  • Hook turns apply at select intersections where trams operate. Cars share the road with trams in the CBD and at certain intersections you must do a hook turn to turn right. These are clearly marked with signs and are in place to avoid delaying trams. To do a hook turn, enter the intersection from the left lane, indicating to turn right. When the lights for the road you're turning into go green you are clear to turn.
  • Tram rules. When it comes to trams, you may only overtake them from the left. Don't drive past the rear of a tram when it is stationery. Instead you must stay level with its rear. You may only drive past it in this instance when the road is clear of pedestrians and you are given permission to drive past by a uniformed tram employee. When driving past, you must not exceed speeds of 10 km/hr. At all costs, you must give way to and avoid pedestrians .
  • Don't drive in tram lanes when trams are operational. Tram lanes are clearly marked by a tram sign and continuous yellow line. The sign indicates hours of operation, outside of these hours you may drive in the lane freely. Inside the hours of operation, you may only drive in this lane 50 metres before turning, so long as you don't delay or obstruct the tram's normal course of operation.
  • Do not drive in bicycle lanes unless you are 50 metres from turning. Bicycle lanes are marked by a sign and a continuous or broken white line.
  • U-turns are permitted throughout Victoria. Unless marked otherwise.

Popular Melbourne driving routes

The Great Ocean Road: The most spectacular and renowned driving route from Melbourne is undoubtedly the Great Ocean Road. This picturesque drive hugs the coast of the state of Victoria and includes highlights such as the Twelves Apostles, London Bride and Cape Otway Lighthouse. Use our guide to self-drive tours to map out your journey.

Melbourne to Sydney: The drive from Melbourne to Sydney is long and takes at least nine hours without breaks. It's often split up with a side-trip through Canberra as it passes through Australia's capital. One-way car hire is often available allowing you to fly back (as opposed to drive back) if you're strapped for time.

Melbourne to Adelaide: Another popular route between states and capital cities is Melbourne to Adelaide. While there is a more direct way from A-Z you can turn this drive into a coastal one and follow the Great Ocean Road for part of this journey.


Frequently asked questions about car hire

Who offers cheap car hire from Melbourne Airport? Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Carhood, Thrifty and Redspot have cars for hire at Tullamarine Airport while only Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz have hire cars from Avalon Airport.

Where can I get cheap car hire from Melbourne to Sydney?
Many rental companies, including Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Avis, offer one-way hire between major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. Look up to find the best deals on one-way hire or visit their websites for one-way car hire options and prices.

Where can I get cheap car hire from Melbourne to Adelaide?
Similarly, search for one-way car hire deals above or look to your desired car rental company's site for one-way car rental options.

How does car insurance work?
Depending on the level of cover you choose, car hire rental excess insurance can reduce your excess to a more manageable amount, should you need to make a claim or it can remove the excess altogether. Often, car hire companies will offer you insurance upon booking, though you always have the option to purchase insurance for your hire car through a different insurer. You can find out more details and compare car hire insurance policies here.

Do car hire companies deliver?
Typically car hire companies do not deliver, however this is up to the company. If you require delivery, contact the car hire provider prior to booking to make sure they can accommodate for your needs.

Is car hire cheaper in advance?
Many car hire companies, for example Europcar offer early bird rates for cars booked in advance. Check their websites at least a week prior to booking to see when you need to commit for a better deal.

Can I pay for my car rental with a debit card?
Typically car hire companies only accept bookings with a credit card. This is so the final cost, including any damages and fuel prices, can be completely charged to you at the end of the hire.

Do car companies price match?
Select car hire companies and agencies offer best price guarantees. This includes RentalCars, DriveNow and VroomVroomVroom.

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