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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 16 December 2018. Must book 21 days in advance.

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15% off base rate on 5+ days rentals

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Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand until 29 June 2018. Book 7 days in advance to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Get one day free on weekend rentals

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of three consecutive days including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$1/day one-way car hire Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Campervan hire from $5/day Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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10% off private car rides

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Book now and save 10% off on private car rides all over 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Czech Republic. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals until 30 September 2018 with minimum of four consecutive days rental across Australia. T&cs apply.

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15% off car hire

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Valid for pick ups from 15 April - 30 June 2018 across Australia. Minimum of seven consecutive days. T&Cs apply.

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15% off rides Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Sydney and Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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Third weekend free car hire

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Available for rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Valid for 3 consecutive days over the weekend including Saturday. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off SUV hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Fourth day free car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 4 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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$20 off car hire

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Valid on rentals from 29 March - 4 April 2018 and 14 - 30 April 2018 across Australia. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Car hire from $23 per day Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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15% off 2019 car hire

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Valid for rentals between 1 January 2019 - 15 December 2019 across Australia. Minimum of 5 consecutive days rental. T&C's apply.

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Get one free day on 5-day rentals

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Valid for pick-ups until 30 June 2018 any day of the week. Valid across Australia.

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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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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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15% off for 5-day car hire

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Valid for rental pick ups until 30 June 2018 across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&C's apply.

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10% off 3+ day truck, ute and van rentals

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Valid for pick ups until 31 August 2018 in Australia. Minimum three day hire required.

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Hire a car and get your fourth day free Hire a car with Budget Car Hire through DriveNow for a minimum of four consecutive days and get your fourth day free of base rate charges. Available for pick ups at the airport in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine). Valid on select vehicles including family, full-size and SUVs.

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Best price guaranteed Find a lower price on the same vehicle for the same days and rentalcars.com will match it.

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Earn more Qantas points Earn more Qantas points when you ride with Avis. Get (4) four Qantas points for every $1 spent on eligible time and kilometre charges.

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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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