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Car hire in Melbourne for the ultimate city break

Explore Victoria from under $26 a day with these simple car rental options.

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Getting behind the wheel lets you see Melbourne and beyond, including one of the country’s most popular road trips, the Great Ocean Road, at your own pace.

Compare prices below or read on for sample costs for various sizes of cars, popular road trips from Melbourne and top spots to pick up and drop off your rental to book your rental just right.

Compare hire cars and prices in Melbourne

We did the research to find out what you can expect to pay for a car from Melbourne Airport. All prices are based on a rental for three days, booked a month in advance for a driver that’s 30+ using our car rental search engine. All prices were retrieved on 12 August 2019 for a hire starting 12 September 2019.

Toyota Yaris

Small economy car

  • Car: Toyota Yaris
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Aerodrive Car Rental
  • Cost: $78.11 for 3 days or $26.03 per day

Hyundai Accent

Medium car

  • Car: Hyundai Accent
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Cost: $82.60 for 3 days or $27.53 per day

Large car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Jucy
  • Cost: $93.82 for 3 days or $31.27 per day

Holden Commodore Estate

Estate car

  • Car: Holden Commodore Estate
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3 large bags, 3 small bags
  • Rental company: Aerodrive Car Rental
  • Cost: $241.08 for 3 days or $80.36 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 12 August 2019 and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


Who offers car hire from Melbourne Avalon Airport:


Who offers car hire from Melbourne Tullamarine:


Other popular car hire locations in Melbourne

  • Melbourne City (eg La Trobe Street)
  • South Melbourne (eg Southbank)
  • Essendon
  • Eastern Suburbs (eg Blackburn)
  • Southern Cross Station
  • Prahran and St Kilda
  • Doncaster
  • Brighton
  • Richmond

Tips for driving in Melbourne

  • Look for intersections with hook turns. Select intersections in the CBD have signs marking that hook turns to the right are necessary to prevent 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. Trams may only be passed on the left-hand side and must not be passed while stationary. You may only pass a stationary tram if a uniformed tram employee signals for you to do so. Drivers must give way to pedestrians and not exceed a speed of 10km/h when passing.
  • Tram lanes. Tram lanes are marked with signs and a continuous yellow line. Each sign will indicate the hours of tram operation. Drivers may use tram lanes when trams are not in operation. Drivers are allowed to use tram lanes while in operation only 50m before a turn as long as it does not obstruct a tram.
  • Bicycle lanes. Bicycle lanes can only be driven in 50m before a turn. Bicycle lanes are marked with signs and a white continuous or broken line.
  • U-turns. Drivers may complete a u-turn throughout Victoria unless otherwise specified.
  • Tolls. Certain highways and motorways in Melbourne have toll roads. As all of these are electronic you'll either need an e-tag to pay your toll or you can pay for it online after going through the toll. The good news is that most major car hire companies have registered their vehicles on the e-toll system and will invoice you afterwards for any tolls you go through. If in doubt, contact the car hire company for further details on how you'll pay for tolls.
  • Watch out for wildlife. While this is typically not an issue in the city, while driving on the Great Ocean Road or in rural areas always beware of wildlife that may roam out into the road at any time of day or night.

What to know about renting a car in Melbourne

  • All cars in Melbourne come with a basic level of car insurance. This sounds good but figures can be high and basic cover might not be enough for your needs. While you can the hire company extra to reduce the excess you can also organise your own car hire rental excess insurance which may save you money and better cater to your insurance needs. If you're an overseas visitor, your travel insurance can cover this excess. Check your policy if in doubt.

Car hire deals in Melbourne

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Melbourne car hire from $23.10/day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for a rental in Ashburton. T&Cs apply.

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Melbourne car hires from $16.98/day

Available on select rental dates in 2020. Car types include intermediate, economy, compact and more. T&Cs apply.

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Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.

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Melbourne car hires from $20 per day

Available on select rental dates with Budget, Hertz, East Coast, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Alamo and more. T&Cs apply.

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Melbourne campervan rentals from $28 per day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for a 2-seater campervan in West Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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Melbourne campervan hires from $86 per night

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for a rental in Bentleigh East. T&Cs apply.

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Melbourne car hires from $23/day

Available on select rental dates with Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and more. Sample rate is for a sedan car. T&Cs apply.

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Melbourne car hires from $41.60/day

Available on select rental dates. Sample rate is for a small car. T&Cs apply.

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Pet-friendly campervan hires from $35/day

Available on select rental dates. Destinations include Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Byron Bay and more. Sample rate is for a 2-seater campervan in Woolloongabba. T&Cs apply.

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Australia rentals from $58/day

Available on select rental dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and more. Sample rate is for a Flexi Delish in Baldivis, WA. T&Cs apply.

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Ready to hit up Melbourne? Here are more tips for planning your trip

  • READ MORE: Before heading off on your great Melbourne adventure, check out our Melbourne travel guide for things to do, places to stay and restaurants to book to make sure yours is a memorable trip.
  • READ MORE: Thinking of camping or keeping things more flexible? Consider hiring a campervan instead.

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