Car hire in Melbourne for the ultimate city break

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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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Get 1 day free on 5-day rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 31 December 2021 when you book a minimum of 5 consecutive days rental. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.
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Third day free on rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 31 October 2021 across Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 15% off Australia campervan hires

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 20 December 2021. Destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off car rentals in Australia

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available until 31 December 2021 when you spend a minimum of $50. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Hobart and more. Prepayment is required. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off base rate

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday pick up dates until 11 December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Expires 11 Dec 2021
Available on 2+ days rentals until 11 December 2021 when you book 21 days in advance. Destinations include Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off + free cancellation on Australia rentals

Verified Today Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on select rental dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more. Prepayment is required. Must cancel 7 days prior to get a full refund. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 20% off Australia car hires

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on weekend rentals until 31 December 2021. Destinations include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 20% off Australia car rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on rentals until 31 December 2021 when you book a minimum of 7 days. Destinations include Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and more. T&Cs apply.
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Melbourne car hires from $23

Available on select rental dates in 2021 with Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Budget and more.
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Get 5% off Hippie Camper rentals

Expires 1 Jan 2022
Available on rentals until 31 March 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.
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Australia campervan hires from $299 per week

Expires 20 Dec 2021
Available on JUCY Crib and Champ weekly rentals until 20 December 2021. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
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6th day free + free upgrade on rentals

Expires 31 Oct 2021
Available on Australia rentals from 3 October - 5 December 2021 when you book a minimum of 6 days. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide and more. T&Cs apply.
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Free upgrade on car hires

Sign up your email and receive the best car rental offers across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and more. 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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Australia car hires from $14.99/day

Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.
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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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Melbourne car hires from $25/day

Available on select rental dates with Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and more. Sample rate is for a sedan car.
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Melbourne car hires from $26 per day

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select rental dates with Budget, Hertz, East Coast, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Alamo and more.
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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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Get $200 hotel voucher on car hires

Receive an exclusive $200 accommodation credit voucher when you book an intermediate class or higher vehicles for 3+ nights. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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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