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About Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport (MEL)

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Address: Serviced By Enterprise Redspot, T1 Dep Drive Melbourne Airport, Melbourne, 3045 , Vic, Vic

Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport is generally known as Melbourne Airport, and is the second-busiest airport in Australia.

Melbourne car rental is the best way to take in all the amazing experiences Victoria has to offer. From the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, to the Great Ocean Road — this is considered Australia’s finest coastal drive.

For day drives you can indulge in wine (and other) tastings in the Yarra Valley, visit stunning beaches at Torquay, or explore unforgettable adventures in the Arapiles. But don’t forget Melbourne's waterfront, with interesting attractions such as the Star Observation Wheel.

  Getting around

The Melbourne airport is approximately 25 km north-west from Melbourne's central business district (CBD). It takes around 30 minutes in normal traffic.

Driving in Melbourne is easy, with the city streets and surrounding suburbs laid out in a grid pattern. The driving routes to the city are quite straightforward and the turn-offs are well signposted.

There are a number of toll roads that operate in Melbourne, but no cash booths on toll roads. You can either pre-purchase a pass online or make a payment up to 3 days after you have used the road.

  Choosing your car

Booking your airport car rental with us is simple. On the booking page all you need to do is enter your pick-up and drop-off dates, indicate the driver’s age and whether you’ll be arriving via the domestic or international terminal.

There are on airport 6 car hire companies at Melbourne Airport: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty. They are all under one roof, located on the ground floor of the airport at Terminal T123 car park.

Whether you are looking for a city zipper, sporty 4WD, a people-carrier with seats for 8 -12 persons, a mini-van, or more, you will find all the options on our booking site.

Not all car rental companies have the same terms and conditions, so check our site for more information on specific deals.

Renting a car has never been easier with our mobile and desktop friendly booking experiences. Wherever you are, and whatever device you use, we connect you 24/7.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Melbourne Airport


Australia is very strict on immigration and customs procedures, so check beforehand what you are allowed to bring into the country.


You must be 21 to hire a car and be in possession of a full Australian or International Driver’s Licence.


Watch out for the trams, as drivers must give way to them.  Familiarise yourself with the unique hook turn, where trams cross the same intersection as vehicles. Signs will indicate that you need to turn right from the left-hand lane.


Tullamarine is Melbourne's main airport for international flights.  Avalon Airport specialises in domestic flights.  Check your travel details to ensure your car hire is booked from the correct airport.


It is advisable to use a GPS and check out for toll roads marked by the blue and yellow signage.


Keep left on the road, don’t use your mobile while driving, and never drink and drive.

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Melbourne

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Melbourne?

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Melbourne?

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3. Does Melbourne have cars with 7 seats?

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Melbourne to a different drop off location in Australia?

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Melbourne?

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6. Is it better to rent at Melbourne or off airport?

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Melbourne?

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Melbourne?

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Melbourne?

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Melbourne?

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11. What car types are there for rent at Melbourne?

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Melbourne?

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Melbourne?

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14. What SUV cars are available at Melbourne in 3 months time?

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15. Which rental companies are there at Melbourne?

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Melbourne?

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Melbourne?

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Melbourne?

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Melbourne and how does this compare to others?

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Melbourne?