Car Hire in Melbourne
In addition to car hire agencies around Melbourne Airport (MEL), there is also a large cluster of car rental agencies in downtown Melbourne near the waterfront. These include Melbourne Car Rental, DriveNow, Budget, Hertz, Avis, East Coast Car Rentals Melbourne, Europcar, Cheaper Car Rentals, BC, Thrifty, Ace, Sixt, and Redspot. Many are only open during standard business hours, but others are open until 12 a.m. and later. At these facilities, you can rent sedans of all sizes as well as SUVs, minivans, trucks, and luxury cars from American, European, and Japanese manufacturers. You can arrange your rental with Skyscanner before you travel.
Car Hire at Melbourne Airport
There are many places to rent a car at Melbourne Airport (MEL). On-site agencies include Avis, Hertz, Apex, Bargain, East Coast Car Rentals, Alpha Car Hire Melbourne Airport, Red Spot, Ace, Atlas, and Cheaper Car Rentals. Most of these agencies are located around the baggage claim section of the airport terminal, but a few are scattered amid the outer edges of the parking lots to the north, west, and south. These lots outside the respective agencies are also where you pick up your car rental at Melbourne Airport. Once you hire a car at Melbourne Airport, driving into central Melbourne is simply a matter of taking the M2 motorway southeast for about a half hour.
Driving in Melbourne
Before you rent a car in Melbourne, you should be aware of a few things related to driving in the city. For one, some roads are toll roads, including the convenient CityLink road between Melbourne CBD and the airport. You can purchase a pass online in advance or pay afterward at an increased rate.
When driving in Melbourne you must also be mindful of the trams that roll through town. Trams travel on the inside of each lane, and when one stops, all vehicles behind it are required to stop as well. This is important to remember because local trams stop frequently. Another thing unique to Melbourne roads is the hook turn. These marked intersections allow right turns only from the left lane. Lastly, be mindful that Melbourne has hidden traffic cameras all over the place, and they can detect speed and identify drivers who do not obey traffic signals.
With your car hire in Melbourne, you should be sure to visit some local attractions. You can relax and take in the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens or visit Federation Square, a contemporary plaza with restaurants, museums, and art exhibits. Each is only about 30 minutes away from the airport.
Parking in Melbourne
You can find secure parking lots throughout the city. You can also use one of the thousands of on-street parking spaces available in Melbourne. Rules and prices for these metered spots vary by location.
Where to Go and What to See in Melbourne
After you hire a car in Melbourne, you may feel inclined to take a day trip out of town. A few popular destinations outside of Melbourne include Bendigo, Yarra Valley Wine Region, Mornington Peninsula, and the scenic 150-mile Great Ocean Road. You can reach all of these attractions in one to two hours.