Car Rental in Melbourne
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to rent a car in Melbourne
There are about 40 to 50 major and minor car rental companies located within the central business district of Melbourne, making the service pretty much accessible and 'just around the corner' for both locals and visitors. Most of the companies have offices within the downtown area, littering the central grid, the Docklands, and the State Routes 60, 55, and 83. It expands to the outside areas, up to the areas of Tullamarine, Nottinghill, Geelong, Bendigo, and others. Some of the car rentals have set-up desks within the Melbourne Airport as well, which can also help travellers easily access car rentals. Most of the companies offer competitive pricing, unlimited mileage options, and package deals, while others play the card of having a wide range of vehicles. Prices run between AUD 20 up to 100++, depending on the car type and brand. If planning on booking and placing special requests, travellers may call the local phone numbers of the car rental companies, or for the international car rental companies – book online through their websites. Upon calling or contacting through the website, travellers may inquire before booking – so that they may find the service that perfectly suits them.
Some of the car rental companies located in central Melbourne include Hertz, which has at least four offices within the metro, Budget who also has four offices, Rent a Bomb Car, Alpha, Avis, Melbourne Car Rental, East Coast Car Rental, National Vehicle Rental, Avis, Redspot, Sixt, Europcar, and many others. The smaller car rental companies tend to offer comparatively competitive prices, so if you're staying for shorter periods of time, you may experiment with these. If you're after a bigger array of cars – best to go with the international car rental agencies, although prepare for the price as they don't rent out their cars with in a few quid.
What to expect when renting a car from Melbourne
As per most of the cities in Australia, Melbourne's central business district is all about heavy traffic – especially during the weekday rush hour (between 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning, and 4:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon). Main roads, even the pay roads and the airport roads are extremely busy – but travellers may always get creative and get around the traffic if they know the Melbourne city airport by heart. There are a number of clear areas on the city, however moderate to heavy traffic for the most part will really eat at drivers. Road conditions are at best for most of the areas, and traffic signs and signals are complete and present. Note that some of these roads are not free to use – with toll fees to pay upon exit. Road reminders about low bridges, vertical clearances, and others are all in place, so travellers may drive more safely. Once the traveller is out of the main grid of Melbourne, heavy traffic is like a thing of the past – most roads, including M1, M31, M79, M8, and others are all green and clear.
Getting to your destination
Visit one of the best and most accessible wine regions near Melbourne, and have a day trip up high on a horse. Go visit the flea market, and enjoy the product of the vine.
Reach Gisborne by getting on the M2 towards State Route 50 towards M79/Calder Freeway. Take the exit C791, and then merge onto Melbourne Road/C791 to reach Gisborne. Tolls Ahead.
Fancy a little horseback riding and racing? Go to Melton, a city just some 35 kilometres west from Melbourne. Visit Melton!
Reach Melton by driving on the M1 in Southbank towards M8 to Ferris Road/C754 in Melton South. From here, take exit C801, and then take High Street/C801 to Alexandra Street to enter central Melton.
Some 50 kilometres south-west of central Melbourne, Little River is an area where travellers may enjoy a little camping and learn about the history of the place. Discover endless possibilities here.
Arrive to Little River by heading on M1 in Southbank, then continuing to follow the M1 towards Cocoroc. Take the exit toward Little River from the M1, and continue driving through the M1 towards central Little River.