Car hire at Melbourne Airport
Car hire at Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport (MEL) is an international hub in Australia and the second busiest in the country. Sometimes known as Tullamarine Airport, it is located 23km from the city centre and is an important starting point for people visiting Australasia. Driving from the airport to Melbourne itself should not take you more than half an hour via the M2 toll road.
What I need to know
There are a large number of Melbourne Airport car rental firms to choose from, which can make finding the right one for you confusing. Luckily you can compare car hire deals on our website in a straight forward manner. You’ll also benefit from 24/7 customer support and not have to pay any credit card fees.
Where to pick up my car
Most of Melbourne Airport car hire companies offer pick-up in terminal, with the offices located in the T1, T2 and T3 car park, but you can ask for assistance at the information points in arrivals. The few firms that require you to collect your vehicle further away have a free shuttle bus to get you to where you need to be.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
When it comes to Melbourne, there’s no shortage of places to explore and your hire car will help you do to just that. Soak up the cultural vibe at Federation Square, wander the laneways to discover a hidden gem around every corner and be part of the bohemian scene on Brunswick Street.
Nearby Melbourne Airport
Drive a little way out of the city to Mornington Peninsula, where you can enjoy nature at its finest. From playing in the surf at the beach to horse riding, cycling and hiking, it’s the perfect outdoor destination. Catch the boat across to Phillip Island for sunset, when the faerie penguins return to shore.
Australia is no small country and getting between places can take a while, although having a hire car will add to your flexibility. Make the six-and-a-half-hour drive to the nation’s capital, Canberra, which has a pleasant lakeside location and incredible collections of indigenous art. When it comes to museums, you can’t beat Adelaide, eight hours away by car.
Eating and drinking
No matter how long you stay in Melbourne, you’ll never be able to sample all the fine bars, restaurants and cafes. There’s something to suit all tastes, from street food to celebrity chef-run eateries that will have you salivating. Then there’s the fact that Melbourne is surrounded by wine country, meaning there are some delicious vintages to wash your meal down with.
Things to do
Sport is a popular pastime in Melbourne and not just playing it. The huge MCG stadium towers over Yarra Park, but the name, which stands for Melbourne Cricket Ground, does not represent the diversity of sports played in the area. Head along for a lively game of Aussie rules football. If history’s more your thing, take an aboriginal heritage walk to find out more.
See the work of many famous Australian artists, as well as a few international names, at the National Gallery of Victoria. Once home to notorious prisoners, the Old Melbourne Gaol is now a museum that welcomes visitors. Alternatively, the Neo-Gothic style of the city’s cathedral, including stunning stained glass processional doors, make it worth a visit.