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Compare Car Rentals for Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Arrange a cheap car rental for Melbourne Airport (MEL) from VIP Cars and hit the road within minutes after your arrival! It doesn’t matter whether you are arriving at MEL Airport’s Terminal 1, 2, 3 or 4, you can plan out your Australian adventure as you like, all you have to do is include booking a car rental for Melbourne to your 'to-do pre-trip’ checklist!

A car rental in Melbourne will make sure that you can explore its attractions, its splendid coastal drivers, and its exceptional CBD area – full of alleys, square and beautiful parks – in a carefree manner! So rent your MEL Airport car today and discover all that you want to, in the comfort that you deserve!

Car Rental Companies at Melbourne Airport (MEL)

The following are the car rental suppliers which work in association with VIP Cars in providing rental deals for Melbourne Airport:

  • AceAce
  • AlamoAlamo
  • Apollo Apollo
  • SixtSixt
  • AtlasAtlas
  • EnterpriseEnterprise
  • EuropcarEuropcar
  • Thrifty Thrifty

Out of these, only Europcar and Thrifty have their car rental desks at Melbourne Airport, remaining partners offer 'meet and greet’ service.

Car Categories Available for Renting at Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Millions of passengers – with their unique needs and purposes – pass through Melbourne Airport into Australia every year. Keeping this fact in mind, VIPCars and its partners make sure that a variety of cars are offered for renting at MEL Airport. Here are a few car categories that you can expect to come across while booking your car rental for Melbourne Airport with us:

One Way Rental Option with
MEL Car Rentals

Domestic one-way car rental is permitted by almost all the car rental suppliers at VIP Cars. Therefore, it would not be an issue if you want to drop-off your car somewhere else in Australia; with us you can easily arrange for a drop-off in other Australian cities like Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Albury, Townville, and Mackay.

International one-way rental is not allowed.


Melbourne Airport Car Rental - Pickup and Drop-off Tips

  • At the time of Pickup make sure you arrive on time & have:

    • Read the car rental agreement properly beforehand and know about the level of cover
    • The basic knowledge about the local driving rules
    • The rental voucher’s print-out, your valid and full driver’s license, valid credit card and an ID proof or your 100 point identification

    Check the car for existing damages, if there are any, get them documented and if possible click the pictures.

  • At the time of Drop-off make sure you are returning the car:

    • With the designated amount of fuel; keep the fuel receipt safe as many suppliers ask for it as proof
    • Clean and at the agreed time
    • With proof like images or videos to establish that the car has been returned with no new damages

    A late return may lead to a late-fee.


Places where you can return your MEL Airport Car Rental

With VIPCars and its suppliers, the travelers can return their car rental deals in Melbourne at the place they like, provided the location is covered by us. You can use the 'Different Drop-off location’ section on our search engine to change your drop-off location. And, note that since this is the case of a one-way rental, you will pay a small fee. In this case, the prices that you see online will be inclusive of the one-way fee.

  • Camber well

    Camber well

    Distance :38.0 km from MEL

    Best Route: M2

  • Hoppers Crossing Downtown

    Hoppers Crossing Downtown

    Distance :37.0 km from MEL

    Best Route: M1 and Western Ring Rd/M80

  • Melbourne City

    Melbourne City

    Distance :22.5 km from MEL

    Best Route: M2

  • Richmond


    Distance :38.0 km from MEL

    Best Route: M2

  • Southern Cross Station

    Southern Cross Station

    Distance :21.7 km from MEL

    Best Route: M2

  • Clayton


    Distance :46.9 km from MEL

    Best Route: M1 & M2

  • Maidstone


    Distance :15.9 km from MEL

    Best Route: State Route 39 and Airport Dr

  • Preston


    Distance :18.5 km from MEL

    Best Route: State Route 40 and M2

  • South Melbourne

    South Melbourne

    Distance :26.7 km from MEL

    Best Route: M2

  • Melbourne Epping

    Melbourne Epping

    Distance :24.7 km from MEL

    Best Route: M80

This is not a complete list; you can get access to the full list on our search form.

Melbourne Airport – Overview

Melbourne Airport is an international airport located in the city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria of Australia. Located about 25 km from the main city of Melbourne, the airport is known to be the 2nd busiest airport in Australia.

Also known as the Tullamarine Airport, the airport has a total of 56 gates in the airport, out of which 40 are for regional service whereas the remaining 16 are for international service. Airlines serving the airport are Air AsiaX, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and United Airlines besides other international airlines land here.

Address: Departure Dr, Melbourne Airport VIC 3045, Australia

Melbourne Airport Facilities


    Money Exchange at MEL

    Travelex Worldwide Money has a currency exchange counter in MEL Airport’s International Terminal 2; it remains open 7 days a week. It provides money exchange services in 40 currencies and can be accessed by all the airport passengers.


    Free Wifi at MEL Airport

    Melbourne airport offers free Wifi across all its terminals; all the public areas whether lounges, terminal halls or the aircraft gate lounges, passengers can access free Wifi anywhere inside the airport. Just select the 'Airport free Wifi’ connection on your device, enter details, accept the conditions of usage and start surfing.


Terminal 1

Blue Illusion (After security)

It is the best place if you want to buy books, home wares, latest fashion and accessories.

Brown Gouge Dry Cleaners (Before security)

This 100 years old business is one of the most trusted brands in Australia’s dry cleaning industry.

Carry On (After Security)

It is one of the best places if you want to buy some last minute travel products.

Henry Buck’s (After security)

It is best known for its men’s clothes and accessories which are considered the most wearable in the world!

Maestro (After Security)

It brings forth the latest trends in fashion and accessories.

Metalicus (After Security)

It provides fashion line which transcends seasons.

Amcal Pharmacy (Before & After Security)

It provides products that can meet almost every medical and travel needs of the travelers.

L'Occitane (After Security)

This brand offers variety of perfumes that speak for richness of Provence’s lavender fields, where the brand was born.

Victoria’s Secret (After Security)

Here you get access to Victoria's Secret Beauty & Accessories.

Airport Lotteries (Before security)

Besides a great variety of greeting cards and stationery, it also offers a good selection of snacks.

Newslink (After & Before Security)

It provides access to readable, merchandise and other variety of products.

Voyage (After Security)

Here you can buy books, stationary, and gifts.

Watermark (After Security)

It offers the best selection of books and is also known to offer high profile book signing events.

Australian Way (Before and after security)

Australian Way offers a great shopping experience and a comprehensive collection of Australian products.

Melbourne & Beyond

It brings all-things-Melbourne which travelers can buy under one roof.

The Chocolate Box (After Security)

If fine chocolate is one of your weaknesses, buy something from this establishment which has been in business since 1958.

Tech2Go (After Security)

It brings the latest technology trends to the airport, and other products which you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

Terminal 2

Bally (After Security)

It is a Swiss luxury brand which has been providing exceptional shoes since 1851.


Burberry is a clothing luxury brand established in 1856 that is still noted for its craftsmanship and designs.

Emporio Armani (After Security)

It offers an exclusive range of contemporary apparels.

Furla (After Security)

It presents Italian products in a contemporary way with a creative edge.

Hugo Boss (After Security)

It is a leading brand which offers exceptional clothing rage for men and women.

Max Mara (After Security)

It is an Italian brand which has 35 labels under its belt; it provides finest clothing, bags and accessories for women.

WHSmith (After & Before Security)

At WHSmith, you can shop for books, newspapers, magazines, stationary, digital and travel products.

Australian Produce Store

It brings forth a big array of things produced in Australian.

Australian Way (Before security)

Australian Way offers a great shopping experience and a comprehensive collection of Australian products.

Melbourne Duty Free by Dufry (After Security)

Home to multiple brands, it is one of the best Duty-free stores in Australia.

Out of Australia (After Security)

It is the best place to buy indigenous artwork, clothes, crafts and gifts.

World of Chocolate (After Security)

It offers the finest variety of European and Australian chocolates.

Baggage Storage by Smartecarte (Before Security)

Here you can get your luggage stored for both short and long durations.

Flight Center (After Security)

It is one of Australia’s top travel agents where you can seek assistance for flights visa, tours and more.

Optus (Before Security)

It offers the best IT, entertainment and communication services in Australia.


It is a Luggage wrapping service.

Rolling Luggage

Here you can buy luggage from the selection by Samsonite, Travel Pro, Antler, Jag and Qantas.


Here one can buy leather garments, bags, accessories and other travel goods.

Terminal 3

Sportsgirl Accessories (Before Security)

It is a famous Australian brands which brings products that fall in beauty, accessories and fashion categories.

Sunglass Hut (Before Security)

All about Sunglasses, it is a premium destination.

Surf Dive and Ski (After Security)

In business since 1964, it is Australia’s leading lifestyle, skate and surf store.

NewsLink (After Security)

Besides readables, it offers a great list of merchandise and numerous convenience products.

Rolling Luggage (Before Security)

It sells luggage collection by Samsonite, Antler, Jag, Travel Pro, and Qantas.

Tech2Go (After Security)

It brings the latest technology trends to the airport, and other products which you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

Terminal 4

Country Road (After Security)

This business has been providing an array of beautifully designed products as per Australian lifestyle.

Mimco (After Security)

It is known to provide a great collection of unique accessories.

Rip Curl (After Security)

Clothing, wetsuits, watches, mountain wear or footwear, Rip Curl offers a great variety!

Sunglass Hut

It is the best place in Melbourne airport if you want to buy some quality sunglasses.

Trenery (After Security)

It is a great place to buy men and women clothes, accessories and footwear.

Witchery (After Security)

Witchery is a leading Australian brand which offers a variety of products for men, women and children.

Amuse (After Security)

It is a beauty studio right inside the airport.

Victoria’s Secret (After Security)

Here you get access to Victoria's Secret Beauty & Accessories.

Amcal Pharmacy (Before Security)

The store offers both medical and travel products.

WHSmith (After & Before Security)

Here travelers can buy all from books to newspapers, magazines, stationary and travel products.

Tech2Go (After Security)

It brings the latest technology trends to the airport, and other products which you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

Food & Beverages

Billie Chu (After Security)

It is the best place to eat if you would love to taste Asian foods – noodles and spring rolls etc.

Crown Lager Bar (After Security)

A great place to have a drink and relax; it offers exceptional views through its large glass windows.

Gian Carlo (Before & After Security)

It offers a quality ambiance, great coffee and a variety of meals.

Gloria Jean’s (Before & After Security)

It offers 'beans to cup' coffee; it is rated amongst brands that offer specialty brands.

Healthy Habits (After Security)

It offers a healthy menu from Turkish bread sandwiches to baguettes and rolls.

Hungry Jacks (After Security)

Known for its quick-service it is a great place to grab a burger real fast!

Air Bar & Lounge (Before Security)

It offers light snacks, breakfast and meals for kids.

Bar Pulpo (After Security)

Besides Australian and Spanish wines, it also offers a great dining experience.

Cafe Vue Express (Before Security)

It offers a fine dining experience with great menu for dinner and lunch.

Hungry Jacks (After Security)

Known for its quick-service it is a great place to grab a burger real fast!

Hudson’s Coffee (Before & After Security)

Here you can drink a perfect cup of coffee.

Muffin Break (Before Security)

Muffin Break offers a big bunch of fresh muffins, cakes, slices and coffee.

Hudson’s Coffee (Before & After Security)

Here you can drink a perfect cup of coffee.

Little Sumo (Before Security)

It offers tasty and affordable food options.

Macchinetta (Before Security)

This place offers rooms where you can relax, eat, drink and read.

Able Baker Charlie (Before Security)

Besides Pizzas it offers a great array of freshly prepared produce.

Boost Juice (After Security)

Great place to taste some fine smoothies and juices!

Hightide Lounge (Before Security)

It is a Bristo where you can have a great dining experience!

Brunetti (After Security)

Salads, pastas and birthday cakes, Brunetti has something for everyone.

Muffin Break (After Security)

Muffin Break offers a big bunch of fresh muffins, cakes, slices and coffee.

Boost Juice (After Security)

Great place to taste some fine smoothies and juices!

Ali Baba (After Security)

Using herbs and spices, it offers a great variety of healthy food dishes.

Mc Donald’s (After Security)

Here you can choose from a big range of freshly prepared burgers.

Chop Salads (After Security)

It offers a light menu with numerous healthy dishes to choose from.


Virgin Australia Lounge

Qantas Club

Koru Club

Qantas Club

Best things to do in Melbourne Australia

If you only have a day or two and would like to explore the best of Melbourne City before heading to other cities in Australia, here are some of the things from 'top 10 things to do in Melbourne City’ list that you should definitely do!

  • National Gallery of Victoria

    National Gallery of Victoria

    Located in Melbourne’s downtown area or CBD, National Gallery of Victoria is the place for you if you want to see the city’s culture closely.

    Full of exhilarating art and spell-bounding exhibitions, and life-like sculptures, this museum, in existence since 1861, is Melbourne’s pride.

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

    Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

    Founded in 1838, it has hosted innumerable events over the years, for instance, the 1956 Olympics, the 1992 World cup, and the 2006 Common Wealth games.

    This historic venue, which is every Australians’ joy, is 10th largest stadium in the World!

  • The Melbourne Zoo

    The Melbourne Zoo

    Home to about 320 animal species from around the globe, Melbourne Zoo, which is officially known as The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, was founded in 1862.

    It provides various exhibits like the trails of the Elephants, Orangutan Sanctuary, Australian Outback, Lion Gorge, Wild Sea and African rainforest.

  • Eureka Tower & its Observation Deck

    Eureka Tower & its Observation Deck

    Eureka Tower is a skyscraper in Melbourne, Australia. Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, this 297.3 meters tower was added to Melbourne’s many attractions in 2006.

    Located on its 88th floor, its observation deck, called Eureka Sky deck, has a glass cube called 'The Edge’ – it hangs on the edge and is considered one of its main highlight.

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

    St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

    St Paul’s Cathedral came into being in 1890 and was built on the place of St Paul Parish Church or bluestone church which was demolished in 1885.

    The structure, designed by William Butterfield, is most noted for its spires and the Gothic transitional architecture.

Driving in Melbourne Tips


Driving lane

They drive on the left-hand side of the road, in Australia, while the driver's seat is on the right-hand side of the vehicle.

Driving License

Have your full and valid driving license with you at all times, besides other documents like IDP and rental agreement etc.

Speed Limit

In suburban areas, the speed limit is 50km/h; look for the sign posts, if they say otherwise, do as they instruct. Also note that in Victoria, though the speed limit for the roads outside the city is 100 km/h, in some portions of the freeway, it is 110km/h.

Seatbelt Laws

Wearing a seat belt is a compulsion in Australia since 1962. All the passengers, whether sitting in the front or the back seats, need to wear a seatbelt while in the car. If driving with children, child safety restraint systems or chairs are a must.


Melbourne witnesses heavy traffic from 7-9 in the morning and 5-7 in the evening. So plan your schedule in such a way that you can avoid the heavy traffic hours.

Driving & Drinking

Just like any other country, drunk driving is a big offense in Australia and the legal blood alcohol limit for Melbourne is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.

Roads to Avoid in Melbourne

In case you don’t have an option and have to somehow travel during the heavy traffic hours, here are a few roads that you should avoid during peak hours:
  • Punt Road
  • St Kilda Rd
  • Chapel St
  • Brunswick St
  • Fitzroy St
  • Bridge Rd/anywhere in Richmond

Best Australian Road Trips from Melbourne

Here are some of the few top road trips in Australia that are quite popular among the travelers. And the best part is that you can experience them in a care-free fashion by booking a car rental, from us, in advance!

Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
 1117 km  14 hrs

This Epic drive covers various places as one drive from Melbourne to Sydney. The first leg of the journey includes a visit to Bendigo from Melbourne, followed by Echuca-Moama, Albury Wodonga and then Sydney.

The Great Alpine Road
 339 km  5 hrs

Journey down the Great Alpine Road will take you from Wangaratta to Bright, followed by an upward trip to Omeo – where you should pay a visit to Mount Hotham which is Victoria’s highest alpine village. The last leg consists of a descending trip to Metung.

Great Southern Touring Route
 842 km  13 hr

This 5 day trip to Great Southern Touring route covers 4 destinations. Start by driving from Melbourne to Apollo Bay, followed by drives to Port Fairy, Halls Gap, and Ballarat. Before heading back to Melbourne, spend some time in Daylesford & one of its famous spas.

Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive
 1380 km  18 hr

You can take this drive via two routes. Coastal route asks for 7 days and covers Philip Island, Wilsons Promontory, Metung, Mallacoota, Narooma, Jervis Bay and Sydney. Inland road takes 6 days.

Touring the Murray
 659 km  8.5 hr

The first leg of the journey takes you from Albury Wodonga to Echuca-Moama, followed by Swan Hill and Mildura.

Great Ocean Road Route
 664 km  9.5 hr

While planning this trip, make sure that you take your time while exploring this beautiful drive. While driving from Melbourne to Apollo Bay to Halls Gap and back to Melbourne, you will come across 12 striking Apostles!

Gippsland Coastal Discovery Touring Route
 880 km   11.5 hr

It is a great way to explore Australia’s southern coastline! This route allows you to explore various places. The first leg drive is from Melbourne to Gippsland’s Walhalla and Lakes Entrance, followed by a visit to Wilsons Promontory and Philip Island.

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