There are different ways to visit Melbourne. Like all major cities, Melbourne has an efficient public transport system, which makes it easy to get around the city. There is also a free tram line in the CBD. Nevertheless, if you want to explore its beautiful surroundings, it’s best to hire a car. To make it easier for you, here is an overview of car rental companies in Melbourne as well as great places to see in the area.

Car rental comparison

To get a good deal when renting a car in Melbourne or in any other Australian city, it’s easiest to use a price comparison platform. Based on your selected criteria, you compare different vehicles at the best price.

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Car rental Melbourne – Agencies

As in all major cities, it is relatively easy to find car rental companies in Melbourne. Generally, they all offer the same type of service at the same price.

The main car rental agencies are:

  • Europcar
  • Reviews
  • Sixt car
  • Hertz
  • Budget

Most of them are located in the city center and near the airport.

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Rental car prices

In Melbourne, you pay about 30 to 35 dollars for a day. However, if you rent the car for several days, prices decrease. For example, a basic model costs on average $ 25 (per day) if you’re renting for a week.

Tips for renting a cheap car in Melbourne
Book well in advance to have more choices
Use an online price comparison tool
Go to agencies located at airports (often cheaper than the agencies in the city)
Rent for a duration of more than 3, 5, 7 days, to save money with lower day rates
– Travel in groups to share costs
Compare charges for excess mileage. The option “more expensive car with unlimited mileage” might be better than “cheap car plus excess mileage”

Visit Melbourne and its surroundings

Melbourne City

You can easily go sightseeing and explore Melbourne walking and catching public transport. Like in most big cities, heavy traffic makes it difficult to drive in the city center. Moreover, parking spots are difficult to find and expensive.

More information on Melbourne:
Melbourne Travel Tips
What to do in Melbourne in 2 days

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Melbourne Surroundings

About 30 minutes from Melbourne City

St Kilda
St Kilda is located in Port Philip on the outskirts of Melbourne. This area is famous for many attractions, its artistic and cultural flair, and the beach.

Organ Pipes National Park
This park is known for the basalt columns that resemble organ pipes found in the largest cathedrals in the world. You get there by car from Melbourne (about twenty kilometers).

1 to 2 hours from Melbourne

The Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Danges
One hour from Melbourne, the Yarra region is renowned for its wine. Enjoy the serenity and the exceptional kitchen.

Mornington Peninsula
You get to the Mornington Peninsula in 1 hour by car from Melbourne. This place offers beautiful beaches and all kinds of activities: wildlife watching (dolphins, sea lions), hiking, diving, surfing, horse riding etc.

Philip Island
Located in the bay of Western Port and 140 km southeast of Melbourne, Philip Island is a stunning little island connected to the mainland by a bridge. Nicknamed the Penguin Island, it is famous for hosting the parade of these little beings at dusk.

Lysterfield Park
Lysterfield Park is a beautiful place located one hour from Melbourne. It offers a variety of activities: hiking, cycling, barbecue etc. At the lake, swimming and water sports are allowed (surfing, canoeing, pedal boating, and sailing).

More than 2 hours from Melbourne

Wilsons Promontory National Park
Considered the southern tip of Australia, Wilsons Promontory National Park is a peninsula south-east of Melbourne (approximately 200km). Go for hikes to admire the rich nature and wildlife (koalas, kangaroos, wallabies).

Great Otway National Park
Located about 3 hours from Melbourne, this park offers a diverse landscape: sandy beaches, cliffs, forests, lakes, and waterfalls.

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Updated on the 15/01/2020. Initially published on the 09/12/2018.

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