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Melbourne Car Hire - Compare award-winning car rental deals

Pre-book your Melbourne car hire, with prices starting from just £2.79 per day with FREE cancellations*

Melbourne, Australia

Often dubbed the sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne is a city that offers recreational activities for everyone. Be it the thriving sports scene, or the beaches that frame the city, there's something here for people from all walks of life; you'll never struggle for things to do it Melbourne. It's an eclectic city where the locals are welcoming and encourage visitors to experience the city as they would; as one of their own. You'll be spoilt to no end of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs, offering cuisine and entertainment for whatever takes your fancy.

Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore this city at your own pace, and the way you want to. You'll have no trouble venturing out of the city and exploring the beautiful surrounding area, which offers up a true experience of what Australia's landscape is all about.

With car rental in Melbourne starting at £23.88* per day. Our three-step car hire booking process will find the perfect car hire for you, even at the last minute.

3 steps to cheap car hire

  • Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
  • Select - choose the car you want to hire
  • Book - with our secure payment system

How it Works

Once you have made your booking you will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference number. Keep all of the information provided in your confirmation email close to hand, as you will need this when collecting your vehicle. We've also created a useful checklist to help make sure you have everything prepared before you depart.

If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.

If you're simply looking for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras also provides highly competitive deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems.

If you're flying from a UK airport, we could help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges too.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Melbourne Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Driving on Australia's roads**

Australia is one of the few countries in the world that has similar driving laws as the UK; the only main difference being that they are written in kilometres per hour as opposed to the English miles per hour. Nevertheless, it's useful to know some of the regional laws and driving practices that Melbourne adheres to.

Road safety laws

  • Right hand drive - Drive on the left, overtake on the right.
  • Minimum age for car hire - Car hire companies in Australia require you to be over 21 years of age to rent a vehicle.
  • Seatbelt - It is compulsory for all occupants to wear a seatbelt. The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers are wearing a seatbelt.
  • Travelling with children - Children under 7 must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
  • Petrol stations - Most petrol stations are open at regular intervals. In larger cities, many will be open 24 hours a day.
  • Speed limits - Road signs are in kilometres per hour and in English.

Speed limits

  • Freeways and highways - 100kph/62mph
  • Urban/built up areas - limits range from 50 - 80 kph (approx 30 - 45 mph)
  • The Northern Territory - a 110kph speed limit applies to all rural roads on highways, unless otherwise indicated

  • Although these are the standardised speed limits, there may be local variations so please be careful to check the road signs.

    Driving licence

    Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

    If you are not from the UK, most car rental companies will require you to present the driving licence that is issued by your country of residence; not an International licence, or permit. Please double check with an individual car hire company if you are unsure.

    A UK driving licence will allow you to drive in some states in Australia, however you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for others. You may also be required to carry another form of personal ID with you while driving such as a passport.

    Mobile phone use

    It is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving. If you are caught using a mobile phone whilst driving you may be issued with a substantial fine.

    Drinking and driving

    Drink driving in Australia is a very serious offence. All states enforce strict drink driving laws, and police have the authority to stop random drivers at any point for random breathalyser tests. The legal limit is 0.05ml per 100ml of blood.

    It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance and holiday insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

    **This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.