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    Car hire from Melbourne Airport - book your rental

    Opened in 1970, Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, serves the city of Melbourne area. With only 23km from the city center it quickly became Australia's second busiest airport.

    With numerous facilities to hand, picking up a car hire at Melbourne Airport is the ideal solution. Serviced by six international car rental partners, Auto Europe is well positioned to provide you with a large selection of vehicles at competitive prices. Contact us today to find out how you can benefit from our local knowledge and take some time out to read our Australia Travel Information. Customers have left their comments, likes and dislikes about our service so that you can be fully aware of their experiences before you book. You can read these in our car hire reviews in Melbourne section.

    Airport Information

    Melbourne Airport (MEL)
    Official Name: Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport
    Address: Melbourne Airport, Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine, VIC 3043, Australia
    Location: Melbourne Airport is sited approximately 25km northwest from Melbourne's Central Business District. It is an estimated 25 minutes on the Tullamarine Freeway
    Airlines operating at Melbourne Airport (Domestic): Airnorth, Alliance, Jetstar, Qantas, Rex, Tigerair and Virgin Australia.
    Airlines operating at Melbourne Airport (International): Air Asia, Aircalin, Air China, Air India, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, Capital Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Jetstar, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Flyscoot, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Air, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air.


    Melbourne Airport is made up of four terminals with each one serving different airlines. Terminal 1, ground floor level, serves Qantas Airlines Domestic Arrivals. On this level you can also find baggage reclaim. Terminal 1, first floor level, serves Qantas Airlines Domestic Departures. On this floor you can also find check-in desks and security screening along with access to boarding gates. The mezzanine level primarily consists of shopping and the Qantas Club entrance.

    Terminal 2 serves all other international airlines, whilst Terminal 3 serves Rex departures and Virgin Australia Domestic flights. Both Terminal 2 & 3 consists of a similar layout. The ground floor is dedicated to arrivals, with baggage reclaim. Whilst the first floor is dedicated to departures, with check-in desks, security screening, customs, duty-free shopping, gates and lounges.

    Terminal 4 serves Tigerair, Jetstar & Rex (Regional Express). The ground floor level consists of baggage reclaim and exit. On the first floor you will find security screening, departure lounges and boarding gates.

    Car hire Pick up and Drop off

    Six car rental companies operate out of Melbourne Airport. Service desks for all the rentals are located on the ground floor of Terminal 1, 2 & 3 car parks. For ease, information desks can also be found in domestic terminals.

    On picking up your car hire, don't forget your important documents - namely, a valid driving licence, credit card with enough limit and your voucher. It is advised to fully read your terms and conditions before pick-up, paying particular attention to excess, insurance and fuel policies. Before driving away, fully inspect your car inside and out, marking any damage on your pick-up report.

    Up on returning your car hire to Melbourne Airport, a member of the car hire team will inspect your vehicle for any new damage. It is recommended that you arrive early to allow for plenty of time to do this.

    Company Opening Hours
    Avis Sunday-Saturday 5am-12am
    Budget Sunday-Saturday 5am-12am
    Europcar Sunday-Saturday 6am-11:59pm
    Enterprise 5am to 11.59pm
    Hertz Sunday-Saturday 5am-2am
    Thrifty Sunday-Saturday 6am-11:30pm
    Redspot Sunday-Saturday 6am-11:59pm

    Airport Facilities

    Numerous facilities are available within this international hub. Baby changing facilities can be found in Terminal 1, 2, 3 & 4. Shower facilities can be found near the toilets in Terminal 2 departures. Parcel lockers provided by Australia Post are also available at the Terminal 4 car park. The airport Medical Centre is located in Terminal 1, next to the pharmacy. The airport also provides free Wi-Fi access across all terminals, including lounges and boarding gates. A large array of shopping stores can also be found throughout the airport, along with ATM's and rest rooms.

    Transportation / How to get to the airport

    By Car
    Melbourne airport is approximately 25 minutes on the Tullamarine Freeway from the Melbourne Central Business District. Please note that a CityLink pass may be required. Alternatively, you may use the toll free option along the Western Ring Road. Melbourne is a great city to visit, but before setting off find out all about Melbourne with our guide.

    By taxi
    Taxi ranks can be found outside Terminal 1, ground floor level and between Terminal 2 & 3. A taxi rank can also be found at the transport hub, opposite Terminal 4, ground floor. Taxi fees are based on distance, location and time of travel. Please also note that a surcharge of $3.58 may also apply and be passed onto you should you use a taxi from the airport taxi rank. Additional charges may also apply for public holidays.

    By bus*
    The airport is well serviced by the local bus network, with a transport hub located just outside Terminal 4, ground floor level. From here you can catch the 478 bus (Airport West Shopping Centre - Melbourne Airport via Melrose Drive). The 479 bus (Airport West Shopping Centre - Sunbury Station via Melbourne Airport). The 482 bus (Airport West Shopping Centre - Melbourne Airport via South Centre Road) and lastly the 901 Smart bus (Melbourne Airport - Frankston).

    By train (via bus)*
    Taking the 901 Smart bus (Melbourne Airport - Frankston) from the transport hub Terminal 4, ground floor level, will connect you with the Craigieburn Train Line, simply alight at Broadmeadows Station.

    *Using these services
    A valid myki travel card is required and can be obtained from the SkyBus counter located outside Terminal 1 & 3. A myki card can also be purchased and topped up onboard a bus.

    Parking Tips

    Two large car parking areas are located in front of the airport (One opposite Terminal 1, 2 & 3 and the other opposite Terminal 4). Both car parks have undercover parking and are within 3-5 minutes walking distance from its respective terminal. Both car parks have a height restriction of 2.2 metres and allow car parking for cars and motorbikes, with disabled access also available.

    Long stay car parks are also available with a 4-5 minute shuttle bus ride to the terminals. The car park isn't covered and only allows for cars, not motorbikes. Height restrictions are 2.25 metres with disabled access is also available.

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    Melbourne Airport Information