Once you arrive in Melbourne, you will be immediately impressed with the size of the city. Being the capital of Victoria State, Melbourne is not only the largest city in this state but also the second largest in Australia. Read more on general travel information in Australia. Founded in 1835, the city is located on the natural bay of Port Phillips and bordered by mountain ranges and the popular tourist area of Yarra Valley. If wine tasting is your desire, then the Yarra Valley is a great place to start. With the freedom your car hire in Melbourne will give, you can visit this thriving wine district and taste classics such as chardonnay, pinot noir and numerous other sparkling wines. If you prefer beaches and nature, then heading over to the Mornington Peninsula would be your ideal setting. The perfect location to hire a beach house, the area provides an abundance of water sports and camping options.
Melbourne city itself is a bustling metropolis with numerous cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions. It is an international cultural center full of festivals, comedy shows, music, drama, literature and musicals. The nightlife together with its waterfront make Melbourne an excellent city in which to go out in and although driving around the city can be challenging at times, your hired car will give you the flexibility to explore further.Before picking up your hire car, make sure you have all the necessary documents, valid driving licence, voucher and have read our driving in Australia guide. Choosing a car hire in Melbourne can be challenging at times, finding the right vehicle within your budget can be time consuming and a headache. For everything car rental, Auto Europe is here to help you, so why not contact us today!
Melbourne roads are infamously bad and therefore as in any major city should be avoided especially during rush hours. Traffic can be extremely heavy and often opting to drive around can be a major headache. Roads are best avoided during the week rush hours, which are from 7am until 9am and from 5pm until 7pm. Likewise, during the weekends, Saturday evening should be avoided due to revelers and families going out. Overall, traffic can be a very stressful affair, especially as many adopt a more aggressive style of driving. The flexibility to travel to where you want, when you want has its advantages though.
As in any major city, Melbourne has a limited supply of parking. Although not impossible, it can be a very stressful time when looking for parking. On road parking is available but make sure you check that it is allowed. Signs can be confusing and fines can be costly, so you need to be confident that where you're parking is allowed. Other options are parking garages, although these can be expensive at least you have the added piece of mind that your hired car is safe, secure and you won't be picking up any fines, or worse, get towed away.
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria State and the second most populated city in Australia. Located on the natural bay of Port Phillip, the metropolis extends out towards Macedon, Dandenong, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Weather wise, Melbourne is notorious for having multiple seasons in one day. Due to this it is advisable to always dress for the unexpected. Summer time (December - February) has a mean temperature of 25.3ºC with a max of 30ºC. Autumn (March - May) sees temperatures range from 10ºC until 20ºC, with morning fog being often the case. Winter (June - August) sees temperatures fall to as low as 6ºC with snow falling mainly in the northeast of Victoria. Spring (September - November) can be the most volatile time of year with sunny days and cold days merging. October sees the most rain, with an average of 10 days rainfall.
Melbourne (Tullamarine) International Airport, is located approximately 25 minutes on the Tullamarine Freeway, north-west of Melbourne's Central Business District.
Melbourne (Tullamarine) International Airport (MEL)
Address: Melbourne Airport, Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine, VIC 3043, Australia
Website: Melbourne Airport
Telephone: +61 3 9297 1600
An integrated public transport network is available and covers most of the metropolitan area. It consists of trains, trams and buses, with any gaps in the network covered by an equally efficient taxi service. The rail network has 209 suburban stations and 16 lines all of which integrate into the City Loop from the southeast and northwest. The City Loop is a partial underground system directly underneath the City Business District. Melbourne city has rail connections with many regional Victorian cities including an interstate service to Sydney and Adelaide from Southern Cross Station.
In addition, Melbourne has an excellent tram network with 25 routes. Trams are mainly situated along the sides of current roads, but some patches in the network operate like a light-rail. The bus network consists of around 300 routes and helps link up suburban neighborhoods to the city. For the healthy minded amongst us, a bicycle sharing system exists. Here you can pick up a bicycle and cycle around town. Pick-up and drop off zones are located around the city.
Melbourne operates a myki ticketing system (similar to the UK Oyster card system) for use on the city's trams, trains and buses. For visitors you are able to purchase a myki Explorer Pack, which along with containing a myki card, also comes with useful tourist information and special offers. Always remember to touch in and out when using the public transport network. Touch panels are generally located at train station entrances or onboard trams/buses. Melbourne city is divided into 2 zones and your myki will need to be valid for that specific zone.
The public transportation network runs from Monday to Sunday. The bus network operates from 6am - 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am - 9pm Saturday and 9am - 9pm on Sundays. On Friday and Saturday nights, a night service runs on all metropolitan trains, trams and buses. In addition a 2am coach is available to regional areas.
Travellers who want to explore even more everything that Australia has to offer can opt for a campervan in Melbourne. This is the perfect way to create memorable moments and take a road trip through the beautiful Australian hidden gems. Drivers can feel at home on the road, and benefit from the mobility and freedom that only a motorhome can offer.