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Car hire Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, VIC
Terminal Building
Tullamarine VIC 3043
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Melbourne Airport - Commercial, Melbourne, VIC

Terminal Building
Tullamarine VIC 3043
Conveniently located at Melbourne Airport. Great range of trucks, utes, vans and buses available for hire. 

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, VIC

Terminal Building
Tullamarine VIC 3043
We are monitoring our email address, however, due to reduced staff levels, there may be an extended wait for a reply.
We appreciate your patience in this time and if your matter is urgent, please contact our reservations department on 1300 367 227. 

Tullamarine, Melbourne, VIC

155 Mickelham Road
Thrifty Tullamarine is just 30 minutes north of the Melbourne CBD, and is easy to find on Mickelham Road next to the Tullamarine Freeway overpass. It’s just down the road (4.3 kilometres) from the Melbourne International Airport, so is the perfect option for those flying in and out of the city. If you’re coming from the airport, you can jump in a taxi for the 10-minute trip, or take the Skybus.

Campbellfield, VIC

1648 Sydney Rd
Campbellfield VIC 3061
Look for the bright blue building on the corner of Somerset Road and Sydney Road. If you’re arriving by public transport, Upfield station is roughly two kilometres away. From there you can jump on the 532 bus that will bring you right to our front doors.

Coburg, Vic

152A Gaffney st
Coburg VIC 3058
Located on Gaffney St, you will find the Thrifty blue and white colours across from Harmony Park. If you're arriving by public transport, Batman station is a 10 min walk to the location.

Footscray, Melbourne, VIC

69 Hopkins Street
Footscray VIC 3011
You can find Thrifty Footscray at the corner of Irving Street and Hopkins Street. Located just 150m from the Footscray train station, and right next to the Footscray Market, it couldn’t be easier to find us!

Car hire at Melbourne Airport from Thrifty

  • Easy airport location - Arrive and Drive!
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Range of vehicles and additional accessories available

Car rentals available at Melbourne Airport

Rental cars

Melbourne Airport car hire

Thrifty stocks a range of options for car rental at Melbourne Airport, ranging from compact cars to larger family sedans and sporty and luxury cars. No matter what your driving needs are, we'll have a hire car for your Melbourne road trip. 


SUVs and 4WDs

Melbourne Airport SUV hire

We also have an excellent range of SUVS, including the Mitsubishi ASX, Toyota Kluger and Ford Territory to name a few. For superior comfort, unbeatable on-road performance and state-of-the-art technology, you can’t beat one of our SUVs.


Minibus and bus hire

Melbourne Airport bus hire

Travelling with a large group? You can't go past a minibus hire or a larger bus to fit your crew and luggage. You can hire an 8 seater van, 12 seater minibus or 25 seater bus. The 8 and 12 seaters can be driven on a car licence.  


Enjoy convenience with your Melbourne Airport hire car

Arrive and Drive

There's nothing like getting on the road and to your final destination quickly and easily after spending hours on a plane. With Thrifty and our Blue Chip benefits for car hire at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, you can take advantage of our Arrive and Drive service. Bypass the counters when you rent a car as a Blue Chip member. Simply check for your name on our large TV screens, head straight to your car rental bay to find the paperwork conveniently places in the front seat. Then, all you need to do is sign the condition report and hand it back to our friendly concierge before driving off. 

Not sure where to return a car rental at Melbourne Airport? Just bring it straight back to where you picked it up - just follow the signs to the rental car return area and look for the Thrifty logo.

Optional extras for car hire at Melbourne Airport

You can also choose to add handy extras to your hire car booking, such as child or baby seats, or a useful GPS navigation unit. Melbourne is notorious for confusing interstate and international travellers with their unique road rules! Don't get caught by Melbourne's infamous hook turns or many one way streets when you rent a GPS unit.  

Trucks, utes and moving vans for hire

Looking to hire a truck, moving van or ute? We also have an extensive fleet of commercial vehicles available for hire from Melbourne Airport, supplied via Thrifty's nearby Tullamarine office. View commercial vehicles >

Check out our special offers on car rental at Melbourne Airport

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Things to see and do with a rental car in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city alive and buzzing with eateries, cafes, attractions and exciting things to do, so a rental car is a great way to get around and see as much of it as possible. Within the city itself, you can check out Federation Square and its lively restaurant and cultural scene, take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens or shop up a storm at the Queen Victoria Market. 
Attractions right on the city’s doorstep include Australia’s most famous road trip, the Great Ocean Road, as well as the Yarra Valley, which is a true wine-lover’s dream. Geelong, Ballarat and Daylesford are all gorgeous spots, filled with history and culture. Meanwhile, Phillip Island and the Dandenong Ranges both have incredible scenery, and are great places to explore.

Tips and advice when visiting the Melbourne region

  • Be careful when driving on tram tracks, and give way to commuters getting off the trams
  • In the Melbourne CBD, hook turns are common (turning right from the left lane) and there are many one-way streets to watch out for.

Prefer to hire a car in Melbourne City? Our car rental Melbourne office is located in the heart of the city. 

And be sure to look for more awesome ideas for what to do with your rental car on the Thrifty travel blog!

Frequently asked questions

What is the most popular hire car at Melbourne Airport?

The most popular Melbourne Airport car hire is the Mitsubishi ASX, a fantastic compact SUV that does it all. This five-seater vehicle offers plenty of space in the interior, with room for a couple of large bags in the back. This is a smooth and quiet ride with automatic transmission, making it an easy choice for those just as keen to explore the city as they are to get out and drive the Great Ocean Road. 

That said, there’s quite the range of options when it comes to Melbourne Airport car rental, so your perfect Thrifty rental might be something smaller and zippier for the city, or even larger and more rugged for getting out and exploring Victoria. 

Where can I book a hire car at Melbourne Airport?

Thrifty offers convenient Melbourne Airport car rental right inside the terminal building. 
Melbourne Airport is designed as one large, long building, broken up into four terminals on the inside. At one end is Terminal 1, the Qantas domestic terminal. In the middle is T2, the international terminal, and T3, the Virgin Australia and regional airline domestic terminal. At the other end is T4, where you will find Jetstar and TigerAir flights. 

Thrifty is located in T3, straight across from the middle baggage carousel. The good news is that you can walk the length of the entire terminal building, so you’ll be able to visit us and book a Melbourne Airport car hire at the desk no matter which airline you’re flying with, or which terminal you arrive in.

How much does it cost to hire a car in Melbourne Airport?

The cost of a Melbourne Airport car rental can vary greatly. It is mostly down to which model you’re looking for, and how many days you want to rent it for, but it can also depend on your age (younger drivers incur a daily surcharge), whether you take advantage of any specials, and whether you’re looking for a one-way rental or plan to return it to the airport. You will also need to factor in whether you would like to opt for a Premium or Ultimate Protection plan, and if you need any of our optional extras, such as a booster seat or GPS unit. 

That said, as a rough estimate of the cost of a Melbourne Airport car hire, you can expect to pay approximately $80-$120 per day for a compact car, such as a Toyota Yaris. If you’re looking for a mid-sized sedan, small SUV, or a standard hybrid car rental, the daily rental fee is typically $120-$160. Large rentals, luxury vehicles, and 4WDs are at the higher end, costing around $160-$200 per day. 

To get the best deal, always book in advance to ensure you get your preferred model, and take advantage of discounts for advance payments. 

Where do I return my hire car at Melbourne Airport?

When you return your Melbourne Airport car hire, you’ll need to take it back to the same place you picked it up from, in the parking area. 
When you enter the airport, you’ll follow the signs and stay in the right two lanes at the T123 entry. Simply look for the bright blue Thrifty signs in the car rental drop off area to find us! 

Can I collect a car from Melbourne Airport and return somewhere else?

Yes! Thanks to Thrifty’s large car rental network, you can pick up a Melbourne Airport car hire and drop it off at another of our locations. We love road trips and travel, and we know that it’s sometimes just simpler to book a one-way rental so you don’t have to make a return trip. 

There is a one-way fee for this convenience, which depends on the pick up and drop off points. You’ll be able to see the cost when you search for a Melbourne Airport car rental with a different drop off point. 

For more information, you can always get in touch with our friendly call centre at 1300 367 227, so you can find out which Thrifty locations participate in our one-way rental network, and obtain a quote for your road trip. 

Customer Reviews

Customer reviews and testimonials

Check out our customer reviews who have book with our Melbourne Airport location in the past year:

"Best experience from a rental company in ages.”
“I always choose Thrifty for the competitive rates, great service and good cars.” 
“I was super impressed with the staff, our rep that we dealt with was superb, friendly, honest and efficient. He was the same rep when I returned the car and was simply lovely to deal with. Made the whole process pleasant and absolutely hassle-free. He is a huge asset to the company.” 
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