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
SUVs and 4WDs
Minibus and bus hire
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
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 and testimonials
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