Melbourne Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Melbourne

There are four airports serving Melbourne, with the largest two being Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport. Most travelers will fly into Melbourne from one of these two. Melbourne Airport is closer to the downtown area, approximately 20 km away, while Avalon Airport is about 50 km away. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has desks in both.

What to do and see in Melbourne

Melbourne is a large, vibrant city with plenty to see and do. The downtown area is very walkable and has a cool, modern vibe, particularly thanks to the street art often seen in pedestrian areas. The most famous murals can be found down Hosier Lane, which is often crowded. To see art in a quieter area, try heading to Fitzroy instead. When the sun goes down, you'll have plenty of options for eating, drinking and nightlife. For the liveliest scenes, check out King Street in the CBD or go to the neighborhood of Collingwood.

If you'd rather do something a little quieter, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Here, you'll see an impressive range of plants and flowers. You can easily spend a couple of hours strolling through the green surroundings. The Botanic Gardens are also home to the Aboriginal Heritage Walk. This 90-minute tour includes Aboriginal guides who explain the traditional uses of the plants, outlining how they have been used for food, medicine and tools. It's a fascinating look into Australia's indigenous heritage and well worth checking out.

The city is packed with museums, stores, restaurants and bars to keep you busy. Travelers often want to take day trips, too. Brighton, just half an hour away by car, is ideal if you'd like to spend a day at the beach. It's known for the Brighton Beach Boxes, rows of bright-colored beach huts that create the perfect backdrop for your vacation selfies. It's one of the most popular beach towns in the area, and there are cafes and stores to enjoy, too.

Another great option for a day trip is the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Just under 50 km from the city, this is an ideal drive if you want to have some fun with your car rental in Melbourne. This green landscape is dotted with lush hiking trails to explore. Some of them lead to spectacular waterfalls, while others will take you to elaborate gardens, like the National Rhododendron Gardens. It's also home to Puffing Billy, a historic steam train that has been preserved and runs looping journeys within the park.

Further afield, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect choice if you're looking to get away from it all. 75 km from Melbourne, this stunning natural area is a great place to soak in a hot spring. While you're there, you can also check out the beaches along a coastal hiking trail or try Arthur's Seat Eagle aerial tramway, which will offer you spectacular views across the peninsula.

Driving in Melbourne

Booking a car or van rental in Melbourne is a great way to get around the city and explore the surrounding areas. There are some things you'll need to keep in mind, though. Melbourne has a system of streetcars that run throughout the CBD and inner suburbs, and if you're sharing the road with a streetcar, you need to pass on the left. When one of these vehicles stops, you should stop level with the back of the streetcar and then wait for the passengers to get off.

Due to the streetcars, Melbourne has an unusual policy of hook turns, which you will not find elsewhere in Australia. Keep an eye out for intersections with a "Right Turn from Left Only" sign, which indicates the need for a hook turn. With your right indicator on, you will need to enter the intersection from the far left-hand lane. Stay on the left until you are as close as possible to the far side of the intersection. When the traffic light for the road you wish to enter is green, you can turn right. The local council has videos online that you can consult if you wish.

Melbourne is a very popular city with cyclists, and you are likely to share the road with many of them as you go around town. Luckily, the city has a huge number of bike lanes. It is illegal to drive in a bike lane until 50 meters before you turn right. Always keep a careful eye out for cyclists when turning.

Peak traffic hours in Melbourne are usually from 7:00-9:00 am, then 4:00-6:00 pm. As with all large cities, some traffic is inevitable, but you can plan your trip to avoid these times if possible. Rush hour traffic generally consists of commuters coming into the city for work from the outer suburbs. If you're heading out of Melbourne in the morning, you won't see so much traffic. During rush hour, stay away from West Gate Freeway if possible, as it's usually Melbourne's busiest road.

When on-street parking in Melbourne, there are a couple of things to take into account. First, your time in a parking space starts as soon as your vehicle stops. In-ground sensors are used to enforce this, so the time you spend getting out of your car and feeding the meter is considered part of the maximum time you can spend in a parking spot. Also, be aware that you cannot refeed a meter to extend your permitted time.

Car and van rental in Australia with Enterprise

Enterprise Australia offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Melbourne

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Melbourne

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Melbourne, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.