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Melbourne is one of Australia’s hottest cultural destinations, packing a host of world-class museums and galleries into its neatly organized city center. It’s also the gateway to one of the country’s most beautiful regions, Victoria. The best way to explore the city and its surrounding area is undoubtedly with a rental car. Orbitz can help you make the perfect choice for your itinerary.

Renting a car in Melbourne: What you need to know

There’s no need to be intimidated by driving a rental car in Melbourne. We’ve answered all of your biggest questions about the process below.

Which car rental companies operate in Melbourne?

Melbourne is a busy city with a high demand for rental cars. That means you can take your pick from a wide variety of well-known rental agencies. Use the search functions on Orbitz to find the best size and price for your trip, choosing from companies such as Budget, Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Firefly, Europcar and more.

What is the minimum age for renting a car in Melbourne?

You need to be at least 21 to rent a car in Melbourne; surcharges apply to drivers under 25.

Where do I pick up my rental car in Melbourne?

Both Melbourne’s city center and its airport to the north offer numerous car rental options. In the city, find car rental points by the train stations and across the downtown district.

What documentation do I need to pick up my rental car in Melbourne?

Take your driving license and credit card to pick up your car. If your license is not in English, you’ll need an official translation or an International Driving Permit.

Which side of the road do drivers use in Melbourne?

In Melbourne, as in the rest of Australia and in countries such as the UK, you drive on the left-hand side of the road. That means that all cars come with steering wheels on the right.

Explore Melbourne: Victoria on your doorstep

Melbourne is one of Australia’s cultural capitals. Use your rental car to explore this fascinating city, before heading out into the Victoria region to see some of its other natural wonders, listed below.


Take your time when exploring Melbourne. The trendy, laid-back city is best seen at a slower pace, with space to enjoy long meals in its numerous acclaimed restaurants, or just to wander around the colorful streets of the center. The Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne Museum, and the National Gallery of Victoria are among the cultural highlights.


Surfers flock to the coastal town of Torquay, just over an hour outside Melbourne. The waves are perfect for riding, and there’s a national museum dedicated to the sport. You don’t need to know how to hang ten to hang here, though – just come for the stunning beaches.

The Grampians National Park

Park your rental car, lace up your hiking boots, and prepare for some of the finest vistas in Victoria. The vast national park is rich with indigenous culture, sightseeing and wildlife. Drive to towns such as Ararat, St. Arnaud or Halls Gap for your gateways into this area of spectacular natural beauty. There are also wine regions hidden within the park, so take a sip while you’re here.