Rent a Car Melbourne Tullamarine Intl Airport (MEL)

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Melbourne Tullamarine Intl Airport (MEL)


Arrivals Drive,
Melbourne, VI, Victoria, 3045, Australia


CALL: (61) 2 9353 9000

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Tue 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Thu 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Location Information
Preferred Service
International & Domestic passengers exit the terminal and walk across the street to the Avis Preferred booth located in the Car Rental carpark.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Renter Requirements

Optional Coverages

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is included in Avis Australia rentals. LDW reduces customer liability from the full value of the Avis vehicle to the standard excess amount.

Excess Options

Excess Reduction (ER), available online or Zero Excess, available at counter in participating locations are optional coverage that further reduces the standard excess.

Please click here for further information.

Credit Card Policies

Avis generally accepted credit and debit cards include; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and an Avis Charge Card. However, some locations may not accept all card types.

At commencement of rental, Avis does not accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card, a travel money card or an EFTPOS card. Avis also does not accept cards presented on phones/watches and doesn't allow contactless payment methods such as pay-wave. A physical credit or debit card must be presented at the start of rental. At the end of the rental, some Avis locations will accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card as a final form of payment.

Please Note: Rentals paid for by a valid credit/debit card will be subject to a card transaction fee of 1.29% (including GST) at time of pick-up.

Pay Now: If the names on the credit card do not match the credit card used at Reservation, it may be deemed as a non-permissible change to your Pay Now reservation. You may be required to cancel and re-book at the current rates (including any reasonable and applicable cancellation fees).

Avis Australia may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. Please see Rental Qualification Policy.

Debit Card Policies

See Credit Card Policy above.

Drivers License

The Driver must (i) hold a full and valid driving licence (not being a learners licence or provisional licence), (ii) have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or official translation (if licence is not in Roman alphabet), (iii) have held their licence for minimum 12 consecutive months immediately prior to signing the Rental Agreement.

An International Driving Permit is not a stand-alone document and this must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence for it to be valid.

Digital drivers licences are only accpeted in the issuing state. If you're travelling interstate you must present a physical (plastic) drivers licence.

Public Liability and Property Damage


Additional Driver Policy

All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers licence requirements as the main renter. Each Additional Driver may be charged a daily fee. A young driver surcharge may apply.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to drive a vehicle with Avis is 21 years of age. All drivers must hold a current, full and valid drivers licence, that has been valid for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. A young driver surcharge may apply.


You may cancel your booking at any time by calling reservations or managing your booking online.


For Pay Now reservations, depending on when you cancel, you may be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.

  • If you need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $82.50 AUD.
  • If you need to cancel within 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $165.00 AUD.
  • If the value of the reservation is less than the cancellation fee, you will not be charged any further amount and will not be entitled to any refund.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pick-up date, a no show fee of the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited.
  • Amounts indicated above are inclusive of GST.

COVID-19 Cancellation Waiver: Until 28 February 2022, we are offering free cancellation on Pay Now Rentals when you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of rental collection.

Fuel Policy

Modifying Your Booking

  • You may change your booking (whether a Pay Now or Pay at Location booking) any time before the day you are due to pick-up the vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available). We will send you a revised booking confirmation email confirming your new booking details. For Pay Now reservations, the additional amount to be paid will be charged at time of rental pick up.
  • For Pay Now reservations, if you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of your payment. This does not detract from your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Modifying or returning your vehicle to a different location, changing the dates or the rental duration, will result in the reservation being recalculated at the new daily rates and any applicable one way fees or other charges may apply.


At the start of your rental, a hold will be placed on your credit/debit card for the total estimated rental charges plus an additional pre-authorisation. You must use an approved payment card that is in your name and has enough funds available.

Passenger Vehicles
Pay later reservations

  • $0 for credit card payments 
  • $200 for debit card payments
  • $200 for all Signature Series vehicles only credit cards are accepted

Pay now reservations

  • $200 for credit card payments 
  • $200 for debit card payments
  • $200 for all Signature Series vehicles only credit cards are accepted

Commercial Vehicles

  • Up to $400 for credit or debit card payments. Please confirm with the pickup location

A pre-authorisation holds an amount of money in your account. Once a pre-authorisation has been held, you will not be able to use that money.

At the end of your rental, the final payment amount will be processed and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released. Depending on your bank, the money is usually released within 7-10 working days. Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.


The collection, use, disclosure and retention of your information, including your personal information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject our Privacy Notice located on our website or in the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement and the Privacy Act 1988.

Rates and Inclusions

The vehicle rental price is calculated based on your requested start and end dates and times, the rental location(s) and the type of vehicle you request. Unless stated otherwise, the price also includes all costs you must pay, for example, administration fees, GST, Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) and any location surcharges.

Rental Qualification Policy

Avis Australia may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. For further information and to download the form please click here.

Signature Series

When renting a vehicle from the Signature Series range specific Terms and Conditions apply.

  • Debit cards are not permitted.
  • At the start of your rental, a hold will be placed on your card for the total estimated rental charges plus an additional pre-authorisation of $200 on credit card.
  • Drivers must hold a full valid drivers licence (not being a learners or provisional licence) and be over 25 years of age.
  • Local Renters - The Local Airport Qualification Form must be completed with 2 contact telephone numbers. A second form of identification will be required for your booking. You will be required to provide proof of your current address that matches your current driver¿s licence. An example of the acceptable form of ID is a current utility or phone bill.
  • Interstate one-way rentals are not permitted on Signature Series vehicles.

Travel Restrictions

Area of Use Restrictions

Restrictions may apply if you intend to take the vehicle outside the local area in which it is being collected. Local driving conditions and restrictions vary between locations, so you must contact the pickup location prior to your rental date for further information. During the ski season, vehicles may not be taken above the snowline (unless advised otherwise). Please contact your selected location for further information.

Where You Can and Cannot Drive the Vehicle

You and any Authorised Driver must not, unless authorised in writing by Avis drive or take the Vehicle:

  • to Gove Peninsula or any island off the coast of Australia (including, but not limited to, Kangaroo Island, Bruny Island, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Groote Eylandt or the Tiwi Islands)
  • to Kangaroo Island; however, if so authorised in writing by Avis, You and any Authorised Driver must not drive the Vehicle between dusk and dawn outside town limits;
  • into or out of the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmania
  • In Queensland
    • on Highway No.27: beyond Chillagoe in a Westerly direction
    • on Highway No.1: beyond Normanton in a Southerly, direction and no further North than Karumba
    • beyond Cooktown to the North or Lakeland to the West and no further North than Cape Tribulation on the Coast Road
    • Or on the Coast Road from Helenvale to Cape Tribulation, or from Laura to Lakeland, unless the Vehicle is a 4 wheel drive vehicle
  • in the snow at any time and anywhere (including Tasmania)
  • above the snow line in New South Wales (being Jindabyne) or Victoria (being Bright), from the beginning of June until the end of September
  • on beaches or through streams, dams, rivers or flood waters
  • in Western Australia:
    • to any parts north of Carnarvon;
    • on the Kalumburu Road, Tanami Road, Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway and Holland Track:
    • on the Gibb River Road, Cape Leveque Road and Windjana Gorge unless the Vehicle is a 4WD Vehicle and is being driven in 4WD mode on these roads;
    • beyond 100 kilometres of the Perth city limits between dusk and dawn; or
    • outside any town or city limits between dusk and dawn.
  • in the Northern Territory:
    • on the Jim Jim Falls Road to Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls; or
    • outside any town or city limits between dusk and dawn.
  • Airside on any airport in Australia unless You have authorisation from Avis in writing.



Other Nearby Locations

Hire a Car at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport serves one of the largest and most dynamic cities in Australia. Serving as the capital of the State of Victoria, the city also acts as a centre of finance, trade, and other business.

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In 2016, over 35 million passengers utilised nearly 240,000 aircraft while travelling to and from Melbourne to destinations all over the world. Visitors coming for rest and relaxation can enjoy the many scenic parks and forests, beaches, shopping, and food available throughout the region.

When you arrive at Melbourne airport you will find Avis counters located next to the entrance of the ParkRoyal Hotel. The cars are located a short distance from the terminals. Avis has a large range of vehicles available from Melbourne Airport. Compact and zippy cars for a day trip, full size for a long weekend getaway and or even a Signature Series BMW for a special occasion we have a car for everyone. 

Things To Do Near Melbourne Airport

Melbourne presents visitors with opportunities to enjoy both big city fun and remote rural adventure. Visitors should try and take advantage of all that the region has to offer. Even some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery can be experienced within an hour's drive of the airport.

One of the closest attractions to the airport, the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) offers world-class arts, food and culture, including, but not limited to:

  • Vintage City Circle Tram.
  • Melbourne’s Historical Trail, featuring examples of city architecture dating back 150 years or more.
  • Restaurants featuring globally inspired cuisine from Vietnam to Venice and everywhere in between.
  • Queen Victoria Market, a must-see for those shopping for food, souvenirs, or just an authentic Melbourne experience.

Kingslake National Park, home to the iconic Masons Falls, offers over 23,000 hectares of forest and wildlife to explore. Enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and some of the most amazing scenery in central Victoria.

Lerderderg State Park centres around the Lerderberg River and the surrounding area. This 14,000 plus hectare park offer spectacular canyon views, challenging 4x4 trails, hiking, biking, and more. While in the area, also check out nearby Wombat State Forest, whose establishment dates back to 1871 and covers a massive 40,000 hectares.

Port Phillip Bay’s beaches offer wide areas of bright sand bordering onto land protected calm waters. Popular choices include a dog-friendly beach at Altona, Port Melbourne beach, and Elwood Beach.

Many also flock to the unique and historical look of Victorian Era bathing boxes at Brighton Beach.

For one of the best shopping experiences in the entire region, try nearby Watergardens Town Centre in the fast-growing township of Taylor’s Lakes. With over 100,000 square metres of shopping space with a broad selection of stores, visitors to the region should find a store to meet any need.

The Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve offers an exciting opportunity to experience a wide variety of wildlife in a unique and beautiful setting. The lake itself extends for 880 hectares but averages a depth of only 100 centimetres. Famous for hosting several species of waders and other rare birds, Lake Connewarre remains a favourite of wildlife enthusiasts. It sits somewhat farther from the airport and the CBD than other listed attractions but is worth the trip.

Distances to Attractions

  • Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD – 22.7 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Kingslake National Park – 78.4 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Lerderberg State Park – 49.2 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Wombat State Forest – 63.7 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Brighton Beach – 36.9 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Altona Beach – 33.2 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Watergardens Town Centre – 17 kilometres
  • Melbourne Airport to Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve – 101.6 kilometres

Nearest Petrol Stations to Melbourne Airport

BP has a petrol station within a kilometre of the airport on Centre Road and Melbourne Road. Southeast of the airport, just off of Highway M2 on Mickelham Road sits two Caltex stations and a Cole’s Express.

For those travelling north, the closest station is a BP several kilometres away on C743.

Avis Melbourne Airport

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

To provide you with an estimate of a cost to rent a car from Melbourne Airport, we need to know more about your hire period, the car you want and how long you need it for.

Can I rent a car from Melbourne Airport and return to Melbourne city?

Yes, one way rentals from the airport to the city are possible. A one-way fee may apply. Enter your details in the search form to get a quote.

Can I rent luxury cars from Melbourne Airport?

Yes, the Avis Signature Series luxury collection is available from Melbourne airport. Choose from Mercedes or BMW’s to give your next drive a touch of class.

Is Melbourne Airport Tullamarine or Avalon?

Melbourne Airport also is referred to as Tullamarine to locals, but Avalon is a separate facility. Only Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL) hosts international flights. Book a car at Avalon Airport instead. 

Which airport is closer to the city in Melbourne?

Melbourne Airport is approximately 30 kilometres closer to the Melbourne CBD than Avalon Airport.

How much is a taxi from Melbourne airport to city?

Average taxi fare from Melbourne Airport to the Melbourne CBD can range from A$55 to A$65 or more. Booking a car with Avis makes the most financial sense on your Melbourne trip.