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It's called the most liveable city in the world for a reason. Discover exactly why when you cruise through Victoria's capital city with a car hire in Melbourne.

With an economy that only keeps getting stronger, Melbourne can be a quite expensive destination. But just because some tourists decide to take big chunks of their savings to have a Melbourne holiday doesn't mean that you have to do the same. Enjoying Melbourne on the cheap is as easy as knowing the right places to go to, and renting a cheap, reliable car to roam the city streets.

Alpha Car Hire provides excellent car rental Melbourne services for cheap prices. See the sights of the most liveable city in the world in style, with a car that's practically new. Rest easy knowing that Alpha will always provide you with comfortable and reliable cars and the best deals possible for them. Rent a car with Alpha today!

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Kate is just fantastic, it is a pleasure to deal with her when picking up or dropping off a vehicle. I couldn't rate her high enough.

, Car Hire February 2013 Darren voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

The majority of the staff were cheerful which is hard to find in Brisbane for some reason. Thank you

, Car Hire February 2013 Chris voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

Great service as usual

, Car Hire February 2013 James voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

I found overall the service was excellent, we wanted to go with your company as we rented a vehicle on our trip to melbourne last august I would highly recommend your company to all our friends and relatives plus the cost of the rental was amazing... Thank you will see you again on our next trip to the gold coast

, Car Hire February 2013 Marion voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

I was upgraded without even asking. So, pretty happy.

, Car Hire February 2013 Albert voted our over all service 4 out of 5 stars 4/5

A very efficient, friendly and honest service. Thank-you Alpha!

, Car Hire February 2013 Mel voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Good service and good price

, Car Hire February 2013 Jae-oh voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Well done, no problems

, Car Hire February 2013 robert voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Shuttle bus was right there when I arrived so it was perfect.

, Car Hire February 2013 Sanela voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

Very happy have used Alpha on all our trips to australia for past 5 years and happy to recommend them to our friends.....Very hassel free...

, Car Hire February 2013 Anthony voted our over all service 5 out of 5 stars 5/5

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Popular Melbourne Attractions

Melbourne is a centre for inspiring art, rich culture, and great shopping. There are so many exciting things to see around the capital, that it gets a little dizzying trying to figure out where to go first. To give you a bit of inspiration for your plans, here are some of our favourite places in Melbourne:

DFO South Wharf

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20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006

For the serious shopper; the Direct Factory Outlets in South Wharf, Melbourne is the place to be. With over 120 local and international brands available, you'll have a myriad of stores to shop around in. Go gaga over amazing fashion for discounted prices, only a stone's throw away from the city centre.

Hours of shopping can be tiring so just head out to the DFO food court whenever you feel like your stomach's starting to grumble. Whether you're craving for coffee, cake, a quick snack, or even a heavier meal; the food outlets will have something for you.

If you're with your little ones, all toilet areas offer separate rooms for privacy. Each of the parents' rooms have changing tables for an easy diaper change and microwave ovens to warm the bottles. There's plenty of parking in the DFO so you don't need to worry about taking public transportation with two armfuls of shopping bags.

Arts Centre Melbourne

Melbourne Arts Centre

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004

Witness the best of local and international performing arts in the busiest performing arts centre in Australia. Discover the centre's arts and cultural history by taking part of one of its guided tours. Bring a part of Melbourne's inspiring art with you as you shop around the Arts Centre Sunday Market. Get a taste of Victoria's finest as the most talented local artists and producers showcase everything from handcrafted goods to freshly made delicacies.

From operas to musicals, to plays, to ballets, to dramas, to festivals, to every other avenue for showcasing culture and arts; The Arts Centre Melbourne will have something for you to enjoy.

To get the show schedules and for more information, you can check out

Balloon Flights Over Melbourne

 Balloon Flights Over Melbourne

123 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

See stunning panoramic views of Victoria's Capital with Balloon Flights Over Melbourne. Watch as the capital wakes from its serene slumber to transform into a bustling metropolis, all with a spectacular view of the Melbourne sunrise. Take photographs of landmarks, stunning parks, gardens, and beaches from your own bird's eye view. Enrich your experience as Chris Shorten, the Chief Pilot, shares his experience and knowledge about flying balloons over the city.

After your adventure in the skies, it's time to reward your courage with a luxurious private dining experience at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne with a five-star champagne breakfast.

Glide through the skies with Balloon Flights Over Melbourne. Ask for the special offer code available when you make your booking with Alpha Car Hire. Receive a $20/Adult discount off Balloon Flights Over Melbourne's advertised rate.

St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach

St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia

A short distance from the city stands one of the most picturesque parts of Melbourne. Bask in the Melbourne sun and get that perfect tan as you play a game of beach volleyball, swim in the seas, or even just laze around on the beach and read a book. Work on that beach body as you jog, cycle, or rollerblade around the foreshore. Stroll along the pier and meet the penguins, nestled in between the rocks. Satisfy that thrill-seeking side of you and try windsurfing, sailing, or other water sport activities.

Whether you want to be in, on, or even under the sea, St Kilda Beach has something for you. Head over to Melbourne's favourite beachside suburb to have some fun in the sun.

Find out about all the exciting things that you can see and do when you visit St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne

Phillip Island

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Phillip Island Cowes, Australlia

Escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis and enjoy the serene flora and fauna of Phillip Island. Waddle on to the wild side in Penguin Parade; let the little ones feed the koalas in the Koala Conservation Centre; get a taste of the country life and bond with the farm animals in Churchill Island; and explore the fantastic scenery of the coastline from the cliff top boardwalks of the Nobbies Centre.

For the side of you that thinks outdoor activities and motorsports are sexy, head out to the Phillip Island Circuit to satisfy your need for speed. They have everything from F1 Triathlons to custom car shows, to car and motorcycle races, to even family events like go-karting.

Enjoy the spectacular views around the island, meet the quirky animals in the centres, and get together with racers and enthusiasts around the world. Head out to Phillip Island for a fantastic escape.

Melbourne Toll Roads

Melbourne has several toll roads to reduce overall travel time and keep you out of the city traffic. Take note that Victoria no longer has manual toll points where you can pay with cash. To avoid any hassle and penalty fees, do yourself a favour and pick up a Melbourne toll pass after collecting your vehicle from Alpha. If you're unsure about how to get the toll pass, feel free to ask one of our friendly staff to help you out. Remember that if you don't do this, you'll be spending what could've been additional meals or shopping money for penalties. Yikes!

Melbourne Toll Roads:

  1. Southern Link (M1)
  2. Western Link (M2)
  3. East Link (M3)
  4. Batman Avenue

Taking these roads will reduce your travel time and fuel consumption, but remember that nothing in life is free. Each toll point will charge you ranging from $1.34 to $7.53, with some routes crossing multiple toll points along the way. Check out our CityLink page for more details on how to pay your tolls in Melbourne.

Parking in Melbourne

With over 42,000 parking spaces around the city, finding a street parking space for your car is actually quite easy. It's all a matter of knowing the parking regulations and understanding the parking signs around the city.

Public carparks in Melbourne are even easier to find. Of course, they can get quite expensive. If you're going to park your car the entire day (whether on street parking or a public carpark), make sure to find out which spaces have fee caps. Depending on price, you may be able to save on paying for a 4 hour cap than for paying per hour for a space. Finding an off-street parking complex is much easier and means you will be safe from the parking inspectors but if you need to park for a few hours the prices can get expensive. If you're planning a full day in the city then keep an eye out for "early bird" specials and pick up a great deal at a fraction of the cost.

Check out the City of Melbourne guides for parking to learn the road regulations and avoid expensive fines.

Ivana Nikolic
is the Marketing Manager at Alpha Car Hire - Driven by Price and Service.
She's a true champion for providing excellent customer experience at cheap prices. You
get the best car rental service and complete transparency that when you hire Alpha near
your location.

"I challenge you to find better prices. If you can find it, we'll beat it, guaranteed!"
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Spend less for getting around the most liveable city in the world and more for the fun stuff with a cheap car hire Melbourne service. Book with Alpha and get the best deals for comfortable cars that are practically new. Remember, if you can find a better deal for the same car (similar terms and conditions) and send us the quote; we will beat that price. Hire a car from Alpha today!

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