The Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the second busiest airport in Australia, and is also the third busiest in the Asia-Pacific region. When your airport is this massive and this popular, it indicates one thing when you land: hectic airport traffic.
Escape the stress and hassle of airport traffic and zoom straight to Victoria's posh capital, with a cheap and comfortable car hire from Alpha. You get to spend less for transportation and more for shopping and experiencing the sights and sounds of the most liveable city in the world. With our price beat guarantee, we promise to give you the best deals for reliable and practically brand new cars. Get instant access to the bustling city of Melbourne with our car hire Melbourne Airport service.
Get an easy car hire experience that includes free ride to our depot, where our friendly staff will help you pick up your vehicle. Forget the hassle of airport traffic and the expensive cab ride, and book a car rental in the Melbourne Airport service today!
Melbourne Airport Location
- Melbourne Airport:
- 33 Catalina Dr,
- Tullamarine VIC 3043
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What Our Customers Have To Say
Very impressedSalvatore , June 2015
Quoted price did not match booking. However upon producing the original quote, the new charge was applied. This slowed the process up by about 15mins. No big deal. Also, we did not get the correct information about a shut down of the e-tag system for the long weekend for a system upgrade. We could not purchase a voucher until 4 days after the first toll charge. I was then charged for the friday, then the weekend, then the monday all as separate vouchers. This was the cheapest option to avoid fines. Not very happy with this, but what can you do?? Better information at the desk when we collected the car would have helped. We picked the car up at about 10.30am, and the citylink system was not going to shut down until 12noon. Had we known this, we would have purchased the toll voucher before we drove off. Your staff should know when shutdowns are occurring so this does not happen.Jeremy , June 2015
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Thanks guys - it was the first time that we have used an offsite car rental & found the exercise paid off. Not only was it cost effective but not having to negotiate the traffic around the airport was a bonus. We will definitely use Alpha car hire again.Wendy , June 2015
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Free Shuttle Pick up at Melbourne Airport
With only four terminals and over 16 million visitors per year, surely you can imagine how busy the Melbourne Airport can get. When you're just exhausted with negotiating with cabbies to lessen the expensive taxi fare, and the dizzying airport traffic becomes too much; we will deal with it all for you.
Save yourself from the stress of the hustle and bustle of the airport and save money with the Alpha Car Hire Melbourne Airport service. We have a shuttle service that will take you to and from the Tullamarine Airport and our site in Catalina Drive. Give us a quick call and we'll meet you at the pick up point, load in your bags, and deal with the traffic for you. As soon as you get to the Catalina site, our friendly Alpha staff will help you pick up your vehicle and assist you with your toll concerns, if you haven't gotten your passes yet.
Melbourne Locality Tip
Melbourne is on the Eastern Standard Time (EST): GMT + 11 hours. Daylight savings time becomes active in the first week of October and ends in the first week of April each year. This is true for the entire state of Victoria.
Nearby Attractions at the Melbourne Airport
The City of Melbourne is filled with art, culture, food, and genuine beauty. With such a strong economy, leisure and entertainment venues have boomed and blossomed across the capital. When you're in the airport and your options for leisure are virtually limitless, deciding where to go and what to do first can get a bit overwhelming. While you're figuring things out, here are a few places near the Tullamarine Airport you can go to:
DFO South Wharf
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
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 artscentremelbourne.com.au
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, 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 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.
Watergardens Town Centre
399 Melton Hwy, Taylors Lakes, Victoria 3038
If your idea of great shopping is more relaxed and friendly rather than snooty and stiff, then one of the first places you should go to once you land is the Watergardens Town Centre. This massive shopping centre is surrounded by the suburban housing estates of Taylors Lakes, and is the focal point of this western suburb's community.
Forgot to bring a few essentials for your stay in this city? No worries. Apart from the countless fashion boutiques and department stores, the Watergardens Town Centre also has a supermarket. They even have a cinema, bowling centre, and laser skirmish where the kids can kill time while you're out shopping. When your feet get tired from walking and your stomach starts to grumble, head out to Station Streat and choose from the many restaurants, cafes, and even fast food chains available. You have a whole street of alfresco and indoor dining options to choose from. Let your cravings for the day decide where you'll eat.
If you're wondering about parking and fees: all 4700 of the Watergardens Town Centre's car parking spaces are absolutely free of charge. Just make sure that you check the signages for how long you can stay in a spot. The parking spaces vary from timed parking limits of 1 hour, 3 hours, and all day.
448 Epsom Road, Flemington, Victoria 3031
Next to the Marybyrnong River is a track that is most known for hosting the Melbourne Cup. The Visit Flemington Racecourse is a horse race venue that is 1.27 square kilometers of Crown land.
Whether you're a lover of betting, horse racing, or even just horses in general; you'll love visiting Australia's greatest racecourse. Discover the history, heroes, and events that made Flemington a National Heritage and the Melbourne Cup "the race that stops a nation" with one of Flemington Heritage Centre's guided tours.
Follow your tour with a relaxing lunch, cold beer, and slush cocktails at the Headquarters Tavern. The tavern has a mouth-watering selection of entrees, mains, kid-friendly meals, and wines. They even have a daiquiri machine if you're craving for a refreshing fruity drink with a kick. Make sure that you book a table before going to avoid disappointment.
Planning to go to a race but not sure where to start? Check out Flemington's New Racegoer's Guide for more information.
Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039
Watch, shop, stroll, eat; there's so much to do in Moonee Ponds. This well-established Melbourne suburb has a population of over 13,000, and many of the tourists who visit want to be a part of it.
Shop 'til you drop in the Central Shopping Centre. Read a book or go people watching, between sips of coffee in one of the quaint cafes along Puckle Street. Have a peaceful stroll and admire the public art pieces and picturesque gardens in Queens Park. Go Barefoot Bowling in the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club. Have a refreshing dip with the locals in the Queens Park Swimming Pool. Place your bets on a strong stallion in one of Moonee Valley Racecourse's horse races. Attend a convention or watch a show in the Clocktower Centre. That's not even all of it. There's so much more to do in the beautiful suburban Moonee Ponds, that you'll want to stay a little while longer.
For more information, go to travelvictoria.com.au/mooneeponds
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.
For more information on Melbourne, city tolls, and some of the most popular attractions in the most liveable city in the world, check out our Melbourne page. For cheap car hire Melbourne Airport service with no hidden costs, book with Alpha Car Hire!