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A pleasant stress free experience and very conveniently accessed to our rented apartment at rainbow bay. Thank you

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We decided to ask Alpha to look after the car on two stints: one in june for 10 days and the other from mid-july until the end of the month. We did this so that we wouldn't have to ask family or friends to look after us; one of our trips had a very early morning takeoff. We found the Alpha people to be extremely helpful and the two experiences went off seamlessly and satisfactorily. We thank, sincerely, everyone at Alpha for their kind and friendly help.

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Our Location
33 Catalina Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3043
Phone Numbers

03 8592 6377 - Local Number
1300 22 74 73 - Aust Free Call
0800 44 54 92 - NZ Free Call
+61 7 3088 2976 - Int'l Customers Call

Store Opening Hours
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun 7:30am - 12:00pm

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 you are ready to explore Melbourne, Alpha Car Hire is affordable and convenient.

Melbourne Airport

Avoid the hustle and bustle of the airport and make your way to Victoria’s capital, with a cheap and comfortable rental car from Alpha. No need to worry about expensive cab fares or trying to catch an Uber with hundreds of others at the Airport. Enjoy an easy car rental experience that includes a FREE shuttle ride from the terminal to our depot and back, where our friendly staff will help you pick up your vehicle. You get to spend less on 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 high quality rental cars. So what are you waiting for? Book a car hire in Melbourne Airport service from Alpha! Your stress free trip in Melbourne starts today!



Free Shuttle Pick up Information - Melbourne Airport

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 at 03 8592 6377 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 Airport


Hotels and Accomodation

While a lot of the hotels in Melbourne can be costly, there is a wide variety of Melbourne accommodation options that can suit any budget. Glam it up in a snazzy 3, 4, or 5 star hotel. Enjoy spectacular views of the sparkling sea and shore in a fancy beachside apartment. Have a romantic weekend at a cozy bed and breakfast. Meet the most interesting people in a backpacker & hostel. Go on a frugal adventure in a comfortable but budget motel. Not sure where you're staying? Check out our Melbourne Accommodation Guide.



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 procuring your own toll pass, take note that each rental car from Alpha is fitted with its own Etag with its integrated RMS Tolling Solution. For more information, check out our post on the RMS Tolling Solutions with Alpha.

Taking toll 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.

Melbourne Toll Roads include:

  • Southern Link (M1)
  • Western Link (M2)
  • East Link (M3)
  • Batman Avenue

Remember to pay your toll fees on time! If you don't, you'll be spending for what could've been additional meals or shopping money for penalties. Yikes!



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 around the city and understanding the parking signs in Australia.

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. Here are some of the car parks around Melbourne.


Ace Airport Parking, Melbourne Airport
189 South Centre Road
P: (03) 9330 2001
Open 24 hours
Wilson Parking
222 Russell St
P: 1800 727 546
Open 24 hours
Ace Parking | Church St, Cremorne
560 Church St
P: (03) 9886 0549
Open 24 hours
Wilson Parking
The Galleria/385 Bourke St
P: (03) 9224 0301
Alpha Airport Parking Melbourne
8 International Square
P: (03) 9335 3775
Open until 11:00 PM
Secure Parking
460 Lonsdale St
P: (03) 9613 0000
Open until 9:00 PM
City Square Car Park
202/208 Flinders Ln
P: (03) 9658 9658
Open 24 hours
Lygon Street Car Park
204-218 Lygon St
P: (03) 9639 2239
Open until 2:00 AM
Interpark
120 Little Collins Street
P: (03) 9654 3246
Closes at 7:00 PM
Melbourne Airport Parking
Arrival Dr
P: (03) 9297 1600
Melbourne Museum Car Park
11 Nicholson St
P: (03) 9270 5061
Open until 12:00 AM
Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park
4 Sturt Street
P: (03) 9281 8012
Open 24 hours
Wilson Parking
367 Collins St
P: (03) 9224 0301
Secure Parking
12-20 Flinders Ln
P: (03) 9613 0000
Open until 11:30 PM
Secure Parking
558 Little Bourke St
P: (03) 9613 0000
Open until 9:00 PM
Secure Parking
114 Flinders St
P: (03) 9613 0000
Open until 11:30 PM
The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park
2 Kavanagh St
P: (03) 9682 1733
Open until 1:00 AM
Secure Parking
383 La Trobe St
P: (03) 9613 0000
Open until 9:00 PM
Secure Parking
392 Bourke St
P: (03) 9613 0000
Open until 11:30 PM
Flagstaff Car Park
6 Healeys Ln


Petrol Stations in Melbourne

Before returning your Melbourne car rental to Alpha, you have to fill it up first! To make things easier for you, here are the petrol stations near the Tullamarine Airport and our depot.


United Petroleum - Fitzroy
390 Nicholson Street
P: (03) 9489 4791
Open 24 hours
Coles Express
399-411 Punt Rd
P: (03) 9428 1577
Coles Express Laverton Convenience Store
26 Ailsa St S
P: (03) 9369 2617
Coles Express East Melbourne
1181 Hoddle Hwy
P: (03) 9419 2973
Coles Express Essendon
Grocery Store Keilor Rd
P: (03) 9309 0611
Coles Express Mill Park
Plenty Rd
P: (03) 9436 8188
Coles Express Spotswood
632/642 Melbourne Rd
P: (03) 9391 2797
Caltex Australia Limited
151-167 Kings Rd
P: (03) 9364 6785
Open 24 hours
Coles Express Rosanna Convenience Store
Lower Plenty Rd
P: (03) 9457 3558
Coles Express South Yarra
325 Toorak Rd
P: (03) 9826 8160
Coles Express Macleod
Greensborough Hwy
P: (03) 9432 4715
Coles Express Ferntree Gully
1140 Burwood Hwy
P: (03) 9758 6000
United Petroleum - Sunshine
559 Ballarat Rd
P: (03) 9364 9577
Open 24 hours
Coles Express Ormond
423 North Rd
P: (03) 9578 1485
United Petroleum - Springvale
310 Springvale Rd
P: (03) 9546 3333
Open until 9:00 PM
Coles Express Ashburton
191 High St
P: (03) 9885 5537
United Petroleum - Mitcham
208 Mitcham Rd
P: (03) 9413 1400
Open 24 hours
Coles Express Vermont
Canterbury Rd
P: (03) 9873 1091
Coles Express East Preston 1-5 Murray Rd
P: (03) 9470 5813


Hook Turns

In Melbourne, one road practice that tends to catch foreigners off guard is the Hook Turn. If you've ever encountered a sign which says “Right Turn From Left Only”, then you've seen an intersection which obligates drivers to do a hook turn. This sign basically tells you that you can only make a right turn from the left lane. It may sound a little confusing, but it's actually quite simple. Check out this How to Perform a Hook Turn video from VicRoads for further explanation.

How to perform a hook turn:

  • Once you see a sign that says “Right Turn From Left Only” (hook turn sign), move to the leftmost lane before the intersection
  • On the green light, move forward on the lane until there's enough space for you to make a right turn. Make sure to keep clear of pedestrian lanes. Yes, some people actually end up stopping there.
  • If you're blocking traffic from the left, don't panic. This is completely normal and those cars are stopped on the red light.
  • Once the light goes from red to green, make a right turn from the leftmost lane. Relax, cars on the cross road are obligated to give way to the hook turn traffic before crossing the intersection.

It can be quite intimidating the first couple of times but just pay attention to the cars around you and give it a go, it's easier than it looks!

Explore and enjoy everything the city has to offer in the comfort of a rental car. Book a car hire in Melbourne with Alpha and get the best deals. Remember, if you can find a better deal for the same car (with similar terms and conditions) and send us the quote and we will beat that price. Hire a car from Alpha today!