Cheap Car Rental in Melbourne Airport

+61 3 8592 6377 – Local Number

Mon to Fri: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat to Sun: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Nov 7 (Melbourne Cup Day): 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Trading Hours Tulla


Afterhours Pick up is available on a limited case-by-case basis for Melbourne Customers. Please call +61 3 8592 6377 for availability & options. Paperwork and Payment will need to be completed first via email.

Afterhours Drop Off is available on a limited case-by-case basis for Melbourne Customers. Please call +61 3 8592 6377 for availability & options.

We have a spacious shuttle ready to take you to your car. Please view the map below to see where we’ll pick you up. Please give us a call once you’re ready to go so we can quickly send the shuttle your way.

There are a number of options including prepayment or paying at the counter. If you wish to prepay when you complete your reservation, select the Pay Now or Book over the Phone option to process your payment. Please be aware that even if the booking is prepaid you must present a credit/debit card at the time of collection and pay the applicable bond.

All charges will be in Australian Dollars. We cannot accept responsibility for the fluctuating currency conversion if monies outside of AUD are used.

A valid Mastercard or Visa card must be supplied at collection. Debit cards are acceptable forms of payment. You must present the physical card. The card must be in the name of the hirer. If you cannot present a card in the hirers name, please contact us for assistance.

Please note credit card surcharges may apply to your booking.

Please Note: Alpha Car Hire does not accept cash, gift cards, travel cards, diners, American Express, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or any Tap & Go options using a phone or watch.

Gain complete control of your destinations, experiences and itinerary with unlimited daily kilometres. So, get out there and start making wonderful memories with friends and family.

*Not applicable to People Movers, Moving Vans, Moving Trucks and Utes.

Melbourne Cup 7th November 7am – 3pm
Friday before Grand Final TBA 7am – 6pm
Christmas Day 25th December CLOSED
Boxing Day 26th December 7am – 6pm

How to get to your car hire from Melbourne Airport

Your car hire Tullamarine Airport is conveniently located 5 minutes from the terminal.

We provide complimentary shuttle service from your terminal to our facility which operates every 15-30 minutes.

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Instructions for Melbourne Shuttle Bus Service

  1. Once you collect your luggage and are ready to go, please call 03 8592 6377, so we can send the Shuttle Bus on its way to pick you up.
  2. After disembarking, make your way to T2 at Melbourne Airport.
  3. Cross over the the 2nd lane opposite T2.
  4. Walk to the off-airport shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off area.
  5. Once in the shuttle pick-up area, look for the White Shuttle Bus with Green Easy Parking logos
  6. If your flight is delayed, please notify us as soon as you can so we can provide you with an after-hour pick-up instructions.
  7. There are no available baby seats in the shuttle bus. Children under 6 months are unable to travel on our shuttles, if this affects you, please contact our branch who will assist in collecting your driver to return to the rest of your party.
Melbourne Airport Shuttle Bus Map

Cheap Melbourne Airport Car Hire

At Alpha Car Hire, we’ve made it our mission to provide premium-quality rental vehicles at very affordable rates. Our proximity to the airport makes us the convenient choice for tourists and business travellers alike looking for budget Melbourne airport car hire. From compact cars to family SUVs to van rental in Melbourne, you can trust us to provide you with highly reliable vehicles and helpful customer support.

Car Rentals

Our competitive pricing has never compromised the quality of our rental vehicles.


Our complimentary shuttles will ferry you between the airport and our nearby facility.

Car Hire

From hatchbacks to family cars to utes and moving trucks, we are your one-stop shop.


We offer a range of extras, including baby seats and boosters, to make your trip extra safe and comfortable.

and Friendly

Our team puts people first. Let us know what you need, and we’ll be more than eager to help you out.


With more free daily kilometres and 24-hour roadside assistance, we will be your most practical choice.

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Car Rental at Melbourne Airport

If you’re looking for a Melbourne airport car rental, our friendly customer service team is more than ready to answer all of your enquiries. We pride ourselves on being the best budget car rental in Melbourne. As well as getting cheap car hire in Melbourne, you also get high-quality vehicles and extensive customer support.

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Cheap car rental to suit all needs and budgets

Cheap Car Rental in Melbourne

You may be coming to Melbourne for work or pleasure or a mixture of both, but whatever your plans, you will be looking for bargain car rentals. Getting an Alpha car hire Melbourne booking is cheaper than shelling out for many taxis. Plus, when you rent a car, you can save yourself hours of trying to get to your destination on the local public transport system. No matter what you would like to do, the price of our cheap car rentals in Melbourne will save you time, money and energy.

We know that when you arrive at an airport, you want things to be as simple as possible. We have an easy-to-find shuttle bus that will quickly take you to your car hire at Melbourne airport. The advantage of using Alpha Car Hire’s car rentals at Melbourne airport is that you don’t have to queue for an expensive taxi or struggle with your luggage on public transport. We do everything we can to make your arrival in Melbourne a smooth, enjoyable start.

Choosing a car rental in Melbourne will add to the fun of your stay. Melbourne is a pleasant place to drive around, and it is easy to see why it’s regularly voted the world’s most liveable city. Most of the major tourist attractions are scattered around both the centre and the suburbs, so securing a rental car makes it convenient to get around.

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Car Hire Melbourne

One of the things that make Melbourne unique is that it still has a tram network. There are a few extra rules, such as hook turns, that it would be advisable to familiarise yourself with but they are quite straightforward. If you have any concerns our friendly staff can help you when you get your car hire from Melbourne Airport or there are videos you can watch online.

Melbourne is set in stunning scenery and it is well worth taking the time to have a drive out of the city. Both the Great Ocean Road and the Great Alpine Road have unique views and having a car rental in Melbourne means you can experience these iconic road trips.

From compact cars and mid-sized sedans to SUVs and 8-seater people movers, Alpha Car Hire has a large selection of vehicles to suit every need. You’d also be pleased to know that we offer unlimited daily kilometres, standard liability protection and 24-hour roadside assistance services for your peace of mind. With a car rental Tullamarine Airport, you’ll have complete control over your time, budget and itinerary.


You may request a quotation and check availability without making a reservation. Complete only the first pages of the rates and reservations process. If you wish to make a reservation at this time and with these details simply continue by pressing the “Book Now” Button.

At the end of the reservation process, you will receive a “Reservation Confirmation” page with the reservation number highlighted. You will also receive a confirmation email containing the details of your reservation and collection procedure.

Extending the rental duration is possible at time of check out or during the rental itself. You will need to contact or come in person to the nearest location. The extension is subject to vehicle availability and extra payment.

Yes, however, the person with the credit card must be on the Rental Contract as the main driver so they will need to have a current open driver’s licence written in English.

Yes. Please contact our Reservations team and they will be more than happy to help. 1300 227 473 or NZ 0800 445 492

You may receive a refund of your booking fee, minus any applicable cancellation fees. We do not charge cancellation fees for bookings cancelled more than 48 hours before pickup. Otherwise, for cancellations within or less than 48 hours of pickup, a fixed $75 cancellation fee will be applicable.

We charge a full day’s fee if the vehicle is returned 2 hours beyond the drop-off time.
For example, if a full-day rental is from 8:00 am to 8:00 am the next day, and you use the vehicle from 8:00 am to 10:00 am the next day, you exceed the 2-hour limit. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our customer service team.

To help you explore more Victoria destinations during your holiday, you can rent a car from us if you’re looking to explore Melbourne CBD, South Yarra, St. Kilda, Geelong, Ballarat, Dandenong, Southbank, Point Cook, Cranbourne, Fitzroy and Bendigo.

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Places to Visit in Melbourne

Dubbed the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne knows no shortage of art installations, galleries, museums, live music and cultural festivals. Melbourne is also one of the Australian cities that get to enjoy all four seasons distinctly; there will always be activities and attractions tailored for each season.And being a highly diversified multicultural society, Melbourne enjoys an endless line-up of cuisine from across the world. Get to meet interesting people and pick up bits of global cultures when spending some time in one of Melbourne’s famous pubs, bars, restaurants and events.As for its visual appeal, Melbourne is home to both historic buildings and modern architecture. A stroll along the same street can take you both through history and cosmopolitan pizazz. Melbourne also holds plenty of beautiful gardens, including ones with biking and walking paths. Whether you’re travelling via public transport or driving around in a Melbourne car hire, you won’t help but notice an unending sea of green almost everywhere you look.

Must Visit Places in MelbourneWith all the places to see, flavours to savour and experiences to soak up, it might be a bit tricky to plot your itinerary to make the most out of the city. Let us make it easier for you to focus on enjoying your holiday. Here are some of our curated picks for the best places to experience Melbourne to its fullest—and it’s all done best with a Melbourne Airport car hire.

Drive your cheap car hire Melbourne Airport rental to the tree-lined St. Kilda Road, get your dose of art from the National Art Gallery of Victoria, and see a show from the Melbourne Art Centre a few steps away. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, make your way down the footpaths to the river to browse the Arts Centre Market, then make your way to the Myer Music Bowl. Plus, remember that you’re not too far from the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Queen Victoria Gardens if you fancy a taste of natural beauty. Might we also recommend grabbing a bite at the Saké Restaurant & Bar at Hammer Hall for an award-winning Japanese and seafood dining experience?If you’re looking for some retail therapy, you might want to head on over with your Melbourne car rental to Bourke Street Mall, where you can find flagship stores of the biggest names in fashion. Out there, you’ll find David Jones, Myer, the Royal Arcade, Union Lane and Melbourne’s GPO, among others.And for sports fans, the Sports Precinct welcomes you with open arms. Time your visit right, and you can witness your favourite events in one of the many sporting arenas in the area, including John Cain Arena, AAMI Park, Margaret Court Arena and the Rod Laver Arena.Another happening spot is Flinders Lane. You can visit this location for food and wine places, such as the Salted Egg, SingSong, Journal, Go Go Bar, Lee Ho Fook and the Botswana Butchers. Plus, you can get another shopping dose from Kuwaii, Alpha60, Masons, e.g.etal, and Craft Victoria. You’ll also find the City Library down this way.If you’re feeling for a little riverside fun, the Yarra Precinct will spoil you for choice. On the river’s north bank, you can book a guided tour to learn about the Aboriginal rock carvings along Birrarung Marr and the Koorie Heritage Trust. Some nearby art galleries are in the area, including NGV International, the Ian Potter Centre, THE LUME and ACMI. And for drinks and food, you can check out Hero, Yarra Botanica, Arbory, MoVida, Ponyfish Island or Big Esso.Melbourne is teeming with exciting laneways for everyone to explore, all with hidden—and some not-so-secret—gems. You can drive up to Crossley Street for a collection of quirky shops and cafes, Presgrave Place for a brick-wall laneway lined with curious artworks or Somerset Place for quiet drinks, such as beers, wines and specialty coffees. Warburton Lane is known for its street art and a Spanish tapas place for you to discover. Then, there’s ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place with its uptown street vibe, the quintessential Centre Place, and so much more.

But please don’t think that Melbourne is known only for its museums, galleries and sports venues. As we’ve previously mentioned, the multicultural soul of the city paved the way to a collection of global cuisines—sometimes fused with one another—giving birth to an authentic gastronomic signature that’s uniquely Melbourne. Try to visit as many as you can with your cheap car rental Melbourne airport.Starting off with one of the premier dining destinations in the country, chef Ben Shewry’s Attica is a multi-awarded restaurant serving indulgent dishes, such as their Saltwater Croc Ribs, Marron Head Souffle and Hand-Churned Ice Cream and Rainforest Cherries. You’ll need to book a table in advance because their reputation keeps their calendar full three months ahead.Another noteworthy place is Estelle. With a 65-seat dining area, upstairs private seating, a courtyard dining space and a wine bar, they certainly earned their spot in the Good Food Guide’s best-of-2022 list. From light snacks to five-course menus with wines to match, you can enjoy your food and drinks in a rustic brick wall and timber setting.If you’re feeling for something Chinese, Victor Liong’s Lee Ho Fook—which also made it to the best-of-2022 list—provides interesting spins on classic lunch and diner menus. Find them in the iconic Flinders Lane as they take the legacy of Chinese cuisine as they elevate them into something uniquely Australian.It’s up to you if you’d describe it as minimalist or intimate—or both—but chef Tomotaka Ishizuka’s namesake restaurant, Ishizuka, gives its patrons a 16-seater, subterranean fine dining experience. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, you’ll be taken on a journey of flavours based on what the seasons give fresh.If you’re not looking for a full meal and just looking for a relaxed spot from where to soak up all of Melbourne’s vibes, compare the many coffee shops or bakeries for the perfect fit. Here are some of our recommendations for that early-morning wake-me-up or lazy afternoon sip. The Mansfield Coffee Merchant will hit your senses with the smell of fresh-ground specialty-grade beans. But that’s after you fail not to notice their five-kilogram roaster sitting by the window. Once you enter, their personable and attentive staff will guide you through their selections of single-origin or unique blends and their all-day menu consisting of a selection of locally sourced modern food.If you’re driving on or near the Great Ocean Road, stop and refuel your soul at Poppies Café & Nursery. Nestled in the heart of Anglesea, the family-run establishment will provide you with the freshest eats to complement your cup. Their collection of beautiful greens and flowers defines the epitome of what a tranquil experience is all about.The Vanilla Slice Café Sorrento in Ocean Beach Road is another place worth checking out. Dubbed the home of the Famous Vanilla Slice, its old-fashioned charm and limestone façade will create the perfect backdrop for that perfect lazy, laid-back day. Their freshly baked goods are all hand-made from locally sourced ingredients. Additionally, you can also visit them for savoury dishes, such as their Sorrento Beef Burger or breakfast, which includes their famous Eggs Benny.Another place worth mentioning is the Webster’s Market and Café on historic Webster Street. While they’re well-known for their gourmet blends and specialty foods, you can also visit them for house-made sodas and a breakfast-to-dinner menu. Enjoy good food and strong coffee while relaxing in a tree-lined streetscape.

Melbourne also knows no shortage of watering holes; wherever in the city you may go, there’s always something interesting to discover.Aireys Pub & SALT Brewing Co. by the Great Ocean Road has been an icon in the region since 1904. This massive beer garden offers great food and live music to every beer lover in town. Visit their website to see their live music schedules or to book your table. On the other side of the business, the brewery created the most exquisite collection of custom-shaped beers, from lagers to ales, XPAs and IPAs, all the way to their coffee-infused stout.Another place you can try by the Great Ocean Road is the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse in Apollo Bay. This local craft brewery and restaurant is well-known for tapping out nothing but the finest beers in the region. Their brewhouse features a tasting room, well-frequented by locals and travellers alike—sample the local beers while enjoying a produce platter filled with locally produced dips, cheeses, bread and olive oil. You can also turn to this place for budget-friendly accommodation, suitable for single travellers, families and big groups.If you’re after something of a relaxed service style, hit the Farmers Arms Hotel Daylesford pub. This iconic location has been a gathering place for locals and travellers alike and has been going on for more than 160 years. They have a beer garden, pub-style dining and a farmers’ kitchen offering a private 6-course, locally sourced menu.If you happen to stay or pass by the small town of Avoca, make sure you pull over to The Avoca. This multi-awarded gastropub located within the beautifully restored country hotel specialises in utilising high-quality local produce from the nearby wine regions. Their wine list is known for its depth and breadth, with an equally extraordinary beer menu to match.The hundred-year-old Daylesford Hotel will take you back to the charming Victorian era with its impressive architecture and warm hospitality. Their in-house pub features a menu that changes with the seasons, featuring fresh local produce and an impressive wine list to pair it with. This place is perfect for you if you’re looking for authentic, traditional Australian pub food and beers.Another hotel pub offering a hefty range of local wines and classic beers along with locally produced fresh food is the Bunyip Hotel Cavendish. Pay them a visit at Scott Street and experience scrumptious food in an iconic watering hole. And if you’re looking for something with live music, the beer garden at The Bridge Hotel takes it seriously. Enjoy craft beer, local wines and pub food from chef Ben Armstrong while listening to the in-house band bar on stage.

If you’re in the mood for some peace and quiet or to simply reconnect with nature to take a break from the bustle of the metropolis, Melbourne has a long list of botanical destinations for you to choose from.Right within the beating heart of Melbourne sits the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Split into two sections; the first one is the Melbourne Gardens. This 38-hectare collection of landscaped blooms and exotic vegetation is perfect for everybody, especially those travelling with children. You can take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk and get the chance to spot bellbirds, black swans, kookaburras and other local wildlife. For the longer summer nights, they showcase outdoor film screenings, live performances and other cultural exhibitions.The second section, the 15-hectare Cranbourne Gardens, lets you explore the diversity of the lush Australian landscape. With red sand, wildflowers, a rockpool and waterholes, this place is perfect for the inquisitive mind—kids and adults alike. The woodlands feature a picnic area where you can take a couple of moments off and just absorb nature’s beauty.The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens pays tribute to the original garden of the historic Burnham Beeches estate but recognises that it’s part of the Aboriginal cultural landscape of the Wurundjeri People. You can spend a day lazing about by a picturesque lake by a boathouse and taking walks through ever-changing landscapes of breathtaking blooms and foliage.If you drive up to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, you’ll have a great vantage point for breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley. This cool-climate collection of flora features collections of azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons, and native and exotic trees. Another spectacular marvel of this garden is that seasonal changes bring about a change in scenery. You can also check out their Garden Explorer, a people mover providing 25-minute guided garden tours.

Best Explored with a Rental VehicleWith all the possible experiences and destinations Melbourne has to offer, you’d do it best with a low-cost hire car. Alpha Car Hire has several models to cater to different needs, from fuel-efficient compact cars to large, family-sized SUVs. We’ll make sure that you get the most value for your time and money. Whether you need a car for long-term, short-term, last-minute or same-day booking, we’re the solution to your search for the “Best Car Hire Company Near Me. Book your Melbourne Airport car rental today to start making wonderful memories with friends and family. 

What Our Customers Say About Us

John RylandJohn Ryland
09:12 24 Jan 23
Good cars, excellent variety and keen rates. Easy website booking. Airport pick up and drop off very good. Good people to deal with. I’ve used these guys twice and will continue on every Brisbane visit.
Simon HogbenSimon Hogben
23:36 29 Nov 22
First time hire with Alpha and I must say it was great. Much better value than other hire companies. Was reticent about the off airport location but the shuttle was easy, virtually no waiting and drivers friendly and polite. Check-in and drop off very easy as well. Again, staff were great. Car clean and no problems.
Kieran SKieran S
00:18 10 Oct 22
I used Alpha 10 years back when they had just started out and loved their service back then, so when it came time to hire another car in Brisbane I sought them out. Super pleased to see their great work has paid off and they are now a massive company but have retained the small company service and vibe. Super friendly staff from the shuttle drivers, to front desk and phones. 0800 is answered quickly unlike others. Nice vehicles and great price. Will be back for sure.
Rustam GilyazovRustam Gilyazov
03:08 27 Sep 22
Great experience renting a truck (both times). In both cases - clean interior, runs well. Hydraulic lift, A/C, cruise control were in good working order. Booked and paid online, no hassle pickup and drop off, friendly staff. Also, great price on truck rental, looks like the best in the city. Don't forget to fill that tank when returning the vehicle.
Leonie NewtonLeonie Newton
05:11 31 Aug 22
The business is located in the perfect spot in Hendra and there is a service station only metres away, making it super easy to refuel just before returning the car. The staff are quick, friendly and efficient. The car I had was relatively new and in excellent condition (although it did need a more thorough clean, which could be due to my last minute booking). The shuttle bus runs regularly and the driver was extremely helpful and considerate. Overall, I was very happy with every aspect of my first experience with them. It won't be my last!