Melbourne Airport has six rental car agencies within its boundaries - RedspotAvisBudgetEuropcarHertz and Thrifty. The city has great roads and highways, so driving is a breeze in this area. If you're planning on seeing The Great Ocean Road, renting a car is the ideal way to go because you can take your time and check out all the incredible sights. And incredible they are.

Parking in the city is fairly easy as there are car parks all over the place, offering early bird specials, discounts and long stay deals. Generally parking is about $2 and hour.

Hailing a taxi isn't difficult if you'd rather skip renting a car. Cabs often wait in designated ranks clearly signposted at central locations in the Central Business District. Or you can hail one on the street if the rooftop light is illuminated (that means the car is available). Melbourne now has "taxi totems" around the city which make it easier to hail cabs. The totems feature your location name and nearest cross street and booking numbers for local taxi companies - this way when you call, you've got all the information you need beforehand.

Travellers should be aware that a number of Melbourne taxi customers have been victims of credit card fraud.  If you choose to use a credit card to pay for your cab fare ensure that you save all receipts and double check your statements.  A large number of false charges have appeared on customers credit cards after a taxi ride in Melbourne.  The most frequent scheme involves the driver stating the automatic swipe machine is not working and offers to use an old style push/pull swipe of your card.  The initial charge may or may not be the correct amount.  An additional charge then appears on the card from a 'limo' company a few weeks later.

Taxis charge a surcharge after midnight, for phone bookings, for using the Citylink freeway and for waiting at the airport. 

  • 13 CABS (13 2227 – within Australia only)
  • Arrow (ph 13 2211 – within Australia only)
  • Embassy Taxis (ph 13 1755 – within Australia only)
  • Silver Top Taxis (ph 13 1008 – within Australia only).

    Taxi fares are regulated and in addition to the base price of $3.10 on entry (flagfall) there are charges for phone booking, road toll fees, an airport surcharge and a late night surcharge after midnight. Fares in country areas differ slightly.