Thrifty, Melbourne Airport Car Rental

Thrifty 800+ ratings, 6 reviews

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

8.8 / 10 Very Good

Best Price Car Rentals at Melbourne Airport(MEL)

Last updated on: July 10, 2020

Thrifty - Melbourne Airport Information, Car Rental Instructions & Policies

Store Location

Melbourne Airport Terminal Building


03 9241 6100 / 03 9241 6100

Pickup from Branch or Car Park & After Hours Pickup

The Thrifty - Melbourne Airport car rental location is in terminal

You can walk to the counter of Thrifty - Melbourne Airport car rental.

The store is located inside the airport terminal.

Return to the Store, Car Park or Key Box & After Hours Return

The Thrifty car return parking is located at the public parking lot near the airport.

Opening Hours

Days of WeekSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Opening hours
06:00 -23:30
06:00 -23:30
06:00 -23:30
06:00 -23:30
06:00 -23:30
06:00 -23:30
06:00 -23:30


Deposits are depending on which car type your rental car falls into, and can be paid with credit cards(pre-authorization)
Representative Car ModelsDeposit Amount(approx.)Business Days Required for Refund

Applicable to all car types,incl. Compact,Suv,Economy,Mini and others.

Pack up ^
115% of the rental car rate plus USD 20030-30

Accepted Cards

Credit cards issued by the following companies qualify a car rental from this store: Visa, Master

Visa Master


Yes. E-voucher is accepted. Show the digital voucher on your mobile instead of a print-out is good enough.

Driver age requirements

18 - 99 years old

Young Driver Fee applies at 21 - 25 years old with charge of AUD 25 - 39.4689625 per day approximately.

Driver's License Requirements

The main driver and any additional drivers will need to provide a full driving license in their name with no major endorsements. The license should be held for at least 1-2 year(s).

For foreign renters, you need to bring:

Domestic License + IDP

Please note that the IDP(International Driving Permit) is only a translation and you must bring your original driver’s license with you.

For local renters, you need to bring:

Driving License issued in Australia

This option applies to customers with local driving license, please show your local license at pick-up.

Additional Extras

Extras Prices
Extras Prices
Toddler car seat rental
Toddler car seat rental
Recommended for children weighing 40-100 lbs /18-45kg (approx. 4 - 11 years)
AUD 10/day
GPS rental
GPS rental
Provided by the local stores. Usually, interface and voice are of the local language.
AUD 10/day
Infant car seat rental
Infant car seat rental
Recommended for children weighing under 20 lbs /9kg (birth to approx. 1-12 months)
AUD 13.4/day
Child car seat rental
Child car seat rental
Recommended for children weighing 20-40 lbs /9-18kg (approx. 1 - 3 years)‌
USD 14.3/day
Child booster seat rental
Child booster seat rental
Recommended for children weighing 40-80 lbs /18-36 kg
AUD 11.5/day

Cross Border

To be updated

Cross Islands


Depending on which island to bring the rental cars to, policies differ:
Kangaroo Island, Phillip Island, Bruny Island, Tasmania
Thrifty will allow the vehicles to be taken to Bruny Island provided you pick up from certain branch. Such as Sydney Airport,Hobart Airport, Hobart City,Adelaide Downtown, Launceston Airport and Launceston City. Please confirm the surcharges with supplier. Customer should be liable for all the damage when transiting the cars.


Taking rental cars to following islands is not allowed:
Rottnest Island, Mornington Island, Dirk Hartog Island, Abrolhos Island, Horn Island, Gove Peninsula, Groote Eylandt, Magnetic Island, Tiwi Island, Fraser Island


Collision Damage Waiver Excess:

AUD 4000-5500

Theft Insurance Excess:

AUD 4000-5500

Third Party Liability Excess:


Fuel Policy (what does it mean)

Full to Full

Distances to Airports | Railway Stations | Hotels | Other Landmarks


1 mi from Melbourne Airport

4.1 mi from Essendon Airport

11.4 mi from Melbourne City Heliport

Railway Stations

10.8 mi from Flagstaff Train Station

11 mi from Southern Cross Station

11.3 mi from Parliament Train Station


0.4 mi from Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport

0.4 mi from Ibis Budget - Melbourne Airport

0.4 mi from ibis budget Melbourne Airport

Other Landmarks

11.5 mi from Federation Square

Map view of Thrifty Store Location
coordinates: -37.677163 144.8566821

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Guest Reviews

Total points: 8.8 / 10 Very Good

  • Vehicle condition: 9.3
  • Vehicle cleanliness: 8.3
  • Spaciousness: 9.3
  • Counter staff: 9.0
  • Pick-up location: 8.3
  • Drop-off location: 9.0
  • Pick-up time: 10-30 mins
  • Drop-off time: 0-10 mins
  • O.ALV


    8 /10 Very Good

    Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020

    Après un appel téléphonique, toujours pas de facture alors que des frais de 80 dollars ont été retirés. Après appel, ces frais sont dus à une restitution tardive lié à une tempête sur kangaroo island. Nous avons prévenu et on nous a dit qu'il n'y avait pas de souci , qu'is avaient l'habitude de ce type de situation. En finalité j'apprends en regardant mon compte qu'une journée supplémentaire a été facturée....
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  • Zahar


    9.3 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020

    It definitely met our expectations!
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  • Anonymous


    10 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020

    Highly recommend, staff were nice and gave us an upgrade, smooth pick up and drop off, no hassle
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  • Golfmacca


    9.7 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020

    Thrifty were very busy and I had to wait about 30 minutes for the vehicle. They had upgraded me to a larger size. The vehicle had obviously been washed quickly but was presentable. Staff were friendly and advised me of the delay.
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  • C.Broughton


    9 /10 Excellent

    Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020

    It was a little tricky to find the pick up point as there were no signs in the airport however this wasn’t thrifty’s fault
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  • Anonymous


    7.3 /10 Good

    Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020

    Counterstaff gets the job done, which is good, but not so friendly.
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