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Geelong car rentals

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Geelong

  • With a Geelong hire car, you'll be close to one of Australia's most iconic coastal drives: the Great Ocean Road. Technically, the road starts in Torquay, which is around 30min from Geelong. It travels along the coast and through Great Otway National Park. You can stop at Bells Beach, one of Australia's best surfing beaches. Airey's Inlet Lighthouse and the Twelve Apostles rock formation are two popular photo-opp spots along the way. Lorne and Port Cambell are two of the best towns for overnight stops. Without stops, it takes around 5 hours one way, but a multi-day trip with stops is the preferred route. Remember to keep an eye out for animals, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • If you prefer to pick up your hire car in Geelong rather than at the airport, you can get into the city using the MyBus Airport Transfers from Avalon Airport (AVV). You'll need to book at least two business days before your flight, and it has a modest fee per passenger; this includes the airport surcharge that also applies to taxis from the airport. You can find multiple  Geelong car hire offices, particularly on or around the Esplanade close to Western Beach. Sunnycars, Hertz, Thrifty and SIXT are among the major providers available.
  • You'll usually need to be at least 21 years old to get a hire car in Geelong. You'll also need a full licence that's been valid for at least one year. These rules will apply to both the primary hirer and any additional drivers. While credit cards are the preferred method of payment, most Australian car hire companies also accept debit cards issued by Mastercard or Visa. The name on your card will need to match the name on the main hirer's licence. Companies that include third-party insurance automatically in the price of your hire are good choices for cheap car hire in Geelong.
  • Wrapping around Port Phillip Bay, picking up a hire car will open up attractions on the outskirts of Geelong. Take a trip to Adventure Park Geelong for a splash and slide or head further along Bellarine Hwy towards Queenscliff. It's possible to reach popular coastal towns such as Torquay and Barwon Heads in less than 30min by car, while bus services take approximately double the time. Whether you’ll be spending time in Geelong West, the waterfront or along the Barwon River, having a hire car provides a direct route from your accommodation to attractions, reducing travel time and allowing more time to enjoy the city.
  • The service offices of all hire companies at Avalon Airport (AVV) are located within the main terminal building. Significantly smaller than major capital airports, you’ll be able to walk to pick up your vehicle in a matter of minutes. If flying to Melbourne International Airport (MEL), head to the car hire facility directly across from Terminal 2, on the ground floor. The vehicles of all companies other than Europcar are within walking distance from the car hire facility, with Europcar providing a free shuttle service.
  • Take extra caution when driving in the CBD of Geelong as the area attracts a large number of locals and holidaymakers. There are several railway level crossings throughout the city that you may need to navigate, ensuring not to cross when the signals are flashing and booms are down. Be careful when driving on rural roads surrounding Geelong as they’re likely to not be as well-lit as the centre of town.
  • Peak hour traffic is worse between 07:30–09:00 and 16:30–18:00 on Geelong roads. While not quite as congested as major cities across Australia, key arterial roads like Malop St reduce to a slow pace. Traffic can be especially troublesome along Princes Hwy in the evening as commuters return from work in Melbourne. It’s best to avoid it on weekdays; however, weekends are usually fine.
  • Book your rental car in Geelong at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Geelong are around 35% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Geelong

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Geelong?

    Having a compact or intermediate hire car will make life easier when moving between attractions. The city streets aren’t particularly narrow, though tight parks are much more manageable.

  • What’s the speed limit in Geelong?

    Unless signs are posted, stick to 50 km/h when driving in Geelong. School zones require you to slow down to 40 km/h between 08:00–09:30 and 14:30–16:00 on weekdays; shopping areas near the waterfront also enforce this speed limit. Highways and motorways have a default maximum of 100 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Geelong?

    Metered parking is available on streets throughout Geelong’s CBD, with the first 30min available for free. Haymarket Car Park on Myers St has a flat rate of about A$ 13, which will let you stay for the whole day. Hearne Pde has unrestricted, free parking but you have to get in quick as spaces fill up every morning.

  • How much is gas price in Geelong?

    The average gas price in Geelong is ₪16.20 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪194 and ₪259, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Geelong?

    Compact (Toyota Yaris Cross or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Geelong.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Geelong?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Geelong?

    A Compact car rental in Geelong costs ₪138 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Geelong?

    An Economy car rental in Geelong costs ₪122 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Geelong?

    An Intermediate car rental in Geelong costs ₪269 per day, on average.

  • Who needs an International Driver's Permit to hire a car in Geelong?

    If your driver's licence is in English, then you won't need to get an International Driver's Permit to get a Geelong hire car. If your licence is in another language, then you'll need an official translation that you can present along with your normal licence.

  • What EV chargers are there in Geelong?

    Electric vehicles are a good option for cheap car hire in Geelong. There are plenty of EV chargers located throughout Geelong, particularly in the city centre. Bob Morell Reserve has multiple chargers, as do many major hotels. If you're driving into Melbourne or along the coast, you'll find chargers in most cities.

Geelong car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

9.0

One location in Geelong

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18a The Esplanade South

+61 3 5229 1100

Monday08:00 - 12:0012:30 - 16:30
Tuesday08:00 - 12:0012:30 - 16:30
Wednesday12:30 - 16:3008:00 - 12:00
Thursday12:30 - 16:3008:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:0012:30 - 16:30
Saturday08:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
Brad was friendly and really helpful, made the check in and out very easy, thank you

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Everything was very good, no problems.

1 out of 1

Europcar

7.2

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.8

One location in Geelong

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48 Mercer Street

+61 3 5229 8188

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2.0 Poor

Jan 2024

KAYAK
First of all, service was too slow. Had to wait around 45 mins to have someone to look into my booking. Then they have made up their own rule of not accepting digital license which wasn’t mentioned anywhere in my booking. I had to return to collect physical license card which I never had to carry in last 3 years. Then I was supposed to receive a luxury suv ( Audi Q5 or similar) but they said they do not carry any luxury car only MG or Nissan. I have paid for a luxury suv but offered a Nissan x-trail basic model which was a complete rip off. I never thought Kayak could trick a client like this to increase their booking. I am planning to lodge formal complaint about this. And at the end of all this drama- they have handed over the car but decided not clean it. I could not be bothered asking them to clean it just gave up and picked up whatever they had. I have never had such bad experience in renting car before.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2023

KAYAK
The extremely friendly and helpful staff member in Geelong.

8.0 Very good

Mar 2023

KAYAK
The pick up was very slow and I had to wait about 25 mins as there was only one staff member assisting clients in this area. On the flip side when I wanted to extend the rental for a day they were very helpful and quick to answer my call. The drop off was perfect!

1 out of 1

Sixt

10.0

Wonderful

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Geelong

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23-24 Hume Reserve Court

+61 3 5222 5888

Monday07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday07:30 - 16:30
Thursday07:30 - 16:30
Friday07:30 - 16:30

67 Douro Street

+61 3 5222 5888

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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Dollar

10.0

Wonderful

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One location in Geelong

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15 York St

+61 3 5222 5888

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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Budget

9.2

Wonderful

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152 Latrobe Terrace

+61 3 5273 6666

Monday07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday07:30 - 16:30
Thursday07:30 - 16:30
Friday07:30 - 16:30
Saturday07:30 - 16:30
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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National

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Geelong

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Serviced By Enterprise Redspot

+61 352 722 608

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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Thrifty

7.9

Good

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2 locations in Geelong

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15 York St

+61 3 5222 5888

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

18a The Esplanade South

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00

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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

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One location in Geelong

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48 MERCER STREET

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

4.9

Mediocre

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One location in Geelong

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48 Mercer St

+61 3 5229 8188

Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00

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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Geelong

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18A The Esplanade South

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48 Mercer Street

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Red Spot

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One location in Geelong

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385-387 Thompson Road

+61 352 722 608

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7 travelers who rented a car in Geelong gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.0

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Pick-up locationGeelong
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