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Do people not rent cars after late night arrivals [into MEL]?


Senior Member
AFF Supporter
Jul 1, 2002
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One of my bug bears with MEL, is the lack of car rental options after midnight.

There are 4 international flights that arrive at 23:20 or later and 6 domestic arrivals after 23:45. Yet the only car rental company that doesn't close is Hertz, the rest seem to close at midnight or earlier.

I often take EK404 which reaches MEL at 00:20, so options for renting car is Hertz only, and there's nothing when Hertz is sold out across all corporate locations in Melbourne for the day (like it is tomorrow). Quite a nuisance.

Is it just too late for people to take a car, that they're worried about fatigue/safety? For me I'm OK, body clock wise I land at 9:20pm, be similar for those arriving from PER.


Established Member
AFF Supporter
Apr 2, 2006
What if the airport hotels are paying the car rental companies to close early, so that you're forced to book a hotel, instead, of booking a car and sleeping in it.


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