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.
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Intermediate car hires in Geelong are around 23% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Geelong
Some car hire companies in Geelong which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Alamo and Thrifty
On average a hire car in Geelong costs $37 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Europcar ($56/day) and Hertz ($74/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Europcar 48 Mercer Street 3220 (1 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Geelong is $6.25 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $75 and $100, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Geelong.
A Intermediate car hire in Geelong costs $40 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Geelong costs $43 per day, on average.
A Luxury car hire in Geelong costs $104 per day, on average.
In Geelong, cars are most frequently hired at Alamo Avalon Airport 80 Beach Road (17 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Geelong costs $257 per week ($37 per day).
On average a car hire in Geelong costs $1,100 per month ($37 per day).
Having a compact or intermediate hire car will make life easier when moving between attractions. The city streets aren’t particularly narrow, though tight parks are much more manageable.
Unless signs are posted, stick to 50 km/h when driving in Geelong. School zones require you to slow down to 40 km/h between 08:00–09:30 and 14:30–16:00 on weekdays; shopping areas near the waterfront also enforce this speed limit. Highways and motorways have a default maximum of 100 km/h.
You can expect to pay roughly A$ 1.40 per litre when filling up in Geelong, which is slightly below the Victorian average. Prices are fairly consistent across the entire city and it shouldn’t matter which petrol station you use.
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.