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Multiple companies have depots throughout the country and offer one way rentals. Booking a one way trip doesn’t differ much from organising a normal rental. Just pick your start and end locations and the rest will be handled for you.

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Princes Pier, Melbourne Princes Pier, Melbourne. Photo: Daniel Sallai Photography

If you need a one-way car rental from Sydney to Melbourne just start a search above. We’ll show you available vehicles from Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Europcar and Redspot and let you make a reservation in a minute or so — with no booking fees and free cancellation on most cars.

FAQ: Car Hire Sydney to Melbourne

Distance Between Melbourne & Sydney

How far is it from Sydney to Melbourne?

Taking the M31 it’s around 880 kilometres and the drive alone will take on average about 9 hours. Taking the Coastal or Heritage drives will take longer, and differ depending on the exact route you take, so plan ahead!

Twelve Apostles Two of 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road. Photo: Paul Arps

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Will I need to pay one way rental fees?

While some of the suppliers listed on our site include one way relocation fees and others do not, all prices listed show you the total cost, including any one-way fees. There are no extra relocation costs outside your quoted price.

Attractions on the Road

Coastal Drive

Drive along the coast through Nowra, Batesman Bay, Eden and past Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island to enjoy stunning views of the Sea Cliff Bridge and countless beaches along the way. Please take note: this drive is longer than taking the M31!

Heritage Drive

Take the Heritage Drive through Bendigo, Echuca-Moama, Albury-Wodonga and Canberra to get a glimpse of Australia’s historical side.

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