Trams share roads with cars, so drivers must take care. Trams stop frequently. When a tram comes to a halt and tram doors open, cars must stop immediately. Cars must always give way to passengers stepping on or getting off the tram. Failing to do so endangers passengers' lives and attracts a hefty fine.
Melbourne has plenty of parking meters and parking lots.
On street parking
Credit card operated meters are common and fines apply if you stay after the meter expires. Download the PayStay app to your phone for cashless payment when you reach your on street parking spot.
Parking lots commonly charge by the hour, often with a daily capped price. Some parking lots offer discounts to moviegoers and shoppers, so be sure to retain reciepts and barcodes from affiliated shops. It pays to plan your parking online in advance. Check online for 'early bird' rates and discounts for booking your parking space in advance.
Car and motorcycle hire
Local and international car rental firms operate in Melbourne and larger regional centres. They offer a variety of vehicle types and deals. Major rental companies in Melbourne include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.
The minimum age to rent a car in Victoria is generally 25 years old. Some outlets will hire cars to those under 25, although surcharges and restrictions may apply.
Perfect for everything from an extended family holiday to a short break with friends, campervans and motorhomes allow you to combine accommodation with your transport. Travel at your own pace through Victoria, stopping where you like, when you like. Most hire companies offer one-way vehicle hire.