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Car Hire in Melbourne Airport

This information is correct as of June 2015

You’ll find Melbourne airport on the sunny shores of Florida in the USA, close by to Palm Bay, Orlando and Kissimmee. This is also the closest airport to the Kennedy Space Centre!

Where to hire a car in Melbourne Airport

You can find many of the car hire branches in the main terminal in Melbourne Airport. This airport is serviced by Thrifty, Alamo, National, Avis, Hertz, enterprise and Budget, so you’re sure to find a motor that will suit you – there is plenty of choice!

Petrol stations near Melbourne Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

There’s a ‘gas station’ less than a few minutes from the exit of Melbourne airport. Take the 508 towards Melbourne, then turn left onto South Babcock Street past the Nasa Plaza. Continue for a minute, and Mobil will be on your right.

Driving around Melbourne airport

Interstate 95 and U.S Highway 1 are within a minutes’ reach of the airport, so even if you aren’t staying in Melbourne, it’s easy to begin your road trip around Florida here. The airport is 35 minutes from the Beachline Expressway, which services the Orlando area too.

Florida is a popular destination year round, it’s even warm during winter. Melbourne Airport is the closest airport to the beaches in this area.


Melbourne’s centre is lively and friendly, with many markets, restaurants and shops to explore. This is also a great place to stay if you want to see the NASA Plaza or the Kennedy Space Centre.

To get to Melbourne, just take the 508 towards the coast when exiting the airport. You can continue toward the coast and then turn right down into Melbourne, or you can turn right earlier onto West Nasa Boulevard to get into the town. There are plenty of car parks here, especially around Melbourne’s Shopping Centre. Keep driving south to reach the Florida Institute of Technology.

Kennedy Space Centre

The Space Centre is based north of Melbourne and Cocoa Bay in Courtenay. You can use either the Interstate inland, which is the faster route, or take the Highway, which runs along the coast and offers a much more scenic route. Once you reach the 528 on either of these roads, follow the directions for Canaveral, and take exit 49 for the Space Centre. It costs $10 to park a car in the Kennedy Space Centre car park.

Palm Bay

Palm Bay is the main resort on this stretch of coastline, but it’s a 20 minute drive down south from the airport. You can also easily reach Cocoa Bay from the airport, which happens to be a perfect destination for surfers.

To reach Palm Bay, take the 508 left when exiting the airport, and turn right onto the South Harbor City Boulevard (Highway 1). Continue down south for 15 minutes until you reach Palm Bay.

To reach Cocoa Bay, take the 508 again, but turn left instead of right on South Harbor City Boulevard. Continue on this road for Cocoa Bay, but if you want to get to Cocoa Beach exit onto the 404, and turn left at the end of this road onto the A1A. This will take you up to Orlando Beach, Cocoa Beach and Seacrest Beach. It only takes half an hour to drive here from the airport, and there are options for pay and display parking on the coast.


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It takes an hour to drive to Orlando from Melbourne. Take the Interstate towards Cocoa, and take exit 205 to get onto the 528. Take exit 16 towards Orlando, and follow the signs for the theme parks, or follow the signs for the city if you fancy exploring Downtown Orlando. Kissimmee is just south of Orlando too, which is full of cool swamp eco-tours!

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