How To Get To The Mornington Peninsula By Car

You’re ready to drive to the Mornington Peninsula and know that it’s only 75 minutes from Melbourne.

And maybe you’ve booked your accommodation at Rye Beach Abode!

But what’s the best way to get here?

Here’s our top options to travel by car to the Mornington Peninsula

Option 1: This is a toll-free trip

Get onto the Nepean Highway at Elsternwick and follow it all the way along the Port Phillip Bay coastline to Point Nepean Rd.

The total distance is around 80km.

This drive is perfect if you’ve got a lot of time up your sleeve and don’t mind travelling through a lot of traffic lights and school zones.

Rye Beach Abode


Option 2: If you’re driving from the CBD you will need to pay some tolls along the Monash Freeway (M1)

This option involves using the Monash Freeway to the Frankston Flinders Road.

Haven’t got a City Link pass? You can purchase a pass here.


Then you can head for Rye following the Mornington Penisula Freeway.

Driving this route means there’s less traffic lights and with most of the freeway now 100km, you will make fantastic time!



Option 3: Use the Monash Freeway (M1) and City Link to connect to Eastlink (M3) – tolls apply

If you’re driving to the Mornington Peninsula from the eastern suburbs or have travelled through the CBD this option will suit you.

Tolls do apply but you can purchase day passes, without the need to sign up for an account.

Click through here to purchase.

If you’re a visitor to Melbourne, you can buy a “Melbourne Pass” that lasts for 30-days here.


Option 4: By car ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento

The Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry service takes 40-minutes.

This option is fabulous if you’d like to watch the big ships and yachts cruise by.

And you can also look out for whale sightings and watch for dolphins surfing in the bay.

It’s a great option if you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula and are coming from Geelong or the Bellarine Peninsula.

Click here to find the ferry timetable and fares.

Then from Sorrento to Rye, it’s only a 1km car ride!


But what if you’d like to book into Rye Beach Abode and aren’t sure how to get here?

Not a problem!

We can help you either via email or phone so your trip to the Mornington Peninsula by car is enjoyable and hassle-free.