Getting to Melbourne

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Melbourne is served by two main airports — Melbourne Airport, also referred to as Tullamarine Airport, is situated to the northwest of the city and is the main international and domestic hub. Some domestic flights also use Avalon Airport, located to the southwest of the city centre on the road to Geelong.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport (IATA: MEL) is the city's primary airport, 22km north-west of the city centre in the industrial suburb of Tullamarine. The airport is a hub for Qantas, Virgin Australia, Regional Express, Jetstar Airways and Tigerair Australia.

Melbourne Airport is split into four terminals:

·        Terminal 1 - Qantas domestic flights.

·        Terminal 2 - International flights.

·        Terminal 3 - Virgin Australia and Regional Express domestic flights.

·        Terminal 4 - Tigerair Australia and Jetstar domestic flights.

Tip: Tweet @MELFlights on the day of travel for real-time flight information direct to your WiFi device.

Transport from Melbourne Airport

Taxis: Between the airport and the CBD cost between $55-65 and take about 30 minutes in clear traffic.

Phone: 13 2227

Silver Top Taxi
Phone: 131 008

What a Cab
Phone: 0401 195 454

Shuttle Bus Services:

runs a fast and frequent shuttle bus service to Southern Cross Station, with ticket booths and stops outside Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4. For adults, a one-way ticket is $19 and $36 for a round trip one when purchased at our ticket booths and self-service kiosks. For a cheaper rate, you can buy your ticket(s) online ( which only costs $18 for one way and $35 for return.

The trip takes around 20 minutes in good traffic, and leaves every 10 minutes during the day with connecting buses to major hotels in the CBD. Tickets can be purchased online, although bookings aren't generally necessary except for hotel pick-ups, which should be arranged at least three hours ahead. For more information or to book tickets visit:

Greenbus offers a direct service to the city centre for $12 for students and $14 for adults. For more information or to book tickets visit:

Public Transport:

: The airport can also be accessed using Public Transport Victoria bus services, which are slower but cheaper. The 901 Frankston-Melbourne Airport bus connects to trains at Broadmeadows station, with the total journey usually taking 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Airport to the city centre. It departs from the bus zone, across the road from the main taxi rank outside Terminal 1. This route is best avoided after dark. Beware that Broadmeadows is listed as a higher crime neighbourhood in the stay safe section. A  Myki card is required for travel on all public transport within Victoria. They can be purchased from the Skybus booths outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Up-to-date timetable information, including a journey planner, is available on the Public Transport Victoria website:  


Avalon Airport

Avalon Airport (IATA: AVV), is situated in outer Geelong suburb of Lara. The airport is located 55 km to the south-west of Melbourne, and is considerably further from Melbourne CBD than the Melbourne airport at Tullamarine. However, a shuttle to Southern Cross costs only $4 more than a shuttle from Tullamarine, and fares from Avalon are sometimes considerably cheaper.

Jetstar Airways is the only airline operating from Avalon, with up to four flights per day to Sydney — be sure to double-check your booking is from Avalon, rather than the larger Melbourne Airport. Besides Melbourne, Avalon is a useful gateway to Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.

Transport from Avalon Airport

Taxis: from Avalon Airport to the Melbourne CBD cost approximately $140.

SITA coaches: operates a coach shuttle service to Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, costing from $22.00 per adult. The buses meet every Jetstar arrival. A complimentary service is made for a transfer to city hotels. Only cash is accepted, not credit cards.

Hiring a car: for a couple of days may be cheaper than a taxi, as long as you have somewhere to park it. Road connections between Avalon Airport and Melbourne are good, with the journey typically taking around 50 minutes — allow longer on Sundays and during peak hour. Visit for car hire options from the airport

By train

All regional and interstate rail services depart from Southern Cross Station, located on Spencer Street at the western edge of the Melbourne CBD. The station is well-connected to the rest of the city's transport network, including most suburban train lines, tram routes, and some bus services.

By car

From Sydney, the quickest route to Melbourne is the Hume Highway, which takes 10-11 hours. The Princes Highway (National Route 1) goes along the coast and is less crowded. It takes longer and the speed limit is lower, though.

Adelaide is slightly closer than Sydney and can be reached in 9 hours. The coastal route is scenic but slower.

A direct journey from Brisbane takes 21 hours of driving and takes you further inland along the Newell Highway.

By bus

Bus services to Melbourne from out of state are provided by Firefly Express and Greyhound.

From Sydney or Adelaide:

Australia Wide:

Within Victoria: Bus services within Victoria are operated by V/Line, and operate from most major and many minor Victorian towns.

Click here to view a Google Map of the Melbourne region.


Getting Around Melbourne

Public Transport

A network of buses, trains and trams connects Melbourne.

For more information, time tables and maps visit:

Tram stop

The closest tram is located a 2-minute walk to St Kilda Road, tram stop 27.

Miki Pass

Your reusable travel card for trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and regional Victorian centres.

Top up before your journey. touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.

Where you can use myki:

Melbourne's trains, trams and buses, V/Line trains between metropolitan Melbourne and Eaglehawk/Epsom, Seymour, Traralgon, Waurn Ponds and Wendouree

Buses in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour, the Latrobe Valley and Warragul.

For further information on pricing, please click the following link


Phone: 13 2227

Silver Top Taxi
Phone: 131 008

What a Cab
Phone: 0401 195 454

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