Melbourne Airport Information

Melbourne Airport is located 23km/14 miles from the city, adjacent to the northern suburb of Tullamarine. The airport is also known as Tullamarine Airport and is the second busiest airport in Australia. The Melbourne to Sydney route is one of the most travelled in the world. It’s also the third busiest in the Asia Pacific region. The airport provides 33 routes to destinations across Australia as well as to many worldwide destinations.

The airport has everything you could possibly need, or want, whether you are departing or arriving into Melbourne. A wide variety of restaurants, pubs, take-away food outlets and coffee shops are at your disposal from the moment you check in for your flight. Duty Free stores, newsagents, travel and accessory shops as well as souvenir and fashion stores are also within the airport. Throughout the airport you will find excellent toilet, shower and baby changing facilities. Currency exchange booths are also located within the airport.

Airport Terminals

Terminal 1 hosts domestic services for Qantas Group airlines; Qantas, Jetstar and QantasLink. It is located to the northern end of the building. Departures are located on the first floor, while arrivals are located on the ground floor. The terminal has 16 parking bays served by aero bridges. 12 of these are single aero bridges, and four are double aero bridges. There are another five non-aero bridge gates, which are used by QantasLink and Jetstar.

Terminal 2 handles all international flights in and out of Melbourne, and services 27 International  Airlines. The terminal has 20 gates with aerobridges, and is used by Qantas, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific. Other carriers include Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Cathay Pacific, to name a few. The international terminal contains works by noted Australian Indigenous artists including Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri and Gloria Petyarre.

Terminal 3 is home to Virgin Australia. Also, Regional Express Airlines departures are from this terminal. It currently has eleven parking bays served by single aero bridges and eight parking bays not equipped with aero bridges.

Terminal 4 is dedicated to budget airlines Tiger Airways. Regional Express arrivals are at this terminal too.

How to Reach Melbourne Airport

Getting to the airport from the city by car or taxi is quickest via the Citylink Highway. This is a Toll Road which runs through the city and connects with the Tullamarine Freeway.  One freeway off-ramp runs directly into the airport grounds, and a second to the south serves freight transport, taxis, buses and airport staff. Melbourne Airport has five car parks, all of which operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The short-term, multi-level long-term, business and express car parks are covered, while the long-term parking is not. Bookings can be made online.

Public transport to and from the airport is available around the clock. The Skybus Super Shuttle bus service is the main public transport link to the airport, taking approximately 20 minutes to reach Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne central business district. A single/one way ticket costs $18.00 and a return/round trip ticket costs $30.00.

There are four local bus services to Melbourne Airport. The route 901 SmartBus service is much more frequent than the other local bus services. The publicly funded Route 901 SmartBus runs at 15-minute intervals throughout the day (30 minutes at night) to and from Broadmeadows railway station. This is a 20-minute trip depending on traffic and road conditions. Here travellers can connect with frequent Metro rail services to Southern Cross, Flinders Street and points beyond. The cost is $6.00 with a full fare Myki card, or $3.00 with a Myki concession card. The card can be topped-up to allow for further travel.

In some cases it is cheaper than Skybus. (For details on the Myki Card System, see ‘Trams’ under ‘Getting Here & Around’). From Southern Cross, travellers can access V/Line (State of Victoria rail network) services, Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, taxis and interstate train and bus/coach services. (See articles under ‘Getting Here & Around’). There are nine other bus and coach companies serving the airport, with services to Ballarat, Bendigo, Dandenong, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, Melbourne’s suburbs, Shepparton and the Riverina. These provide alternatives to transfer onto V/Line services.

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