Melbourne Airport is, after Sydney, Australia's biggest airport and handles 25 million passengers annually. The Aussies also call it Tullamarine Airport, after its location. Melbourne has four terminals, which are connected to each other. Two terminals (T1 (Qantas) and T3) are for domestic flights. T2 is used for international flights and T4 for low budget airlines.
IATA airport code: MEL
ICAO airport code: KMLB
There is no direct train to the airport. The Southern Cross station is the nearest railway station in Melbourne. There is a regular shuttle bus service to the railway station (see below).
Car and bus
The airport is located about 23 kilometers from downtown Melbourne. You can get to the airport by taking the CityLink (toll) and the Tullamarine Freeway.
The Skybus Super Shuttle runs all day (in 20 minutes) to and from the Southern Cross Station (one way is AUD 16.00). You can buy tickets at the bus stop or on line. From Southern Cross you can continue (for free) to your hotel by bus.
There are several city busses going to and from the airport. Bus service 478 runs between Moonee Ponds Junction and the airport. Service 479 runs from Moonee Ponds to Sunbury via the airport. Service 500 also stops at the airport. This bus runs between Broadmeadows station and Victoria University in Sunbury. At the travelers information desk in T2 (tel. +61(0)3 9297 1805) you can find more information about bus services.
Car rental Melbourne Airport
The car rental agencies are located on the ground floor of the short parking facility and have information desks at the arrival hall: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot. You can also book a car in advance at EasyTerra, this website compares several car rental agencies and their rates simultaneously.
Taxicabs are available in front of the terminals (1, 2 and 3). A trip to Melbourne costs approximately AUD 80.00. You have to pay an additional parking fee at the airport of AUD 2.00 or 3.00. Please, only use official taxies.
Parking at the airport
The airport has five parking facilities, both indoors and outdoors. Short term parking is available in front of the terminal, 4 hours cost AUD 36.00. 7 days of parking in the parking garage near the terminal costs AUD 99.00. There is a shuttle bus stopping at all terminals, which goes to the long term parking area in 20 minutes, where you pay AUD 69.00 per week. Business Parking (in front of Terminal 1) and Express Parking (in front of T3 en T4) are cheap on weekends (AUD 79.00).
The Hilton Hotel (tel. +61(0)3 8336 2000) is located only 100 meters from the airport. Just outside the airport you will find a Holiday Inn (tel. +61(0)3 99 33 5111) and a Motel Formule 1 (tel. +61(0)3 83 36 1811). For more hotels and on line reservations, please visit Booking.com. They offer a wide range of hotels at competitive (internet) rates.
Shopping and dining
Especially terminals 2 and 3 have many shops, restaurants and (snack) bars.
SmarteCarte baggage lockers are located on the ground floor of T2. Rate: AUD 10.00 to AUD 20.00 per item. It is also possible to have your baggage wrapped in plastic at Protectabag. For lost and found items, please go to the information desk at T2 (tel. +61(0)3 9297 1805). Did you lose anything in T1, then please contact Qantas (tel. +61(0)3 8336 4100).
The terminals have service desks that have information about the airport and timetables. At the travelers' information desk in T2 (tel. +61(0)3 9297 1805) you can ask for tourist information, book trips, arrange for wheel chairs, but also inquire about lost and found items.
At the Holiday Inn and the Hilton Hotel (tel. +61(0)3 8336 2000) near the airport there are Business Centers with several office and meeting rooms.
There are several lounges at the airport.
Access for disabled people
Melbourne Airport has toilets for people with reduced mobility and telephones for the hearing impaired (T2). There are especially reserved parking spaces for disabled people. Furthermore, the airport has wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets. For more information please go to the travelers information desk at T2's arrival hall (tel. +61(0)3 9297 1805).
All terminals have ATMs. T2 has banks and exchange offices. There are many internet kiosks and the airport has Wi-Fi (tel. +61(0)3 9297 1999). T1 has a medical aid station (tel. +61(0)3 9338 8975). Near the runway you will find an 18- holes golf course (tel. +61(0)3 9338 4595).
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Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +61(0)3 9297 1600
Fax: +61(0)3 9297 1886
Email: via contact form
IATA airport code: MLB
ICAO airport code: KMLB