Locally referred to as simply Melbourne Airport, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport is among the busiest in Australia, processing more than 28 million passengers each year.
Serving the greater Melbourne area of Victoria, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport has fairly basic facilities for such a busy hub. There are a few shops and restaurants, and extra amenities like shower facilities and a golf course to keep passengers entertained on layovers. The airport is well-run and efficient, but queues are not uncommon at Australia's notoriously strict customs points.
Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport is made up of four terminals: Terminal 1 handles domestic flights from Qantas (and affiliates), Terminal 2 processes international flights, Terminal 3 is used exclusively by Virgin Australia and Regional Express Airlines, and Terminal 4 services flights from Tiger Airways.
Flights to Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport come in from destinations across Asia and Oceania, as well as a few other destinations, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Bali, Honolulu, Mauritius, Phuket, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
The airport is located 15 miles (25km) from Melbourne to the north of the city.
Getting to the city
The SkyBus offers a frequent 24-hour shuttle bus service between the airport, the city centre and city hotels. Several public bus services including Frankston & Penninsula Bus Service, Tullamarine Bus Lines and Metropolitan Bus Lines also link the airport to different parts of the city and surrounding areas. Taxis are available from outside both domestic and international terminals, car rental is also available.
GMT +10 (GMT +11 from third Sunday in October to third Saturday in March).
Tel: +61 (0)3 9297 1600.
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Thrifty; information desks are located in the domestic terminal areas and offices are on the ground floor of the short-term car park.
Taxis can be hailed outside both the International and domestic Terminals. A trip to the city centre from Melbourne Airport costs around $45. The Victorian Government has made it mandatory to pay upfront for all taxi trips between 10pm and 5am across Victoria. There is a $2.00 taxi parking fee that passengers leaving Melbourne Airport from a taxi rank must pay. Avoid unlicensed or illegal taxi and chauffeur drivers (known as touters). If approached you can call the Victorian Taxi Directorate on (03) 9320 4300 or (toll free) 1800 638 802.
The airport has excellent facilities, with a bank, currency exchange, and a variety of bars and restaurants available throughout. The wide variety of airport shopping opportunities includes duty-free. Showers, mobile phone rental, luggage storage and Internet connection are also available. Facilities for the disabled are good.
Short-term parking at Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport is located within walking distance of the terminals, and is charged at A$3 for 20 minutes, A$6 for 40 minutes, A$12 for an hour, and A$8 per hour thereafter up to A$55 per day. Long-term parking rates are A$10 for the first three hours, A$29 for the first day, A$46 for two days and A$69 for up to six days. A courtesy bus service operates between the open long-term parking and the terminal buildings.
Flights to Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport are available via Air China, Air New Zealand, China Southern, Emirates, Air Pacific, Skywest, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Etihad, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, United, Korean Air, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways.
Wifi is available for A$4 for 15 minutes, A$6 for 30 minutes, A$11 for an hour and A$20 for two hours. Internet kiosks are located in Terminals 2 and 3.
Internet kiosks are located in Terminals 2 and 3.
Melbourne Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.