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Melbourne Airport

Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is located 15 miles (25km) north of Melbourne's city centre.

Getting to the city

Numerous public bus routes access the airport, but the most convenient transport option is the SkyBus, an express bus service between the airport and the city centre, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and departing the airport every 10 minutes. An adult SkyBus fare is $18. Taxis, airport shuttles and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT +10 (GMT +11 from third Sunday in October to third Saturday in March).

Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)3 9297 1600.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are readily available at the airport, and taxi ranks can be found outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. A taxi fare for the journey from the airport to downtown Melbourne costs upwards of $60.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are all within walking distance.

Facilities

The airport has excellent facilities, with ATMs, currency exchanges, and a variety of bars, restaurants and shops in all terminals. Other facilities include showers, baby change facilities, public telephones and a medical centre. Shopping includes duty-free. Facilities for the disabled are good.

Parking

The airport has a vast range of parking options and each parking lot has different rates. Substantial discounts are available for online bookings. A courtesy bus service operates between the long-term parking and the terminal buildings.

Departure Tax

None.

Website

www.melair.com.au

Airlines

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.

Internet

Free wifi is available in all the terminals.

Business Lounges

Internet kiosks are located in Terminals 2 and 3.


Melbourne Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.