Melbourne Airport


7 ways to get from the CBD to the airport

Jul 25, 2017

Planning a holiday is lots of fun from booking accommodation, flights, tours and activities to clothing. One element of planning that should also be considered early is transport as Melbourne has a wide variety of travel options. So, to help start your journey the right way we’ve pulled together all the different methods of getting to and from the airport.

Where are we located?
The airport is approximately 25 kilometres north-west of Melbourne’s CBD on the Tullamarine Freeway. 

The standard journey by car should take approximately 23 minutes during off-peak travel times. Times will vary dependant on your choice of travel, traffic, and roadwork conditions.  

1. Drive and park
Driving is the easiest and most convenient choice for many Victorians. We have plenty of parking options to suit every traveller from the budget conscious, to those who prefer to have everything taken care of through valet.  The quickest way to find your car park is to let Google do the work for you by clicking on the link for each car park below – this will give you turn by turn directions from your location. 

Our parking is cheaper than you think, especially when you pre-book online!  Just like booking your flights, the earlier you book, the better the rate.  You can book up to 12 months ahead of your arrival date and park for as little as $35 for 4 days in our Long Term Car Park. Visit Melbourne Airport Parking to get your quote today. 

2. Public transport
Did you know that you can get to Melbourne Airport using standard public transport for just $10 on your Myki?  Travel on a combination of train and bus for the cheapest fare! Just allow more travel time.

To start your public transport journey, hop on the Craigieburn line train from any City Loop railway station and get off at Broadmeadows Station (approximately 35 minutes). Transfer to the SmartBus service 901 between Broadmeadows Station and Melbourne Airport (approximately 20 minutes). Ensure you allow at least one hour for the entire journey, and more time during peak times.
Alternatively, you can also catch tram 59 from the city to Airport West (about a 50 minute trip) and transfer to the bus routes 478, 479 or 482 (ranging between 15-30 minutes,) which stop near Terminal 4.

For more information on airport bus routes visit our website or Public Transport Victoria’s website 

Use Journey Planner to plan your journey to the airport.

3. Skybus
Catching Skybus is a reliable and cost effective option to get to the airport. It operates 24/7 including public holidays, and runs every 10 minutes. The Skybus express service runs from Southern Cross Station’s bus terminal, taking around 20-35 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Tickets are $18 one way/ $35 return for adults and free for kids up to four.

To purchase tickets you can buy online, from the booth located near Bourke Street entry to Southern Cross Station, or at one of the six conveniently located e-kiosks.

Skybus also provide a complimentary free city hotel shuttle, servicing most hotels in the city, including Southbank and Docklands. If you do decide to use the Free City Hotel Shuttle, allow 90 minutes between hotel pick-up time and arrival at the airport.

SkyBus stops at Terminal 1 (Qantas domestic and QantasLink), Terminal 3 (Virgin, Regional Express and all international flights) and Terminal 4 (Jetstar, Tigerair and REX domestic).

4. Shuttle Bus
If you don’t like the idea of needing to transfer buses at Southern Cross Station, you could consider booking a shuttle bus service that runs directly from many inner city hotels to the airport.
The price ranges from $18-$25 depending on the location pick-up. There are also suburban shuttles with price ranging $30-$100 depending on distance.

5. Taxi
Melbourne’s taxis are another easy way to get from Melbourne CBD to the airport.  The taxi fare from Melbourne’s city centre to the airport is on average $60. The fares depend on distance, location and time of travel. Additional charges apply on some public holidays, when booking in advance, making an electronic payment, using toll roads, or when your taxi has five or more passengers. Estimate your taxi fare based on pick-up and drop-off points with the taxi fare calculator to give yourself an idea of what it will cost you to get to the airport. For more information visit

6. Private Hire Cars
All hire cars in Victoria must be accredited and booked in advance. Drivers will collect you from an agreed or designated point, which may be at the chauffer meeting points inside the airport.  You can find plenty of hire car services online or through a smartphone app. The fee is agreed to in advance, as there is no meter in the vehicle. The perfect option if you want the convenience of a pre-booked taxi, in a little more comfort.

7. Helicopter
Or, if you really want to get fancy, you can actually arrive in style via a limousine or helicopter – why not, you only live once! 

Whatever way you decide to travel remember to give yourself ample time to get to the airport and to check the VicTraffic website to identify any potential traffic delays early. 

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