How to Get There
Melbourne is serviced by two airports, Avalon and Tullamarine. If you are on an international flights or a connecting flight from another Australian airport, you will most likely be arriving at Tullamarine airport. Please check your flight ticket information carefully before arriving in Melbourne.
To see a full list of domestic and international carriers, as well as on-ground providers, please visit the Airline Information page on their website: www.melbourneairport.com.au/Flight-Passenger-Info/Preparing-to-Fly/Airline-Information.html
Getting to and from the Airport
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is 25km/30-45mins (non-peak hour traffic) from the city. From the airport you can take the SkyBus shuttle service to the CBD, Melbourne University Campus or city hotels, hail a yellow taxi, rent a car or a pre-book a limousine.
The popular and convenient Melbourne Tullamarine SkyBus shuttle service runs buses between terminals 1,2,3 and 4 (stops are located just outside the arrivals area) and the city terminal located at Southern Cross Station, near the corner of Bourke Street and Spencer Street. Buses depart every 10-15 minutes, and operate between 6 am and 11 pm every day, seven days a week. A return ticket costs AUD$18.
When arriving at Southern Cross, you may take a taxi, which will cost approximately AUD$15-20 for a cab fare from Southern Cross to any location close to Melbourne University or within the city (CBD). You can also take a tram (check the Metlink Journey Planner for specific tram routes). A third option is to take the SkyBus complimentary minibus hotel transfer, which delivers you to your hotel or motel at no extra costs. To see a list of hotels serviced by the minibus please visit the Skybus.
For more information about this express bus service to and from the airport, please visit their website: www.SkyBus.com.au
Starbus – Melbourne Airport Shuttle Direct
Starbus pick you up from Tullamarine Airport and transfer you direct to your hotel or residence in Melbourne C.B.D, door to door for only $18.
Departing every 20-30mins 5am-11.00pm 7 days a week.
How it works:
- On arrival at Tullamarine Airport collect baggage, then call Starbus on 03 8378 8700
- You will be directed to the pickup point outside the terminal you are at (usually the first bus stop to the right after crossing outside of each terminal)
- The next Starbus shuttle will pick you up from there and drive you to your destination.
For more information visit www.starbus.net.au
Melbourne Airport has six car rental companies located on site. All have offices on the ground floor of the short term car park, and information desks in the Melbourne Airport domestic terminals. Contact the companies direct for current rates. Click here to see the full list of rental car companies and contact details.
Taxis are also located outside the arrivals area. A taxi cab fare between Tullamarine Airport and Melbourne city (CBD), Melbourne University or Southern Cross Station will cost between AUD$50-80, depending on traffic and exact destination.
The Victorian Government urges travellers to be aware of unlicensed or illegal taxi and chauffeur drivers, also known as touters, operating at Melbourne Airport. If you are approached by someone offering to assist you with transport needs, you should decline the invitation and report the incident to the Victorian Taxi Directorate on +61 3 9320 4300 or (toll free) 1800 638 802.
By Coach and Rail
Southern Cross is the major railway station and transport hub of Melbourne. If you are arriving by coach or rail, these terminals are located at Southern Cross, in the city so, a short tram or taxi ride from these will get you to your city accommodation.
For more information on the terminal or to see a list of railway and bus companies operating out of Southern Cross, please visit www.southerncrossstation.net.au
Many different rail services operate to and from Southern Cross Station: around Melbourne, to country Victoria and all over Australia, including V/Line for rural areas in Victoria, Countrylink / XPT which connects Melbourne to major cities on the east coast of Australia, and Great Southern Railways, for long distance trains across Australia, including the Ghan, Overlander and India Pacific lines.
Please see their website here: www.southerncrossstation.net.au/rail_services.html
Many different metropolitan, country and interstate bus services operate from Southern Cross Station, including Firefly, Greyhound and Sunbus/Sita Coaches.
The major route into Melbourne is via the Hume Highway, which runs northeast to Canberra, 646 km distant and Sydney, which is 868 km away. The Princess Highway follows the coast to Sydney in one direction and to Adelaide, 728 km northwest of Melbourne, in the other direction. The Western Highway runs northwest 111 km to Ballarat and the Calder Highway travels north to Bendigo, a journey of 149 km. From Melbourne by car, it takes 10 to 12 hours to reach Sydney, about 9 hours to Adelaide, and about 1½ hours to Bendigo or Ballarat.
P & O call regularly into all Australian ports. The company’s huge Pacific Sky sails on 9 to 14 day cruises from Australian ports to various Pacific islands. Cunard and other fleet operators will invariably include Melbourne and other Australian ports in their round-the-world itineraries. The Spirit of Tasmania operate daily and nightly cruises between Devonport and Melbourne, and offer different rates and packages worth considering.
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Trams, Trains and Buses – Melbourne’s trams are legendary! Enjoy a free tram experience, and see the city sights on the ‘City Circle’ trams that run in and around the city. Jump off and on at places of interest.
Melbourne University is easily accessible by trams operating up Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. More information will be provided on the Getting There section of this website, under Venue tab.
Other destinations within Melbourne and Victoria are easily accessed through the integrated network of trams, trains and buses. For information on how to get around, please visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au – the one-stop website for all travel within Melbourne & Victoria.
For information about travelling outside Melbourne and to rural Victoria, visit the VLine website www.vline.com.au or phone 136 196.
Fares for travelling on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses are separated into two zones: Zone 1 for inner-city and Zone 2 for the middle and outer suburbs. Check what zones you are planning to visit and make sure you have a ticket that covers your entire journey.
Tickets & Fares
Melbourne uses a ticketing system called myki for all trains, trams and buses
There are several train stations in Melbourne CBD, including Southern Cross Flinders Station, Parliamentary Station and Flagstaff Gardens.
Smart Phone Apps
If you have an iPhone or other type of smart phone, you may want to download some useful apps that will help you navigate the public transport network of Melbourne’s trams, buses and trains such as “TramTracker” and “Metlink” Journey Planner (Visit the Phone Apps section for information on these and other useful apps)
Melbourne is regarded as a relatively safe city, making it attractive to explore. Taxis (all are yellow), rental vehicles and chauffeured limousine services are all available. A taxi rank is situated throughout the city, or can be flagged on the street.
Melbourne’s major taxi companies include:
- 13 CABS (Ph 13 22 27 – within Australia only) www.13cabs.com.au
- Silver Top Taxis (Ph 13 10 08 – within Australia only) www.silvertop.com.au
- Arrow – 13 2211
- Black Cabs Combined – 13 2227
- Wheelchair accessible taxis – 1300 364 050
It is a wonderful experience to escape into Victoria’s wilderness by car. Renting a car will allow you to explore Victoria’s natural wonders such as Wilson’s Promontory, the Great Ocean Road or the Grampians.
Car hire is provided by the following operators:
- AVIS – 13 63 33
- Hertz – 13 30 39
- Europcar – 1300 13 90
- Budget – 13 27 27
- Thrifty – 1300 36 72 27
- Redspot – 1300 668 810
- Thrifty – 1300 36 72 27
- Redspot – 1300 668 810