Transportation at Melbourne Airport
Taxis are available in the designated ranks outside Terminals 1 and 3. Fares are calculated according to distance and duration by the individual taxi companies, and will include a 20% surcharge between midnight and 5am, a $2 airport fee and often a service fee for EFTPOS, credit or debit card transactions. Passengers are also responsible for the coast of any tolls along the route. Fares from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne’s CBD are likely to cost around $50.
Car Rental in the Terminals
Car rental desks can be found on the ground floor of Terminals 1 and 3, which are easily accessible from Terminal 2. They also have offices on the ground floor of the short term car park. Companies with desks at Melbourne Airport are AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and RedSpot. Other car rental companies may have shuttle services to their depots, meet and greet services or depots which require you to make your own way. See www.melbourneairportcarhire.com.au for good rates and specials on car hire from the airport, and the chance to earn airpoints with Qantas and Virgin Australia on some rentals.
Bus and Shuttle Services
The SkyBus is a dedicated bus service running between the airport and Melbourne’s central city. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including public holidays. Buses can run as often as every ten minutes during peak times. Tickets can be purchased at the Southern Cross Station in Melbourne where the service originates, or at the airport station, or purchased online at www.skybus.com.au. They cost $17 for an adult one-way, or $28 for an adult return, with discounts for concessions, children and families. SkyBus offers a free transfer service from the city bus stop to select Melbourne hotels.
Public buses can also get you to the airport from various parts of Melbourne. One route which stops at the terminals is the 901 service from Frankston to the airpor(and vice versa). Route 478 runs between Moonee Ponds and the airport via Essendon, and routes 500 and 479 both have stops along the way at Melbourne Airport. For more details including a full list of stops and timetables, see www.ptv.vic.gov.au.
The Tullamarine Freeway is the main highway connecting the airport with Melbourne. Departure Drive runs in front of all the terminals, and along this road you will come to onramps to either head north on the freeway/Sunbury Road, or south on the freeway towards Melbourne city. Just follow the signs!
Updated August 2013. Information is subject to change at any time.