How to get to & get around Melbourne

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How to get to and from Melbourne by airline


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Melbourne's major airport

Melbourne International Airport is the major airport for international and domestic air travel and is located only 22 kilometres from the city centre (refer to location map below). The airport has four terminals.

  • Terminal 1 - is for Qantas and Jetstar domestic flights

  • Terminal 2 - is for all international flights

  • Terminal 3 - is for all Virgin Australia and Regional Express domestic flights

  • Terminal 4 - is for Tiger Airways domestic flights.

Terminal 1, 2 & 3 are all interconnected, Terminal 4 is a short walk from Terminal 3.

To get to and from the airport there are several options

  • Bus to the city centre - SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays. Buses run from every 10 minutes throughout the day.

  • Metropolitan and regional suburb bus transfers - There are many shuttle bus companies that provide shuttle bus services between the airport and various suburbs and regional areas. These buses generally need to be pre-booked. Check the Yellow Pages under "Bus and Coach Services" for the service to and from your area, or enquire at the information desks within the airport.

  • Taxi - There are plenty of taxis available at the airport. It will cost you roughly about $60 for a taxi ride to the city centre (depending on traffic).

Which airlines operate to and from Melbourne International Airport

 

International Airlines

There are many international airlines that fly to Melbourne from various countries around the world. Refer to our Getting to Australia section for more information.

Domestic Airlines

  • Qantas (Phone 13 13 13) operate to Melbourne from all major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Virgin Australia (Phone 13 67 89) operate to Melbourne from all major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Jetstar (Phone 13 15 38) operate to Melbourne from most major cities and many other places throughout Australia.

  • Tiger Airways (Phone 03 9999 2888) has flights to Melbourne from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

Regional Airlines

  • Regional Express (Phone 13 17 13) operates to several regional destinations in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales from Melbourne.

Melbourne's second airport - Avalon Airport

Melbourne Avalon Airport is the second major airport for domestic air travel and is located 55 kilometres from the city centre (refer to location map below).

To get to and from the airport there are several options

  • Bus - Sita Coaches (phone (03) 9689 7999) operates a bus service between Avalon Airport and Southern Cross Station.

  • Taxi - Taxi services are available at the airport. Due to the distance from the centre of Melbourne, expect the taxi fare to be very expensive.


Which airlines operate to and from Melbourne Avalon Airport

  • Jetstar (Phone 13 15 38) operate to Melbourne Avalon from several major cities around Australia.



Bus ServicesHow to get to and from Melbourne by bus/coach services

Interstate and intrastate bus services arrive at the Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal, which is located on Spencer Street next to the Southern Cross Railway Station (refer location map below).

The main bus companies that provides bus service from Melbourne to other parts of the country include:

  • Greyhound (phone 1300 473 946) is Australia's largest bus company and they provide regular scheduled bus services right throughout the country (with the exception of Tasmania). They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel around Australia.

  • Premier Motor Service (phone 13 34 10) provides regular scheduled bus services along the East Coast of Australia from Cairns to Melbourne. They do offer various travel passes for people wanting to do flexible travel on their network.

  • Firefly Express (phone 1300 730 740) provides regular scheduled bus services between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

  • V/Line (136 196) provide regular scheduled bus and train services throughout Victoria and into parts of New South Wales, South Australia and to Canberra.



Train ServicesHow to get and from Melbourne by train

Interstate and intrastate train services arrive at the Southern Cross Railway Station, which is located next to Spencer Street (refer to location map below).

  • V/Line (136 196) provide regular scheduled train and bus services throughout Victoria and into parts of New South Wales, South Australia and to Canberra.
  • NSW TrainLink (phone 13 22 32) operate train services from Melbourne to Sydney and other destinations in New South Wales.
  • Great Southern Rail (phone 13 21 47) operates The Overland (between Melbourne and Adelaide) and The Southern Spirit (Between Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane). They do offer special backpacker fares on The Overland services.



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Public TransportPublic transport


Train

Melbourne has an extensive rail network that covers many parts of the city and surrounding regional areas.

Bus

Buses provide the most extensive network. Government buses cover most of Melbourne with local operators covering the outer suburbs.

Tram

There is an extensive tram network in Melbourne, particularly in the inner city areas.

Timetables

Visit the Metlink website for timetable information on Melbourne's buses, trains and trams.

Fares & tickets

Fares are relatively inexpensive on all public transport services. Melbourne public transport system has recently installed a new system, which is "myki pass and myki money". myki is a reusable smart card that can store either a myki pass (travel days) or myki money (dollar value) and these are used to pay for your journey.

More information

For more information visit the Metlink website or phone 131 638.



TaxisTaxis

There are many taxi companies in Melbourne. It is not a very cheap method of transport, but is sometimes the most convenient.

There is a central number to call all taxi companies in Melbourne. This is 131 008.

Alternatively, you could hale one off the street or obtain one from a dedicated taxi stands at various locations throughout the city.



CyclingCycling / bike hire

Melbourne city has many dedicated bike tracks and a good network of on-road bike lanes. To find the location of these tracks, download a TravelSmart map, or pick up a copy at the Melbourne Visitor Centre. The TravelSmart map provides information on cycling paths, the low-down on bike lanes, where to park your bike and more. For more information on bike tracks and to download maps go to the City of Melbourne website.

Bike hire/rentals

To hire a bike check out:

  • Rent a Bike at Federation Square - Phone (03) 9654 2762

  • Bike Now - Phone (03) 9696 8588

  • Melbourne Bike Share - Phone 1300 711 590

  • Bike Fun - Phone (03) 9534 7811

  • The Humble Vintage - Phone 0432 032 450

  • Bonza Bikes - Phone (03) 9629 1112

Note

It is compulsory to wear a bike helmet when you ride a bike in Australia. You can be hit with a fine if you are caught not wearing it.