Melbourne Airport ((IATA: MEL, ICAO: YMML)), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the largest and most important airport in Melbourne and the state of Victoria, Australia. As the city's only international airport, it is the primary port of entry for most overseas visitors to the city. Situated 23 km north-west of the city centre in the northern suburb of Tullamarine, there are direct flights to dozens of locations in Australia and throughout the globe.
Melbourne Airport is curfew-free and operates 24 hours a day year-round. The terminals are contained within one building, or within easy walking distance of each other. As a gateway to Australia, it has many advantages over other capital cities that are curfew restricted and have complex or expensive arrangements to transfer from international to domestic flights.
The Sydney to Melbourne flight route is one of the busiest in the world, with flights sometimes leaving at 20 minute intervals. (This is mainly because the next best option is a very long drive).
Internationally, Melbourne connects throughout South East Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Los Angeles, Dubai and London. (to name a few) The Qantas Airbus A380 serves this airport.
Note that Melbourne has no train service to its airport.
There is a regular airport bus service into the Melbourne CBD and central train station.
Melbourne airport has some public buses as well.
Probably the most useful for those trying to save money and get to the city, is the 501 Smartbus, which travels to Broadmeadows Station, from where you can get the train to the city. This is one Zone 2 journey on your Myki card, which you can buy at the Skybus ticket counter. Broadmeadows isn't the most illustrious part of Melbourne, and should be avoided after dark.
The 500 bus travels to Broadmeadows too, although less frequently.
The buses depart from outside the Qantas domestic terminal.
A taxi into the Melbourne CBD will cost around $60 and take around 30 minutes.
By rental car
Six car rental companies have offices and facilities on-site. All of them have information desks where bookings can be made in the domestic terminals. Considering the high cost of using taxis, it may be cheaper to hire for a few days if you want to really explore Melbourne and its surroundings.
Note that the motorway into Melbourne is a toll road, and cameras will scan your licence plate. All the on-airport rental car companies have some option to pay, or you have up to three days after you travel to buy a Tulla Pass for $5.25. Or, if you are spending longer in Melbourne then you can buy another passes that will halve the price, but charge you a setup fee such that is it isn't worthwhile for a single trip to the airport and back.
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Eat and Drink
Three hotels operate on the airport grounds:
- Parkroyal, ☎ , toll-free: 1800 192 144, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Connected to the terminals by two short pedestrian flyovers, hotel has 276 rooms of fairly high quality. Other facilities include a 24-hour gym, a heated pool, spa, sauna and paid Wi-Fi.
- Holiday Inn, From $135/room.
- Ibis Budget.
There are no places of interest in the surrounding area, although if you are adventurous then it is a good place to start to drive down the 'Great Ocean Road'.