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Melbourne Airport

The main airport serving the city of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport is locally known as the Tullamarine Airport. Australia’s second busiest airport, it is located about 23 kilometers from the city center. There are four hotels in the Melbourne Airport for the convenience of the passengers in transit.

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Melbourne Airport Address
Departure Dr
Melbourne Airport VIC 3045

Enquiries Number: 61 3 9297 1600

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Melbourne Airport, melbourne

Melbourne International Airport is about 25 km away from Central Business District (CBD), Melbourne city. It was listed in the top 5 best airports in the world by the Airports International Council Quality Survey. Initially, Essendon Airport was the main airport and it was replaced by the current airport as the terminals failed to handle increasing passenger traffic. Later, in July 1970, Melbourne Airport was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, John Gorton. Melbourne International Airport handled about six international airlines and 155,375 passengers in its first year of operations.

The airport has received numerous state and national tourism awards including Eagle Award, Service Partner Award, and Premier Business Partner Award given by the Singapore Airlines in 2002 and 2004. It was also presented The Australian Construction Achievement Award in 2006, for the runway-widening project.

Terminals Trivia

There are four terminals at the Melbourne International Airport including one international terminal, two domestic terminals, and one budget domestic terminal. There are 56 gates in the airport’s terminals including 40 domestic and 16 international gates.

Terminal 1 handles domestic and regional arrivals and departures for Qantas Group airlines.

Terminal 2 was inaugurated in 1970 and has 20 gates with aerobridges. It hosts limited domestic and international flights to and from Melbourne Airport. An expansion proposal was announced in 2007 with an objective to include retail facilities, new lounges, a new satellite terminal, redesigning of customs and security areas, and increased luggage capacity.

Terminal 3 hosts arrivals and departures of Virgin Australia airlines.

Terminal 4, also known as the Domestic Express or South Terminal, is home for budget airlines including Tigerair, Jetstar, and Regional Express Airlines (Rex).

Shop, Eat, and Relax

The airport offers baggage storage options under certain conditions for the travelers and it operates from 5:00 AM to 12:30 AM, 7 days a week. Other facilities include pharmacy, currency exchange, health and beauty stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars offering a wide selection of international cuisine and beverages.

Passengers can shop for some fashion accessories, souvenirs, and gifts from various stores located at the airport at low tax and duty-free cost.

Transport Facilities

Public bus services are a reliable option for the travelers to reach the city from the airport. They can board a train to Broadmeadows Station and take a SmartBus Route 901, apart from route 478, 479, and 482. They can travel on these airport buses suing myki Visitor Pack which can be bought from the Skybus counter outside the terminals 1 or 3. It can also be purchased on board the bus.

Skybus express bus offers 3 services for the users. It includes City Express, which departs every 10 minutes and operate 24/7, including public holidays; St. Kilda Express operates 7 days a week from 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM, including public holidays and departs every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes during weekends.; Frankston & Peninsula Airport Shuttle operates 7 days a week including public holidays except Christmas Day from 4:20 AM to 7:25 PM and pre-booking is a must to avail this service.

Car rentals and taxi services are also available and the price depends on the time, location and distance traveled.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

Tourists can enjoy a pleasant stay at any of the hotels during their visit to the city. The range of stay options includes Quality Hotel Melbourne Airport, Ciloms Airport Lodge, Parkroyal Melbourne Airport, Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport, and Skyways Taverner. These hotels offer free Wi-Fi, parking, front desk, and other facilities for the convenience of the customers.

Explore Melbourne

Witness some of the finest art works at the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre, which houses Aboriginal works, Federation Square, and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Street art is a visual treat to the art lovers where they can find brightly-colored murals by famous local artists. Other places of interest include the Queen Victoria Market, St. Kilda Esplanade Art and Craft Market, and Prahran Market that is frequented by locals and tourists for a vast collection of delicatessen items.


Q. What are the most popular airlines that operate from Melbourne airport?
A. Air Asia, Emirates, and Etihad Airways are the most popular airlines that operate from Melbourne airport.

Q. Which are the cheap flights that operate from Melbourne airport?
A. Qantas Airways and Emirates are the cheap flights that operate from Melbourne airport.

Q. What is the airport code for Melbourne airport?
A. The airport code for Melbourne airport is MEL.

Q. Which is the most frequent international route from Melbourne airport? 
A. Auckland is the most frequent international route from Melbourne airport.

Q. Which is the first flight from Melbourne airport?
A. The first flights from Melbourne Airport are Air Asia D7213 and Emirates EK406, which take off from the airport at 0:10 AM and 7:10 AM to Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, respectively.

Q. Which is the last flight from Melbourne airport?
A. The last flights to depart from Melbourne Airport are Sichuan Airlines and Emirates EK406 that leave the airport at 9:10 PM and 9:25 PM to Chengdu and Dubai, respectively.

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