Cheap Flights to Melbourne Tullamarine

Melbourne Tullamarine – known simply as either Melbourne Airport or Tullamarine – is the second busiest airport in Australia behind Sydney Kingsford Smith. Along with Avalon, it's one of two airports serving Melbourne and is by far the bigger of the two.


The Sydney to Melbourne route is one of the busiest in the world, with more than seven million passengers flying every year and flights sometimes leaving as close together as every 20 minutes. Only three routes in the world are busier, all located in South Korea or Japan.


Tullamarine has four terminals which operate without curfew. The first three terminals are housed within the same building, and Terminal 4 is just a short walk away. You cannot pass between the separate areas once you've gone through security screening. 


- Terminal 1 is used for domestic Qantas and Qantaslink flights.

- Terminal 2 is the main hub for international flights, with Air New Zealand, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and others using this terminal.

- Terminal 3 is used solely by Virgin Australia, for both domestic and international flights.

- Terminal 4 is used by low-cost carriers such as Tigerair and Rex for domestic routes. 


All four terminals have duty-free stores as well as a number of cafes, bars and restaurants.


Passengers flying from New Zealand can get direct flights to Tullamarine from Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.


Getting to Melbourne city centre


Express buses


SkyBus express services are available form the airport to both the city centre and St Kilda. The route to the CBD terminates at Southern Cross Station and runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. To St Kilda, buses begin at 6am and stop at 7pm.


A one-way ticket to either destination is $19 for an adult or $9 for a child.


At certain times of the day, and for specific hotels, passengers travelling to the CBD may be eligible for a free shuttle service to their hotel from Southern Cross Station. 


Public buses


Public buses are also available, offering more diverse routes at a cheaper price. Several routes are available from the airport, which board on the ground floor of the transport hub by Terminal 4.


Public transport in Melbourne is paid for using the myki system. If you don't already have a card, you can buy one from counters outside Terminal 1 or Terminal 3.




Taxis are found in three locations around Melbourne Tullamarine Airport: on the ground floor outside T1, between T2 and T3, and by the transport hub at T4. A taxi into the centre of the city should cost between AU$45 and AU$60, depending on traffic levels.


At night, you may be asked to pay a deposit which will be an estimate of your fare. The taxi's meter will still run, and you will receive change or have to pay extra depending on the final readout.


It's also possible to pre-book taxis, in which case your driver will meet you by the baggage carousel of your terminal.


Car hire


Six companies allow you to hire a car at Melbourne Tullamarine: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot. You can find their offices in terminals 1, 2 and 3, or information desks in Terminal 4. 


Find your cheap flights to Melbourne on Skyscanner today - use the search panel above to search for the cheapest airfare and specials.


Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2016.

Flexible where you fly? Search nearby airports for bigger savings.

Airports near Melbourne Tullamarine

Frequently asked questions

There are 3 airports in Melbourne: Melbourne Tullamarine, Melbourne Avalon and Melbourne Essendon.
Gulf Air, Delta, Capital Airlines, Air Niugini, Oman Air, KLM, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand all fly direct to Melbourne Tullamarine.
The cheapest month to fly to Melbourne Tullamarine is May.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.