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