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  • Melbourne airports
  • Getting to and from Melbourne Airport
  • Getting to and from Avalon Airport

There are four airports in and around Melbourne: Melbourne International Airport, Avalon Airport, Essendon Airport and Moorabbin Airport.

When you arrive in Melbourne or return home, you will land at either Melbourne Airport or Avalon Airport.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne's main airport is Melbourne Airport. Locals sometimes call the airport Tullamarine. This is Melbourne's international airport. You will land here when you fly into Melbourne from another country.

The airport is a little over 20 km from the centre of Melbourne. The Tullamarine Freeway links the airport and Melbourne.  Travel to the airport by bus or car.


A regular bus operates between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Railway Station in Melbourne’s city centre. SkyBus runs every 10 minutes during peak times and you do not need to book in advance. If you wish, you can buy ticket online before you travel. 

From Southern Cross Station you can catch trains and buses to a number of destinations around Melbourne and rural Victoria. Some tram services also stop outside Southern Cross Station.


Taxis are located outside main Melbourne Airport entrances. Special taxi queuing areas are marked. Taxis are registered and operate within strict guidelines. They use a ‘flagfall’ or initial charge and then charge per distance at set fees.

Use this online fare calculator on the Taxi Services Commission website to estimate the cost of taxi travel to and from Melbourne Airport.

Read more about parking, flight arrivals and departures and airport services on the Melbourne Airport website.

Travel tip - tolls on The Tullamarine Freeway

If you are driving to or from Melbourne Airport, some sections of the Tullamarine Freeway require you to pay a toll.

  • Check the Toll Calculator page on the CityLink website to find out if you need to pay a toll
  • You can purchase a pass online to pay tolls before you travel or up to three days after you travel. Visit the Passes page on the CityLink website to buy a pass.
Melbourne International Airport (MEL) Avalon Airport (AVV)

Avalon Airport

Melbourne's second largest airport is Avalon Airport. Avalon Airport sits between Melbourne and Geelong. If you arrive on an Air Asia flight or if you are flying to or from another part of Australia on Jetstar you will probably travel to and from Avalon Airport.

From Avalon Airport, Skybus operates services to Melbourne, Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast. The bus transfers page on the Avalon Airport website has more information.

Visit the Avalon Airport website to find out more including how to get there and scheduled arrivals and departures.