Arriving/Departing at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)

Melbourne's main airport at Tullamarine is located 20kms from the CBD and takes around 20mins or 30-35mins in the peak hours.  A taxi to the city should be around A$50-$60, including the compulsory airport fee payable by departing taxis and CityLink tollway charges.

The main airport shuttle to and from Melbourne Airport and the city is in two locations directly outside the terminals and operating 24/7, they take you direct to and from Southern Cross station and leave every ten minutes for most of the day. Costs from $18 one way or $30 return, good value family tickets are also available. Skybus offer a free shuttle to most city hotels from Southern Cross station.

Southern Cross station is a major train station in the CBD with access to all train destinations including regional and interstate, good melbourne tram access, tourist information, buses, taxis, travellers aid etc.

Melbourne Airport partners with the original coseats.com (ride share) and its spin off is cabfriend.com (taxi share).  This can instantly find you a friend to share with in all suburbs and save 30% to 75% of the cost of a taxi. You can also use coseats from the Melbourne Airport ride sharing page. 

If you plan to drive around, you can hire a car at the airport from one of several operators suchas RedspotAvisBudgetHertz and Thrifty . The drive to the city is along CityLink. Check with your rental company on how you are covered for CityLink tolls. The alternative, non-tolled route is on arterial roads such as Mt Alexander Road, originally the route to Bendigo's goldfields.

Routes to the city and on to other major centres, Geelong (and then the Great Ocean Road), Bendigo and Ballarat are straightforward.  Turn offs are well signposted. For Phillip Island you head towards the city but stay on the toll road, CityLink, and bypass the CBD. You then continue along the Monash Freeway and follow the signs to Phillip Island. Remember that many inner city hotels charge extra for parking.

There are also other private buses that will take you direct to your hotel at varying costs these include Starbus departs Melbourne Airport from Zones 2 & 5, approximately every 15 mins and Jetbus http://jetbus.com.au/melbourne/ticket...  which will drop you anywhere in Melbourne CBD and 3km surroundings.  With nShuttle you can see, compare and calculate shuttle bus, taxi pickups, airport transfer fares in Melbourne, Dandenong, Monash and Frankston and many others.

Using public transport takes a little time and effort, but the cost is low using the Myki card. The PTV (Public Transport Victoria) bus stop is located outside terminal 1 but please note there is little public transport information at the airport. An interesting and inexpensive way to get from Melbourne Airport to the city is by combined bus and train. Take the 901 bus to Broadmeadows station (a ride of about 20 minutes) and change to the train for the 40 minute trip to Flinders Street (Melbourne central business district). This service operates at 15 minute intervals during the week and every half hour at night and at weekends. The infrequent 479/478 bus route (bus stop outside terminal 1) to Sunbury and to Moonee Ponds interchange where you can also change to frequent tram 59 to the city Elizabeth Street or tram 82 to Footscray. Visitors connecting to Bendigo on a weekday can catch a 479 or 500 bus to Sunbury station and connect to a V/Line train.

Full public transport information (for Melbourne and the entire state of Victoria) including a journey planner is at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/

Melbourne's public transport "smart card" fare system is called Myki and can be confusing for visitors or casual travellers. A good idea is to purchase a Myki card on line prior to visiting Melbourne. Regular Myki cards can be purchased for $6 at the airport on the 901 bus to Broadmeadows and also by a special visitors' pack available from the Skybus booth (terminal 1). Note that Skybus does not accept Myki. For visitors wishing to purchase a 'full fare' (adult) Myki or add credit to their current Myki card can do so at a Myki machine located on the ground floor of T2, near the toilets at the north end, closest to T1.Full Myki details at Public Transport Victoria.

Another Bus option for regional travellers, connecting to V/Line train services from Melbourne Airport (bus stop outside terminal 1) via the infrequent 479/478 buses to Sunbury (on the Bendigo line) and the 901 to Broadmeadows (on the Seymour/Albury/Shepparton lines). V/Line tickets can be used on metropolitan public transport services (but not Skybus) for no extra charge. But they would need to be purchased in advance (on line) in order to be used from the airport by arriving passengers.

Arriving/Departing at Avalon Airport

Sita Buses offer transfers between Avalon Airport and the Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal in Melbourne for $20 one way/$36 return. If at least 48 hours notice is given buses will also pick up at city hotel and accommodation venues, Werribee RSL and suburbs up to 6 kilometres from the city (additional charges apply). Buses are timed to meet all Tiger and Jetstar flights.

Approximate taxi fare to/from Melbourne is $80. Less if you share by using cabfriend.com as at Tullamarine.

Avalon is also serviced by each of the major car rental companies.