Transportation to and from Melbourne Airport


What is the distance from Melbourne Airport to the centre of Melbourne?

The distance from the airport to the centre of Melbourne (Federation Square) is 25 kilometres / 15.5 miles. Travel time by car is around 30 minutes. It’s the fastest to travel via the Tullamarine Freeway, but you’ll have to pay toll (CityLink). Taking the Western Ring Road is your alternative, it’s free and takes longer.

From MEL Airport to Melbourne City centre by Car
25 km
30 min

Public transport

Bus and tram or train to Melbourne

Buses 478, 479, 482 and 901 (SmartBus) depart from the ground level of the transport hub next to Terminal 4. Buses 478, 479 and 482 run to Westfield Airport West Shopping Centre, while bus 901 runs to Broadmeadows railway station. From Westfield Airport West Shopping Centre you can take tram line 59 in the direction of the city centre. From Broadmeadows railway station, you can take the train to Southern Cross in the west of the city centre and Flinders Street in the south of the city centre. For both routes, the expected travel time is about 70 minutes and the price 4.40 AUD per person (2 hours in zone 1+2).

It is also possible to buy a day pass for 8.80 AUD on weekdays or 6.40 AUD during the weekend. You will need a Myki Card for public transport in Melbourne, which costs 6.00 AUD or you can use a free mobile Myki Card that you will need to charge with at least 10.00 AUD. Tickets and myki cards can be bought from the bus driver. Good to know, in the city centre you can travel by tram free of charge (Free Tram Zone). Please consult website PTV Public Transport Victoria for more information.

Bus services

SkyBus to Melbourne

A fast and comfortable bus service from and to Melbourne Airport is provided by SkyBus. Buses run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to Skybus Coach Terminal in Central Business District. The bus station is located close to the main railway station Southern Cross and Docklands Stadium. The city express buses depart every 10 minutes from terminals T1, T3 and T4. A bus journey takes approximately 40 minutes. The SkyBus service to and from the centre of Melbourne is called Melbourne City Express, there also services to Southbank/Docklands, St Kilda and Mornington Peninsula. The prices are listed below, up to four children can travel free with one paying adult. Please consult website and timetables SkyBus for more information.

Prices Single Return
Adults 19.75 AUD 39 AUD
Children, 4 up to 16 years 5 AUD 10 AUD


iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

A$ 109

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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Entrance Ticket

A$ 44

Enter Sea Life Aquarium in Melbourne, and discover more than 10,000 aquatic animals, including one of the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Enjoy interactive adventures, such as the chance to sit among penguins, or to feed the fish!

Melbourne Star: General Admission

A$ 36

Experience a 30-minute flight on the Melbourne Star in a fully enclosed, air-conditioned cabin that will take you 120 meters above Melbourne.


Lanes and Arcades Tour

A$ 99

Explore Melbourne’s charming lanes and opulent arcades with a small group walking tour. Join this inciteful walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get a deeper glimpse of this lovely city.

Melbourne: 3-Hour Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

A$ 109

Discover a mecca for food on a 3-hour culinary walk of Melbourne, and taste delicious samples in the Central Business District. Mix with the locals at hidden venues off the tourist trail. Go to a variety of spots, ending at a bar that is loved by locals.

Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

A$ 140

Visit some of Victoria’s top wineries in the stunning Yarra Valley as part of a full-day, small group tour from Melbourne. Enjoy tutored tastings with your expert guide at 4 premium wineries, lunch at a winery restaurant, and visit to Domaine Chandon.

Tours and transport

Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

A$ 135

Tour the spectacular Great Ocean Road on an award-winning full-day trip from Melbourne. The small, personalized eco tours take in all the icons of the famous road trip, including the 12 Apostles. Enjoy free on board Wi-Fi as you travel.

Melbourne 1.5-Hour Ghost Tour

A$ 36

Travel back to 19th-century Melbourne on a 1.5-hour ghost tour of the most haunted locations, and discover hidden lanes, historic buildings, and spooks that still linger on the city streets. Learn about some of Melbourne's most infamous characters.

Melbourne: Hidden Bar Tour

A$ 49

Melbourne is a city known for its intimate laneway bars, from classic Aussie pubs to upscale wine bars. On this 3-hour Un-Pub Crawl you’ll get to experience 4 unique drinking establishments and learn a bit about the city’s history from your guide.


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