The 5 Best Ways To Get From The Melbourne Airport to the CBD

By Gath Adams on 09/Jul/2014

Your plane has finally touched down at the Melbourne Airport -- now you need to get to the Central Business District. So which mode of transportation will work best for you?

The airport is located 22 kilometres north-west of the city centre, near the industrial suburb of Tullamarine. So it’s not nearly as close to downtown as the Sydney Airport is.

So the best way to get from the Melbourne Airport to the CBD really depends on how you’d like to travel. So let’s look at some of your options:

1. The Most Convenient Option – Skybus

The Skybus service is a 24/7 shuttle that runs to and from the Coach Terminal at Southern Cross Station, which is located on Spencer Street in the Central Business District. There are two locations at the airport where you can be picked up by the shuttle – either next to the Virgin Australia terminal or the Qantas/Jetstar domestic terminal.

To purchase tickets you can use the ticket desks at T1 and T3, or purchase tickets electronically from the driver. The trip to the CBD will only take around 20 minutes and it will cost $18 for a one way journey or $30 for a return.

The shuttles will depart every 10 minutes, except between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. when they leave every half hour.

2. The Cheapest Option – Public Transport Victoria

This is a much slower, but cheaper option to get from the airport to downtown Melbourne, which will cost you $7 on weekdays and $3.50 on the weekends. Go to the Skybus terminal and buy a Myki Card.

Exit the terminal and walk across the first road, turning left and walking to the end of the platform at T1. Catch the bus number 901 to Broadmeadows Station. The sign on the bus should say “Frankston”. At the Broadmeadows Station, switch to a train. It is also possible to catch the bus to Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Sunbury.

3. The Most Independent Option: Hire A Car

If you want to be able to travel more independently during your visit to Melbourne, you might consider hiring a car. You can find one at the airport as there are several car rental operators.

The driving routes to the city are quite straightforward and the turn offs are well signposted. However, keep in mind that many of the hotels in the city will charge you for parking.

4. The Fastest Option: Taxi

Probably the quickest way to get from the airport directly to your hotel is to jump in a taxi cab.

It will leave as soon as you are ready and drive you exactly where you want to go. You can catch a taxi from the designated taxi ranks at the airport, which are located on the ground floor outside Terminal 1 and between Terminal 3 and 2. Check out this taxi fare estimator to give yourself an idea of what it will cost to get to your hotel.

5. The Most Luxurious Option: limo

If you really want to arrive in Melbourne with style, why not hire a limo? The prices for a limo rental can range between $80 and $150, depending on what type of vehicle you choose and where in Melbourne city you are travelling to. This is a bit pricey, but if it is a special occasion it’s a fun way to treat yourself!

Which one of these 5 ways to get from Melbourne Airport to the CBD suits you the best? Let us know in the comments below.

By Gath Adams on 09/Jul/2014
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