Guide to Melbourne Airport
Over 17 million passengers pass through the Melbourne Airport every year, making it a major passenger port for Australia. The airport serves both national and international flights and is a 22 km. northwest of the city.
Terminals and facilities at Melbourne Airport
There are three terminals at Melbourne Airport. Terminal 2 is for international flights with arrivals on the ground floor and departures on the first floor. Terminals 1 and 2 are for domestic flights.
Several banks are located at the airport. Four bureaux de change are also provided in the International Terminal and ATMs are between the check-in counters and SkyPlaza on the departures level. You will find post boxes on the departures level not far from the Thomas Cook currency exchange. Wheelchair-accessible toilets and elevators are available throughout the airport, and wheelchairs are available upon request.
There are duty free shops as well as regular retail stores available at the airport. Melbourne Airport’s International Terminal Shops are on the departures level of the International Terminal, showcasing Downtown Dutyfree and 20 specialty stores.
Business and conference facilities are provided by VIP rooms on the arrivals level of the International Terminal. A fully serviced business center, with meeting and conference facilities, is provided by the Hilton Melbourne Airport. The airport hotel is also a good place to stay overnight. Besides the Hilton, there are several hotels near the airport to choose from. Reserve a room at a Melbourne airport hotel online here.
There is a large variety of cafés and restaurants available throughout the airport. The Garden City Food Court has a great selection to suit all tastes. The GST Free Zone provides limited refreshment options, including a Cafe Espresso and various vending machines.
Travellers who wish to hire a car from Melbourne Airport can do so with one of the many major car hire companies available. You can hire a car once reaching the airport, or reserve a Melbourne airport hire car in advance here.
Hotels at Melbourne Airport
If you wish to stay close to Melbourne Airport, that can easily be arranged as there are several hotels nearby. The airport hotels differ in accommodations and prices, so its best to find a hotel at Melbourne airport in advance.
The Hilton Melbourne Airport is the main airport hotel, but there are plenty of other options. To find out more about airport based hotels in Melbourne, click here.
The best deals these days on hotels online is the hotel rooms price comparison site of hotelscombined.com which searches several booking engines and compares prices.
Transportation and parking at Melbourne Airport
The SkyBus runs 24 hours a day and operates every 30 minutes, making a convenient way to exit the airport. It stops at hotels and significant areas throughout the city center.
Taxis are found in the ground floor level of the terminal. It takes about 30 minutes by taxi to reach the city center.
Long-term and short-term Melbourne Airport parking is close to the passenger terminals. Short-term airport parking is located immediately opposite the passenger terminal, while a new multi-story car park offers covered parking with direct access to the terminal via covered walkways. To reserve parking at Melbourne airport in advance, go online.
Car hire at Melbourne Airport
Driving from downtown Melbourne, take the CityLink toll road; this becomes the Tullamarine Freeway and leads to the airport. CityLink toll passes can be obtained from machines positioned near the car-park ticket machines on the ground and second floors of the airport's covered walkways.
You can hire a car directly from Melbourne Airport, or to confirm a hire car booking in advance, you can go online. Good deals on car hire from Melbourne airport can be found here.
A hire car is nice to have when visiting Melbourne, because there are many day trips you can take to get out of the main city. Secluded beaches and national parks are all easily reachable by hire car.
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