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by Julie Mundy (subscribe)
Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published August 27th 2013
Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine, airport parking
Melb airport - where the parking costs more than the flight ....
Source: Melbourne Airport
melbourneairport.com.au

Heading out of town for a special weekend a short city break to Sydney or Hobart? You have the cheap airfare, have managed to get a great last minute hotel booking, but wait . can you afford the airport parking? Melbourne is said to have the most expensive airport parking in the world and yes, it is outrageous. Here are a few tips to make it as affordable as possible:

1.Choose where you want to park and plan your time accordingly:

- Long Term car park (10-15 min by regular courtesy bus to the terminals) the cheapest option

- Long term undercover, multi-story car park (5 min walk to terminals)

- Business carpark (right next to Qantas/Jetstar terminal, but only affordable on a company account!)

- Short term car park (next to terminals take your credit card, it's EXPENSIVE! .. $14 for 30 minutes, anyone?)



2. Book and pay for your parking online as far in advance as possible at www.melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/airport-parking/car-parks.html you can save up to 75% off the standard rates. For example, Friday night to Sunday night booked a couple of months in advance at the Long Term car park will cost just $25, whereas if you pay on arrival it will cost $49. They also have occasional on-line special offers.

3. Enter the parking competition being run by Melbourne Airport (no, seriously) by taking a 'selfie' of you and your car and you could win a free parking bay until 2020! They are giving away one bay a month for 12 months - and given the cost of parking out there, this is definitely worth making a fool of yourself for!

4. There are a lot of nearby private airport parking operators, who provide much, much cheaper parking options and who also provide a courtesy drop off. Most are only 5 minutes away from the airport but make sure you allow the extra time required as advised by the operator. These tend to be particularly good value for longer trips away, and some offer undercover parking, valet services and even repairs and servicing while you are away.

RACV members are also entitled to member discounts with a number of these operators when booked via RACV. Try Jetport Security Parking in adjoining Freight Road (from $45 for RACV members for a weekend, in undercover and with valet service), A1 Airport Parking (from $31 for open-air parking for teh weekend, or $69 for a full week), Ace Airport Parking, Andrews Airport parking (where you can also have your car serviced while you are away!), Busy Beaver Airport Parking (from $32.40 for the weekend for RACV members parking in open-air) or Europcar. Again, it's best to book online in advance for the cheapest rates.

Melbourne Airport Skybus shuttle
When all else fails ... jump on the bus
Source: Image by Canley / Wikimedia Commons


If the cost of parking is prohibitive, other than winning the free parking bay, your best bet is to find someone to drop you off (there is a 20 minute free 'waiting bay' to the left of the airport in front of the old Jetstar terminal, for when they come to collect you), or to take the airport Skybus from Southern Cross ($28 return pp) even cheaper, public bus no. 901 stops in front of terminal 1 and connects to Broadmeadows train station and then to the city/Frankston all for the price of a myki ticket!
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Why? Because a bit of planning to save you spending more on your parking than your flight!
When: 24 hours
Where: In and close to Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine
Cost: From $32/weekend up to ... (you don't want to know)
Your Comment
The most expensive parking airport in the world.
by dawso (score: 0|8) 2272 days ago
it would be nice if just anyone mentioned calling a Taxi, but of course no one would help the poor taxi driver here in melbourne...
by daski (score: 0|8) 2268 days ago
Some great tips there. That competition is alluring and I don't even have a car!
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2271 days ago
Private enterprise is another word for greed.
by sippy (score: 1|21) 2272 days ago
I usedwww.europcarparking.com.au and they were excellent, cheaper than melbourne airport too. taxi's are very expensive these days, until we get a rail link to airport, drive and park is best option
by desva (score: 0|2) 2241 days ago
Also missing from this list ishttp://www.unitedairportparking.com.au - secure undercover facilities close to the tullamarine terminal
by unite (score: 0|2) 1384 days ago
I use Carhood which is the coolest concept, you park for free and make money by sharing your car whilst you're away, plus you also return to a fully detailed car. If it doesn't get rented out parking is still free, so a win-win either way. They also do a paid just parking option too which is cheap.
Check it outwww.carhood.com.au
by deade (score: 0|2) 1251 days ago
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