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The Cheapest Ways to Get to Melbourne Airport

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Published April 27th 2013
A cheap start to your holiday
Local tips on how to get to and from the airport quickly and cheaply.

Tullaramine Airport is Melbourne's International Airport and is located 23 kilometres from the city centre. This means that the cost of getting to and from the airport can be quite considerable for travellers and visitors alike. There are pros and cons with the various forms of public transport versus driving, or taking a taxi.


Although it is convenient to drive your own car, some of the long-term parking fees can be quite expensive, and it may not be economical to drive to the airport.

If you have a friend who is kind enough to drive you, this is a cheap and relaxing option for getting to the airport. Shout a friend coffee at the airport, and pay for petrol; or return the favour on another occasion. A small gift on return from your holiday doesn't hurt either.


Taxi is a relatively expensive option, but it is convenient and can be booked. It is easy to book taxis online or use a smartphone app. A taxi is also a good option if you have several pieces of luggage to take on your trip.


There are no trains, trams, or buses that travel to the airport, and it is a long walk from the nearest stop. However, there is a shuttle bus that leaves from Southern Cross Station.

Tickets can be purchased online from the SkyBus website. This is a great option for those on a budget, and services are every 10 minutes.

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Why? The best way to get to the Airport.
Cost: $20 and under for a one-way trip to the airport.
Your Comment
Missed the point
Buying a friend a coffee and present ? Then they get stung the most expensive airport parking charges in the world (look it up) NO WAY
Take Skybus still not that good
'No trams trains buses to airport'
You can use your Myki THE WHOLE WAY TO THE AIRPORT
Train to Broadmeadows the regular bus to the airport
by Walpo (score: 0|5) 2653 days ago
There actually is a bus that runs to the airport. It is a Smartbus which runs from Frankston to the Airport, you can check the route it travels online, the route number is 901. We have travelled to the airport several times on it, and because we are pensioners a one way trip costs us less than $1.00. The website It takes a little while to get there but if you leave plenty of time it's not a problem.
by janef (score: 2|105) 2653 days ago
Transport to and from the airport is a disgrace and a case of various governments looking after their mates at the top end of town running the large corporations. A rail link is 40 years late and doesn't look like it's coming soon either.
by johnc (score: 0|3) 2652 days ago
We get the 902 smart bus toward Airport West, but we get off at Broadmeadows station then change straight onto the 901 smart bus to the Airport which leaves from the same spot, this makes it even quicker, there is a great Turkish cafe at Broadmeadows station to grab a gozmale etc
by Gayle (score: 0|8) 2226 days ago
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