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Transfer to/from Melbourne airport (MEL)

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Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Melbourne airport (MEL)

Transportation

 
Melbourne airport (MEL)

Ride-sharingUberXUberBLACKOlaDidi and GoCatch pick passengers up from lane 3 of the forecourt and on level 2 of Terminal 4.

Bus - The SkyBus (Tel +61 1300 759 287) is an express service from the airport to Southern Cross Station, in the city centre, that operates every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. Journey time is 30-45 min. Once at Melbourne, free transfers are offered to city hotels Mondays through Fridays between 6:00 am and 8:30 pm and weekends from 7:30 am to 4:45 pm. There are also services to St. Kilda (60-75 min.), Southbank Docklands (40-80 min.) and Frankston (1 hour and 40 min.)

Public buses from PTV (Tel +61 1800 800 007) stop at the car park in front of Terminal 4. The SmartBus 901 runs to Roxburgh Park, Epping, Greensborough, Dandenong and Frankston, and offers connections to Craigieburn train line at Broadmeadows Station (20 min.) Line 478 travels to Airport West Shopping Centre, going through Melrose Drive; route 479 links Sunbury train station with Airport West; and line 482 goes to Airport West via South Centre Road.

Car Rental Services

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Taxi - Ranks are found across from each terminal. The trip to downtown Melbourne takes approximately 30 minutes.

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Latest updates: June 07, 2019

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Transportation Tips to/from the airport?

 
While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.