Melbourne Airport Transfer
OK, you’re plane has touched down, you’ve collected your baggage, got through customs without being stopped, phew!!....
.......But what now?!
Well, unfortunately there are no trains but there are a number of Melbourne airport transfer options available.
1/ Catch the SKYBUS – good value at $18 per adult but with some good points and bad points.
2/ SHUTTLE BUS
There are a number of different shuttle bus companies but one I've used before and been very happy with is Starbus - (be careful not to mix up the names Skybus and Starbus!!)
Although you don't need to book in advance, Starbus give priority to pre-paid customers so if you do intend to use Starbus then it'd be a good idea to book your ticket HERE.
Getting return tickets at the time of booking will also save you money. It's only $1 cheaper with Skybus but YOU CAN SAVE $6 WITH STARBUS on an adult ticket, paying only $30 return if your hotel is in the CBD - so that makes it cheaper than Skybus AND you get door-to-door service - a no-brainer really!! Book Starbus.
3/ TAKE A TAXI
Good if there are a group of you as obviously it's much quicker because you won't be stopping off at other hotels first but beware that some taxi's charge extra for the road tolls which they don't warn you about when they give you the initial quote and if you get stuck in traffic you'll also get landed with a bigger bill at the end.
If you book upfront with a private hire car company you won't get these extra unexpected charges......
.......And they meet you when you come out the baggage claim area so there's no hunting around wasting time looking for your transport when you land. THIS COMPANY has mainly good reviews at the time of writing this page.
4/ HIRE A CAR
Expensive but may be practical, especially if you're off on a tour but be careful not to venture onto the toll roads unless you want a big bill sent to you!
Try www.carrentals.co.uk - it's a 'compare' type site which lots of the reviewers say have much better deals than many of the other hire car websites - and although it's a co.uk website it has good deals in Australia too.
Melbourne actually has two airports, the main one is Melbourne International airport which can also be known as Melbourne Tullamarine airport. This is only 12 miles from Melbourne city centre. In most cases your plane will be arriving at the International airport.
The other airport is Avalon airport which deals mainly with the interstate Jetstar flights.
If you're arriving in Avalon airport I’d recommend that you use the Skybus as this airport is almost an hour away from the city so a taxi would be very pricey and Starbus don't provide a service from here.
From Avalon airport Skybus charge $22 into Melbourne CBD which is very good value.