Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the second busiests airport in Melbourne. It’s an international hub for Qantas and Virgin Australia. Learn more about the airport in our extensive airport guide!
With more than 30 million passengers and dozens of international routes, Melbourne Airport is by far the second most important airport in Australia after Sydney Airport.
The airport comes with three active terminals and two runways and is a hub for five airlines. Qantas, Virgin Australian and Jetstar Airways all over long-haul flights out of Melbourne.
As you’d expect for a big international airport like Melbourne Airport, there are several dining and shopping facilities. Depending on the terminal, the choice is between average to very good. Terminal 2, which is the international terminal, comes with especially many facilities.
You can find dozens of shops, restaurants and cafés landside and airside. While most of the dining facilities at Melbourne Airport are cafés and bars, there are also a few proper restaurants in Terminal 2. As you’d expect, there are also quite many fashion shops and such in the international terminal.
It’s not exactly recommendable to sleep at Melbourne Airport according to sleepinginairports.com. The airport does not close down during the night, but there is no dedicated sleeping area for passengers. Instead, you may only sleep on one of the benches in the different terminals. However, reviews mention low temperatures and high noises.
Instead of sleeping in the airport, we recommend checking out Park Royal Melbourne Airport, which is located right across the terminal and connected to it by a covered walkway. Prices are in the range of 200 to 300 AUD (~ 140 to 210 Euro) per night and thus rather elevated. There are also several other hotels like a Holiday Inn and other three or four star hotels close to the airport. Those properties are a little closer.
Melbourne Airport comes with several lounges, which might be accessed with lounge memberships, a certain frequent flyer tier or business and first class tickets. You should be aware that there is no Priority Pass lounge at all at Melbourne Airport.
Instead, you either need a Qantas Club, a Virgin Australia or a Air New Zealand Koru membership to access the lounges without a special ticket. Besides Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, there are also lounges operated by Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways and Emirates.
Sadly, Melbourne Airport is not exactly well connected to the city center of Melbourne. Currently, the cheapest option is a combination of a local bus (line 901) and suburban trains. However, this way you need more than one hour to the city center. The quicker way is to take the Skybus, which connects Melbourne Airport with the Southern Cross Station.
This one is connected well with suburban and regional trains and gets you to most points of the city. There are also a few destinations, which you can use a free Skybus shuttle to. However, the Skybus is also quite expensive with 18 AUD (~ 12.50 Euro / 13 US-Dollar) per person. Taxis are also available, but cost triple the amount of the skybus and are only slightly faster depending on where you are going. It’s worth noting that a train link to the airport is currently in the planning phase.