Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Overview

Melbourne Tullamarine is Australia’s second busiest airport and the country’s busiest 24/7 airport. There are more than 35 million Melbourne Tullamarine Airport arrivals in an average year. This number includes domestic passengers as well as international travellers arriving on flights to Melbourne. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is easy accessible from the city. It’s about 20 kilometres northwest of Melbourne’s CBD and is only a 20-minute drive away without traffic.

How many airports are there in Melbourne? Melbourne has two airports, with Tullamarine being the main gateway to the Victorian capital city. Melbourne Avalon Airport is a smaller airport located near Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Melbourne Tullamarine has been operating for more than 50 years since its opening in 1970. Since then, the airport has won several awards, including ‘Best Airport in Australia/Pacific’ at the 2020 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

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Transport/Parking

Car Hire

Book car hire from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport with Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, or Thrifty. Desks for each of the rental car companies are located directly across from Terminal 2. Walkways lead to the rental car pick-up point from each of the four Melbourne Tullamarine Airport arrivals halls. Travellers can reserve a car online with Webjet, then pick it up after landing in Melbourne.

Parking at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

There are three different types of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport parking available. Visitors can reserve a spot online in advance for the best rates.

Terminal Car Park: This is the most convenient of the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport parking options. There’s a shared Terminal Car Park for Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and a separate car park for Terminal 4. Each car park is about 100 metres away from the terminals, just a couple minutes' walk. The Terminal Car Parks have covered parking and also have designated pick-up and drop-offs zones. These zones are free for the first 15 minutes, and cars can remain parked for up to three hours. Drive-up rates for longer stays are $147 AUD for three days and $343 AUD for a week.

Premium Car Park: Premium parking spaces are located within each of the Terminal Car Parks. These covered spots offer the quickest access to the airport terminals. Drive-up rates for premium parking start from $237 AUD for three days and $553 AUD for a week. Guests can park themselves, or use valet parking for an additional fee. You can even book a hand car wash so your car will be sparkling clean when you get back from your trip.

Value Car Park: This open-air car park is the most affordable of the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport parking options. It is located further awayfrom the terminals, but a free bus connects it to each of the terminals every 15 minutes between 5am and midnight. Drive-up rates for the Value Car Park are $36 AUD for three days and $84 AUD for a week.

Shuttle and Public Transport

Catch the SkyBus for a quick connection from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport arrivals into the city centre. SkyBus stops and ticket booths are located right outside Terminals 1, 3, and 4. A ride into the city centre costs $19.50 AUD, but you’ll find slightly cheaper rates by booking online.

The City Express is the most popular of the SkyBus routes. It travels from the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport arrivals halls to Southern Cross Station in the CBD in about 22 minutes. This route runs every 15 minutes between 4:30am and midnight.

Is your hotel located outside of the Melbourne CBD? SkyBus also operates services to the Southbank/Docklands and St Kilda. The Southbank Docklands Express makes several stops through these parts of the city and departs from the airport every hour. The St Kilda Express also departs from Melbourne Tullamarine once an hour, then makes four stops in coastal St Kilda.

Airport Features

Flight Specials

Departing from

Airfare Specials

Terminals

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport has four terminals – three domestic and one international. The terminals are located close together, and it’s quick and easy to transfer between terminals on foot. Car parks are easily accessible from each of the four terminals, and SkyBus has stops located outside the arrivals halls of Terminals 1, 3, and 4.

  • Terminal 1: Qantas operates domestic flights from the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport departures hall in Terminal 1. The terminal is spread across three floors, and has a wide variety of shops and a food court. A Qantas Club lounge is also located in T1.
  • Terminal 2: This is Melbourne Tullamarine’s international terminal. 37 international airlines operate from T2, including Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, and Virgin Australia. Shopping, dining, and several lounges are located in Terminal 2.
  • Terminal 3: Domestic Virgin Australia flights depart from T3. The terminal is home to a Virgin Australia Lounge, shops, and restaurants across its three floors.
  • Terminal 4: Airlines that operate from this domestic terminal include Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Jetstar, and Regional Express. The terminal is spread across two floors and has a selection of shopping and dining options for travellers as well as a Regional Express Lounge.

Direct flights travel from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport departures to each of Australia’s capital cities and major tourist hubs. Flights are also available to a selection of regional Australian towns and cities, such as Mildura, Merimbula, Albury, and King Island. Direct flights are also available to New Zealand’s main airports in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. A selection of the other international destinations that you can fly to from Melbourne Tullamarine include Hong Kong, Bali, Singapore, Colombo, Delhi, Guangzhou, Fiji, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Santiago.

Airport Lounges

The House Lounge

The House Lounge is open to all travellers departing on flights from T2. Its entrance is next to Gate 15 on the third floor of T2. The lounge is open daily between 6:30am and 10pm, and travellers are able to enter three hours before their flight. Entrance costs $80 AUD, but special offers are sometimes available online.

Guests of The House Lounge can enjoy complimentary access to both self-serve and full-service dining options, barista coffee, a full-service bar with beer, wine, and spirits, unlimited WiFi, shower facilities, newspapers and magazines.

Marhaba Lounge

Marhaba Lounge is located between Gates 9 and 11 in T2, and is accessible for all passengers travelling internationally. Entrance to the Marhaba Lounge costs $65 AUD for four hours. The lounge is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 4am and 1am, and on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between 5am and 1am.

Amenities included at Marhaba Lounge are a modern restaurant area with à la carte and buffet food, a Hudsons coffee bar with barista service, a bar with a range of alcoholic drinks, shower facilities, a separate quiet zone, WiFi, and massage chairs.

Plaza Premium Lounge

Plaza Premium Lounge is another option for travellers flying from T2. The lounge is located on the first floor of the terminal near Gate 9. Daily opening hours for Plaza Premium Lounge are 6am to 11pm.

Features of Plaza Premium Lounge include a comfortable lounge area, seasonal food menus, premium Australian wines and other alcoholic beverages, a barista coffee bar, workstations for some added privacy, WiFi, an extensive selection of reading materials, and a kids' area.

AMEX Lounge

Holders of certain American Express cards can visit the AMEX Lounge on the second floor of T2. There are 13 eligible AMEX cards that allow complimentary entry, including Centurion, Platinum, and Qantas Ultimate cards.

Access to the AMEX Lounge comes with complimentary food and drinks including barista coffee and premium alcohols and high-speed WiFi. The lounge also features the American Express Lounge Green Wall – a wall of plants that’s a signature in all AMEX Lounges.

Airline Lounge

Virgin Australia Lounge

Virgin Australia has a domestic lounge located on the mezzanine level of T3. It’s open on Monday to Friday from 5:30am to 7:30pm, Saturday from 5:30am to 6pm, and Sunday from 8am to 7:30pm. Travellers who are flying Business Class with Virgin Australia, or who are Virgin Australia Lounge members or Velocity Platinum and Gold members are eligible to visit the lounge before their flight.

A food bar, barista coffee, bar service after midday, and premium teas and soft drinks are all included with entry to the Virgin Australia Lounge.

Qantas Club

Qantas operates both a domestic and an international lounge in Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.

Domestic: The domestic Qantas Club is located on the first floor of T1. The lounge opens up one hour before the first domestic Qantas departure of the day and closes at the scheduled time of the final Qantas departure. Travellers who are booked onto a Qantas or Jetstar flight may be eligible to visit the lounge if they are Platinum, Platinum One or Gold Frequent Flyers, or if they have a Qantas Club membership.

The domestic Qantas Club Lounge includes access to barista coffee, lounge dining, bar service after midday, WiFi, newspapers and magazines.

International: Qantas also has a lounge on the first floor of T2. The lounge is open from one hour before the first international Qantas departure until the final Qantas take-off of the day. The lounge is open to Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers who are travelling on a Qantas, Jetstar, Emirates, or oneworld flight. Qantas Club members travelling on Qantas or Jetstar can also access the lounge.

Free amenities available at the international lounge include barista coffee, a lounge dining room, bar service after midday, a family zone, shower facilities, WiFi, newspapers and magazines.

The Rex Lounge

Regional Express operates a lounge on the ground floor of T4 near Gate 30. Business Class passengers on Rex flights can visit the lounge, as well as those with a Rex Lounge annual membership. Travellers booked onto a Regional Express flight can also purchase casual access to the lounge at $33 AUD for two hours.

Snacks and drinks, workstations with PCs, free WiFi, beer and wine after 3pm, plasma TV, newspapers and magazines are all conveniences included with Rex Lounge entry. Private meeting rooms can also be reserved for an additional fee.

Cathay Pacific Lounge

Head to the first floor of T2 to access the Cathay Pacific Lounge. It’s open to First and Business Class passengers flying with Cathay Pacific and oneworld, as well as Marco Polo Diamond, Gold, and Silver members.

Entrance to the Cathay Pacific Lounge includes complimentary access to a selection of food, a range of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, workstations, luggage storage, showers and toilets, WiFi, newspapers and magazines.

SilverKris Lounge

The SilverKris Lounge is operated by Singapore Airlines and is located on the first floor of T2.

Guests of the SilverKris Lounge can enjoy a selection of hot food and light snacks, a selection of beers, wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks, showers and restrooms, TV, and unlimited WiFi.

Air New Zealand/United Airlines Lounge

The Air New Zealand/United Airlines Lounge can be found on the first floor of T2. Air New Zealand Business Class passengers and Airpoints Elite, Gold, Elite Partner, and Koru members can enjoy entry into the lounge.

Features of the Air New Zealand/United Airlines Lounge include a casual lounge area, business area, barista-made coffee, a self-service buffet and bar, toilets and shower facilities, a separate quiet area, TV, WiFi, and magazines.

Emirates Lounge

The Emirates lounge at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located on the second floor of T2. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tullamarine Airport the same as Melbourne Airport?

Yes, The airport is referred to as both Tullamarine Airport and Melbourne Airport.

How far is Tullamarine Airport from Melbourne?

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located about 25 kilometres or a 20-minute drive from the CBD.

How do you get to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport?

Travellers can reach Melbourne Airport by car, taxi and ride-share, or the SkyBus shuttle service. The latter operates from depots located outside Terminals 1,3 and 4.

Is Melbourne Tullamarine Airport open 24 hours?

Melbourne Airport is open 24/7, and is Australia’s second busiest airport.

What are the Melbourne airports?

The main airports in Melbourne are Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Avalon Airport. Two smaller airports are Essendon Airport and Moorabbin Airport, although these mainly operate as commerical airports or as departure points for joy- and sightseeing flights.