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A Complete Guide to Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second busiest airport behind that of Sydney.
Often referred to as Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne Airport boasts no less than four separate terminals, covering 33 destinations across Australia. The busiest route by far is that of the Melbourne- Sydney air route which is the 3rd most travelled air route in the world.
As you expect from a busy, modern airport there are no shortage of facilities. Private air lounges are available for those want to escape the hustle and bustle of the main airport areas. Shopping and dining are well taken care of with a plethora of outlets, providing something for just about every taste and budget.
If you are planning a trip to Melbourne airport then take a look at the following guide. Hopefully you will find some really useful information to help with your next trip to Tullamarine Airport.
All major domestic and international carriers are served by Melbourne Airports four terminals.
T1 hosts the domestic flight arrangements for the Qantas group, including Qantas and Jetstar. The terminal can be found at the northern end of the building, with departures being located on the 1st floor and arrivals using the ground level.
T3 is home to Virgin Australia along with Regional Express Airways with T4 taking care of the airports budget airlines, being the first of it’s kind at any airport in Australia.
International flights use T2 and passengers benefit from a host of new facilities including first class and business lounges. Modernisation has allowed for increased passenger capacity along with the ability to handle the much larger A380’s.
Shopping and Facilities
Most modern airports have a full range of passenger facilities and in this respect Melbourne doesn’t fail to deliver.
There are numerous tax and duty free stores available in the international terminal allowing travellers to pick up last minute gifts. Whether you are shopping for a relative or friend or fancy the idea of treating yourself to the latest Samsung or Apple product there really is something for everyone at Melbourne Airport.
Flights come into and out of Melbourne Airport on a 24 hour basis, unlike Sydney Airport which has it’s own night time curfew.
Passengers who are flying out in the early hours very often take advantage of one of the nearby hotels, with the Park Royal hotel being located only meters away from the airport terminals. Other close by hotel options include both the Holiday Inn and Ibis Budget, Melbourne.
Be aware, if you do decide to stay local that these on-site airports always book up very early. Planning is definitely something we would recommend. That said there are also plenty of other hotels that are available within a short taxi ride away.
Those passengers who arrive in good time will find that there are plenty of places to grab a delicious bite to eat.The usual run of fast food chains are available at Melbourne Airport, alongside some more up-market eateries. In short there is bound to be something to suite every budget and palate.
Transportation to Melbourne
Melbourne Airport sites 23KM away from the city center and there are good range of transportations options available.
- Taxi – Taxi’s are readily available and can be a great way of getting into the city centre, providing of course that there are 4 or less people travelling. Considerations around luggage are also important, especially when taking an executive type vehicle with a smaller boot area.
- Local bus – The Skybus Super Shuttle service is the main connection between the airport and downtown Melbourne. This fast, reliable service takes around 20 minutes to reach the Southern Cross Station.
- <p “> Train – The Melbourne Airport Rail link has been a widely debated topic for a good number of years. As recent as 2013 a decision was made to move forward with the planning and construction of this important link. Proposals see a completed line that would link the Airport to the CBD via Sunshine Station.
One of the best ways to get to your destination from this busy airport is by the use of private airport transfers. For many people these are the prefered transportation method as they cater for all luggage and can work out to be very cost effective when used for group transportation.