Travelling to Melbourne

Melbourne airport

Most overseas visitors will arrive in Melbourne at Melbourne Airport which is 25km north-west of the Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). Find an overview/map here.

Getting from the airport to the hotel

Taxi Service

Estimated cost one way to CBD – $70 AUD.

You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside Terminals 1 and between Terminal 2 and 3. Taxi ranks are also located on the ground floor of the transport hub outside Terminal 4.

Taxi fares vary based on distance, location and time of travel. Additional charges apply on public holidays, when booking in advance, making an electronic payment, using toll roads, or when your taxi has five or more passengers. For more information visit You can get an estimate your fare by using Taxi fare estimator.

Skybus express bus service

SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the Southern Cross Station in the city centre. This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day.

  • $19 AUD Adult – one way
  • $38 AUD Adult – round trip

Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the bus stop or online at
On arrival at Southern Cross Station in the city, SkyBus provides a complimentary hotel transfer service, subject to availability, during the following hours:

  • 6am-10.30pm on Monday to Friday; 7.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The list of hotels can be found here.

Map of Skybus airport pickup and city drop point

For more information visit

Hire Cars

An alternative to using Victoria’s taxis is pre-booking a hire car service. All hire cars in Victoria must be accredited and booked in advance. Drivers will collect you from an agreed or designated point, which may be at the chauffer meeting points inside the airport.  You can book a hire car by consulting your local phone directory, online or through a smartphone app. The fee is agreed to in advance, as there is no meter in the vehicle.