Arriving in Melbourne – How to get to the City Center from the Airport

Congratulations! You have successfully landed at Melbourne Airport also known as Tullamarine Airport. Depending on where you are coming from, you must be tired and the hassle of getting to the city center sounds stressful. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! Here are your best options to commute from the airport to the city center.

Sky bus 

This is a dedicated bus service from the airport to the city center. It is a direct line to the city and hence the most convenient mode of transportation from the airport to downtown Melbourne in terms of budget and if you have the time to spare. The bus runs at regular intervals of 10 minutes every day during the day and at night from terminals one, three and four from the airport. The travel time is roughly 35-40 minutes from the airport to the city center. The fare is 19 AUD and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the spot online, at the airport, train station or booths situated at pick up/drop off locations.

Public Transport Victoria

A much cheaper mode of transportation from the airport to the city center but a more time-consuming commute. The fare is around 7 AUD on weekdays and 3.50 AUD on weekends. You may have to first purchase a Myki Card at the Skybus terminal before you proceed to board the bus at platform one of terminal one. The bus to board is number 901, get off at Broadmeadows Station and then take a train or tram to downtown.

Car Rental

If you are looking for independent travel you can rent a car at the airport and drive it yourself. The airport has several rental companies at the spot. Driving to the city is not a task as the directions and signposts are straightforward. Keep in mind though you can be charged for parking at various spots. The price varies based on the car type and the duration of the rental.


The fastest mode of transportation from the airport to the city center is to travel by taxi. Fast, but more expensive, this is an ideal option if you have too much luggage and are extremely tired. Taxis are readily available outside the airport taxi stands. The fare is charged by the meter and hence can end up being extremely expensive during peak hours of the day and traffic jams. The fare could roughly be around 50 AUD to 70 AUD. 

Star bus

Perfect for solo travellers, this is a door to door airport shuttle service that functions daily between 5 AM to 10 PM. The service is very similar to that of Uber Pool, except it is a bus and not a car. There is no hassle of price haggling as the price is decided upfront while booking the services. Prices for one a one-way trip can be as low as 20 AUD to Melbourne’s Central Business District.

To recap, the most convenient form of transport is the sky bus if you have time, the cheapest is public transport Victoria, hiring a car for independent travel if you want to drive, travel by taxi for the fastest commute but this can be more expensive and star bus for solo travellers.