Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)

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Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
AddressAirport Drive, Victoria 3043, Australia
Telephone(03) 9297 1600
Number of terminals4
Time zoneGMT Australian Eastern Standard Time: GMT/UTC +10 (GMT/UTC +11 from October 4 to April 5, 2014)
MapMelbourne Airport
LocationMelbourne Airport is located 25 km (15 miles) northwest of Melbourne.
Airport codeMEL
Airport newsExpansion work is currently under way at Terminal 4. This project is due for completion in 2014.
Transfer between terminalsTerminals 1, 2, and 3 are located within the same complex and are linked by covered walkways. Terminal 4 is adjacent to the main building.
Driving directionsFrom Melbourne city center, take the northbound CityLink toll road (this becomes the Tullamarine Freeway), which leads to the airport. It’s possible to avoid toll fees by using the Western Ring Road instead.
Car rentalCar rental agencies at Melbourne Airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, and Thrifty. These companies have desks in the domestic terminals and offices on the ground floor of the short-term parking lot.
Public transport and taxisBus: SkyBus (tel: (03) 9335 2811; operates every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, between Melbourne Airport and the city center’s Southern Cross Station (travel time: 20 minutes; fare: A$17). A number of public buses (tel: 1800 800 007; connect the airport with destinations in and around Melbourne. SmartBus 901 links to Broadmeadows Station, which has rail links to the city center. Information on all routes and schedules is available from the information desks in the terminal building or from the airport’s website. Tickets for all buses can be purchased online or at the ticket offices outside Terminals 1 and 3. All buses depart from outside Terminal 1.
Taxi: Taxis (tel: 1800 638 802; are available from the ground floor level of the terminal building, in front of Terminals 1 and 3. The travel time into Melbourne is approximately 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Fares start at around AU$60 (prepayment is required for journeys between 10:00p.m. and 5:00a.m.).
Car parkingMelbourne Airport has long- and short-term parking lots, as well as express and business parking; all parking lots are open 24 hours a day. Short-term parking is located in the multistory parking structure in front of the passenger terminals, to which it is connected via covered walkways. A free, 24-hour shuttle bus runs from the main long-term parking lot to the terminals, while a multistory long-term parking structure is located opposite Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Express parking is available next to Terminals 3 and 4. The business parking lot offers undercover parking and is a short walk from Terminal 1.
Information and help desksTravelers' Information Desks (tel: (03) 9297 1062), located in the Terminal 1 and 2 arrivals areas, are open at all times during flight operation hours. There is also an information desk in the departures area.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: Banking and currency facilities are available from the ANZ bank branches in the departures and arrivals areas of Terminal 2. In addition, Travelex bureau de change kiosks are located in the same terminal. ATMs are positioned throughout the airport.
Communications: The airport’s free Wi-Fi Internet access is available in the public areas and departure gates of Terminals 2, 3, and 4. Qantas provides free Wi-Fi access in Terminal 1. Internet kiosks are located at various points within each terminal. Public telephones can be found throughout Terminals 1, 2, and 3.
Food: A large variety of cafés, bars, and restaurants is available in Terminal 2, including a tapas bar and eateries serving international and local cuisine. Terminal 3 has a few options ranging from fast-food outlets to cafés and bars; Terminal 4 has a choice of juice bars.
Shopping: Terminal 2 has the most choice when it comes to shopping. As well as GST-free and Downtown duty-free outlets, the terminal houses a range of fashion boutiques, gift retailers, bookshops, and newsstands. Terminal 3 has a smaller selection, while Terminal 4 is home to a newsstand.
Luggage: Left-luggage facilities are available in the arrivals area of Terminal 2. Terminal 1 lost property inquiries (tel: (03) 8336 4100) are dealt with separately from those in the rest of the airport, which are handled by the Travelers' Information Desk (tel: (03) 9297 1805).
Other facilities: Baby-changing facilities are available throughout Melbourne Airport. There is a medical practice and a pharmacy in Terminal 2, which is also home to a prayer room and showers (on the departures level) for those needing to freshen up.
Conference and business facilitiesThere are a number of airline lounges for passengers in the departure areas. Extensive conference and meeting facilities are provided by the ParkRoyal Melbourne Airport Hotel (tel: (03) 8347 2000;, which is linked to Terminals 2 and 3 via a walkway. The Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport (tel: (03) 9933 5111;, which is a short shuttle bus ride away, also offers business facilities and meeting space.
Disabled facilitiesWheelchair-accessible toilets, travelators, and elevators are provided throughout Melbourne Airport. A TTY telephone is available for use on the ground floor of Terminal 2. Wheelchairs can be requested from individual airlines; passengers should inform their airline in advance or contact the Travelers' Information Desk. Disabled parking is available in the on-site parking lots.
Airport hotelsThere is one hotel linked directly to Melbourne Airport, the ParkRoyal, which has pedestrian access to Terminals 2 and 3. There are a number of other accommodation options nearby, and there is a large selection in the city center; accommodation can be booked through the Travelers' Information Desk. Our Melbourne Airport guide offers the following accommodation options:

Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport
Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport is a short distance from Melbourne Airport and is connected to the terminals via a shuttle bus service. The hotel has a 24-hour business center, Park, Stay and Go parking service, and an on-site restaurant.
Melbourne Airport, 10-14 Centre Road
Melbourne 3045, Australia
Tel: (03) 9933 5111.

Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport
Boasting private parking, paid Wi-Fi Internet access, and a vending machine for snacks, the low-cost Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport is a short walk from the terminals. Rooms are charged at a standard rate and can accommodate up to three people.
Caldwell Drive Melbourne Airport
3045 Tullamarine, Australia
Tel: (03) 8336 1811.

ParkRoyal Melbourne Airport
A good option for those on business due to its whole floor of business facilities and meeting and conference space, this 276-room hotel has direct pedestrian access to Terminals 2 and 3. Among the hotel's other facilities are a gym, restaurant, bar, and café.
Tullamarine, Arrival Drive
Victoria 3045, Australia
Tel: (03) 8347 2000.

Ciloms Airport Lodge
A short ride via courtesy bus from the airport, this simple motel-style accommodation offers business and meeting facilities, an indoor pool, gym, and sauna to complement its restaurant and bar.
Tullamarine, 398 Melrose Drive
Victoria 3043, Australia
Tel: (03) 9335 2788.
Full airport nameMelbourne Airport
State or provinceAustralia
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