Melbourne Airport is located in Tullamarine, in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. It has a wide range of transport options available for passengers who arrive, too, including buses, taxis, shuttles, and even hire cars. But the best choice is a transfer with Car Australia. Public transport may be cheap, but it takes a long time. You often need to queue at the airport, before commencing a journey with frequent stops that normally don’t align with your intended journey. That leaves you to make up the difference on foot. Taxis may be more direct, but their prices are often unpredictable and they don’t always feel like they reflect the service you receive. On top of that, there’s the taxi rank queue, which can add up to half an hour to your journey. Finally, there’re hire cars. Sure, they may give you the freedom to pick your own route, but they’re also expensive, and leave you with the burden of parking, petrol, and the challenge of navigating Melbourne. Our advice: choose Car Australia and enjoy direct hassle free travel.

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Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD travel guide

Before you plan your holiday, it’s important to know what to expect. With a transfer from Car Australia, you won’t get much in the way of surprises, and to help you spread that consistency in your own schedule, here are some of the insights we’ve gathered over the years.

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Melbourne Airport to the city: Distance

Melbourne Airport lies only 23km from the CBD, so your trip into the city won’t take too long. We normally expect our trips to take about 35 minutes, but we suggest that you leave aside an allowance of up to 50 minutes during peak hour traffic. Of course, outside of peak hour, those delays are very uncommon. In fact, in off-peak periods we usually find our journey from Melbourne Airport to the city taking just 30 minutes. Unlike taxis, we don’t rely on trip meters to calculate our fees, which means that you can enjoy greater certainty before your trip begins.

How to get from Melbourne Airport to your CBD transfer

Regardless of which Melbourne Airport terminal you arrive in, or depart from, you can rest assured that you won’t have trouble finding your Car Australia transfer. Melbourne Airport has an abundance of pick up, drop off, parking, and waiting spaces, with most sitting just minutes from the terminals. If you choose to travel with Car Australia, finding your transport will simply be a matter of following the signs from the arrivals hall to our pre-agreed meeting place. From there, our drivers will take you into the city directly. If you’re departing Melbourne, you may need to do some extra navigating after we drop off. Don’t worry though – we will obtain your flight details as a part of our booking process, to ensure that you are taken to the correct terminal. Each terminal has a specific purpose, so it’s hard to go wrong. There are dedicated terminals from Qantas flights, international flights, Virgin flights, and budget domestic flights, which means that finding your terminal is easy.

Getting from Melbourne CBD to Melbourne Airport with Car Australia

Melbourne CBD is known for its laneways, one way streets, hook-turns, and general navigational challenges. That’s why it’s best to go with a Car Australia airport transfer – our drivers are experienced professionals, with the local knowledge needed to get you from Melbourne CBD to Melbourne Airport smoothly. That means you’ll have time to enjoy the sights and sound of Melbourne, Australia’s cultural centre. You can search the laneways for Australia’s best coffee, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Lygon Street.  If you’re a sports or entertainment fan, the MCG is a stone’s throw from the city centre, and it regularly hosts AFL and cricket games for local and international teams. Regardless of what you want to see, we can help. We can take you anywhere in and around Melbourne’s vibrant centre, before you return to the airport.

When you book with Car Australia, you get personal service. That means no queues, no other stops, and no wait at the airport. We will be tracking your flight after it takes off, so that we can ensure our drivers are on the spot when you are. The only waiting you’ll need to do is at the baggage carousel.

Melbourne is known as an all-night city, and that’s reflected in its airport. With flights arriving twenty four hours a day, from across the world, Melbourne Airport has no shortage of after-hours transport. We also offer our service twenty four seven, so no matter when you arrive, we will be there.

We are well-equipped to handle your luggage, whether it’s a small sports bag, or a few large suitcases. Our vehicles are spacious, and our fleet includes larger vehicles for those with more luggage than most. If you think your luggage could be an issue, feel free to contact us. We will take a look at your needs and ensure that we have the right system in place to get you and your luggage from Melbourne Airport to the city.

Our passengers are our foremost priority, which is why we offer transport options to suit a whole range of circumstances. We have sedans for lone travellers, or small families or groups.  But for larger groups, and even sporting teams, we have people movers with great seating capacity, as well as coaches through our partner company – Hughes. No matter how many people you’re travelling with, we can help.