South Melbourne is an inner suburb of Melbourne approximately 25 km south of Tullamarine airport. There is a range of transport options to get from the airport to South Melbourne including buses, trains and taxis. However, using public transport can cause delays and not all of them drop you at your chosen drop off paint in South Melbourne.

The most convenient option is a chauffeured airport transfer with Car Australia. We provide reliable transfers and door-to-door services, which means you won’t be left to wander between bus stops and train stations to reach your destination. Our fleet of modern sedans and people movers will ensure a comfortable and relaxed journey to your destination. For bigger groups, you can also book with our partner company Huges who provide a range of coaches and minibuses.

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Travel guide from Melbourne airport to South Melbourne

We have listed below important information which will help you plan your journey including travel times and information to help navigate Melbourne airport.

Pick Up and Other Information

Getting from Melbourne airport to South Melbourne

On average, the journey from the airport to South Melbourne takes around 45 minutes. However, this time can vary depending on when you are travelling. During peak hour traffic it can take around 50 minutes for your transfer. On the other hand, during less busy times, the journey takes only 40 minutes.

Navigating Melbourne Airport

Melbourne airport (Tullamarine) has 4 main passenger terminals. Terminal 1 is primarily used by Qantas for their domestic and regional services. It is a multi-level terminal with departures on the 1st floor and arrival on the ground floor. Terminal 2 is the main international terminal with over 20 gates and multiple airline lounges (Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Etihad). It also has duty free shopping located at international departures. Terminal 3 is used by Virgin Australia as well as Regional Express (REX) airlines. It also provides a range of shopping and food options. Terminal 4 is mostly dedicated to budget airlines including Jetstar, REX and Air North.

Melbourne airport has ample parking and has ‘At Terminal Car Parks’ which are ideal for business trips or short getaways and can be booked online. Passengers for Terminals 1,2 & 3 can be picked up from the terminal forecourt. For Terminal 4, passengers can be picked up from Level 1 of the terminal car park.

The airport has a number of excellent facilities while in transit. There are showers, postal services, shopping and a number of restaurants & cafes. For transit times over 8 hours, the airport also has a range of hotels for you to relax in including Park Royal, Holiday Inn, Mantra and IBIS Budget Hotel.

South Melbourne information

South Melbourne, historically known as ‘Emerald Hill’ is one of Melbourne’s oldest suburban areas. The suburb has still preserved much of the historical structures that contributed to the area’s evolution. The area has the popular South Melbourne Market which was established in 1867 and is the oldest continuing market in Melbourne. The market has a range of stalls including food & drink, fashion as well as for pets. Finally, it is also home to South Melbourne FC, which is one of Australia’s most acclaimed soccer clubs