Melbourne Airport lies in the suburb of Tullamarine, about 23km to the city’s northwest. That places it about 25km away from Southbank. Getting from Melbourne Airport to Southbank is straightforward, thanks to Melbourne’s efficient network of public transport. However, with public transport, the journey is not always quick. In fact, it can sometimes involve numerous services, long waits, and tiresome walks from bus stops to train stations, to your end destination. 

Taxis are more direct, but on a busy day at Melbourne Airport there can be a sizeable wait at the taxi queue. Combined with the metered pricing model they adopt, that can mean that your fees don’t match the service you receive. At Car Australia, our affordable pricing combined with the top tier service of our professional chauffeurs and the comfort of our luxury vehicle, makes for the best transport from Melbourne Airport to Southbank.

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Southbank to Melbourne Airport

Before you make your dinner reservations or agree to that 8.30 am meeting, it’s important that you’re familiar with the trip from Melbourne Airport to Southbank, and what it entails. To help you with that, our experienced chauffeurs have added a few insights into the journey.

Pick Up and Other Information

Trip times

On average, it takes about 45 minutes to get from Melbourne Airport to Southbank. The trip takes you through the heart of Melbourne, including some of the busiest roads in Australia. That means congestion is commonplace, and during peak hour traffic periods, delays are possible. However, they’re rarely significant delays, with peak hour travel times rarely exceeding 50 minutes. When there’s not a lot of activity on the road, the trip can take as few as 40 minutes. That’s something we often experience late at night, in the course of our 24 hours service. So if you’re time poor, or travelling on a strict schedule, we would suggest avoiding peak hour wherever possible.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport has four terminals, which helps it service the thousands of passengers passing through each day. Terminal 1 hosts regional and domestic services for Qantas, while terminals 3 and 4 host other domestic and regional carriers. Terminal 2 is the dedicated international terminal, and it sees flights arriving from all over the world, and with a number of different carriers. When you book online with us, you can provide us with your flight details, which will ensure that we are ready and waiting at the correct terminal when you arrive. It will also ensure that we get you to the correct terminal when your plane is departing. If your plane is delayed for whatever reason after you arrive, simply sit back and enjoy the many great facilities Melbourne Airport has on offer, including dining, Wi-Fi, retail, and transit facilities.

Southbank with Car Australia

South bank is an inner urban suburb of Melbourne, which, as its name suggests, is on the southern bank of the Yarra River, just a stone’s throw from the city itself. To the east of Southbank is the iconic St Kilda Beach, and the many entertainment, dining, and coastal precincts that it has to offer. Southbank has many of the same attractions on offer, but is best known as the primary business centre in Melbourne. But for visitors, the Southbank promenade offers more enjoyment, with weekly arts and crafts markets and plenty of attractive green space. See it all with a door to door transfer from Car Australia.