You can score a slight discount if you book online ahead of time.
If you’re interested on taking this route, the first thing you should do is purchase a myki, an electronic reloadable smart card that is used in all public transportation services in Melbourne. Cash isn’t accepted. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to use that card again when you explore the city. The card itself costs A$6, but you will need to top it up with more credits. On top of the card fee, the fare to CBD is A$4.40.
If your hotel is closer to Central Station, here are your options.
Exit the terminal and walk across the first road, turning left and walking to the end of the platform at T1. Catch the bus number 901 to Broadmeadows Station. The sign on the bus should say “Frankston”. At the Broadmeadows Station, switch to a train. It is also possible to catch the bus to Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Sunbury.
The Skybus service is a 24/7 shuttle that runs to and from the Coach Terminal at Southern Cross Station, which is located on Spencer Street in the Central Business District. There are two locations at the airport where you can be picked up by the shuttle – either next to the Virgin Australia terminal or the Qantas/Jetstar domestic terminal.
The driving routes to the city are quite straightforward and the turn offs are well signposted. However, keep in mind that many of the hotels in the city will charge you for parking.
3. The Most Independent Option: Hire A Car
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This is a much slower, but cheaper option to get from the airport to downtown Melbourne, which will cost you $7 on weekdays and $3.50 on the weekends. Go to the Skybus terminal and buy a Myki Card.
1. The Most Convenient Option – Skybus
To purchase tickets you can use the ticket desks at T1 and T3, or purchase tickets electronically from the driver. The trip to the CBD will only take around 20 minutes and it will cost $18 for a one way journey or $30 for a return.
Your plane has finally touched down at the Melbourne Airport — now you need to get to the Central Business District. So which mode of transportation will work best for you?