Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to City – 3 best transfer options

Melbourne's Yarra River, Arts Centre and Eureka TowerArriving into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport will bring you to within 20 kilometres north of the Melbourne city centre and the heart of Melbourne, Victoria.

The 3 best transfer options available from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne’s city centre or Central Business District (“CBD”) are all available conveniently from Tullamarine Airport’s ground floor level, on exiting the baggage collection area.


The SkyBus is recognisable by its orange colour and is an express bus service from Melbourne Airport to the city.

Tickets can be pre-purchased online or from the SkyBus booth at the airport for a costs of AU$18 one way or AU$30 return. SkyBus departs every 10 minutes with the trip from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to the city taking approximately 30 minutes.

SkyBus is an express service operating 24 hours, 7 days a week between the airport and Southern Cross Railway Station from where other public transport links are available.

A taxi is a personal, direct and express option when travelling from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to the city.

For this sort of service you can expect to pay about AU$55, depending on your drop off location within the city area.  An average trip, traffic dependent, will take 30 minutes.  The benefit of hiring a taxi is that you can be taken directly to your destination.

Taxis operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the allocated airport taxi rank.

Minibus Shuttle
Independent companies run airport shuttle services.  This is usually a shared ride minibus service from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to the city with drop off available to your nominated hotel.

A minibus shuttle service will usually cost AU$17 one way or AU$28 return, operating between Tullamarine Airport and city hotel locations.  With some wait time required for collecting other passengers, and drop off points done on-route to yours, you should allow a total trip time of around 50 minutes for this option.

Services will often run 7 days a week. Some companies offer limited operating hours.