Melbourne Airport

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Melbourne Airport (IATA Flight Code: MEL), commonly called Tullamarine Airport, is the largest and most important airport in Melbourne and the state of Victoria, Australia. As the city's only international airport, it is the primary port of entry for most overseas visitors to the city. It's 23 km north-west of the Melbourne/Downtown|downtown in the Melbourne/Northern suburbs|northern suburb of Tullamarine, and hosts direct connecting Flights from dozens of locations in Australia and around the globe.

Melbourne Airport Halal Explorer

Melbourne Airport T2 Departure Gates

Melbourne Airport is curfew-free and operates 24 hours a day year-round. The terminals are contained within one building, or within easy walking distance of each other.As a gateway to Australia, it has many advantages over other capital cities that are curfew restricted and have complex or expensive arrangements to transfer from international to domestic flights.

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The airport has four terminals. T1, T2 T3 are in the same building, and it is easy to walk between terminals, however each terminal has separate security screening and access between terminals is not available once in the sterile area.

  • T1 (the "North Terminal") is used by Qantas].
  • T2 (the "International Terminal") is used by all international airlines. It is the middle terminal of the airport.
  • T3 (the "South Terminal") is used by Virgin Australia.
  • T4 (the "Budget Airlines Terminal") is used by Jetstar domestic services, REX Regional Express domestic services and / Tigerair Australia domestic services.

Melbourne Airport has Flights to all other state capitals including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Perth and Sydney. A number of other regional airports have flight connections to Melbourne including Cairns, Gold Coast, Launceston and Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Some minor airports are also served including Albury, Burnie, King Island, Mildura and Wagga Wagga amongst others.

The Sydney to Melbourne flight route is one of the busiest in the world, with Flights sometimes leaving at 15 minutes intervals. This is mainly because the next best option is a very long drive.

Internationally, Melbourne connects throughout South East Asia, China, South Korea, Japan, Los Angeles, Dubai and London (to name a few).

The Qantas-Australia Airbus A380 serves this airport on Flights to Los Angeles and Singapore. Emirates also operates an A380 on routes to Auckland, Dubai, and Singapore.

Ground transportation

Melbourne has no train service to its airport. Buses or taxis are the most common mode of transportation to and from the city.

By SkyBus

Skybus number 65 (5177AO) Scania in Wurundjeri Way, 2013

Skybus, ☎ +61 3 9670-7992, runs a frequent 24/7 shuttle to and from the Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal on Spencer Street at the west end of the Central Business District, just north of Lonsdale Street. There are two airport pickup locations. One is outside the Virgin Australia (T3), 50 m from the international terminal (T2). The other is outside the Qantas-Australia domestic terminal (T1). There are electronic ticket machines for card purchases at the stops. You can also purchase online or at the ticket booths.

The trip takes between 20-40 minutes (in normal traffic, depending on the time of day) and runs directly using the freeway with no stops. It costs $18/36 adult one-way/return, $6 child one-way (4–14 years of age). There are also several family ticket options available. Frequency ranges from half-hourly 1–4AM, to every 10 minutes 5:30AM–11PM. They also run a connection service between the terminal and central hotels/hostels during the day (Monday–Friday 6AM–10:30PM, Saturday Sunday 7:30AM–5:30PM), and this is included in your fare. Bookings are not needed for travel to hotels, but book hotel pick-up at least three hours ahead. Otherwise, you can catch a train from Southern Cross Station, or take a tram down Collins Street through the downtown.

SkyBus has additional services to Dockland and Street Kilda. Further afield it also runs to Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle Service and to the Western Suburbs. The Street Kilda and Docklands services operate daily, with buses every half hour on weekdays and hourly on weekends. Prices for this trip are fixed at $19 one-way and $38 return for adults. The Frankston and Peninsula service operates 364 days a year although is less frequent, with a timetable available on the SkyBus Website. Prices for this service vary depending on the final destination, with adult fares ranging from $21 to $53 one way.

There is free Wi-Fi on board the bus, if you're willing to trade your personal details for a Internet fix.

By public bus

Bus Bay 17 T4 Melbourne airport

If money is more important than time and convenience, you can take public bus 901 (every 15-30 munutes) to Broadmeadows Station (travel duration 20 min) and switch to a train (every 8-30 minutes) to the city (travel duration around 40 min). Both buses and trains run from 5AM to midnight, although Broadmeadows is one of Melbourne's sketchier suburbs and you'll want to be careful after dark. There are now Protective Services Officers patrolling almost all stations nightly after 6PM, including Broadmeadows. The trip traverses Zone 1 and 2, and you will need a #Ticket|Myki smartcard to pay the fare ($4.30 from Jan 1, 2023). The smartcard itself costs $6. The SkyBus ticket office also sells the myki Visitor Pack for $14, which includes $8 of credit. You can also buy a card from the Myki machine in the Terminal 3 baggage claim. The buses depart from outside Terminal 4, underneath the short term vehicle park. Follow signage.

If you are using public transport to travel around Melbourne on the day you arrive, this method represents even better value. There is a daily cap on public transport fares, meaning you will never pay more than two fares per day in each zone, no matter how many trips you make. On weekends and the daily cap is $6 for unlimited travel across both zones.

The buses display the next stop, and there will usually many others getting off at Broadmeadows Station. When travelling to the airport and the bus stop is immediately outside the station, and there is an electronic sign indicating the predicted arrival time of the next bus.

Alternatively, routes 478/479 (every 30-60 minutes, travel duration 15 minutes) provide service to Airport West, where you can connect with Route 59 trams (every 8-30 minutes, travel duration 50 minutes) to the city. The fare is the same ($3.76 from Jan 1, 2023). The tram stop at Airport West is pretty desolate, and you're unlikely to encounter many others taking this route. You may be the only one at the stop.

By taxi

Taxi ranks are found across from the terminals, and there is no need to book. A taxi into the Melbourne CBD will cost around $60 and take around 30 minutes. Ignore anyone soliciting fares inside the terminal, and proceed directly to the rank. It is illegal to solicit fares.

By Uber

Uber operates from the booked pickup area of the airport, just use the app and follow the directions.An extra airport access fee is added to your fare.

By shuttle

Options for Melbourne downtown and inner suburbs include Starbus and VHA airport shuttle which charge between $18 and $25 depending on destination.

Alternatively, if heading to southern Melbourne (Melbourne/St Kilda|St Kilda and points beyond) and the Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle (FAPAS) runs roughly-hourly shuttle van services, advance bookings required either on-line or at +61 3 9783-1199. Full adult fares from $18, but there are group discounts and some hotels even offer free rides if you stay for three or more nights.

For Dandenong and surrounding areas Airport Bus Dandenong has services from $20 to the downtown and Street Kilda and $25 to Dandenong. Airport Bus Eastside services the outer eastern suburbs and Gull services Werribee ($22) and Geelong ($32).

Rent a Car or Limousine at Melbourne Airport

Six car rental companies have offices and facilities on-site. All of them have information desks where bookings can be made in the domestic terminals. Considering the high cost of using taxis, it may be cheaper to hire for a few days if you want to really explore Melbourne and its surroundings - but also remember to take into account tolls and parking.

The motorway into Melbourne is a toll road, and cameras will scan your licence plate. All the on-airport rental vehicle companies have some option to pay, or you have up to three days after you travel to buy a Tulla Pass for $5.25. Or, if you are spending longer in Melbourne then you can buy another passes that will halve the price, but charge you a setup fee such that is it isn't worthwhile for a single trip to the airport and back.

How to get around in Melbourne Airport

Unless you have a access issue requiring assistance, Melbourne Airport can only be navigated walking. Expect it to take around 10 minutes to walk from one end of the main airport hub to the other (Terminals 1 to 3). Another ten minutes to walk to Terminal 4.

This makes Melbourne the easiest Australian gateway ports for transit, as Sydney, Brisbane and Perth all have awkward transfers between International and Domestic terminals.



  • Terminal 1: Qantas-Australia maintains a Qantas-Australia Club and Qantas-Australia Domestic Business Lounge in this terminal for eligible flyers. The Business Lounge is in the Qantas-Australia Club Lounge. The lounge is to the right after going through security
  • Terminal 2: Terminal 2 is host to a range of lounges for the various international airlines that operate from the airport. Lounges for eligible flyers include the Emirates First and Business Class Lounge and the Qantas-Australia First Class Lounge, Qantas-Australia Business Lounge, Air New Zealand Koru Lounge, Cathay Pacific Lounge, Malaysia Airlines Lounge, Singapore-Airlines Lounge and United Airlines Lounge.
  • Terminal 3: Virgin Australia maintains a lounge in this terminal for eligible flyers. The lounge is landside and you must clear security after leaving the lounge.
  • Terminal 4: REX has a small lounge in T4 for eligible flyers.

Halal Food & Restaurants in Melbourne Airport

Traveling through Melbourne Airport and looking for halal dining options? You're in luck! Melbourne Airport offers several halal-friendly restaurants that cater to diverse culinary tastes. Here’s a guide to some of the best halal restaurants you can find at and near Melbourne Airport.

Mezze Za Za

Rating: 3.5 (102 reviews)
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Location: Arrival Dr
Opening Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens at 6 AM daily

Mezze Za Za is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located within Melbourne Airport. This eatery offers a variety of delicious halal options perfect for travelers seeking a quick yet satisfying meal. The menu features a range of mezze dishes, salads, and hearty mains that reflect the vibrant flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Although the restaurant has a modest rating, it remains a popular choice for its convenient location and diverse menu. Be sure to stop by during your early morning travels, as it opens bright and early at 6 AM.

Sheesh Grill

Rating: 4.1 (1,088 reviews)
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Location: 255 Mickleham Rd
Opening Hours: Open until 12 AM
Contact: +61 3 9330 3050
Website: Sheesh Grill

Located near Andrews Airport Parking, Sheesh Grill is a highly-rated halal restaurant offering an extensive menu of Middle Eastern cuisine. This spot is perfect for those looking for a substantial meal before or after their flight. Known for its flavorful Kebab, shawarma, and other grilled specialties, Sheesh Grill is celebrated for its high-quality halal food and welcoming atmosphere. It's a bit of a drive from the main airport terminals, but well worth the visit if you have time to spare.


Rating: 3.6 (199 reviews)
Cuisine: Asian, Noodles Shop
Location: Terminal vicinity
Opening Hours: Closes at 10 PM ⋅ Opens at 5 AM on Saturday

For those craving Asian cuisine, Nööödles is an excellent choice. This Noodles shop offers a variety of halal Noodles dishes that are both flavorful and satisfying. Located conveniently within the airport premises, Nööödles is a great option for travelers looking for a quick and tasty meal. With an early opening time and late closing hours, it accommodates those on early morning or late night flights. The menu includes a selection of stir-fried noodles, soups, and Rice dishes, ensuring there's something for everyone.

Melbourne Airport provides a range of halal dining options that cater to different tastes and preferences. Whether you're in the mood for Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Asian cuisine, you can find a satisfying halal meal to enjoy before your journey continues. Mezze Za Za, Sheesh Grill, and Nööödles each offer unique flavors and convenient options for the discerning halal traveler. Enjoy your meal and have a pleasant journey!

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Terminal 4

Terminal 4 is a terminal built for budget airlines with self-service check-in and bag drop facilities. Terminal 4 requires a fairly lengthy walk to the boarding gates from the security check-point and departure lounge. There are no travellators and there is very little seating along the walk and at the boarding gate areas. The terminal centers around the departures lounge area, with screens not showing the departure gate until the flight is ready to board. Passengers should pass through security and wait in the departure lounge area until the screens indicate that it is time to go to the gate. The departure lounge has seating, a food court and various retail outlets.

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There are no locations of interest in the surrounding area, and limited ways of getting to the few around. If you need to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, walking between Terminal 4 and the main terminals is probably the best way of doing it.

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