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Transfer Options from Avalon Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Melbourne Avalon Airport to city centre

Melbourne Avalon Airport offers two transport options to get you into the city centre of Melbourne. The first, most convenient and comfortable option is by taking an Avalon Airport taxi. Taxis are available to take you from the airport 24/7 and the journey will be around 45 minutes with a price of approximately 75€ (AUD$120). The other option is by SkyBus, the dedicated public bus line to the city centre. The SkyBus will cost around 14€ (AUD$24) one way and take around 50 minutes to reach the central city.

Comparison of the options

Bus €28 50min 09:00–00:00
Taxi €75 45min 24/7

How to get from Avalon Airport to city centre by bus

Bus services are available from Avalon Airport to Melbourne city via the SkyBus service; a direct route solely for airport customers. The SkyBus provides a direct service with only one stop along the route (in Werribee) and terminates at Southern Cross Station in central Melbourne. The schedule for the bus is intermittent, but is designed to meet every major flight that arrives at the airport, therefore waiting is kept to a minimum. The journey should take around 50 minutes but is, of course, traffic dependent.

How much is the bus from Avalon Airport to city centre?

The bus cost is 14€ (AUD$24.00) to the city centre of Melbourne for a standard, single trip, adult fare.
Bus tickets are available for purchase from the airport at one of the ticket booths or online prior to your arrival. There is a chance for a discount on individual or combo tickets if you purchase them online in advance.



Trip Duration

50 Min

There can be a short wait for the bus - around 20 minutes.

Value for Money

The bus is available between 09:00am and 00:00am daily.

Where do I get it from?

The bus departs from outside of the terminal at Avalon Airport. Follow the signage for the SkyBus in the arrivals area.


Although the bus leaves from the airport, it does involve a transfer at the central station to get to your final destination. This can be a bit of a pain if you have lots of luggage or you are under time constraints. However, this is a great option for those on a budget and is a great service that is comfortable and quick.

Editor’s Note

When you arrive at Southern Cross Station, as a SkyBus passenger you are able to make use of the free Hotel Link Service, which is a shuttle that takes you to your hotel from the station, given you are staying within the CBD.

Useful Tips

Children 4-16 years of age can travel for free.
Buses provide air-con and free WiFi on the journey.
Booking online can give a small discount on your fare.

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How to get from Avalon Airport to city centre by taxi

The first option to get you from the airport is by an Avalon Airport taxi. Taxis are unmissable in Melbourne as they are bright yellow with a large yellow TAXI sign on the roof. Taxis provide the best and most convenient option for anyone with luggage, time restraints or simply in need of some extra comfort after the flight. The journey time based on normal traffic conditions will be expected to take around 45 minutes.

Taxi fare from Avalon Airport to city centre

Taxis from Avalon Airport are metered, therefore if you wish to take one you can expect the fare to vary depending on the circumstances. An approximate fare in normal conditions is around 75€ (AUD$120). You may be charged more depending on whether you take the taxi, during peak hours or on a public holiday.

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Taxis are by far the most convenient option for anyone wishing to travel in comfort and ensure the least hassle, getting to their accommodation. Taxis are 24/7 and have door to door service, but they are a costly option. If you are on a budget it is recommended that you take another mean of transportation.

Editor’s Note

Avalon Airport has just begun the implementation of a small AUD$3.00 fee for taxis that will be payable at the terminal control point before you leave the airport.

Useful Tips

Always ensure that you take taxis from the designated ranks and do not accept rides from individuals offering.
Taxis accept cards and cash but don't always have the correct change.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a bus from Avalon Airport to Melbourne?

There is a SkyBus service that runs between the airport and Melbourne's Southern Cross Station in the central city. The bus operates to incoming flights' schedules. The journey takes around 50 minutes.

Does SkyBus go to Avalon Airport?

Yes - the SkyBus Service runs both from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station and Avalon Airport to Southern Cross Station.

Is Melbourne Tullamarine or Avalon Airport closer to Melbourne city?

Melbourne Tullamarine is the closest airport to the city centre. Avalon Airport is located around 56km away from the city centre.

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