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Transfers Options from Avalon Airport to Melbourne City Centre

Melbourne, the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. This vibrant city is known for it’s great music scene, international and European cuisine. Home to many fascinating museums, bustling plazas and stunning beaches; there is definitely something for everyone in Melbourne.

There are two different airports serving the city of Melbourne; the main airport being Tullamarine airport and Avalon airport serving as a secondary airport.
When arriving at Melbourne Avalon airport (AVV), you have 2 transfer options to get you to the city centre; you can either take a taxi or a bus. Taking a Avalon airport taxi to the city centre is the most convenient option, providing a door-to-door service in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle. The other cheaper but longer option would be to take the dedicated public SkyBus from the airport.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €185 45min 24/7 Book
Taxi €75 45min 24/7
Bus €28 50min 09:00–00:00

How to get from Avalon airport to the city centre by taxi

If you are looking for the easiest and most efficient airport transfer to travel to the city centre, then taking a taxi from Avalon airport is definitely the best option for you. Taxis offer a comfortable, air-conditioned, 24/7 door-to-door service, taking only 45 minutes to reach the centre. Taxis in Australia are easy to recognise as they are bright yellow and have large TAXI rooftop signs.

Taxi fare from Avalon airport to the city centre

Taxis from Melbourne Avalon airport don’t offer flat rate fees to the city centre, instead, they use a taximeter based on the distance and time travelled. This means that your final price will depend on your exact location within the city, however, it should cost around €45 ($120 AUD). Please note that extra fees may apply during peak hours or on public holidays (within the city and suburb metro area).

Taxi prices
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Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Avalon airport.

Where do I get it from?

You can easily find the Avalon airport taxi rank right outside the main terminal hall at Melbourne Avalon airport.


Taxis are by far the most convenient option for anyone wishing to travel to their accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Although taxis offer a 24/7 door-to-door service, they can become quite costly as they are metered. If you wish to book a better rate at a fixed price, it is highly recommended to book a private Avalon taxi in advance.

Editor’s Note

Please note that taxis travelling to-and-from Avalon airport have an airport surcharge of $3 AUD, that will be payable at the terminal control point before you leave the airport.

Useful Tips

Always ensure that you take a taxi from the official airport rank and do not accept a ride from random individuals.
Taxis in Melbourne accept bank card payments as well as cash payments.
Make sure that the taximeter is reset and running before you begin your journey.

How to get from Avalon airport to the city centre by bus

If you are travelling on a budget, your best transfer option would be to take the airport shuttle bus. Public bus services to-and-from Avalon airport to Melbourne city are operated by the SkyBus; a direct route solely for airport customers. The SkyBus, also known as the Avalon city express, provides a direct service stopping only once along its way at Werribee and terminates at Southern Cross Station in central Melbourne. The bus schedule is intermittent, however it is designed to meet every major flight that arrives at the airport, therefore the waiting time is kept to a minimum. The journey should take around 50 minutes to the city centre, traffic dependent.

How much is a bus ticket from Avalon airport to the city centre?

Taking the SkyBus is definitely the cheapest option and a great transfer method for those travelling on a tight budget, with a one-way ticket costing €14 ($24 AUD). You can purchase tickets from the airport ticket booths or online in advance. Please note that many discounts and interesting prices for combo tickets are available online.



Trip Duration

50 Min.

There is a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the SkyBus.

Value for Money

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

Where do I get it from?

The SkyBus departs outside the main terminal at Avalon airport. You can follow the SkyBus signs in and around the arrivals area.


The SkyBus is a great option for those travelling on a budget as it is the cheapest transfer option. Moreover, the SkyBus has very comfortable vehicles and their services depend on flight arrivals, meaning that you will not have to wait long for your bus. However, once you arrive at the city centre, you will have to find another form of transportation to get from the bus station to your final destination.

Editor’s Note

If you are staying in the CBD area, a free SkyBus Shuttle is available from Southern Cross Station to different hotels in downtown Melbourne, as part of the SkyBus service package.

Useful Tips

Children from 4 to 16 years of age can travel for free.
The SkyBus offers free WiFi and air-conditioning onboard.
Discounts are available for the airport SkyBus if you purchase your tickets online.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Melbourne. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Avalon airport into the city centre?

There are two airport transfer options from Avalon to the city centre; you can either take a taxi or a shuttle bus. If you choose to take a taxi your travel time will be around 45 minutes to downtown Melbourne and if you prefer to take the cheaper SkyBus option, it will take you 50 minutes to get to the centre.

Does the SkyBus service Melbourne Avalon Airport?

Yes, the SkyBus service runs from both Melbourne Tullamarine airport to the Southern Cross Station and from Avalon airport to the Southern Cross Station.

Which Melbourne airport is closer to the city centre?

Melbourne Tullamarine airport is the closest to the city centre, taking only 30 minutes; whereas Melbourne Avalon airport is a good 50 minutes away.

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