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Airports

Avalon Airport

A few domestic flights operate to Avalon Airport, which is located south of the city towards Geelong. Buses operate to Melbourne and Geelong. Avalon is very convenient if you are going to Geelong or direct by car hire to the Ocean road.

Avalon Airport is Melbourne’s second airport, located a forty minute drive west of the city. Flights from Avalon go to Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Portland, Adelaide, Perth, and Alice Springs.

Jetstar and Tiger Airways operate out of Avalon Airport.

There is a bus that runs from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to the airport. A car park is located at Avalon Airport; check the airport’s internet site for pricing details. To drive there from Melbourne, travel along the Princes Freeway and follow the signs. When driving from Melbourne the airport is on the left.

Avalon Airport Australia is located at 80 Beach Road, Lara, Victoria. Phone (03) 5227 9100 or 1800 AVALON for information.

The airport is also the venue for the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace Exposition. Every two years a large airshow is held there with aircraft flying in from all over the world. As well as RAAF aircraft like the F/A 18A/B Hornet, Boeing 737 Wedgetail and Lockheed Orion AP-3C, there are always planes from other countries, which can include the B-52 Stratofortress, F-22 Raptor and B-1B Lancer.

Tullamarine Airport

The main Melbourne airport is Tullamarine and is 22km northwest of the City of Melbourne. The International and Domestic terminals are connected, with the exception of Tiger Airways, which has a small, crowded terminal a short distance from the main domestic terminal. The terminals have plenty of facilities.

Skybus

The Skybus operates regularly and will take you straight to Southern Cross Station Railway Station—the main long-distance terminus—in about 20 minutes. A connection is offered to Melbourne city hotels.

Buses

A cheaper alternative is to use the public bus, and for that you will need to buy a Metcard. The Airport is in Zone 2 and the city centre is in Zone 1. Either of these tickets will allow you to transfer to other buses, trams, and trains as many times as you wish within its validity. Two hours should be quite sufficient to get to your destination, but if you have spare time for the rest of the day, you might prefer the all-day ticket.

Taxis

There are plenty of taxis, and using them might work out cheaper than the Skybus if you are a family.

CityLink is the 22 kilometre tollway that goes around Melbourne. There are no cash booths so you have to buy a pass before you travel or within 3 days of using the tollway. To buy a pass call 13 26 29.

If you are renting a car, you can buy a Rental Link Up Pass that will cover your needs from your car rental company.

If you travel by taxi you do have to pay the tolls to the driver.

You can use your eTAG device on all tollways in New South Wales, Queensland, and on Eastlink in Victoria. Make sure the tag beeps, and if it does not you should call the operator to avoid a fine.