Arriving In A Strange City Can Be A Daunting Thing.
You are up in the air and about to arrive in Melbourne, Australia.
It's been such a long flight and all you want to do is collect your luggage, pick up your car and settle in or perhaps -
You have to pick up a family member or friend and you need to know -
What time they will arrive?
Is the flight delayed?
Where to collect them?
Where to park your car?
Hopefully, with the information on this page, you will be able to get the answers to those questions or at least links on how to find those pesky answers.
The main airport for Melbourne is situated at Tullamarine, 23 km (14 mi) from the city centre.
Address: Departure Dr,
The airport is the Hub for ...
There are 4 domestic terminals with terminal 2 being used mainly for International flights from all over the world.
Flight information for domestic and international departures and Melbourne airport arrivals can be found here at Melbourne Airport Flight Details
This makes it easy to check to see if the flight is on time or has been delayed and you can adjust your arrangement accordingly.
Just add the details of the flight into the appropriate search boxes and click for details. The flight information is updated every 5 minutes.
For International passengers, the Melbourne airport arrivals luggage is collected at the T2 arrivals terminal. Just follow the signs to the entry control point and make sure to fill in the appropriate paperwork and declare any necessary goods.
This is a map of the area ... T2 International Arrivals collection point
Make sure that you have the following documents ready for the entry control point:
Anything to declare?
After collecting your baggage, proceed to the exiting point where your incoming passenger card will be checked by an officer prior to passing through Customs and Border Protection and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service.
Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS)
It is important to remember that if you have any animal or plant item with you, or packed in your luggage, you must declare it on your incoming passenger card.
For Domestic passengers, your Melbourne airport arrivals luggage can be collected downstairs on the ground floor level. Just follow the signs to the turnstiles and look out for your matching flight number.
For a small fee you can hire a luggage trolley, the stands can be found throughout the airport.
International Melbourne Airport arrivals can be met in the clearly marked area to meet and greet passengers upon arrival.
It is located next to the Groups and Tours desk at the southern end of Terminal 2 (T2) Arrivals. A large red sign clearly destinguishes the area.
Domestic Melbourne Airport arrivals can be met downstairs at the baggage turnstiles. Either that or at your pre-arranged destination inside or outside the terminals.
Pick-up can be done by following the overhead signs at Arrivals Drive. Terminal parking is ideal for picking up Melbourne Airport arrivals passengers.
Vehicles collecting passengers at the front of the terminals must be attended at all times. Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate fine and may be towed.
Attended vehicles can only remain in the pick-up/drop-off area for a maximum of one minute.
Melbourne Airport has today opened 26 additional 1-minute pick-up bays in the forecourt area for general public, which aims to further reduce congestion in and around the airport precinct.
Capacity for private vehicles to pick-up passengers has increased via a fourth lane built as part of the Forecourt Redevelopment Stage 2 project.
Picking-up family and friends who are waiting for a ride in the forecourt can be done by following the overhead signs at Arrivals Drive that direct cars to the 1-minute pick-up lane 1 or lane 2.
This link provides detailed maps of this area - http://melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/airport-parking/pick-up-and-drop-off.html
Ring & Ride
A convenient location to wait for your arrival. The first 40 minutes parking at Ring & Ride is free, 60 minutes will cost you $4:00. After an hour, short term car park rates apply. An automatic pay station is available on site.
I personally found this to be quite an easy process. Once the plane had arrived, I just made contact and arranged to collect the passenger at the Pick up point outside the terminal.
Undercover short term car parking is available opposite the main terminals at the airport. Choose from the ground floor or park on any of the multi levels. Coming in from the Tullamarine Freeway, follow the overhead signs to the Short Term carpark.
There are boom gate ticketed entries to all levels, make sure that you retain the ticket and pay the ticket machine before leaving. All terminals can be accessed from this carpark.
Long Term Carpark
I have personally used this carpark and found it to be quite convenient and reasonably cost effective.
There is a free courtesy bus to and from the terminals to the carpark areas. The area is monitored using CCTV cameras.
Once you park your car, collect your ticket and retain it making sure that you pay for your parking once you arrive back at the airport. You can do this at the convenient Long Term parking booths outside the terminals or at the parking bay stations.
Take note of where you have parked your car as the carpark is substantially large!
Public Transport is available at the airport. There are several bus routes that will take you to certain suburban areas of Melbourne. Check which buses stop at Melbourne Airport here - http://melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/other-bus-services/overview.html
The public bus stop at Melbourne Airport is located at Terminal 1
Note that the Myki Card is essential to purchase if riding on public transport. If using the Myki for the first time you can purchase a Myki Visitor Pack from the SkyBus counter outside terminals 1 or 3. Topping up your Myki can be done on board the bus.
The Skybus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. The Skybus is a reliable, low-cost airport bus that runs express between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Station in Melbourne’s city centre.
This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays. Buses run from every 10 minutes throughout the day.
For no extra charge, SkyBus can deliver you safe and sound to select Melbourne hotels with their hotel transfer service.
For more details and information on fares check this link - http://www.skybus.com.au/fares/
Melbourne Taxis are a convenient means of transport to and from the airport. Depending on your destination you may be able to combine a taxi with some form of public transport to get you to your destination.
A taxi can be easily found outside the airport terminals, just look for the bright yellow sedan - there are hundreds of them eager for your business.
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Melbourne Airport has six car rental companies located on site. All have offices on the ground floor of the Short Term car park, and information desks in the Melbourne Airport arrivals domestic terminals.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot all offer safe and reliable cars and excellent service.
It may be necessary upon your Melbourne Airport arrivals, for you to stay close to the airport for one reason or another and there are some excellent accommodation choices either at the airport or close by. I have listed several of these Airport Hotels that are within 5 kilometers of the Melbourne Airport.
For more details on what each of these hotels or motels has to offer check out this page I have put together for you ... Handy Airport Accommodation
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