Melbourne has one main international and domestic airport and that is Melbourne Airport. It is about 25 kilometres (16 miles) north-west of the Central Business District.

Melbourne airports

Melbourne has two major airports:

·       Melbourne Airport is a 25-minute drive from the Melbourne city centre. All international flights and most domestic flights to Melbourne arrive here. The domestic and international terminals are located in the same building.

·       Avalon Airport is a 45-minute drive from the Melbourne city centre. Some domestic flights to Melbourne arrive here.

International arrivals

If you arrive in Melbourne on an international flight, you will arrive at Melbourne Airport

On the plane, you will be given an incoming passenger card. You will need to fill in your flight details and customs information. 

When you arrive at the airport, you will need your passport and incoming passenger card for the entry control point.

When you have passed through the entry control point, you will collect your baggage and exit the terminal via customs and quarantine.

Domestic arrivals

If you are flying to Melbourne from another city, you may arrive at Melbourne Airport or Avalon Airport. Domestic travellers are not usually required to go through an entry control point or meet any customs requirements.   


SkyBus is a bus service that connects Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport with Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne city centre. 

It departs from the domestic and international terminals and you can buy tickets online starting from A$18 each way. 


Most Melbourne taxis are yellow. You can find taxis at both Melbourne airports.

Approximate taxi fares:

·       Melbourne Airport to city approx: A$70

·       Avalon Airport to city approx: A$110.

Additional charges may apply for airport taxis or for using tollways.



Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the corner of Jolimont Terrace and Jolimont Street and enter at GATE 3 and go to Level 2.


Parking is available at:

Federation Square – cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets

City Square Car park – 202 /208 Flinders Lane

Metered parking in the area – Jolimont Street, Jolimont Terrace, Clarendon Street

enter  at GATE 3 and go to Level 2.


Hop off the tram at Rod Laver arena stop. Walk up the ramp to the footbridge to the MCG and  enter at GATE 3 and go to Level 2.




It is a good idea to arrive in Melbourne with some Australian money. Around A$250 in cash is a good amount to start with. 

We recommend that you do not travel with large amounts of cash for your safety. Note that if you bring A$10,000 or more in cash to Australia (or equivalent in foreign currency), you must declare it to Australian customs when you arrive.

Quarantine, customs and goods to declare

Australian customs and quarantine regulations restrict you from bringing certain items into Australia and you must declare some items on your incoming passenger card. 

If you are carrying any restricted or quarantine items, including food, medication, wooden material, plant material or animal products, you must declare them. Alternatively, you can place them in the quarantine bins when you arrive at the airport. 

To declare an item, tick 'yes' on your incoming passenger card. 

If you are unsure about an item you are carrying, declare it by ticking 'yes'. 

All luggage is screened using a combination of specially trained dogs, x-ray machines and bag inspections on arrival in Australia. If you do not declare any restricted or quarantine items, or if you make a false declaration, you risk severe penalties. 

For more information about what to declare, visit the Department of Home Affairs website and Australian Department of Agriculture website.