Tullamarine airport is Melbourne’s primary airport and the first stop for most visitors to the city. Located 23km northwest of the City, Melbourne airport has a wide range of transport options, which connect it to the city very effectively. However, some transport options are better than others. And in terms of the best, Hughes is a clear standout. At Hughes, we offer door to door service, with luxury vehicles and professional chauffeurs. Our outlook is simple: reliable and comfortable transport is something everyone deserves. In fact, a Hughes transfer from Melbourne airport to the City is on par with the price of most alternatives. What’s the difference, then? Comfort, reliability, efficiency, and value for money; that’s what really sets Hughes apart from other transport options.
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Before you dive into your Melbourne adventure, let’s take a look at what you’re in for. Our drivers have had a great deal of experience travelling between Melbourne airport and the City. Over that time, we’ve picked up on a few insights that allow us to operate with absolute reliability and precision. Those insights include travel times, pick up spaces, and navigating the large Melbourne airport. To help you out, we’ve listed some of that information here.
Pick Up and Other Information
Travel times: Negotiating traffic on your trip from Melbourne airport to City
Travel times are the first thing you need to know when you’re travelling. Getting to your meetings on time, and ultimately making your flight when you have to, involves planning around travel times. Luckily, you’re not looking at anything too significant in terms of travel times from Melbourne airport to the City. It’s normally a journey of about 35 minutes. However, when things are busy on the roads, travel times can increase a little – as they can in any big city.
Peak Hour Travel Time:
Airport to city – 45 minutes
City to airport – 50 minutes
Off Peak Travel Time:
Airport to city – 30 minutes
City to airport – 30 minutes
Melbourne airport: Find your way around its four terminal before getting to the City
Tullamarine, Melbourne’s main airport, consists of four terminals. Working out which one you need to leave from is the first point of call. Once you’ve established that, here are your pick up and drop off options. In terminal one, you can access domestic and regional services for Qantas. Departures leave from the first floor, and arrivals enter through the ground floor. Terminal two is the international terminal, with over 20 gates. Departures there are found on the lower deck, with arrivals on the first floor.
Terminal three is home to Virgin Australia airlines, and there is a nearby parking facility ideal for those short getaways. Finally, terminal four offers access to most budget carriers, and also has nearby parking facilities. Departure Drive traverses level 2 of the first three terminals, and it’s an ideal place to drop off passengers. For collection, there is a range of pick up zones, including the one minutes and ten-minute zones, where there’s some free waiting space available. Of course, when you book with Hughes, you simply need to let us know where you’re arriving and where you’re going; we’ll take care of the rest.
Melbourne CBD: Pick up and information
To make your time in Melbourne as straightforward as possible, we offer door to door service. That means, no matter where you are in the City, we will be able to come and collect you. So with that in mind, you can wander the City freely and take in whichever sights entice you. Melbourne itself is one of Australia’s oldest and largest cities, so there’s no shortage of things to do. It is home to 5 of the 6 tallest buildings in Australia and spans the Hoddle Queen and Queen Victoria Market districts.
Melbourne is also well-known as a major financial district, and hub of the Asia-Pacific region. Boasting a plethora of shopping, dining, cultural and recreational attractions, Melbourne will not disappoint. Among its famed cultural attractions, are the laneways bars and cafes for which Melbourne is known across the world. And to complement those, Melbourne offers some of the world’s most prolific street art displays, with a number of styles and varieties on offer. Known for its authenticity and culture, Melbourne is well worth a visit.
Other transport options to get you from Melbourne airport to City
Melbourne is a large and international city. As a result, it offers no shortage of transport options between Melbourne airport and the City. Among those options are taxis, buses, rideshare services, trains, and much more. In fact, Melbourne is the only Australian city with a network of trams operating on a daily basis. However, not all of those options are suitable modes of transport from Melbourne airport to City. When it comes to the best, Hughes transfers are a clear standout. Still, it’s worth knowing your options. Here are the most popular.
Melbourne airport to City taxis
Taxis are the traditional airport transport. Pervasive, accessible, and direct, taxis have dominated the airport transport scene for decades. But what if there’s a better way? Taxis are comparatively accessible, but you still face long waits at the taxi queue when you arrive in Melbourne airport. Then there’s the cost. Taxis aren’t always known for their service, which can be inconsistent to say the least. But they remain one of the more expensive airport transport options. Further, it’s hard to know exactly how much they’ll cost, as prices are determined based on meter readings. With transfers from Hughes, you can get the same direct service as a taxi, for a comparable price. The difference: our service is our priority, and you get the best in luxury transport from Hughes.
Rideshare: From Melbourne airport to City
Rideshares are the latest on the airport transport scene. They offer varyingly cheap transport options, without the delay of frequent stops. There’s a lot to recommend rideshare services; hence their popularity. However, the service you receive can vary significantly in price and quality. Quality is generally better assured as a result of driver ratings. But the quality of vehicles you travel in is never a certainty. Similarly, prices often differ according to demand. So you might be faced with a longer wait for service, and a more expensive fare. With Hughes, though, you can get fixed prices, and unrivalled service – without the wait.
Melbourne airport to City buses
Buses are one of the most affordable forms of transport. For a small fee, they can get you from Melbourne airport to the City. But there’s a hidden cost: time. Buses make a lot of stops, and as a result, their services take a long time. Then there’s the fact that buses don’t drop you directly to where you want to go. Often, you’ll be forced to make up the remaining distance on foot. With heavy luggage, that’s far from idea. Our advice: opt for comfort, reliability, and efficiency with a Hughes transfer from Melbourne airport to City.
Our route from Melbourne airport to the City varies according to the conditions. When traffic is reasonable, we will take the most direct route to cut down on travel times for you. When traffic is a little heavier, we may take some measures to avoid the worst of it, so that your travel times aren’t adversely affected. If you have any requests in terms of how you prefer to get from Melbourne airport to the City, we welcome your suggestions.
Taxi fares from Melbourne airport to City are often unpredictable. Because taxis use meters to determine fares, time delays, route changes, and other such occurrences can affect the overall price. With Hughes, on the other hand, you will know what your fare will be well in advance. Generally, our prices are roughly on par with those of taxis. However, ours are predictable and come with the added advantage of superior service and luxury vehicles.
At Hughes, we cater for large groups, families, couples, and solo travellers. Our fleet includes everything from premium sedans, to luxury people movers, and even coaches capable of seating over fifty people. If you need a large group transported from Melbourne airport to the City, simply let us know. We will ensure that you are matched with the vehicle best suited to your needs.