Journey: Melbourne Airport to Essendon

Known for its revered AFL team, and its quintessentially Melbourne atmosphere, Essendon lies just six kilometres from Melbourne airport. Your options for travelling between the two are many and varied. You could make use of Melbourne’s efficient network of public transport. That network includes buses, trains, and trams, all of which serve many of Melbourne’s suburbs. However, public transport is not always the best value for money. It can take a while, and often, you’ll be left to cover up the final distance on foot. That’s why we recommend booking a transfer from Melbourne airport to Essendon with Hughes. At Hughes, we offer a fleet of premium and luxury vehicles. All of our services are chauffeur driven, too, so you can sit back and travel in comfort. But the best part is that our transfers are the quickest, and best value transport option from Melbourne airport to Essendon.

Our Fleet

Whether you are looking for a luxury limousine or premium sedan experience or want to move a large group easily and in comfort, Hughes can help. We have vehicle options for 1 – 61 passengers and an extensive fleet to accommodate all your transport needs.

Not sure what vehicle’s suit your needs? Contact our friendly team on 1300 615 165 or to discuss your requirements.

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Executive Sedans

Perfect for 1-3 passengers with minimal luggage, our executive sedans are well-appointed for your comfort.

3 Passengers

2 Suitcases

2 Small Bags

Premium Sedans

Perfect for 1-3 passengers with minimal luggage, our premium sedans include the latest prestige models with top of the line features.

3 Passengers

2 Suitcases

2 Small Bags

Premium SUVs

Perfect for 1- 3 passengers with up to 5 suitcases, our premium SUVs include the latest prestige models with top of the line features.

3 Passengers

5 Suitcases

3 Small Bags

People Movers

Perfect for up to 6 passengers with standard luggage, our people movers are luxurious and roomy, with ergonomic design for your comfort.

6 Passengers

6 Suitcases

41 Small Bags

Luxury Minibuses

Perfect for up 9 - 14 passengers with a trailer option for additional luggage, our Mercedes Sprinter minibuses are a luxurious option for groups.

9 - 14 Passengers

Small Coach

Perfect for up 21 - 54 passengers with standard luggage with a trailer option for additional luggage, our air-conditioned, luxury coaches are a great option for larger groups.

21 - 54 Passengers

This is how long it normally takes to get from Melbourne airport to Essendon

Melbourne airport is around 10km from Essendon, so it’s a very quick trip. Usually, it only takes us 12 minutes to get from Melbourne airport to Essendon. Even in peak hour traffic, we generally anticipate a relatively quick journey.

Peak Hour Travel Time:

Airport to Essendon – 15 minutes
Essendon to airport – 15 minutes

Off-Peak Travel Time:

Airport to Essendon – 10 minutes
Essendon to airport – 10 minutes


These are the facilities on offer at Melbourne airport – enjoy them before your trip to Essendon!

Melbourne airport is one of Australia’s largest. So it’s no surprise that the four terminals offer a wide variety of services. From the big things, like restaurants and shops, to the little thing, like free Wi-Fi, Melbourne airport has it all. Rest assured, any time you spend waiting for your flight will be spent comfortably. When it’s time to meet your Essendon transfer, simply travel to the nearest convenient collection point. Your options are hardly limited; there are the ‘At Terminal’ car parks, which are located just minutes away from the terminals. Alternatively, there’s parking located just 100m from terminals 1,2, and 3. Simply let us know where you would like to be collected, and we will make it happen.

Here’s what to do and see in Essendon, before your trip back to Melbourne airport

When you arrive in Essendon, there’s plenty on offer. Located 9km northwest of the Melbourne CBD, and only 6km from the airport, Essendon is right in the middle of the action. It’s best known as the home of Essendon Football Club, which is one of the AFL’s most followed and successful clubs. Naturally, if you’re in the area, you may want to watch them in action! Alternatively, there’s plenty on offer in terms of dining, shopping, and relaxing. There’s plenty of history too. As one of Melbourne’s most well-recognised suburbs, Essendon has accumulated a rich and diverse mix of residents. With that mix, comes a uniquely Australian heritage, complete with a thriving local cultural scene. To see it all, we recommend Hughes. We will collect you from anywhere in Essendon, so getting around won’t be an issue.