Journey: Melbourne Airport to Southbank

Melbourne is known for being one of the few Australian cities to have two airports. Its primary airport, Tullamarine, is located a little over 23km northwest of Southbank. The two are connected by an extensive network of public and private transport options. Among them, are taxis, buses, trains, trams, rideshare services, shuttles, and more. So it’s no surprise that making a choice in transport can be tricky. Luckily, though, there’s a clear standout: Hughes. At Hughes, we offer direct, luxurious service. Our drivers are professionally trained chauffeurs, and our vehicles are made by the world’s leading manufacturers. Then there’s our pricing, which offers unrivalled value for money. So consider Hughes for your next trip from Melbourne airport to Southbank.

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 res@hughes.com.au 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

Southbank to Melbourne airport: Your travel times in both directions

Travel times are the first thing any traveller needs to know. Generally, getting from Melbourne airport to Southbank takes about 45 minutes. The journey isn’t too far, and with direct transport from Hughes, it’s pretty manageable. However, when the conditions are a little busier, travel times can vary a little.

Peak Hour Travel Time:

Airport to Southbank – 50 minutes
Southbank to airport – 50 minutes

Off-Peak Travel Time:

Airport to Southbank – 40 minutes
Southbank to airport – 40 minutes

Melbourne airport: Finding your way around the terminals

Melbourne airport is one of Australia’s more extensive. It has four terminals, each of which offers slightly different services. The terminal from which you arrive or depart will be determined according to the company you’re flying with, and where you’re flying from, or to. If you’re flying domestically, you’ll probably find yourself travelling through terminals 1, 3, or 4. If you’re flying internationally, you’ll find yourself travelling through terminal 2, which has over 20 international gates.

In terms of pick up and drop off, your options are variable as well. There’s a departures road that runs through level 2 of the forecourt for terminals 1, 2, and 3. Access to terminal 4 drop-offs is found on level two of the T4 car park. For arriving passengers, there are plenty of waiting spaces, including those for drivers. Those spaces offer waiting periods of 1, 10, and 20 minutes.

Melbourne airport to Southbank: What to do when you get there

Southbank is an inner-city Melbourne suburb, just 1km from the CBD. It is known for its trendy urban atmosphere, and characteristically Melbourne cultural attractions. As well as hosting Australia’s highest building – the Eureka Tower, it also hosts the head offices of Treasury Wine Estates, Crown Limited, and the Herald. In addition to those commercial occupants of Southbank, there is no end of cafes, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. In true Melbourne fashion, Southbank has everything, for everyone. Accessing these great attractions is easy, too; simply organise pick ups and drop offs with Hughes.