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Melbourne - Getting There

The majority of expatriates will arrive in Melbourne by air, even if they are coming via another Australian city. Air is by far the most common form of long-distance travel within Australia due to the vast distances between cities.

Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is located around 20km from the central business district. It has three terminals, 1 and 3 serving domestic flights and Terminal 2 serving international flights. Many international airlines fly into Melbourne Airport including British Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, United and Air New Zealand. Approximate flying times are about 20 hours from London, 21 hours from New York and 16 from Los Angeles, including a short stopover en route.

Domestic flights into Melbourne are operated by Quantas, its budget subsidiary Jetstar, and the commercial budget carrier Virgin Blue. Full information on international and domestic flights is available on the Melbourne Airport website at The Melbourne Airport telephone enquiries number is 9297 1600 (within Australia).

A Skybus Super Shuttle service connects Melbourne Airport with Melbourne city centre, with services every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. Information is available at or by telephone on 9335 3066.

Avalon Airport, located some 55 km from Melbourne and 15 km from neighbouring Geelong, is an alternative destination for those coming to Melbourne on Jetstar flights from other parts of Australia. Airport details are available at; the airport telephone enquiries number is 5227 9100.

Melbourne is linked by long-distance rail to Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, with branch lines and a linked coach network serving a range of other destinations throughout south-eastern Australia. Services are operated by CountryLink, with route details and booking information available at Reservations can be made by telephoning Ph: 132 232 (within Australia).

Greyhound Australia is the only national bus company operating long-distance bus travel between Australia’s other main cities and Melbourne. Timetables and route information are available at, and bookings can be made online or by telephoning 1300 GREYHOUND or 1300 473 946.

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