Flying in?

Melbourne has two major airports:

  • Melbourne Airport, also called Tullamarine Airport, is a 25-minute drive from the Melbourne city centre. Most international and domestic flights to Melbourne arrive here, so chances are you will too!
  • Avalon Airport is a 45-minute drive from the Melbourne city centre. Some domestic and international flights to Melbourne arrive here. 

    Note: We do not currently offer an airport pick-up service from Avalon Airport. Transport options are available.

COVID-19 and the border

Travel restrictions are subject to change and Australia has strict border measures in place to protect the health of the community. So, we strongly advise you to find out the latest government updates on travel to and from Australia. 

Find out more about updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

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  • Australian Departure Board

    Domestic Arrivals

    If you're flying domestically, you’ll be flying into either Melbourne Airport or Avalon Airport. 

    You're not usually required to go through a passport entry control point or meet any customs requirements when travelling within Australia; however, quarantine restrictions are in place for some domestic travel. This means certain food and plant items cannot be brought into the state of Victoria. 

  • Pedestrians walking down Centre Place Lane in Melbourne Victoria Australia

    Plan your arrival in Melbourne

    After you have accepted your offer to study with us, you can start getting excited for your arrival in Melbourne. Find out what you must do before you leave your country.

Getting from the airport into the city

Getting to and from the airport in Melbourne is easy. As a Swinburne student, there are a few different options available to you to ensure you arrive safely:

Service expanded to all international students

To welcome students arriving to Australia from 1 December 2021, this service has been expanded to assist all Swinburne international students returning from overseas for the first time since the Australian borders reopened

To assist commencing students arriving in to Melbourne for the first time, Swinburne provides a free transfer service from Melbourne airport to your accommodation address. 

We are currently updating details of our pick-up service. 

If you would like to book a pick-up service for arrival to Melbourne, or you have any questions about the pick-up service, please send an email to and include your:

  • Swinburne student identification (ID) number
  • intended arrival flight details 
  • intended accommodation address on arrival into Melbourne
  • an Australian phone number or a foreign Whatsapp phone number.

Please note that five working days' notice is required before your arriving time to arrange the airport pickup.

How to meet the driver at the Tullamarine (Melbourne) airport

You must have a confirmed airport pickup booking. The driver will be holding a Swinburne sign.

Arriving at the international terminal

The driver will wait starting from 45 minutes after your arrival until one hour later.

  • Once you have passed through customs and collected your luggage, you will exit into the arrivals hall
  • Turn right when you enter the arrivals hall
  • The driver will wait at the international arrival chauffeur meeting point 
  • Please wait inside and do not leave the airport with anyone else

Arriving at the domestic terminal

The driver will wait for 45 minutes after your arrival.

Arrival Where to meet your driver

Terminal 1

Qantas - landing gates 1 to 12

Left from escalators, next to car rental area, in front of baggage carousel 1

Terminal 1

Qantas - landing gates 13 to 24

In front of baggage carousel 4, directly outside of gates

Terminal 3


At the bottom of Virgin escalators

Terminal 4

Jetstar and regional airlines

At the exit door after baggage collection

SkyBus is a bus service that connects Melbourne’s airports (including Avalon Airport) with Southern Cross train station in Melbourne’s city centre, Southbank and Docklands near the city, as well as suburbs St Kilda and Frankston, and others in Melbourne’s west.

It departs from the domestic and international terminals and you can buy tickets online starting from A$15* each way, depending on your destination. You can also buy tickets on the day from SkyBus ticket booths at the airport terminals. Your ticket is valid for three months from the date of purchase.

*Visit SkyBus for timetables, up-to-date pricing, and more information.

Taxis are available from the taxi ranks immediately outside the domestic and international terminals. 

For a trip to Melbourne city, approximate fares are:

  • A$70 from Melbourne Airport
  • A$110 from Avalon Airport

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

Rideshare drivers can also be arranged via individual service provider apps. Drivers can pick up travellers from two locations at Melbourne Airport:

  • Qantas, International and Virgin Australia passengers from the pick-up zone on the ground level of the Terminals 1, 2 and 3 forecourt
  • Jetstar, Rex or Airnorth passengers from level 1 of the Terminal 4 car park.

Rideshare access fees may apply.

Things to know before you land