Cheap flights to Melbourne

Whether you’re booking flights to Melbourne for a weekend away or planning a more lengthy holiday in Australia’s cultural and sporting capital, there’s always something new to discover in Victoria's number one city.

What to know before you fly to Melbourne?

Every domestic carrier in Australia offers flights to Melbourne. One of the most popular destinations in the country, Melbourne is uniquely placed in that few flights are longer than four hours. Many airlines make multiple trips into and out of Melbourne’s Tullamarine and Avalon airports every day so getting to Victoria’s capital city couldn’t be easier. If you’re looking for cheap flights for your holiday to Melbourne, our friendly Flight Centre Travel Experts can help you lock in the best possible price.


How long does it take to fly to Melbourne?

Brisbane to Melbourne – 2h 25m

Sydney to Melbourne – 1h 35m

Adelaide to Melbourne – 1h 20m

Perth to Melbourne – 3h 30m

Hobart to Melbourne – 1h 15m

Note: flight times should be used as a guide only


What airports are in Melbourne?

There are four airports in Melbourne, with Melbourne Airport (MEL) at Tullamarine by far the busiest, and the only one to welcome international flights. Melbourne Airport is approximately 23km to the northwest of the city centre and there are quite a few options for travelling between the two, such as shuttle bus, public bus, private transfer service – even helicopter. A typical taxi fare from the airport to Melbourne CBD in non-peak hour traffic takes around 30 minutes and will cost about $60.

Melbourne Airport transfers

The best way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) at Tullamarine to the centre of Melbourne is on the SkyBus, which departs every 30 minutes, or by taxi/rideshare which is convenient but will cost more than the SkyBus. Other options include door-to-door transfers and car hire. Read about all the transport options for Melbourne Domestic and Melbourne International Terminals..

Avalon Airport transfers

Avalon Airport is located to the south-west of Melbourne. The best way to get from Avalon Airport to Melbourne city is by car or SkyBus, which operates the Avalon City Express to meet every major incoming flight. SkyBus journey time is about an hour. If you want to get a taxi to Melbourne, be prepared to pay around $120.


Which airlines fly frequently to Melbourne?

Virgin Australia – Boeing 737-800

Jetstar – Airbus A320

Qantas – Boeing 737-800

Tigerair – Airbus A320


What do you need to know before you fly to Melbourne?

“Four seasons in one day” has often been used to describe Melbourne and there’s a good reason for that: it’s true. Melbourne weather is changeable, so make sure you pack for hot, cold and wet weather.

The language in Melbourne is English although with an exceptionally rich multicultural mix, you can expect to find suburbs where languages such as Vietnamese, Ethiopian or Greek are the primary languages spoken at home. Melbourne is also known for its trams, which are an easy way to get around the city. If you’re booking flights to Melbourne, note that the AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cup, Australian Open and the Formula One Grand Prix are among some of the major sporting events held in the city and always draw the crowds.

Find out more in our Melbourne travel guide.


Things to do when you get to Melbourne

Where to eat?

Melbourne is heaven for foodies. Home to some of the finest dining in Australia, from cafe-filled laneways to bustling restaurant districts like Lygon Street, it’s never hard to figure out where to eat in Melbourne. No matter what you’re in the mood for, be it local cuisine or international fare, you’ll find the most delicious version of it in Melbourne.

Where to shop?

Given its reputation as the home of Australian fashion, shopping in Melbourne should be at the top of your to-do list. While the Bourke Street Mall and Chadstone Shopping Centre are a great start, fashion-conscious bargain hunters will find the real fun lies in the laneways, where the best locally owned boutiques are hidden.

What to see?

The question of exactly what to see in Melbourne, a city that lives and breathes creativity, is a rather curly one. Beyond the unmissable Melbourne museums and galleries, there’s a dizzying array of natural wonders like Dandenong Ranges National Park and the Yarra Valley, thousands of attractions like Luna Park or Southbank’s Eureka Skydeck, and historical sites like Cook’s Cottage.

Where to experience some culture?

While the many Melbourne attractions bring visitors to the city every year, it’s the depth of the art and culture scene that elevates this metropolis to must-visit status among Australian creatives. The National Gallery of Victoria is just the tip of the cultural iceberg. Touring the city’s many museums and galleries ranks among the most time-honoured Melbourne activities.

Read more things to do in Melbourne.