MEL Airport - Melbourne Airport ( Tullamarine, VIC , Australia )


Melbourne Airport MEL


Melbourne Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne and south-east Australia's State of Victoria. Also, it is the main international airport of the four airports serving the Melbourne metropolitan area. It is popularly known as Tullamarine Airport.

MEL is operated by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited. The airport is 14 miles (23 km) northwest of the city center, adjacent to the suburb of Tullamarine.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • Melbourne Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia.
  • Melbourne Airport is the #1 arrival/departure point for the airports of four of Australia's eight other capital cities.
  • The Melbourne-Sydney air route is the 3rd most-traveled passenger air route in the world.
  • In 2019, over 10 million international passengers, and around 25 million domestic passengers used the airport.
  • MEL handles more domestic freight than any other airport in the nation.

Airport Traveling Tips

  • Melbourne Airport is busiest in the morning between 7:00 am - 8:00 am.
  • Passengers are advised to arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight departure, and 3 hours before an international flight departure to account for any possible delays and security wait times.
  • For check-in, those flying domestically can check in on the first floor of T1. You’ll need to check your gate number on the screens before heading through security.
  • Those flying internationally can check in on the first floor of T2, located roughly in the middle of the airport. If you’re entering from the ground floor, you’ll need to go up one level using the escalators or lift.

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • If the passengers have got their luggage, and are ready to be picked up, you can pick them up from the 1-minute pickup zone located on the ground level of the Terminal 1,2,3 forecourt.
  • If you need a little more time, a 10-minute pick-up zone is opened for drivers picking up arriving passengers from Terminals 1, 2, and 3. To access the new zone located off Centre Road, follow the ‘10-minute Pick-up’ signs.
  • If the passenger isn’t ready or you arrive too early, then you can stay in the ‘wait zone’, which is free for the first 20 minutes.
  • Passengers can be dropped off via departure drive on Level 2 of the Terminal 1,2, and 3.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

Melbourne Airport comprises of 4 terminals: the international terminal, 2 domestic terminals, and 1 budget domestic terminal. There are 68 gates at the terminals - 53 domestic and 15 international. To see the terminal locations, and for additional information, please refer to the MEL Airport Terminal Map.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 hosts domestic and regional services for Qantas Group airlines. Its departures are located on the first floor and arrivals are located on the ground floor.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 handles all international, and limited domestic flights at MEL Airport. There are 20 gates with aerobridges at this terminal. Departures take place on the lower deck, with arrivals streamed on to the first floor.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 has 11 parking bays served by single aerobridges and 8 parking bays not equipped with aerobridges.

Terminal 4

Originally called the Domestic Express or South Terminal, Terminal 4 is dedicated to budget airlines and is the first facility of its kind at a conventional airport in Australia.

Airlines Served

Melbourne Airport serves as a major hub for Qantas and Virgin Australia, while Jetstar Airways and Tigerair Australia use the airport as a home base. MEL also serves various other airlines including United Airlines, Regional Express Airlines, Air New Zealand, and more.

The full list of airlines served at Melbourne Airport.

Airport Parking

Short Term & Long-Term Parking

Parking at MEL is available at the terminal. From hourly to daily to long-term, there are many parking options available at the Melbourne Airport. At MEL, visitors also have other options such as budget-conscious, convenience, and premium parking.

Off-site Parking

Various parking lots offer off-airport parking near Melbourne Airport. Most of the off-site lots allow 24x7 access.

Ground Transport

Passengers can choose among a variety of options for ground transportation after arriving at the airport. The various options include buses, rentals, airport shuttles, etc. In addition to this, many passengers also opt for ride services such as Uber, Taxis, and Lyft.

Car Rentals

Hiring Rental Cars at Melbourne Airport is one of the most convenient options to travel from the airport. Various car rental agencies are available onsite, and some of the well-known providers include Budget, Hertz, Avis, and more. The companies are all under one roof, located on the ground floor of the airport At Terminal T123 car park.

Buses & Trains

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option for ground transportation at MEL, public transportation is a great choice. SkyBus runs express bus services every 10 minutes between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne CBD, operating all-day. Metropolitan and regional public buses also operate to or via the airport.

Taxis & Rideshare

Passengers can use the taxis and rideshare for going to any major nearby location. Taxi ranks are located across from the terminals. There is no airport charge for drop off. Also, there are various rideshare options available including UberX, Ola, Didi, etc.

Amenities & Services

To make your stay amazing, Melbourne Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

Contact Information

Address: Locked Bag 16, Tullamarine, VIC, 3043, AUS



Phone: +61 3 9297 1600

Melbourne Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • In 1959, May, it was announced that a new airport would be built at Tullamarine.
  • Originally the airport was called Melbourne International Airport.
  • On opening, MEL consisted of three connected terminals.
  • In 1988, the Australian Government formed the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC), placing the airport under the operational control of the new corporation along with 21 other airports around the nation.
  • Between 1995 and 1997, The multi-story carpark outside the terminal was completed.
  • In 2000, December, a fourth passenger terminal was opened.
  • In 2005, the airport undertook construction works to prepare the airport for the arrival of the double-decker Airbus A380.
  • In 2008 a further 270,000 sq ft expansion of Terminal 2 was commenced, costing $330 million and was completed in 2011.

Airport FAQs

Q: Is Melbourne Airport the same as MEL?

A: Yes. While the official name is Melbourne Airport, it is also referred to by its IATA code MEL.

Q: What cities can I fly from MEL?

A: You can fly to many cities from MEL Airport. To see where you can fly, please have a look at our direct flights page.

Q: Where can I charge my phone at the airport?

A: Phone charging stations are available at various locations in both the International and Domestic Terminals.

Q: Can I sleep at Melbourne Airport?

A: The airport remains open 24 hours a day and passengers are permitted to sleep in the airport. Also, visitors can stay inside overnight. We also recommend these MEL layover ideas.

Q: Is there a service at Melbourne Airport to help secure and wrapping my bag?

A: Yes. Bag wrapping services are available at Melbourne Airport within the check-in area in T2.

Q: How do I request a wheelchair at Melbourne Airport?

A: If you require a wheelchair within the terminals, most airlines can provide them upon request with prior notification. It’s best to contact your airline directly to organize a wheelchair for your time at the airport.