Cheap Flights to Melbourne

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When is the best time to fly to Melbourne?

Peak Season

Victoria’s lively capital always has something going on, so there’s no bad time to look for cheap flights to Melbourne. Christmas/New Years, school holidays, sporting events and festivals are generally peak periods when the city is busier than usual, so be sure to check what’s on in the city when searching for flight tickets to Melbourne. Some of Melbourne’s most popularly attended events include: the Australian Open Tennis (late January), the Australian Formula One Grand Prix (early March), Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival (March) and the Melbourne Cup (early November).

Off Season

Summers (December to February) are warm in Melbourne but notoriously unpredictable, one day could be 25C, the next could be 40C. Winter (June to August) often means cheap flights to Melbourne can be found but since Melbourne winters are damp and cold, it’s not generally a nice time to visit.

When is the best time to book a flight to Melbourne?

Late summer to late autumn (February to May) is the most popular time for visitors to arrive on cheap flights to Melbourne. This is when the weather is more settled, temps average around 20C and the parks and gardens show off their autumnal colour. Autumn is also when you’ll score the cheapest flights to Melbourne but book at least a couple of months in advance as others will have the same idea.

How long is the flight to Melbourne?

Flights from Sydney to Melbourne – 1 hr 30 mins

Flights from Brisbane to Melbourne – 2 hrs 25 mins

Flights from Adelaide to Melbourne – 1 hr 15 mins

Flights from Perth to Melbourne – 3 hrs 25 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Melbourne?

The cheapest direct flights to Melbourne are mainly operated by Tiger Airways, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia. Due to the popularity of the route and large number of flights, you should easily be able to find a flight to suit your budget.

How to get from the Melbourne airport to the city centre?

Melbourne Airport (MEL) (aka Tullamarine Airport) is located 23 km from the city centre.

Bus services: the best way to reach the city is via the Skybus Super Shuttle, an express bus service which runs from the airport to Southern Cross Station, taking around 20 minutes. From Southern Cross Station you can access the main public transport, local rail and bus services. Tickets cost $18 one way and $30 for a return. Local bus services also run to and from the airport, the public bus stop is near Terminal 1.

Taxi: taxis are available outside all the terminals and there are five on-site rental companies.

Melbourne insider information

  • Spend your day in Melbourne without breaking a bank, check out these top free things to do in Melbourne.
  • Melbourne is famous for its various hipster neighborhoods. To know more, see these 9 ways in which hipsters make Melbourne the hippest place in Australia.
  • Hungry from exploring the sites? Don't forget to fuel up on best burgers in Melbourne.
  • With a burgeoning alternative food scene in Melbourne that offers everything from organic free-range schnitzel to raw food tacos, health-tripping, eco-conscious foodies will be spoilt for choice. Take a look at our insider selection of the  top restaurants in Melbourne.
  • Melburnians are fiercely proud of their trams, and so they should be. While other cities ripped up their tracks in the sixties, trams in Melbourne have operated continuously in city since 1884.

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How much do things cost in Melbourne?

Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 7.98
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 7.98
Cheap meal
$ 14.96
$ 3.81
Large bottle of water
$ 2.13
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 4.78
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 5.18
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.34
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3.75
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 3.99
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 33.91
How much does an apartment cost in Melbourne?
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1275
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 3389
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 2034
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1666

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More information about Melbourne

  • Yarra is a bohemian part of Melbourne with a whole host of trendy boutiques set amid unique, alternative restaurants
  • Head to Parkville to check out the kangaroos and koalas at the Zoo, don’t miss the weekend special Jazz at the Zoo
  • Home of Melbourne’s F1 Grand Prix circuit, Albert Park is a lively suburb of the historic Port Phillip Bay
  • St Kilda and Brighton Beach are favourites for those looking to enjoy a typical Aussie beachside night of fun
  • Known as the country's fashion capital, the high end designer stores and boutiques can be found lining Chapel Street
  • As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is a full of culture with tons of theatres, museums and galleries
  • The Eureka Tower stands at an impressive height, head to the top for incredible panoramic views of the city and beyond
  • Catch a moonlit film at the art deco styled theatre Astor as it joins Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Take advantage of the surrounding areas and head out across to Phillip Island to catch a glimpse of the Penguin Parade
  • A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Royal Exhibition Building and the Carlton Gardens should be the top of your list

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