|May||Best time to beat the crowds (3% less expensive on average)|
|December||Most popular time to fly (11% more expensive on average)|
Average price of a return ticket
|$268||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
Good deal for a return ticket
Virgin Australia, Emirates and Hawaiian Airlines have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Australia to Melbourne. Confirm policies on booking site.
Alaska Airlines, LATAM Airlines and Delta do not allow booking a middle seat on flights from Australia to Melbourne.
The cheapest airline ticket to Melbourne from Australia in the last 72 hours was $109 return on the route from Hobart to Melbourne. The most popular route is from Sydney to Melbourne and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $157 return.
In general from Australia, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific fly the most to Melbourne.
Melbourne Airport is 19 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. View on map.
Melbourne is served by Melbourne Airport, also commonly referred to as Melbourne. The airport code is MEL.
Whether you are a shopping lover or just need to buy something last minute, you will find all kinds of stores at Melbourne International Airport. Amuse is where you will find make-up and beauty products, Carry On has travel items and Australian Way is the ideal place to look for gifts and souvenirs. Of course you will also find many stores with clothes, shoes and other accessories, for example Burberry, Michael Kors and MaxMara.
Yes, families travelling with kids will find some basic family-friendly facilities like a children’s play area located in Terminal 2 and many baby changing rooms in all of the airport terminals.
To transfer from the airport to the city centre you can use the express SkyBus that runs every 10 minutes; the ticket costs $19 and you can buy it at the SkyBus desks located in all terminals. Those who prefer something cheaper can take public buses and those who aim at convenience have many taxi companies or car rentals to choose from.
There is a Meet & Greet service available at the airport, as well as pick-up and wait zones for those who want to park their vehicle only for a short moment. There are also budget car parks, areas for long stays and a business car park that is located close to Terminal 1, particularly helpful for those flying with Qantas. The airport also offers premium parking for the most demanding passengers, which boasts a short distance to the terminals, valet options and a VIP service.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "For a flagship airline, a in seat screen should be a given. This is not a budget airline."
Pros: "Crew was super kind and friendly. Food and beverages were good as well."
Cons: "Seat space in main cabin was a little cramped. The seats themselves were a little hard."
Pros: "Clean, roomy and peaceful flight"
Cons: "Not being 20min late and having NO ground announcement about the delay and impact on connecting flights. When I suggest to a staff member that perhaps they should keep customers informed, they said they couldn’t because they didn’t know. They helpfully suggested I google for information! Seriously!"
Pros: "Nice amenities, very efficient"
Pros: "Crew very good"
Cons: "Aircraft are very dated"
Pros: "Very comfortable flight. The full range of entertainment made the time go quickly. Professional crew."
Cons: "I know it's an airplane, but even so, the food was astonishingly bad."
Cons: "The crew were great it was on time and overall fabulous"
Pros: "More comfortable than expected."
Cons: "Could not check in online or at the kiosk (the flight was part of an overall ticket bought on Air New Zealand). Only one checked bag per ticket, but we had an extra bag because of the international legs. An employee got us checked in, bags tagged, and convinced us to carry on one more bag."
Pros: "Food, comfort interior, and fast check-in processes. In fact the check-in staff are great and very friendly"
Cons: "Helpful and more smiles will be very useful. Upgrade the entertainment will be great."
Pros: "Crew were helpful and very nice. However, as first experience flying internationally with Qantas wasn’t positive.. very proud to be Australian but their mechanical faults doesn’t help in customer loyalty."
Cons: "Flight delayed due to mechanical faults for 4 hours. $15 meal voucher is not sufficient to cover the cost of proper meal. Airlines if allocating seats automatically should not put a female in between two males, not a very nice experience. No option to amend seat."
Pros: "staff were nice"
Cons: "-priority boarding isn’t priority -only vegetarian food"
Pros: "The service and entertainment provided"
Pros: "an amazing flying experience with pleasant crews who served their customers with hearts and their lovely smiles!"
Pros: "Suberb crew. Not obsequious, just helpful with good anticipation."
Pros: "Crew were great - happy & fun. Seats 19B & C"
Pros: "Crew was good. Seats somehow seemed narrower than normal flights I have taken with Qantas. Sat in middle not even enough space to drink tea comfortably. Wouldn't want to be in that position for any longer flights."
Cons: "As above"
Cons: "Meal for children first"
Pros: "Crew was very good"
Cons: "Not enough leg room for a 6’2” tall person."
Pros: "On time and efficient"
Cons: "More than a biscuit for lunch"
Pros: "Quick boarding and friendly staff"
Cons: "Could not eat the in flight breakfast as both contained wheat (I’m coeliac)"
Pros: "Food was nice, could have been a little bigger. Staff were friendly ... well, except one lady."
Cons: "expected to need the Qantas entertainment app, so didn't pick up headphones from the terminal before departure. However, it was an older plane with seat back TVs (and less choice)."
Cons: "I was seated in business class - the attendant gave my special order food to another guest and gave me something else instead. I could have gotten very ill from this, and notified the flight attendant who shrugged it off and walked off."
Pros: "Healthy airline food option, friendly helpful service, use of name and I'm on the bottom rung of ff status??"
Pros: "Service good"
Pros: "The flight was fast, crew was awesome and overall was awesome"
Cons: "My kayak app wasn’t updated to the correct flight time so they had to put me on the last flight to Melbourne that would make it. Thankfully quantas is awesome and got it done."
Pros: "Was traveling with my 1yr old and my in-laws. Crew could not have made it a more comfortable journey."
Pros: "Crew were ok"
Cons: "Food was awful and departed late"
Pros: "I’ve taken Qantas once before and it made my trip from the US ato AU so much more relaxing. I just took Qantas again and was even more blown away with everything. The crew members are extremely nice and are always present to help you with something you may need."
Cons: "nothing. all good things!"
Cons: "Nothing not to like"
Cons: "Our bags were put on the wrong belt and we didn't receive them for over an hour."
Pros: "The on boarding process"
Cons: "The plan was in very poor clean conditions. The seats were discussing to sit."
Pros: "Staff this direction was friendly and helpful."
Cons: "You can't check in online or at the kiosk. You must adhere strictly to the carry-on baggage size and weight. The airplanes are a bit worn."
Pros: "Fantastic Service On time Easy boarding"
Pros: "Both planes were clean service was good"
Cons: "Both flights delayed"
Pros: "Friendly staff, efficient processes, on time - and the only airline with a direct flight from Brisbane to Tokyo."
Cons: "If only I could afford business class :("
Pros: "It was a good and pleasant flight"
Cons: "The food was not good and it was not enough"
Pros: "I liked the service, the friendly cabin crews. The food was good. We had a bit of turbulence on the way but all good. Thank you QF"
Cons: "On this particular flight, we had to wait like 30 minutes to get our baggage. Maybe because of the rain but otherwise all was good. Thank you QF"
Pros: "Overall ok."
Cons: "Ancient plane in bad need of a refurb."
Pros: "Crew was excellent! Very friendly and attentive - entertainment selection was great and the plane stayed nice and cool which is really helpful for a 15hr flight - no one needs 300 sweaty people for 15 its."
Cons: "That we were required to check our overhead bag because it weighed more than 15lbs. Meanwhile as we boarded nearly every passenger had an overhead bag that most certainly weighed more than 15lbs. Not sure what was going on there...also the seats are a little tight when reclined. Once the seat in front of me reclined back I had my knees in the back of the chair the entire flight and I am not a particularly tall person- made for a pretty uncomfortable 15hrs."
Cons: "cramped seats. a miniscule snack, with no napkin to clean up with"
Pros: "Good Food and ok services"
Cons: "2 hrs delay. Entertainment system froze and no sound from time to time. Dirty seats."
Pros: "Flight was comfortable, in flight entertainment was good, food was good"
Pros: "Known quality and reliable service It was all right."
Cons: "Entertainment is bring your own screen if you want to see the programme"
Pros: "Helpful service and comfortable seats"
Cons: "Don't choose seats 9 A/B/C as there is a bulkhead and not window in this aisle (Boeing 737-800)"
Pros: "Crew was amazingly helpful in all my enquiries"
Cons: "All amazing nothing to complain about it"
Pros: "Short flight . It's ok"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Get sick of explosives checks!"
Cons: "Seat in last row very uncomfortable"
Pros: "Surprised they served breakfast on short haul flight. Check in easy."
Cons: "Tray was filthy dirty from previous passenger. Not acceptible amid the current Coronavirus pandemic. Paid $600 for ticket. Plane was changed to a smaller model with no entertainment system."
Pros: "The efficiency of the process from boarding to disembarkation."
Cons: "The flight was delayed, however I understand this happens in aviation."
Pros: "The crew did well checking up on everyone regularly and the plane was comfortable."
Cons: "The meal was not very good. I would have really appreciated a small snack or desert also. The crew also seemed easily irritated at times."
Pros: "Pretty much all my needs/wants were seen to! Likewise, on the trans-ocean flight leg."
Cons: "Some fashion model wishing me happy flying? I really don't know. :)"
Cons: "I went online to put that I needed gluten free food and when everyone else was getting their food I was told no gluten free food on domestic flights so I got no food. You need to take that option off of your website if you don’t intend to serve people with celiac."
Pros: "I got alive to my destination"
Cons: "Original flight was cancelled. Next flight was full. The flight I was booked on got delayed because it was raining heavy in Brisbane... No food or coffee was offered during the whole experience."
Pros: "Virgin are great."
Pros: "They charged me so much for extra luggage even I prepaid online for extra luggage prior to getting to airport. Yet the ticket counter lady made me pay an additional fee and all together I ended paying more for extra bags fee than the ticket itself! both Virgin and JetStar are VERY stingy on extra luggage fees. I came from the US to Australia and traveled domestically while there with all the luggage that I brought from the US. So I had to pay so much in fees when my trip was already so expensive! It makes me reconsider wanting to travel again anywhere anytime soon, so discouraging! Also they make me take stuff out of my big suitcase and transfer to my carry on, in front of everyone at the ticket counter I had to open my suitcase and transfer some stuff so the weight is under a certain weight. Still they charged me for extra luggage. I came international on Qantas from USA to Australia, so all the domestic locations I went to I was charged"
Cons: "Delayed flight yet again"
Pros: "Crew made the very long flight comfortable and kept me informed."
Cons: "Everything went very well."
Pros: "Boarding and flight time"
Cons: "Lounges were dirty"
Pros: "Super quick boarding"
Cons: "Lounge in melb was dirty, food average. Lounge in Adelaide was over packed - couldn't get a seat"
Cons: "Plane was too hot near the end during a holding pattern"
Pros: "Crew was very courteous and we had decent leg room for economy. Flight was on-time unlike Quantas"
Cons: "Food was not appealing but the beverages were great."
Pros: "The crew was SO polite, hospitable, professional the helpful. They were so kind when someone (us!) had a screaming four year old we were trying to calm down. They offered her a hot chocolate.... so kind and helped immensely. We were very impressed and will look to fly internationally with Virgin AU."
Cons: "Airline food is always a bit rough. This was definitely on the 'better' side, but we were travelling with three small children, (ages 4, 5, and 7) and they didn't like any of the options. Luckily we had snack food for them to get through the flight."
Pros: "everything from the boarding and check-in process"
Cons: "Seats too close together"
Pros: "everything from the boarding and check-in process to in flight comfort."
Cons: "Seats are cramped"
Pros: "Communication was not existent"
Cons: "I find the communication about late flights not existent. This one only left a few mins late but if we check in late we get no refund and no boarding. Should go both ways."
Pros: "everything was good"
Cons: "a screen at the seat."
Cons: "Crew was rude and discriminatory with Passports, for 18 hours stay layover I had to sit in chairs,. Not hotel or Lounge provided. Which is against international laws."
Pros: "Quick, efficient, all you want and need for a flight to Melbourne."
Pros: "Good service"
Pros: "Another delay by 1 hour"
Cons: "I should only book qantas .... virgin are never in time."
Pros: "Good movies. Food was good. Flight was good."
Cons: "Not much leg room."
Pros: "Plenty of leg room in economy. Crew were pleasant."
Cons: "The food was disgusting. The plane was really cold, 2 blankets & I was still freezing."
Pros: "Departed on time. Arrived 20 minutes early."
Cons: "Leg room - very cramped"
Pros: "Information on departure delays was forthcoming"
Cons: "The checkin machine kept giving me my fellow travelor boarding pass and not one for me."
Pros: "It was timely"
Cons: "Not that clean as I had a dirty tissue in the seat pocket and I had a greasy window - not the best"
Pros: "pleasant staff"
Cons: "business class seats ordinary and poor food choices"
Pros: "The crew,the food"
Cons: "It was delayed near one hour"
Pros: "Virgin staff were great"
Pros: "The falafel wrap (lightly curry) was delicious"
Cons: "We reserved seats together and there were changed without reason"
Pros: "Food was terrible!"
Pros: "Great boarding and efficient flight"
Cons: "The crew - unsmiling, unfriendly and seemed to hate their jobs. Food - meusli bar !"
Cons: "We were delayed transferring because of the Virgin bus being infrequent getting passengers between the international and domestic terminal and almost missed our flights. There was confusion trying to get our bags checked in as they were fast tracking people whose flights were after ours but not us. Then it was awkward being late and last on our connecting flight with everyone glarring at us."
Pros: "Very nice staff"
Pros: "Left on time and landed early"
Pros: "VA planes are always fairly new"
Cons: "Broken USB in a seat I paid extra for. Not good."
Pros: "Great servuce"
Pros: "Economy is most often how I connect. Certainty felt a little more upgraded this flight"
Cons: "Efficiency, schedule retained, in flight entertainment."
Pros: "Virgin are consistent"
Pros: "The service was great, as well as the entertainment and food"
Cons: "Felt too cramped in seat"
Pros: "Efficient loading and unloading, very friendly team"
Cons: "They claim to be full service and dinner was a bag of stale pretzels"
Pros: "All good, no complaints."
Cons: "Nibbles (tiny museli bar) was a bit poor. Could have been"
Cons: "Need something a bit better than nibbles..."
Pros: "That's the main thing :)"
Pros: "Excellent choice of movies, nibbles and snacks suitable."
Cons: "The seat was a little uncomfortable on that plane. Not sure why."
Pros: "Helpful staff"
Cons: "Tiny seats"
Pros: "From booking to checking in to flights - all worked seamlessly - I would recommend it to anyone."
Cons: "I had to claim my bag between Jetstar flights and then go through security again to my second leg....I flew from Hobart to Auckland today. So at Melbourne I spent several hours in the process Of going to claim my bag, going through security again and rechecking it. Horror...terrible experience. I will never fly Jetstar again....they do not transfer bags between the flights on their own airlines which I booked under the same ticket."
Pros: "Yes crew amazing and seats comfortable"
Cons: "Try keeping to scheduled time."
Pros: "Speedy turnaround"
Cons: "Both flights were late. It felt like this is pretty common with them ..."
Pros: "Wont be travelling again with Jetstar"
Cons: "Flight delayed for 6 hours without compenstauion"
Cons: "Delayed so long."
Cons: "Business class seats are too close together to accommodate recline. Results in a rude shock when the person in front of you reclines their seat."
Pros: "It was a routine flight experience"
Cons: "The flight was half an hour late arriving"
Pros: "Not much. 1hr 5min flight was 1 hr 10 min late. The cabin crew seemed disinterested."
Cons: "The crew was poor. One chewing gum, another picking her hair/head throughout the flight like she has nits. The third lolling around and chatting/gossiping to the others. This is a short flight. The least they could have done was behave professionally."
Pros: "The crew was really nice."
Cons: "All snacks & drinks cost extra on Jetstar."
Pros: "The boarding"
Cons: "I would like have a blanket and also one free coffee"
Cons: "I informed I wouldn’t be taking the return flight and asked for a refund/voucher or anything.they said no refund; nothing.even had to pay more to put baggage on the flight out.Flight Got canceled 10pm night before, the best they could offer me was a flight two days later. Suddenly full refund availa"
Pros: "The crew was very good and did an outstanding job accommodating the passengers. Thank you."
Cons: "I really think everything was great and Jetstar is very well organized. You can teach the US carriers how to efficiently run an airline service. Thank you for taking pride and responsibility for running a well organized airline."
Pros: "Nothing and won't travel with them again."
Cons: "On timeliness!"
Pros: "Check in was easy once we prepaid for our luggage ahead of time."
Cons: "Did not even get a glass of water on plane. People get dehydrated flying, Jetstar should always offer water. The flight attendant was very picky, I could not leave my thin fleece tied around my waist."
Pros: "Chic muffin"
Cons: "Flight was delayed .... it’s always delayed!!!! I just gate this airline but sometimes there just is no choice !"
Cons: "The charges for the checked baggage. They are very steep."
Pros: "Before departure and On board staff is good."
Cons: "it is more like a Cage Chicken situation, where the seats and spaces are shrinking every day. No room to move and keens from people behind you is pinching your arse all the time. Should have pay bit more in Virgin or Qantas and get some space to breath. Kayak does not offer extra luggage at time of you booking and jetstar sucks you like a leach on upgrading after booking. One of the passengers were not able to travel and ticket was complete lost , where as the inbound flight on Qantas gave us credit for the future. In the end , the total cost ends up close to other airlines with all the discomfort on the flight free."
Pros: "The help I was given whilst checking in."
Pros: "Quick and comfortable. Arrived 30 mins ahead of schedule"
Cons: "The entire experience"
Pros: "Got in slightly ahead of schedule."
Cons: "No lounge access, no complimentary snacks and drinks, miserable cabin crew, seating very very cramped in 3 3 3 config so not suitable for couples wanting a row to selves. Mosquito's flying round the plane. The pilot told us to "Rest in peace" at the beginning of the flight. Looking around at the passengers faces a better choice of words could have been used. Noise levels were terrible, couldn't hear the safety instructions because of the sound traveling around the aircraft.Luggage took a very long time to come off the plane."
Pros: "I did not use the food or entertainment"
Pros: "Plane delayed 1.5 hours late"
Cons: "Seats unusually small. Unlikely to fly this airline again"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Staff unfriendly, it helpful... more interested in sell you more things than those of us that have bought tickets. They need to smile a bit more"
Pros: "On time Polite and friendly crew Way better than Qantas"
Cons: "Booked flight, due to Visa issues, couldn't use flight. Attempted to resolve, would have cost more than original booking to do anything with it. Customer service was happy to tell me either no or it will cost a lot of money. So not recommended Jetstar."
Pros: "Everything, except luggages were not included"
Cons: "We had to pay for any entertainment"
Pros: "My seat 12F...."
Pros: "the cost"
Cons: "the fact that my flight was pushed back. no big deal, but would have been nice if it was on time."
Pros: "Good price/value for money."
Cons: "Paperwork issues caused a 1 hour delay leaving Perth, could have been handled better."
Cons: "The staff were quite rude I asked for 3 hours for my screen to be fixed so I could sleep. A hostess stepped on my foot an swore and did not apologise or acknowledge anything. The seats were cramped. I will not be flying with Jetstar on an international flight again or local if I can avoid it."
Pros: "Smooth transition for daughter who needed assistance to board"
Cons: "Having to sit apart especially when there were vacant seats"
Pros: "the price was cheaper than other airlines"
Cons: "we had to pay to check bags, change flights, etc. also, no free little snacks or movies, radio, etc."
Pros: "The ease of online check-in and printing my baggage stickers upon arrival at the airport. The staff at the check-in desk were lovely, the staff on the plane were lovely; it was great."
Cons: "Nothing. I've previously had very average experiences with Jetstar which made me uncertain about booking these flights but I was completely overthrown by the service turn-around. I'm now a Jetstar advocate."
Cons: "Smell of sewage throughout flight."
Pros: "The quality of the aircraft, USB charging point in seat, spacious over head lockers. Cabin crew are friendly and polite."
Cons: "If you haven't paid for in flight service package or food your not made comfortable it's better to fly the full price airline QANTAS as it's an inclusive price and far better quality of inflight service."
Pros: "2 hours late"
Cons: "2 hours late, constant 20 min delays until departure no real updates"
Cons: "Children 12 and 10 booked online to fly to Melbourne for Easter. I rang the call centre to ensure they could travel together unaccompanied, as website was not clear. I was advised they could, and because I was concerned I asked this be noted on our booking so we wouldn't have any issues at the gate. I was reassured the children could travel and they made a note as requested. Turn up for our flight today and at the gate after saying goodbye to my children, they're stopped from entering the plane and I'm told they can't travel, despite the advice I received from the call centre and the note on our booking showing we were given this advice. We did everything right to make sure we could travel, just to be refused at the gate. Disgusting."
Pros: "Comfortable seats. Great service by responsive flight attendants! Friendly and efficient. Newer Jet that was spacious."
Cons: "The entertainment package was not turned on and took a half hour to get it going during taxiing and take off routine. Once we got the attention of attendant then it was turned on. Selection of movies was good, but not great. Food selection was poor for westerners and minimal for vegetarians or vegans..."
Pros: "The crew were friendly"
Cons: "You should be able to offer at least some chips or something small for free"
Pros: "it was only a short flight"
Cons: "The flight was 4 hours delayed. The seat was small and I am 5. Ft 2 inches (about 103 pounds.) Not sure how anyone can fit into the seat. There was no leg room for me. First and last timeflying with jet star."
Pros: "Planes were big and spacious compared to others I've been on"
Cons: "Carry on weight limit of ~10lbs and if more then it costs $25 a lb... really? No food included whatsoever, not even coffee or tea."
Cons: "delayed flight and having to take time to get every piece of carry on luggage weighed - having to move 1 kg from one suitcase to another when we were traveling together fro goodness sake"
Cons: "Our flight was delayed as we were all standing in line for a bit. They finally gave us word that there was something wrong with the plane. I will give them Kudos however for finding us another plane and we finally made it 2 hours later.."
Pros: "boarding and crew were great"
Cons: "if I put on one more kilo I would not fit in a seat, I am 90kg"
Pros: "Slightly better pricing than other airlines"
Cons: "Very unclear about baggage allowance and other hidden costs Unable to buy reasonable meals without pre-ordering Very small seats No in-flight entertainment"
Cons: "Wanted an earlier flight. Change fee was larger than the actual flight."