Melbourne Airport, also widely referred to as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the city of Melbourne. It is Australia’s second busiest airport, with more than 28 million passengers yearly. Melbourne Airport is the only international airport, out of four civil aviation hubs, in the Melbourne metropolitan area. It is about 23 kilometres away from the city centre.
The airport is divided into four terminals: the three-storey central terminal, T2, serves international travellers, while the two interconnecting two-storey terminals, T1 and T3, serve the domestic market. The last terminal, T4, is home to budget airlines like Tigerair. A new T4 is currently being constructed between T3 and the existing T4, to meet the increasing demand for domestic air travel. The new terminal is set to be completed and fully functional in 2015. To get between terminals, simply travel on foot. In total, the terminals have 56 gates, of which 40 are domestic and 16 international. It is easy to get around on foot from terminal to terminal, as the buildings are within the same terminal precinct. The domestic terminals, flanking either side of T2, are easily accessible from the main international terminal on foot.
Well equipped with food, retail, and essential travel facilities, visitors do not have to worry unnecessarily while travelling. If you are short on cash, visit the currency exchange counters available at the terminals. Airport staff are also friendly, to meet travellers’ needs. The well being of disabled passengers is one of the highest priorities at Melbourne Airport. The airport ensures these visitors can travel comfortably with excellent facilities and quality service. Surf the Internet with the free WiFi access throughout the terminals. Information counters are available should you require any assistance.
For travellers looking to satisfy their hunger pangs, there are plenty of eateries to choose from. Grab a low-fat smoothie from Boost Juice, visit Krispy Kreme for delicious glazed doughnuts, sip a hot latte at the coffeehouses, and explore the numerous cafés in the airport terminals. Take away sushi if you are in a rush, or a 6-inch sandwich from Subway. Have a McSpicy burger at major global fast-food joint McDonald’s, or dine in at a fancy restaurant. Enjoy a cocktail or chilled beer at the bar, while waiting for your flight.
Apart from food, indulge in a wide variety of shopping options at the airport. For fashion and accessories, head to stores like Beach Culture, Forever New, Rip Curl, Sunglasses Hut and more. Shops like Tech2Go sell innovative electronic products that might interest tech-savvy groups of travellers. Purchase souvenirs for your loved ones back home, like car decals and mini road signs featuring the iconic Australian kangaroos and other merchandise. Buy a box of scrumptious hand-made truffles from the World of Chocolate. Browse through bookstores like WH Smith and News Travels. The variety of retail outlets caters to travellers’ varying tastes and preferences.
For extended layovers, check in at an airport hotel for a comfortable stay. Accommodation options include Ibis Budget, Holiday Inn and Parkroyal Melbourne Airport Hotels. The airport even has a pet hotel called the Hanrob Pet Hotel!
Fly to Melbourne Airport now, and enjoy an unforgettable holiday.