Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Getting to/from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport is easy

Essendon Airport is located 10km (a 25 minute drive) from the CBD. The Essendon Airport terminal is located at 72 Hargrave Avenue and transport options include:

Melbourne Airport Shuttle

This free shuttle transfer service between Essendon Airport, Hyatt Place Hotel and Melbourne Airport is available to all Link Airways passengers. The scheduled service runs between 6am – 10pm daily and bookings are essential ahead of time, so please book your complimentary shuttle service via the following options:

Alternatively, you can advise check-in staff before departure to Essendon Airport if you require the Melbourne Airport shuttle. Please note:

  • To Melbourne Airport – meet the bus at the terminal front door, allow 15 minutes for the transfer to Melbourne Airport.
  • From Melbourne Airport – meet the bus opposite the main terminal and Park Royal Hotel, bus drop off zone Area L (group and charters lane).

City Centre Shuttle

The Starbus City Shuttle operates on a pre-booking basis. $20 per person to Federation Square and Victoria Market. Please advise check-in staff before departure to Essendon Airport if you require the Starbus City Shuttle or book directly here.

Car Hire

Essendon Airport has three car rental companies located within the terminal:

  • Hertz call: 13 30 39. Open Monday to Friday 8am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9am – 10am and 4.30pm – 5.30pm and Sunday 2pm – 5.30pm.
  • Avis call: 03 9299 5560. Open Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm, Saturday 8am – 12pm and Sunday 8am – 12pm.
  • Budget call: 03 9299 5561. Open Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm, Saturday 8am – 12pm and Sunday 8am – 12pm.

Car Parking

  • Parking for visitors is available for up to 2 hours free of charge (check signs for details).
  • Long term car parking is available for $8.80 a day, the cheapest city airport parking in Australia (located adjacent to the main terminal, southern end).
  • Are you a frequent visitor? Customers of Link Airways are eligible to purchase a six month permit.

All cars should be booked in advance with your chosen hire company. Cars can be picked up during the hours above. Key drop off is available at any time during terminal operating hours.

Taxi / Uber

Allow a 15 minute drive to the City Centre in usual traffic. A taxi rank is located outside the main terminal. To arrange a taxi please phone 131 008 or for arriving flights let your Crew know so it can be waiting on arrival. For Wheelchair accessible Taxis please call (03) 9277 3877. Average taxi fare costs (estimates based on the government’s standard fares) from the Airport to City centre – $39 (including tollway fees) or to Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) – $21. Essendon Airport welcomes Uber drivers – the terminal address is 72 Hargrave Avenue.

Train / Tram

Essendon Station is less than 10 minutes’ drive and can be reached by:

  • Tram Service 59 (stop 56 on Earl Street, Airport West).
  • A free shuttle bus operates from English Street to Essendon Station on weekdays departing on the half hour between 7.15am to 9.30am and 4.15pm to 6.30pm (no service on Victorian public holidays).

Tram Service 59 leaves from Stop 56 on Earl Street, Airport West to Elizabeth Street in the CBD every 8 minutes. Stop 56 is a 8 minute walk from the main terminal via Bristol Street.

Hyatt Place Hotel

This hotel on Essendon Airport offers a more contemporary take on the traditional Hyatt brand and as the first Hyatt Place Hotel in Australia with 166 rooms, restaurant and bar, a 24/7 fitness centre and an adjacent events centre. Learn more here.