Searching for flights from London to Melbourne? Then you’re in for a treat. Because there are around 1,196 flights jetting off from London airports to this epic Australian city every week, and if you spend some time fine-tuning your search you’ve got a great chance of finding a bargain.
You can fly from London to Melbourne Airport (MEL) – also known as Tullamarine airport – from various London hubs, the most popular of which is London Heathrow (LHR). There are no direct flights on this route at the moment – the closest option is Qantas, who fly from London Heathrow to Perth, then on to Melbourne.
As for seasonality, December to February is Melbourne’s peak travel season in terms of visitors. These are the summer months, and March – the very start of autumn – is often the most expensive time to fly. Winter runs from June to August when temperatures cool off and the crowds die down. As a result, July is one of the cheapest times for flight tickets. If you're flexible on dates, try searching by month to see when the cheapest flights are.
The journey from London to Melbourne takes at least 21 hours and 45 minutes, but it’s worth every second once you get there. On average, China Southern Airlines have the cheapest flights, but check your search results, as this isn’t always the case. Another way to get a cheap flight is to book last minute – but this does mean you may not be able to get the exact flights you want.
FAQs about flights from London to Melbourne
Which airlines fly from London to Melbourne?
Airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, China Southern Airlines and Philippine Airlines fly from London Heathrow or Gatwick to Melbourne.
Which airlines have the cheapest flights to Melbourne?
For cheap flights on this route, try airlines like China Southern Airlines and Royal Brunei.
Can I fly direct from London to Melbourne?
At the moment, there are no direct flights from London to Melbourne. Qantas fly from London Heathrow to Perth, then onward to Melbourne.
Which London airport offers the cheapest direct flight to Melbourne?
There are no direct flights from London to Melbourne. For the widest variety of flights to choose from, try London Heathrow.
How long is the flight from London to Melbourne?
The shortest flight time on this route is around 21 hours 45 minutes. But, depending on your stopovers, your journey could be much longer.
How do I get into Melbourne from Melbourne Airport?
The SkyBus from Melbourne Airport into the city is both cheap and convenient. There are five services, including the City Express, which departs every ten minutes from the airport and gets you to Southern Cross Station. Buy a ticket from the ticket booth outside the T3 terminal, or from one of the e-kiosks. A one-way ticket will cost around $19.75. From Southern Cross, you can jump on a SkyBus Link service to get to your accommodation – it’s included with the price of your SkyBus ticket and there are stops all over the city. If you want the quickest option, you can also take a taxi from the airport. Fares vary considerably because taxis are metered, so bear this in mind if there’s heavy traffic. There are airport taxi ranks on the ground floor outside Terminal 1 and between Terminals 2 and 3.
What are the top things to do in Melbourne?
There’s a long list of must-dos to tick off once you get to Melbourne. Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, party in St Kilda, shop for bargains at Queen Victoria Market and hang out at Federation Square. But save some time for wine tasting in the Yarra Valley and a few lazy days chilling out on the sands of St Kilda Beach. It’d be rude not to.
Do I need a visa to travel to Melbourne?
Yes – unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter Australia before you set off on your trip. There are various options for recreational trips, including an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).