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Cheap Flights to Melbourne

A city consistently named the world’s most liveable, you can book flights to Melbourne on, and discover what all the fuss is about for yourself. Packed with culture, diversity and vitality, we can help you reach this wonderful spot on the southeast coast of Australia.

When comparing flights to Melbourne you'll need to select a connecting service; the length of the connection will determine how long the total journey is. Some services from the UK stop twice, mostly in a European city such as Amsterdam or Paris, although there are plenty of services that require just one stopover.

UK departures to Melbourne

Destination From Destination From
London Heathrow London Gatwick
Manchester Birmingham

Such flights can be found from all the major airports in the UK, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. You’ll be doing well if you can secure a flight that takes a total of 24 hours, connecting once in a country such as China, Malaysia or the United Arab Emirates. Pay attention to the total time of the journey, as paying more for a shorter trip, to the other side of the world, may prove more beneficial to you.

Start planning how you'll spend your time in Melbourne before you set off, as it’s a city that offers so much. From the galleries of the Southbank area, such as the National Gallery of Victoria, and global sporting events that include the Formula One Grand Prix and Australian Open tennis, to the Great Ocean Road to the west of the city; Melbourne is brimming with sights and events.

Make sure you set some time aside for an afternoon exploring the city’s alleyways. Take in the fantastic graffiti lanes, and stop to admire the street artists, and buskers, on Swanston Street, before soaking up the renowned cafe culture.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Melbourne?

The cheapest time to book flights to Melbourne is during Australia’s winter season, which takes place from June until August. Snow in the hills nearby makes this time ideal for skiing and winter sports. September to November and March to May marks the autumn and spring months, respectively. In addition to an abundance of cheap tickets, the weather during these shoulder seasons is pleasant. The summer months, December to March, see a rise in temperatures and an increase in attractions and events. Popular holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s, will also drive up ticket prices and the number of visitors. When making plans, keep in mind that Melbourne’s location in the Southern Hemisphere means that the seasons are opposite from those in the Northern Hemisphere.

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

The best time to book a flight to Melbourne is at least 20 weeks in advance. Booking as early as possible is key to finding cheaper prices. Plan to depart and return during the week as opposed to the weekend, as prices are often higher for weekend flights. Also, checking for flights on a Tuesday can sometimes give you better deals as well.

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

The Melbourne Airport, locally known as Tullamarine Airport, is Australia’s second-busiest airport. Located 14 miles (23 kilometres) away from Melbourne’s city centre, this airport primarily services Melbourne and the surrounding area. Airlines that fly to Melbourne include China Southern Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.

Getting around the airport

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport has four terminals. Terminals 1, 3 and 4 are for domestic flights. Terminal 2 caters to international flights, although some domestic flights use this terminal on occasion as well. Terminals 2 and 3 are in the same building. All terminals are connected by pedestrian walkways. Terminals 1 and 3 each have three levels with the first level reserved for departures and the mezzanine level reserved for the concourse and gates. Terminals 2 and 4 only have two levels; the first floor is for departures. Terminal 2’s first level also has check-in, gates and lounges.

Which airports in the U.K. operate flights to Melbourne?

All major airports in the U.K., such as Heathrow Airport, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Manchester Airport, Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport operate indirect flights to Melbourne. Layovers can be in cities like Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Guangzhou. No airports offer nonstop flights from the U.K. to Melbourne.

What airlines fly to Melbourne?

British Airways, China Southern, Etihad Airways, Emirates, KLM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airlines all fly to Melbourne.

How long is the flight to Melbourne from the U.K.?

Flights to Melbourne from the U.K. can last 23 hours or longer, depending on the departure city and the number of stopovers. London and Melbourne are separated by approximately 10,497 miles (16,893 kilometres). Flights from Manchester Airport can take as little as 22 hours, while flights from Glasgow Airport typically last at least at 23 hours.

How many flights per day fly from the U.K. to Melbourne?

There are numerous indirect flights to Melbourne each day.

Getting to the city from Melbourne Tullamarine

To get to Melbourne, travellers can take public transportation, such as a bus, shuttles or a taxi. A taxi ride to the city centre will cost between from A$55 and A$65 (£32 to £37). Airport shuttles – Starbus Shuttle and VHA Airport Shuttle to name a few – range from A$18 to A$25 (£11 to £15) and can reach the city in about 20 to 40 minutes. Shuttles to the suburbs of Melbourne are also available. Skybus, the airport’s bus service, runs 24/7 with departures every 10 minutes between 6:00 am and midnight. A single one-way fare costs A$18 (£11); the trip takes around 30 to 45 minutes. Travellers can also use the P.T.V. (Public Transport for Victoria) bus routes 478, 479 and 482, located near Terminal 4 for only A$4 to A$6 (£2 to £3) using a myki card. Bus 479 connects to Sunbury station for those taking a train to their final destination.

Getting around the airports

Like most airports, Melbourne Airport has basic services and amenities, such as shops, food and drink, first aid stations, currency exchanges, A.T.M.s and Wi-Fi. Also available are showers and a golf club. Terminal 1 serves as Qantas Airways main hub for both departures and arrivals. Similarly, Virgin Australia Airlines uses Terminal 3 as their main departure and arrival hub. Terminal 2 caters to international flights, while Terminal 4 is reserved for other domestic airlines and flights.

Don’t forget before you fly

Australia’s currency is the Australian dollar. A.T.M.s and currency exchange centres are available in Terminals 2 and 3 upon your arrival. Before entering the country, travellers are required to apply for an electronic visa. The two main visas are the eVisitor and the Electronic Travel Authority (E.T.A.). The Department of Immigration and Border Protection issues eVisitor visas for free; the E.T.A., however, is received through a travel agent or airline and has a service free of A$20 (£12).