We'll be arriving in Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) T2 at 06:30 in the morning, but our flight to Hobart (from T1) won't take off until 12:45. We've been told we'll have to collect our hold luggage, but can't check bags in until 2 hours before the Hobart flight. I don't know this airport, but some other airports I've been in don't have any seating, shops or restaurants until you get through check-in. Are we going to be sitting on our luggage in the check-in hall for 4 hours until check-in opens, or are there any areas in Melbourne airport where we could sit in comfort, and even get a drink?

Advice would be appreciated, please, as we'll be arriving from UK via DXB and will have been travelling for almost 22hrs! Thanks, Robin.

  • According to the airport website melbourneairport.com.au/Passengers/At-the-airport/Shop-eat there is a reasonable range of facilities for passengers in transit
    – Traveller
    Feb 13, 2019 at 16:46
  • @Traveller Are they landside though? He is making an international to domestic connection on separate tickets, so must check in again at Melbourne. I see basically one restaurant landside in T1, and one coffee shop. There's a bit more selection in T2 landside, it seems. I haven't been to Melbourne before either, so I'd want to be a bit more confident if I could. Feb 13, 2019 at 17:27
  • @MichaelHampton Melbourne's domestic security did not require me to present a ticket.
    – ceejayoz
    Feb 13, 2019 at 19:29
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    @ceejayoz OK, but do you really think it's a good idea to go through security without checking in and carrying all your hold luggage, considering you would have to come back out and do it again? Feb 13, 2019 at 19:31

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There are some shops in the T1 departure area before check-in, but there are even more in the T2 check-in. After arrival at T2, pop upstairs and there will be a reasonable selection of shops and seating. All the terminals are connected, so when your flight check-in opens you can easily walk over to T1. See Melbourne Airport Maps for more detail.

  • That's really useful Greg, just what we needed to know. I suppose lugging our cases around won't be too much of an issue on a trolley, and at least we can find somewhere to sit and get drinks/snacks while we wait. Thanks.
    – Rob
    Feb 14, 2019 at 7:52

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