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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 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. – Michael Hampton Feb 13 at 17:27
  • @MichaelHampton Melbourne's domestic security did not require me to present a ticket. – ceejayoz Feb 13 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? – Michael Hampton Feb 13 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 at 7:52

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