What's the cheapest way to get from Melbourne's two airports to Southern Cross Station? There's buses that run to $20+ each way to each, which seems quite high for public transport so I am curious if there's other alternatives, e.g. Uber, walking to nearby non-surcharged train or bus stations, etc?

(I hereby exclude walking all the way into the city, any cycling, or having an acquaintance pick me up.)

  • I would suggest asking separately about Avalon Airport. – Michael Hampton Sep 25 '15 at 0:35
  • Edited to indicate I'm not just interested in public transport from the airport, unlike the linked question. I also note that my question is about both Avalon and Tullamarine. – dlanod Sep 25 '15 at 0:35
  • That would make it "too broad" then... – Michael Hampton Sep 25 '15 at 0:39
  • I dispute that having two instead of one would be too broad. The provided examples indicate it applies if there are "too many possible answers" (not IMO, as it would only be a maximum of two) or "good answers would be too long for this format" (not IMO, would only require a couple of paragraphs). – dlanod Sep 25 '15 at 0:54
  • "Too broad" means there's more than one correct answer. Any time you're asking two questions, that is the case. So two is, IMO, indeed "too many possible answers." And frequently, you'll get two correct answers (one answering question A, one answering question B), making it impossible to accept "the correct answer." – Flimzy Sep 26 '15 at 4:19

From Melbourne International Airport, the cheapest option is to catch the bus to Broadmeadows and then the train from there. Total cost is $3.76 if you already have a Myki.

It's roughly 20 mins to Broadmeadows station and then about 30 mins by train to Southern Cross.

From Avalon, the shuttle bus by Sita Coaches is the cheapest at $22. It takes about an hour.

If there are multiple people travelling however, it may be cheaper to take a cab to Lara and catch the train from there. For just one person though, the coach is still cheaper than this more inconvenient option.

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From MEL, you basically have the Skybus, Jetbus charter, taxis and maybe uber, as while they're technically banned from the airport many are flouting this.

You could of course set the pickup slightly outside the airport and go get them there, but it might not be ideal.

If you want the absolute cheapest, you'd take the 901 to Broadmeadows, and take a train to the city, or 478/479 to the end of the 59 tram, and take that into the city. Neither methods are going to be anything faster than really slow, however, this latter method should be under $4.

From AVV, you ONLY have Avalon Airport Transfers to Southern Cross, there is no public transport. It's 55km to the city, so even with uber it's going to hurt. You could potentially get a taxi to the nearest station (Lara) and train from there.

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