It was our first time ever visiting Australia, we took Garuda Indonesia which flies directly from Jakarta to Melbourne. We arrived just 3 days before Christmas, the airport was not that busy when we arrived at around 9 am. The immigration process was fast, and the officer were really friendly. The only complaint upon arrival in Melbourne Tullamarine Airport was that we had to wait for 30 minutes to get our luggage. I don’t know whether it’s normal or because it’s holiday time? Anyway, we could get out of the airport directly after taking our luggage. There weren’t any inspection as I thought it would be.
Having read the Tripadvisor review regarding the cheapest public transport from Melbourne Tullamarine airport to the city, we wanted to give it a try. We had plenty of time that day and of course we’d like to save our budget. From the review that I read, it cost only AUD 6,20 per person (compare that with a one way ticket of Skybus AUD 17!). I also read that there were no sign at the airport to the public bus stop. It seems that the airport recommend visitors to take the express Skybus which can take you to the city within 20 minutes (excluding the waiting time).
When we exit the international airport, we followed the direction to T4 (Tiger Air Terminal), because it is the closest terminal to the public bus stop. At T4, we were confused where to go, as there was no public bus stop around T4. We asked a guy, who showed us that we should take Skybus. No thanks. Then we asked a lady, who didn’t really know where the bus stop located, but when I told her that it is should be in front of Toll Dnata building, she said that we have to walk a little bit further from T4, and cross the road. And yes we could see a bus stop, with its sign on the grass. Lucky us the bus was waiting for the passengers when we walked to the bus stop.
We took Smartbus # 901, paid cash to the driver AUD 6,2 per person for a metcard combined zone 1 and 2 allowing unlimited transfer up to 2 hours. We asked the driver to inform us when we reach Broadmeadows Station (but then we knew the bus has a running text telling what’s the next stop), to continue our journey with the train. After a 15 minutes bus ride, we arrived at the train station, went to Platform 1 to take City Loop Inn train, and after 5 minutes waiting for the train, we got into the train which took us to Flinders Station. Total travel time is about 1 hour (bus+train), and as a bonus you will enjoy the view of suburban area around Melbourne. Moreover our hostel is so close to Flinders Station, so it was the right choice for us.
note: starting Dec 29, 2012, metcard will be replaced by myki card. So if you'd like to go to the city like the way we did, you should purchase myki online prior to your arrival to Melbourne.
If you got plenty of time in Mebourne, try this cheap public transport from the airport. I love the scenery along the way, it gives us different sights compared to Melbourne.
written on December 26, 2012 by @tesyasblog
tag: transportasi murah dari Melbourne Tullamarine Airport ke kota Melbourne, bis dari Melbourne Tullamarine Airport