SkyBus Melbourne


Looking to get to or from Melbourne Airport in one piece? With the Melbourne SkyBus City Express, you can! For all the need-to-know information on rates, times, and commonly asked questions, glance below. 


Information on the City Express Melbourne SkyBus

The Melbourne City Express SkyBus runs from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m., 7 days a week, between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne CBD. The trip takes approximately 35 minutes and drops off passengers outside T1, T3, and T4 at Melbourne Airport, as well as Southern Cross Station, in Melbourne CBD. 


Melbourne SkyBus Tickets

Passengers can purchase tickets for the Melbourne SkyBus City Express in the following ways: 

  • Online at the official SkyBus website 
  • Via the SkyBus app 
  • Outside T1, T3, and T4 Melbourne Airport terminals (card payments only) 
  • At kiosks located at Southern Cross Station, across from Degani’s Café (card payments only) 


SkyBus Melbourne City Express Tickets

Passenger(s)One way ticket Return ticket 
Adult $ 22.00$ 36.00
Child $ 4.00$ 6.00

Senior (An AUS or NZ senior card is required to be eligible) 

$ 18.00$ 30.00


City Express SkyBus Timetable

The Melbourne SkyBus picks up and drops off passengers outside, at the kerbside of T1, T3, and T4 at Melbourne Airport. SkyBus’s general timetable can be seen below: 

  • Departs every 12 - 15 minutes between 4 am - 7 am 
  • Departs every 10 minutes between 7 am - 8 pm
  • Departs every 12 - 15 minutes after 8 pm

Please note: The departure intervals above are subject to change depending on which direction you are going and to which terminal. Always check the official timetable for updated schedules. 


Melbourne SkyBus Features

  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Fixed price fares 
  • Smartphone ticketing 
  • Mobility seats
  • EFTPOS, American Express, Diners, Visa, Mastercard, and Union Pay are accepted
  • Cash payments are not accepted 
  • Tickets are valid for three months after the date of purchase 
  • One-way tickets can be used on either route 


Reviews of the SkyBus at Melbourne Airport 

After utilising the SkyBus at Melbourne Airport, travellers often leave their reviews. The majority of reviews left by travellers are positive, with many citing the affordability of the SkyBus ($18.00 - $22.00 for a 1 way ticket), short waiting times, the prompt arrival & departure of the bus, well-posted signage to direct travellers, and the friendly, helpful service of the Skybus drivers.

Negative reviews cite customers' disappointment in SkyBus for not accepting cash payments, not having adequate AC ventilation, as well as a lack of accommodation for passengers with disabilities. Additionally, some travellers cite the unpleasantness of the "political speech or ideology" mentioned by the SkyBus drivers as part of their welcoming speech. 


How long does the sky bus take from Melbourne Airport to the City?  

The SkyBus will take approximately 30 - 35 minutes depending on which terminal you depart from at Melbourne Airport.  Additionally, the SkyBus from Southern Cross to Melbourne Airport will take the same amount of time. 


Where to catch the SkyBus in Melbourne? 

You can catch Melbourne SkyBus City Express outside T1, T3, and T4, as well as Southern Cross Station in Melbourne CBD. 


Where does the Melbourne SkyBus drop off? 

When heading to Melbourne Airport from Melbourne CBD via the SkyBus, you can expect to be dropped off at T1. 

When heading to Melbourne CBD from Melbourne Airport, you can expect to board the bus at T1, T3, or T4, and get dropped off at Southern Cross Station.  


Does SkyBus have Wi-Fi? 

Yes, the Melbourne SkyBus City Express does have free Wi-Fi. 



Please note that the information above is provided for reference only, and does not constitute travel advice. For the most recent and relevant information about Melbourne Airport, you should check their official website.

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