Melbourne Airport

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Getting there

By Air

Melbourne Airport is serviced by 27 international airlines. The airport is approximately 22 kilometres from the city – approximately 25 minutes drive.

From London, you can fly direct to Melbourne – the journey takes around 20 hours. There are also indirect flights, making the journey longer but considerably less expensive. From North America, you can catch a direct flight to Melbourne, as well as a number of single-stop services. Excluding stopovers, flying time to Melbourne is around 20 hours from New York or Toronto, 18 hours from Vancouver, or 15 hours from Los Angeles. From New Zealand, there is a range of flights available to Melbourne, with those from Auckland taking approximately three-and-a-half hours.

Customs and immigration queues are generally short. The airport, which affords easy access to connecting interstate and international flights, has baggage lockers in the international terminal, around-the-clock foreign exchange counters, restaurants, bars, a children’s playground, information desks, major car rental companies and, for departing travellers, a refund booth to reclaim the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on some goods. There is also ample parking for private vehicles.

Emirates Airline - Official partner Airline for PSWC 2014

We’re pleased to inform you that Emirates Airline has proudly been selected as the partner airline for Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2014. Emirates has excellent connections to all of the six continents via Dubai with more than 130 current destinations worldwide – and expanding route network all the time. 

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Cruise ships & ferries

Melbourne is becoming an increasingly popular port for some of the world’s most prestigious cruise liners. Only four kilometres from the city centre, Melbourne’s Station Pier services porting and visiting cruise ships as well as being the permanent home of the Spirit of Tasmania I and II, the car and passenger ferry service between Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania.

The port’s recently refurbished terminal provides passengers with a range of services, including lounge facilities and visitor information, in a safe and friendly environment. Taxis, coaches, tour guides and the Skybus shuttle service operate pick-ups from the wharf.

By train

Overland trains to and around Victoria offer a comfortable way to explore the state's diverse and at times dramatic landscapes.

Trains servicing country Victoria and interstate routes arrive at Southern Cross Station, part of the metropolitan train system's underground city loop service. However some lines do schedule passenger collection points at limited metropolitan train stations including Dandenong, North Melbourne and Caulfield.

Major cities and tourist centres in Victoria are serviced by V/Line, who also run a connecting bus service. The Overland train service from Adelaide is operated by Great Southern Railway Limited and takes between 9 and 12 hours depending on the scheduled stops, while the CountryLink XPT train service from Sydney to Melbourne takes around 10-11 hours.