You can get to Melbourne from Europe by plane. It will take a long time to fly, it’s not for nothing that the Australians write on their souvenirs that Australia is a bloody long way (Australia is a damn long way). But, given that you find yourself on another planet, it’s worth it. If you fly from Minsk or Kiev, you will have 26 to 40 hours of travel time and two transfers in Europe and at one of the airports connecting the Northern and Southern Hemispheres (most likely it will be Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok or Dubai). From Moscow to get faster – only some 20-30 hours and one transfer. In Melbourne, you will arrive at Terminal 2 of Melbourne Airport International Airport (MEL), aka Airport Tullamarine.
Convenient tickets can be found on the Australian STA Travel website or on the more familiar Skyscanner. Etihad, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines fly regularly from Europe and Asia to Australia. Tickets will be cheaper if you buy them at least for 1.5-2 months and immediately in both directions. In addition, it is better to buy a direct ticket to Melbourne than dock flights yourself. So the responsibility for possible delays lies on the airline, and you are guaranteed to get to the place without additional costs and nerves. A round-trip ticket will cost approximately A $ 1,400–2,000.
From the airport to the city
Melbourne Airport is 25 km from the city center of Melbourne City Center (aka CBD or Central Business District). You can leave Tullamarine airport in Melbourne by taxi, Uber or SkyBus buses. The taxi rank is located between Terminals 1 and 2 (get off from T2 to the left). SkyBus stops right and left of T2 and near T4. Everywhere there are pointers.
A taxi ride to the center takes about half an hour and costs about AU 65-75. Uber will almost certainly cost 10-15 dollars less. SkyBus brings passengers to the Southern Cross train station in the center of Melbourne and costs 18 AUD. With Southern Cross, you can take the subway, tram, or bus in any direction, or even walk on foot if you settle in the CBD. SkyBus rides around the clock every 10 minutes. Tickets can be bought online or at the box office near the bus stops.
The budget (but not the fastest) way to get to the city is the 901st city bus that goes to the railway station Broadmeadows, from where trains go to the city center. Public transport stops near Terminal 4. Myki card is required for a trip. If you check out at two o’clock, the cost of the whole trip (on the bus and on the subway) will be 4.30 AUD.