Cheap Flights to Melbourne
Cheapest time to book
How to fly
Student flights from the USA to Melbourne
This coastal city is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria, situated on the southeastern coast. Melbourne is regularly voted as being the world’s most livable city, so it’s an amazing city whether you’re staying for study abroad or just visiting for a few weeks! Plus, it’s also considered the coffee capital of the world (which maybe, definitely contributes to it being one of the most livable cities…).
Melbourne is also home to a thriving arts scene. With both well-known, “formal” art centers and galleries in the Melbourne Arts District like the Arts Centre Melbourne (a performing arts venue) and the massive National Gallery of Victoria with modern and indigineous art to colorful street art all over the city, there’s lots to discover. Plus, there’s delicious food for any budget, parks and gardens, beaches and, of course, a modern downtown with plenty to explore. Nearby hiking and the scenic Great Ocean Road make great weekend adventures, too!
If you’re ready to head to Melbourne ASAP, we’ve got the cheap flights you need—just use the search bar above to find your tickets! Or check our promo codes first to see if there’s any special discounts available.
What are the main Melbourne airport hubs?
Melbourne has two main airports: Melbourne International Airport (MEL), known locally as the Tullamarine Airport, and the Avalon Airport (AVV), which is located just outside of Melbourne, near Geelong. The Melbourne International Airport handles all the international flights (and a good number of domestic flights as well) for the region, so you’ll most likely land in this one.
Melbourne International Airport (MEL): The Melbourne Airport is the primary airport serving the Melbourne area, and offers the most domestic and international flight routes. It’s a huge hub for Qantas and Virgin Australia, and if you’re flying to Melbourne from the US, chances are good you’ll be landing here. The airport is located about 14 miles from the city center. Once you arrive, you’ve got some options. A taxi/Uber is the fastest way into the city, taking about 25 minutes (so long as you don’t hit much traffic). The SkyBus City Express route—look for the bright red buses—will take you directly from the airport to Southern Cross Station for just $15 AUD ($12 USD). Plus, it runs every 10 minutes. They also have free shuttles to various hotels from Southern Cross Station.
Avalon Airport (AVV): The Avalon airport is a hub for Jetstar (primarily domestic flights) as well as AirAsia. If you have a layover on the way and are switching to one of these airlines, it’s possible you’ll land in Avalon. Avalon can also be a great airport to find a cheap weekend trip to elsewhere in Australia. However, the Avalon airport is quite a ways further from the city, about a 45 minute drive. You can take an Uber or a taxi, but fares can get pricey fast. We recommend taking the SkyBus Avalon City Express, just $24 AUD ($18.50 USD) and you’ll get to downtown Melbourne in about an hour.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Melbourne?
Prices based on bookings made 60-90 days prior to departure.
Melbourne universities and campuses
Melbourne has been ranked one of the best student cities in the world and is home to seven universities (and a number of smaller campuses). The largest and most well-known of these is the University of Melbourne. The University of Melbourne is Australia’s top university, and it hosts thousands of international students from all over the world, so there’s plenty of study abroad options for you here! Other options include Monash University and RMIT University (focused on design and technology), among others. Melbourne in general has a huge student population, so it’s a great place to study abroad. If you’re not sure where to begin, check in with your home university’s study abroad office to see if any exchange programs or study abroad options in Melbourne already exist at your school.
Melbourne lifestyle and culture
Melbourne is often ranked the most liveable city in the world, and that’s not just because it has some of the best coffee worldwide too (although that’s definitely part of it). Melbourne is home to an incredible laneway culture. For the uninitiated, “laneways” are pedestrian streets and alleyways lined with cafes, shops, live music, bookshops, street art, even street parties! Besides the amazing laneway culture, it’s known as the “Cultural Capital of Australia,” with a hip and casual lifestyle that features top-notch art and food scenes, plus a diverse community with tons of festivals and events year-round.
Exploring Melbourne on a student budget
Melbourne is pretty easy to explore on a student budget, as it’s a very student-friendly city with lots of free things to see and do. There’s a variety of public transportation options and it’s a very walkable city, so save some money and take the scenic route instead of driving or taking an Uber everywhere. Explore the CBD (Central Business District) as it’s the hotspot for tons of bars, cafes and other hip eateries (for every budget!), plus tons of street art and food markets. Go see the penguins at St. Kilda’s beach or get out of town for a hike in one of Victoria’s many parks. Some of the major sights and museums in Melbourne—like the National Gallery or the Royal Botanic Gardens—are free, too.