Melbourne Airport SkyBus launches new St Kilda-Airport route

By David Flynn, April 14 2016
Melbourne Airport SkyBus launches new St Kilda-Airport route

Melbourne Airport's SkyBus will begin running a new shuttle service between St Kilda and Tullamarine Airport this year.

Having taken over the route currently being managed by Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle, the iconic red SkyBus fleet – which now includes free WiFi – will see departures from St Kilda every 30 minutes from 6.30am until 7.30pm, seven days a week.

One-way fares between St Kilda and Melbourne Airport will be $19 and return trips $38, with discounts for frequent corporate travellers and travel organisers.

The SkyBus St Kilda-Melbourne Airport service will commence this winter, although an exact start date has yet to be set.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

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Where is the drop off at St Kilda?


Hope they extend services to the inner Western and Eastern burbs!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2015

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I just hope one day there will be a rail link from CBD to airport

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Feb 2016

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I donno ... I was keen on the airport rail, and then I found that it can be even cheaper if you pre-book for a spot on the long term parking yard, and it is certainly cheaper to drive and park if you go with somebody for not longer than four days. 

It would be great if these services were provided by PTV and not a private company as is done in many countries in the world (most of Europe!). Many local buses at Berlin airport and the cost of only E1.80 or so to get in to town.

It is shown it is a profitable undertaking so why isn't PTV providing these services even if they are $6-$8 instead of the usual $3 myki fare rather than a private company fleecing money out of the public?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

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I Agree.

I have to add Perth airport, is the only major airport i know of in Austalia, which is served by a regular public bus service with no airport surcharge. Im hoping this doesnt change with the new rail link (ie Sydney and Brisbane which both have airport surcharges)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jul 2014

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Don't forget Adelaide. $2 gets me from airport to home on a Sunday morning coming home from KUL.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

17 Mar 2016

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You seem to have forgotten the good old Bus Route 400 in Sydney which can take you between terminals onto Rockdale station or on to Burswood in one direction, Maroubra and Bondi Junction in the other. All for the same fare as regular bus travel, with train connection from Rockdale proving cheap and convenient.

02 Mar 2013

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Don't forget the 901 in Melbourbe that wends its merry way around the outer suburbs from Melbourne airport to Frankston. Probably of most use to get to the upfield and cragieburn lines. I believe there is also a pts route to Sunshine. 

12 Jun 2013

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I assume that the operators have sucked a lot of politicians' dicks to get that sweetheart deal.

Heck, there's even a PTV bus stop at the airport, for the infrequent 901 bus which goes to Broadmeadows station from which you can catch a train... a good way to save ten bucks if you've got a lot of time on your hands. But there's no damn reason why there shouldn't be a bus going somewhere sensible, like directly to the city, instead. 

12 Jun 2013

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Direct SkyBus from the airport to places that aren't the city is a pretty decent idea. St Kilda is fairly so-so as a hub, but I guess there's plenty of O&D traffic there.

As someone who lives just north of the city it would be nice if I could catch a SkyBus without so much backtracking. Not sure where you'd put the stop, though. 

There used to be the PTV bus 4XX from the Moonee Ponds/Essendon interchange which was actually pretty good, only 20 minutes or so, not sure if it still exists. The problem is the PTV website is skewed towards Skybus so it doesn't display the PTV options available so didn't really drive use towards the services.

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