Brisbane to Melbourne flight information

Feeling the urge for some boutique shopping or a laneway cocktail crawl? Or maybe it’s the buzz of a massive sporting event you’re after. Melbourne’s the place – and with direct Brisbane to Melbourne (Tullamarine) flights 3 or 4 times a day, Jetstar can get you to marvellous Melbourne in just over 2 hours!

Quick flight facts

Origin Brisbane (BNE)
Destination Melbourne - Tullamarine (MEL)
Flight time 2 hour 30 mins
Distance 1,382km (to MEL)

What makes Melbourne such a great destination?

Melbourne’s city centre, with its vibrant laneways, galleries, museums, shopping malls and sporting stadiums, has plenty to keep you busy. But don’t miss out on exploring bohemian inner-city suburbs like Fitzroy and Collingwood to experience the city’s café culture, fine-casual dining and quirky shopping. Or take a tram out to St Kilda to soak up the bayside scene and sedate thrills of Luna Park. Melbourne’s not all urban cool – skip town to tour the wineries of the Yarra Valley or discover the charming historic towns of the Goldfields.

Melbourne city by night
Bright lights, big city – Melbourne nightlife will keep you up way past your bedtime.

Airport information for Brisbane to Melbourne flights

Departing from Brisbane Airport (BNE)

Brisbane Airport is located 12kms from the CBD. It’s about a 20-minute journey on the Airtrain. There are also door-to-door shuttle buses to Brisbane Airport from multiple locations in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. You can get there by taxi, hire car and ride share, and there is one council bus route that links from public transport to the airport. If you’re driving to the airport, there is a range of parking options, including long-term parking with a 24/7 shuttle bus to take you directly to your terminal. Start your Melbourne holiday right - be sure to bring the correct ID and check in on time.

Arriving at Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Melbourne Airport is located 23kms from the CBD – about a 30-minute drive in light traffic. You can get from the airport by taxi, hire car, ride share, some public buses and the express SkyBus, which runs every 10 minutes to Southern Cross Station in the city. Most Jetstar flights from Brisbane to Melbourne land at Terminal 4.

Brisbane to Melbourne FAQs

What’s the distance between Brisbane and Melbourne?

It’s 1682 kilometres from Brisbane to Melbourne, so you wouldn’t wanna walk it. Well, you could, but it would take you roughly 326 hours…

How long does a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne take?

The flight from Brisbane to Melbourne is a cruisy 2 hours and 15 minutes. Almost long enough to binge watch half a dozen episodes of The Simpsons if you fast forward the credits.

What time do I need to be at the airport if I have checked in online for a Brisbane to Melbourne flight?

Checking in online does save time, but it’s still good to get to the airport with a bit of time to spare, especially if you need to check your bags in - Jetstar’s bag drop closes 30 minutes before departure. Grab a coffee and aim to be at your gate 25 minutes before take-off.

How early do I have to be at the airport for a Brisbane to Melbourne flight?

Unless your Brisbane to Melbourne flight is part of an international flight (in which case you need to be at the airport at least couple of hours before departure), allow enough time to check in, drop your bags off, clear security and make your way to the gate. Factor in potential queues (or the need for extra caffeine before an early flight). About an hour before departure is a good, stress-free minimum.

What's the best way to travel from Brisbane to Melbourne?

Depends on your tastes, really. You could spend a solid 18 hours behind the wheel, living off truckstop pies. Or you could just breeze onto a plane, let someone else do the work and be in the middle of Melbourne in a couple of hours. We’re not biased (much), but we know how we’d rather go.

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What's the weather like in Melbourne compared to Brisbane?

‘Four seasons in one day’ is no joke. Compared to Brisbane’s practically year-round subtropical climate, Melbourne’s weather can be wildly changeable. Summer is known to intersperse intense hot, dry spells and violent, rainy storms. Winter is often chilly, wet and windy. Spring and autumn are great times to visit, with mild temperatures and sunny days (although October is generally the wettest month of the year). But you’re in Melbourne: pack an umbrella, and always use sunscreen – the UV can be deceptively high.

Want the full Melbourne travel guide?

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