Taking a taxi is the most common method of transport which people travelling to Melbourne City or St. Kilda choose after arriving at the Melbourne ( Tullamarine) Airport. It is often the easiest option, however, there can be a considerable wait in the line (in extreme cases, up to 40 minutes) for a taxi service depending on the season.
The taxi fare from Melbourne Airport to the City is around $50 – $80 depending on traffic. A regular taxi seats up to 4 people, although the price is the same regardless of whether or not the taxi is at maximum capacity, even if you’re travelling by yourself.
If you are travelling in a larger group, 8-seater minivan taxis are available for a greater cost, however, such taxis often need to be pre-arranged. If you haven’t booked a larger taxi in advance, there is the possibility to phone for one upon arrival, although you may have to wait for the service, which could end up with you and your travel partners waiting for a long-time and missing out on possible sight-seeing time.
The taxi fare from the Melbourne Airport to St. Kilda is around $65 – $80, however, the cost may rise dramatically if you are stuck in traffic.
Tips when catching a taxi from the Melbourne Airport:
1. Use the bathroom before you head outside to the taxi queue.
2. Get in the taxi queue as soon as possible to shorten the waiting period.
3. Catch the taxi, but remember there are no guarantees regarding the cleanliness of the taxi or the driver’s skills.