Everything you need to know about reaching Yarra Valley by air.
Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, and Essendon Airport are the closest commercial airports to Yarra Valley. Melbourne Airport is Melbourne’s primary airport and has direct flights to dozens of international and domestic destinations.
This guide will give you all the information you need about ground transport options and airlines that fly into and out of Melbourne Airport and Essendon Airport.
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Who flies to Yarra Valley? Tigerair, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Cathay Pacific fly to Melbourne Airport. Essendon Airport operates regional flights with airlines like Alliance Airlines, JetGo, Free Spirit Airlines and Sharp Airlines.
What are the closest airports to Yarra Valley? Melbourne Airport and Essendon Airport. Both airports are nearly an hour’s drive away.
What airport transfer options are available? The Bus Line 906 and the Melbourne Metro get you from Melbourne Airport to the Yarra Valley in approximately 50 minutes for around $4. The airport shuttle bus service provides door-to-door transfers from $40 one way from Melbourne Airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar,Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are available at Melbourne and Essendon airports. Alternatively, you can use Uber which costs $70-$100 and $55–$75 respectively from Melbourne and Essendon airports.
Yarra Valley hot air balloon rides and scenic flights
With picturesque rolling hills and sprawling vineyards, the Yarra Valley is simply stunning from above.
Hot air balloon rides are popular in the area. The rides are usually about an hour long and float atop the rows and rows of grape vines present in the area. Many also offer the option to include breakfast, lunch or dinner at the end of the ride. Most breakfast and dinner options include sunrise and sunset views (pictured).
If you're after something a bit more thrilling, scenic flights are also available over the Yarra. You can depart on these from Lilydale Airport right in the Yarra, do you don't have to worry about commuting back to Melbourne or Essendon for your scenic flight.