Sleeping in Airports

Melbourne Avalon Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Melbourne Avalon Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Sitting by the check in on one of the benches, getting somewhat comfortable, I was told by a member of staff that Avalon Airport would indeed be closing and I would not be able to sleep inside. – lnkybstrd

Airport Sleeper Policy from the airport: “Avalon does not currently have the facilities for over-night stays. The airport does not allow people to sleep in the airport.”

Airport Overviews

Melbourne Avalon airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Melbourne Avalon Airport.

What to Expect

A secondary airport in Melbourne, Avalon Airport has a small terminal that handles domestic routes and a new daily flight to Kuala Lumpur. Facilities are limited to a few eateries and shops, plastic chairs, and vending machines. WiFi is available for four hours, though you may need to create an account.

Where to Sleep

Spending the night here is not possible, as the airport closes nightly from 12:00AM until 5:00AM. For uninterrupted sleep, the Avalon Airport shuttle bus connects to nearby hotels for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

There are no airport lounges available.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Melbourne Avalon Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Corio Bay Motel – (10 minutes from the airport) Avalon Airport shuttle bus stops at the front door ($). » Check Rates
  • Best Western Geelong Motor Inn & Apartments – (18 minutes from the airport) Avalon Airport shuttle bus stops at the front door ($). » Check Rates
  • Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong – (18 minutes from the airport) Avalon Airport shuttle bus stops at the front door ($). » Check Rates

A shuttle bus operates out of Avalon Airport, with door-to-door service to area hotels, Geelong Gull bus depot, and the surf coast. Tickets can be purchased online or at the counter in the airport terminal.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Avalon Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in Avalon Airport for four hours. Laptop users can work comfortably, with views of the runway, from the laptop bench seats located along the windows.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Domestic Area, Airside, in the departure lounge • International Area, Departures Hall and Arrivals.

Baby Care Facilities – Changing tables and diaper disposal bins are available in the Baby Change Rooms, located in both Departures and Arrivals areas of the terminal. Strollers are available for use in the airport, free of charge, from the Jetstar check-in area.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge. Location: Outside the airport’s entrance • Baggage Claim Area.

Children’s Play Areas – Kids age 10 and under can burn off steam before a flight in the free Kids Zone play area. Location: Departures lounge. For older children, there is a Games Room with arcade games.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available for arriving and departing passengers in the International Area. Newspapers, magazines, snacks, souvenirs and travel goods are sold at the airport gift shop news agency shop in the Domestic Area.

Entertainment – Game machines and TVs with family-friendly programming are available throughout the airport terminal.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Among the food options are: 3thirds Cafe (Landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 3:00PM) • 3thirds Cafe (Airside. Hours: 4:30AM – 8:30PM) • Flying Fox Bar (Airside. Hours: Unknown). Vending machines are also located throughout the airport terminal.

Information Desk – The information desk is located to the left of the main entrance of the terminal building (landside).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massage Chairs – Relax and unwind before you flight in one of the airport’s massage chairs. Location: Departure Lounge.

Mobile Charging – There are workstations and benches with mobile charging and USB points in the departure lounges, airside.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – 12:00AM.

Airlines

As of January 2019, Melbourne Avalon airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Jetstar.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices onsite: Avis • Alamo • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National • Redspot • Thrifty.

Buses

A shuttle buses are available to connect to Melbourne City Center, Geelong, Bellarine & the Surfcoast. To select the best shuttle for you, visit the Melbourne Avalon Airport website.

Taxis

The taxi queue is available just outside the terminal. At the time of this January 2019 update, approximate fare to Melbourne is $120-130 AUD or Geelong $40-50 AUD.

Last updated: 2019-06-05

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.