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

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Melbourne Avalon Airport.

What to Expect

  • Melbourne Avalon airport consists of a single terminal.
  • This is a small airport, but there is a cafe airside and a few vending machines throughout the terminal.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Since the airport is closed at night, sleeping here is a definite “no”.  If you would like to take a nap during the day, be aware that reviewers report uncomfortable chairs with armrests. You may need to sleep on the floor.  There are no hotels on airport grounds, but several nearby hotels that are accessible by shuttle bus. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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. Internet access and printing facilities are also available for a small fee at the Everywhere Internet Kiosk, located in Departures. 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: Airside, in the departure lounge.

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. Rate: $4 per cart.

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 – Newspapers, magazines, snacks, souvenirs and travel goods are sold at the airport gift shop.

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 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 – Location: Departure Lounge.

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

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 5:00AM – 12:00AM.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Melbourne Avalon airport is served by the following airlines: Jetstar.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Several companies offer car rental services onsite.

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 December 2017 update, approximate fare to Melbourne is $120-130 AUD or Geelong $40-50 AUD.

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.