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Project benefits

Melbourne Airport Rail will connect people from the airport to where they need to go - be that work, home or Victoria’s key tourism destinations – via a rail service for the first time.

Easier access and better connections

Running Melbourne Airport Rail services through the Metro Tunnel will maximise airport access for all Victorians, providing easy and seamless access to the existing rail network.

Passengers on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines – Melbourne’s busiest passenger rail lines – will have direct access to an airport service.

Passengers on most other metropolitan and regional train lines can connect to Melbourne Airport with only one interchange.

Map showing the Melbourne Airport Rail route connecting to all other train lines

Unlocks future growth

Melbourne Airport Rail has the potential to unlock further economic growth connections to key health, research and education, development and employment precincts at Dandenong, Monash, Parkville, Sunshine and Werribee.

Airport journey times

Connecting Melbourne Airport Rail into the Metro Tunnel provides passengers with 10 minute turn-up-and-go services into the CBD in around 30 minutes.

From Melbourne Airport, trips to Sunshine and Footscray are expected to take 11 and 18 minutes respectively.

The investment in major projects such as the Metro Tunnel, Melbourne Airport Rail and Geelong Fast Rail will support a turn-up-and-go timetable, enabling peak-hour trains every 2-3 minutes from Sunshine and peak-hour trains every two minutes from Footscray and Caulfield.