Exploring Melbourne Airport's Lounges: Access Options for Economy Travelers

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 16, 2024 10:30 AMNews
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A large jetliner sitting on top of an airport tarmac. Source: unsplash

Melbourne Airport (MEL), Australia’s second-busiest air hub, offers a plethora of lounge options that cater to various travelers, including those flying economy. The airport, which processed over 20 million passengers last year, houses 12 lounges, with three open to all passengers regardless of travel class.

Open-Access Lounges at Melbourne Airport:

  1. The House:
    • Location: International departures, Terminal 2
    • Hours: 05:30 - 00:45 daily
    • Features: Lounge seating, bar, dining area, showers, free WiFi, and a selection of magazines and newspapers.
    • Access Fee: $75 AUD when booked online. The lounge operates a smart-casual dress code and allows a stay of up to three hours.
  2. Marhaba Lounge:
    • Location: International departures, Terminal 2
    • Hours: 04:30 - 00:00 daily
    • Features: Comfortable seating, a selection of food and beverages, and free WiFi.
    • Access Fee: $70 AUD for four hours; $137 AUD for six hours. The Marhaba Lounge is a good option for early flyers given its early opening hours.
  3. Plaza Premium Lounge:
    • Location: International departures, Terminal 2
    • Hours: 08:30 - 00:00 daily
    • Features: Made-to-order breakfast, à la carte menu, premium Australian wines, relaxing area, and free WiFi.
    • Access Fee: $63 AUD for adults without Priority Pass membership, making it the most economical of the open-access lounges.

Airline Lounges at Melbourne Airport:

  • Qantas and Virgin Australia: These airlines operate their lounges in Terminals 2 and 3, respectively. Access is typically restricted to passengers flying business or first class, or those who are members of the airlines' loyalty programs.
  • Rex Airlines: Located in Terminal 4, catering primarily to its passengers.
  • AMEX Lounge: Available in Terminal 2, accessible to American Express cardholders.

For travelers on a budget or flying economy, Melbourne Airport’s open-access lounges provide a comfortable pre-flight experience without the need for premium tickets. These lounges are particularly appealing during Melbourne’s bustling travel periods, offering an oasis of comfort amid the hectic travel schedules.

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