Hotels near Melbourne International Airport are connected to the city by shuttle buses and cabs, with the drive from to the CBD taking about 30 minutes. Also known as Tullamarine Airport, the gateway’s retail outlets offer everything from gifts and clothing to fashion accessories and books. The airport is served by several hotels with free transfers to and from the terminal precinct. The closest is the Hilton Airport Hotel, which is conveniently connected to the airport by a covered walkway. The hotel’s Bar Airo offers a panoramic view of arriving and departing flights along with a large screen television for watching sporting events.
Some hotels, like the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport Hotel – 500 meters from the airport – are equipped with soundproof windows assuring visitors a pleasant night's sleep. Four-hundred meters from the airport, Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport offers a comprehensive fitness center. The fashion outlet Essendon is just a 15-minute drive away. Located two kilometers away from the terminal travelers will find recreational and leisure facilities at the 4.5-star Mantra Tullamarine including a lap pool and sauna. Hotels near the airport are most convenient for travelers with odd flight times, as the Central Business District and all of Melbourne's main attractions are at least a 30-minute commute away.