Airline: TigerAir Flight No. :TT503 Reg : VH-VNQ "Sarah" Aircraft: Airbus A320-232 Departure Sydney (SYD) : 3:30 PM Arrival Melbourne (MEL) : 4:45 PM Time : 01h 35m Distance : 713 km or 443 miles
This 2014 trip report starts with a bus ride as the train service was not operational due to planned trackwork on the Airport Line.
Printed boarding pass
Check-in opened 48hr before flight. Checked in for the flight and had the boarding pass printed before arriving in the airport.
RailBus to Airport
As rail work was ongoing, had to take railbus to Domestic Airport.
Heading up for Departure Terminal
Since I had my boarding pass and no check-in bag. Skipped the Check-in counters.
Towards security check
Security queue was short being early afternoon flight.
After the usual security check and off for some meal. As I was arriving in Melbourne in the evening had meal before boarding.
Airside view after having meal.
Walk towards boarding area
Flight was departing gate 36B
Towards bus gate 36B
Bus gate was allocated to the flight.
Waiting for bus boarding
Waiting for more passengers..
Bus ride to remote bay [video]
Boarding from rear stairs
Crew loading bags
Waiting for pushback [video]
Tiger bites Menu
Ready for pushback
Got a middle seat, hence no departure, arrival photos.
Inflight view [video]
Arriving in Melbourne Tullamarine
Had no check-in bag, walked to Terminal 3 to catch the SkyBus. Ticket was AUD$17 one way. Got a return for AUD $32
Skybus to Southern Cross station
Train Ride from Southern Cross station
Updated Myki card and off to the suburban train
Southern Cross Station[video]
Hope you enjoyed the trip, Thanks for reading.
End of trip
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I chose TigerAir as it was the cheapest flight to Melbourne at convenient time for me. Cabin was clean, flight was punctual. Being a short flight, lack of entertainment wasn't an issue. Sydney Domestic airport is easy to travel from city but the station access charges are too expensive for the distance travelled on public transport. Melbourne LCC Terminal was basic which served well for customers of TigerAir. Easy to navigate being a domestic terminal.
Melbourne doesn't have much choice in terms of transport. Either its a taxi /pickup service or skybus if someone does not have personal transport. Travel on Sydney - Melbourne route and return - to city and from airport is 1/2 the cost of one way flight.
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