Arriving in Hobart Airport, after an hour flight from Melbourne or Sydney, you’ll be at the southern-most capital city in Australia, with nothing but ocean waves between you and Antarctica. When planning your adventure in Tasmania, you may be wondering what to expect when you arrive at the airport.
Its charm makes it quite different from the larger airports in Australia:
Unlike most Australian airports in the capital cities, Hobart Airport caters mostly for domestic flights. At present, the only international flights go to the Antarctic!
The airport is one building with two terminals, however some domestic flights use the international terminal as well. All facilities are on one floor, with a central area for check-in: Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways gates are in the international terminal; Qantas and Jetstar gates are located in the domestic terminal.
Hobart Airport has signs to direct you to check-in and to your gates. It may be confusing, however, as many flights to and from Hobart are code-share flights. Currently, only Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger operate from the airport – but your ticket may show Air New Zealand, Etihad or even American Airlines flight numbers. Regardless of the flight numbers, you’ll check in with the airline that is actually operating your flight.
Hobart Airport closes overnight after the last scheduled flight.
Airline counters open for check-in 90 minutes before a flight’s scheduled departure. Arriving at the airport for your flight when the counters open allows plenty of time to make it through security and enjoy a cup of coffee before you board your flight.
Airport staff can provide help and directions if you need them. There is an information desk to the left of check-in. You can also call +61 3 6216 1600 for information, or email [email protected]
Current RenovationsHobart Airport is currently undergoing improvements to the runway.
Traveling To And From The Airport
Hobart’s airport is accessible by rental car, taxi and shuttle bus. The airport is about a 20 minute drive from the city of Hobart.
Several companies offer taxi service. Fares are usually $35 – 40 AUD one way to the city. You can pre-book taxis, but they are available on arrival.
The major rental car companies – Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty, plus local companies – have facilities at the airport. As Hobart is a relatively small airport, it’s best to reserve your vehicle in advance to be sure one will be available when you arrive.
The Tasmania Redline runs a shuttle bus to and from the airport. Shuttles can be found outside the domestic terminal after every flight; reservations are required for the return trip from your hotel to the airport. The cost is $17 AUD per adult one way.