Cheap flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles

Flight information Melbourne to Los Angeles International

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Average flight time, total distance 12786 kilometres

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Los Angeles International

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Which airlines fly from Melbourne to Los Angeles?

You can fly direct to Los Angeles from Melbourne with 3 airlines: Qantas, United and Virgin Australia.

Other airlines such as American Airlines, Delta and Singapore Airlines have 1 or more stops along the route, which can sometimes be cheaper.

How do I save money on a flight to Los Angeles?

Booking your flight tickets in advance can offer big discounts. Skyscanner Australia's research has found that 4 months ahead is the ideal time to book Los Angeles flights, with savings up to 13% on standard airfare. You can also search for flights by the cheapest month to travel.

Find the best times to book cheap flights from Melbourne.

Is there a time difference between Melbourne and Los Angeles?

Melbourne and Los Angeles observe Daylight Saving Time on different dates and in different directions, with LA being 17 to 19 hours behind depending on the time of year. Make sure you check the local time zone before you land.

What weather should you expect in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is slightly warmer than Melbourne for most of the year, although the seasons are reversed, meaning August is the hottest month at 24°C and December is the coolest at 14°C. Los Angeles is also a lot drier, with rainfall being uncommon between April and November.

How expensive is Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is a more expensive place to dine out than Melbourne, but there's no shortage of budget offerings too. You can avoid the expense of taxis by learning to get around on LA's extensive public transport system.


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Departing from Melbourne

Most flights to Los Angeles fly from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, the larger of Melbourne's 2 airports and the closest to the city. However, some Jetstar and Qantas flights leave from Melbourne Avalon Airport and connect in Sydney.

At Tullamarine, the terminal you need depends on who you're flying with. Virgin Australia uses Terminal 3, but most other airlines use Terminal 2. Low-cost carriers operate out of Terminal 4. All terminals are open 24 hours and have facilities such as ATMs and currency exchange, restaurants and duty-free shopping.

Tullamarine Airport is 23km from Melbourne, a 20 to 35-minute drive in good traffic. If you're driving on the Tullamarine Freeway, you'll need a CityLink pass.

Los Angeles arrivals

Los Angeles International, often referred to by its airport code LAX, is one of the busiest airports in the USA.

International flights arrive at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, unless you're on a connecting flight with a US airline that may use its own dedicated terminal. After you clear immigration and customs, you can get cash and a bite to eat before continuing to your hotel.

The airport is 32km from downtown LA, which can be a 20-minute drive in good traffic conditions. However, the taxi fare can be over US$100, so many people prefer to take a public bus or free shuttle transfer to the Metro rail service.

Find out more about Los Angeles Airport.

What ID do you need for this flight?

  • Australian nationals and citizens need to show a valid passport.

  • You also need to have applied for ESTA visa-free travel authorisation or a visa.

When should I arrive at the airport for my flight to Los Angeles?

Melbourne Airport recommends that passengers arrive and check in 3 hours before their scheduled departure.

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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.