Melbourne city is a bustling and vibrant city full of culture, fashion, beautiful sightseeing, urban character and of course a reputable scene for cafes, bars and restaurants.
As a city that regularly features on the World’s Most Liveable list, Melbourne is an ever changing city full of things to see and experience. Every turn leads to another destination within the city from the Arts precinct to the river bank parks and gardens to the hidden thrills of Melbourne’s laneways.
Melbourne boasts a fantastic network of Public Transport including a regular water taxi service that runs along the Yarra River. Alternatively, most of the CBD is within walking distance which provides a great opportunity to admire the unique views of the city.
For more information on Melbourne you can visit the Visit Victoria website or when you arrive, visit the information centre located at Federation Square.
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Getting there and around
Transfers to the city to and from the airport
The following options are available to visitors arriving at the airport. For further details, please visit the Melbourne Airport website.
Melbourne’s taxis are a convenient way to get from the airport to your destination. You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks, unless you have pre-booked one. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside Terminals 1 and between Terminal 2 and 3. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor of the transport hub outside Terminal 4.
Skybus Express Bus Service
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. SkyBus runs express between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne’s city centre, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service takes approximately 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre. Buses run every 10 minutes from 6am to 11pm and every 15 to 30 minutes at other times.
At Melbourne Airport, SkyBus stops at Terminal 1 (Qantas domestic and QantasLink), Terminal 3 (Virgin, Regional Express and all international flights) and Terminal 4 (Jetstar and Tigerair domestic)
Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the bus stop or purchased online at www.skybus.com.au
On arrival at Southern Cross Station in the city, SkyBus provides a complimentary hotel transfer service, subject to availability, during the following hours: 6am-10.30pm on Monday to Friday; 7.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday (excluding Christmas day).
Note: SkyBus is not a myki ticketed service. To travel with SkyBus, you must buy a SkyBus ticket. V/Line tickets, free travel passes and concessions are not accepted by SkyBus.
For more information visit www.skybus.com.au
Melbourne Airport has six car rental companies located on site. All have offices on the ground floor of Terminal T1, T2, T3 car park, and information desks in the Melbourne Airport domestic terminals. Contact the companies direct for current rates.
|Avis||Within Australia: 13 63 33
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 1800
|Avis Melbourne Airport|
|Budget||Within Australia: 13 27 27
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6366
|Europcar||Within Australia: 1300 13 13 90
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6800
|Europcar Melbourne Airport|
|Hertz||Within Australia: 13 30 39
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 4044
|Thrifty||Within Australia: 1300 36 72 27
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6100
|Redspot||Within Australia: 1300 66 88 10
Outside Australia: +61 2 8303 2222
Perfect walking city
Melbourne is set in a compact grid layout, making it very easy to navigate by foot. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, cafés, shopping and attractions. The City of Melbourne provides informative walking maps and information that can be downloaded for free.
Public Transport in Metropolitan Melbourne covers two zones, Zone 1 and Zone 2, and includes a zone boundary overlap. Fares are based on the zones in which travel occurs, whether in a single zone or across both zones.
A myki card is used to pay for travel on trains, trams and buses. myki calculates the lowest fare according to which zone(s) you travel in. For example, if travelling from Southern Cross (Zone 1) to Belgrave (Zone 2), myki will charge a Zone 1+2 fare.
Myki Visitor Pass
The Visitor Myki has been developed for visitors and is available at Public Transport Victoria (PTV) hubs, the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre and many hotels, motels and backpacker accommodation providers. The Visitor Myki costs AU$14 and is pre-loaded with Myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1. Tram travel in Melbourne’s central business district and Docklands is free. Twenty-four-hour tram and train services will be introduced on Friday/Saturday nights in January 2016.
The Visitor Myki pack includes an inner Melbourne tram map, a Myki protective wallet and discounts to 15 attractions valued at more than AU$130.
Passengers can board trams at signposted stops displaying maps, route numbers and a timetable. Route numbers are also displayed on the front of the tram. Travel within the central area of Melbourne by tram is free, though you will need a myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of this central area. For more information on the area covered by the Free Tram Zone and a downloadable map, go to the Public Transport Victoria website.
Free Tram Zone
The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD was introduced on 1 January 2015, making it easier for commuters and tourists to move around the city. The principal boundaries of the Free Tram Zone are Spring Street, Flinders Street and La Trobe Street. Additionally, the tram routes along Victoria Street, William Street and Elizabeth Street that surround Victoria Market are also included as well as the Docklands area.
All stops within the zone are clearly marked and tram drivers will make regular announcements when approaching the zone boundaries. Zone boundaries are signed and free tram zone maps are across the network.
If your tram journey is exclusively within the zone, travel is free, meaning you do not need to touch on with a myki. If your journey begins or ends outside of the zone you must touch on with a valid myki when boarding the tram.
Free City Circle Tram
Operating every 12 minutes, the City Circle Tram travels the perimeter of Melbourne’s city centre, taking in many of Melbourne’s landmarks. Delegates can catch the tram at any of the specially marked stops on Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive or Spring Street. The City Circle route uses iconic W-Class trams, offering passengers an historical experience and commentary along the way.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne’s biggest attractions. For people travelling further afield, Victoria’s V/Line service gives access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state.
Melbourne Visitor Shuttle Bus – On the Melbourne Visitors Shuttle Bus delegates can hop on and off at any of the 13 key city locations including the Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Botanic Gardens and Chinatown.
RACV Melbourne Bike Share Scheme
Melbourne’s Bike Share Scheme allows users to hire one of 600 bikes at the 50 docking stations around the city centre.