Most visitors base themselves in the city centre – the buzzing commercial heart of Melbourne that’s also home to museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops. Melbourne’s grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance. Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses are an easy way to see all the city’s best attractions, sporting venues, and shopping precincts.
Myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It’s a smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at the PTV website, premium train stations such as Flinders Street Station, retail outlets displaying the myki sign such as 7-Elevens, or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.
For flexible travel, buy a myki explorer pack from Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station (corner Swanston and Little Collins streets), SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1 and 2, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map, and discount entry to Melbourne attractions.
Melbourne’s metro trains run between the outer suburbs and Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop is Melbourne’s underground system, with five stations in the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street. Southern Cross is Melbourne’s hub for regional and interstate trains. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner.
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, visit Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne’s biggest attractors. For people travelling further afield, Victoria’s V/Line service gives access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state.
Outside of the Free Tram Zone, Melbourne has two transit zones (1 and 2), with a single price to travel across both. It is cheaper to travel in Zone 2 only. Train travel completed before 0700 hours on a weekday is free. For more information on ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
V/Line is Victoria’s regional train and bus provider, operating services across the state. Visit V/Line for timetables, maps and other information, if you plan to explore Victoria by train.
View the inner Melbourne map for an overview of tram, train and bus routes, parks, landmarks and attractions, bike paths and walking trains. Street and transport maps are also displayed on the wall at many train stations, at tram and bus shelters, and are available from visitor information centres.
Taxi and Rideshare
Melbourne taxis are easy to spot, as they display a lamp on the cab roof and most are painted yellow, silver or white. You can book taxi cab pick-up for a set location, or take one from a cab rank at signposted spots. You may also hail a taxi in the street/ If the rooftop lamp is lit, the taxi is usually unoccupied and available for hire.
Taxi metres are clearly visible, so you can keep check of your fare are you ride. Late night taxi trips must be paid in advance. Between 2200 hours and 0500 hours in Victoria, the driver will ask you for an up-front deposit, based on a table of point to point estimates. Use the fare estimator to work out what your trip is likely to cost. Melbourne cabs attract additional charges like a late-night surcharge from midnight to 0500 hours, a fee for phone bookings, a fee for using the Citylink freeway and a fee for taxis waiting at the airport rank.
Phone: 1300 9091 9422 (Airport transfers)
Phone: 03 9091 9440 (City transfers)
Silver Top Taxis Melbourne
Phone: 131 008
Phone: 9277 3877 – wheelchair accessible taxis
Phone: 13 2227
Rideshare trips with the Uber app are also increasingly popular in Melbourne. The app shows a fare estimate, the driver’s picture, vehicle details, and tracks on the trip on a map. Choose your ride and set your location. Payment is cashless, as you set your billing detailed with a credit card after you install the app. There are two tiers of pricing with Uber. UberX is the standard offering, while UberBLACK is the premium service at a higher cost. For a fare estimate, visit uber.com.
Travelling from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Taxis are a convenient way to travel from the airport to your destination. Taxis are available from designated taxi ranks only. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside Terminal 1 and between Terminals 2 and 3. You can also find taxi ranks located on the ground floor of the transport hub outside Terminal 4. A taxi fare into Melbourne CBD is approximately A$45. If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Melbourne, please refer to the contacts below:
You can request a ride from Uber when you arrive at Melbourne Airport from any of the following ubers: UberX, Uber Assist, Uber XL and Uber Black. When requesting any of the Ubers, you will be asked to confirm your terminal number. Be sure to meet your driver at the “Uber pick-up” area nearest to your terminal. A regular Uber (UberX) ride to Melbourne CBD costs approximately between A$40 to A$60. For more information on Uber in Melbourne, visit Uber.com.
Skybus Airport Express
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) is the primary airport serving Melbourne with four terminals handling domestic and international flights. SkyBus provides a reliable and affordable airport transfers to Melbourne City, Southbank and Docklands Precinct, St Kilda, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and surrounding bayside suburbs, Werribee and the western suburbs of Melbourne, Geelong and the surf coast.
Skybus City Express service operates 24 hours, seven days a week, including public holidays leaving at least every ten minutes during the day. There are a number of ways to purchase your Melbourne City Express tickets. You can purchase online, via the easy to use touch screen kiosks or in person at the ticket booths at Melbourne Airport. For more information and to purchase your ticket online, visit SkyBus Airport Express.
SkyBus runs express between Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Melbourne City. SkyBus Link (free city hotel shuttle) is complimentary with your SkyBus Melbourne City Express ticket. SkyBus Link offers transfers between Southern Cross Station and hotels in Melbourne’s city centre. Operating two routes with 12 convenient stops, SkyBus Link helps you jet to your destination fast. SkyBus Link operates 7-days a week between 0630 to 2000 hours. Visit SkyBus Link to find out the hotels they travel to.
Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Melbourne, Victoria, practices Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 0200 hours on the first Sunday in October and ends at 0200 hours on the first Sunday in April each year. During Daylight Savings Time, Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Climate and Clothing
Spring (Sept–Nov): 10°C-20°C (50°F-68°F)
Summer (Dec–Feb): 14°C-25°C (57°F-77°F)
Autumn (Mar–May): 11°C-20°C (52°F-68°F)
Winter (Jun–Aug): 7°C-14°C (45°F-57°F)
Generally, Australians are informal dressers. We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions. A light jacket is recommended for evenings. Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Convention, as some of these may require formal evening dress.
Let your tour of the city take in department stores and shopping centres, arcades and laneways and the flagship stores of edgy Victorian designers.
Melbourne Shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday until 2100 hours. The hours in the CBD and shopping centres on Saturdays are generally from 1000 to 1700 hours, and on Sundays from 1000 to 1900 hours.
Visit here for more information.
Visitor Information Centres
Wherever you go, drop by a local visitor information centre to help you get the most out of your stay in Melbourne.
Banking and Currency
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar is the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. The most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.
Banks and post offices open from 0930 to 1600 hours Monday to Friday. Business office hours are 0900 to 1700 hours Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.
Melbourne is renowned as a vibrant multicultural city with an exciting dining scene to match. A leader in food trends and dining experiences, Melbourne is surrounded by the highest quality natural produce and innovative chefs, evidenced in its diverse dining scene teamed with quirky bars, sophisticated venues and a renowned coffee culture. Melbourne provides an ever-changing feast for the senses with new restaurants and bars popping up around town. For inspiration about where to dine in Melbourne, visit here.
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is at your perogative; a reward of service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.
There is no vaccination required for entering Australia. However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate, you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information. More information can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.
For more information, see the ‘information for international Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website here.
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