Blog & Insights

Getting around in Melbourne

Melbourne is a vibrant multicultural hub with a rich social and cultural history. With experiences available for every taste and plenty of travel options at hand, the Victorian capital is a literal pleasure dome just waiting to be discovered. Now you have your accommodation all sorted, it’s time to work out how to get around your new home.

Ticket to ride

Want to jump on a train, tram or bus to explore town? Want a queue-free experience avoiding a ticket desk? Welcome to the land of myki. Myki is your plastic smartcard friend that lets you spend more time doing the fun stuff and less time worrying about how to make it happen. It couldn’t get any easier – simply tap on and tap off and you will never pay more than the cheapest possible fare. Myki will transport you to the city limits and beyond – take your pick from buses, trains and trams as well as V/Line trains and some regional buses. Be sure to apply for student ID and you immediately become eligible for a concession myki giving you 50% off travel and a $3 price cap at weekends. International students can also save up to 50% on Myki travel with a valid iUSE card. Manage your Myki online and the city is just waiting for you to get out and explore.

Planes, trains and automobiles

When you think of getting around in Melbourne, there really is only one way to travel. Synonymous with the city, Melbourne’s comprehensive tram system will not fail to disappoint. For completely free travel around the city jump on the City Circle tourist tram that loops the CBD every 12 minutes in both directions. Take in some of Melbourne’s finest attractions along the way like Parliament House and the Old Treasury Building and even catch a historical commentary as you go. It’s easy to spot the maroon and green heritage W-class trams, with specially marked stops dotted around the city. Trams run Sunday to Wednesday from 10am-6pm, extending to 9pm Thursday through Saturday. Once you leave the city centre, Melbourne is split into two zoned areas. Keep tapping your myki and you’ll be covered for every trip at the lowest calculated fare.

Big wheels

If you’re keen to explore further afield, there is an extensive network of trains and buses to get you to your destination. Metro trains run from Flinders Street Station to the outer suburbs, with Southern Cross Station the connection point for regional and interstate trains. For simply getting around town you can’t beat the city loop. Predominantly underground, the loop incorporates Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations as well as Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament. For travelling further afield, V/Line Trains will take you well beyond the city limits into regional Victoria. Melbourne’s bus network is equally as comprehensive and efficient connecting you to all major destinations. Grab your travel plan and your myki and you’re set to go. Wondering how to get to Uni? Use this handy travel guide to help plan your journey.

Freewheeling

Melbourne Bike Share offers the opportunity for visitors and locals alike to jump aboard a pair of wheels for next to nothing and cruise around this cycle-friendly city while soaking up the fresh air. For as little as $3 a day, or $8 a week you can enjoy unlimited 30 minute rides. Get yourself started by signing up at a kiosk to unlock your bike, wheel around town and simply re-dock the bike at the end of the ride. Too easy – just don’t forget your helmet.

Night travel

When the sun goes down in Melbourne, it doesn’t mean you have to head home. Trains regularly run until midnight during the weekday and Night Network delivers all night public transport on trains, trams and buses across the weekends.

Now there really are no excuses to stay at home…


By Jael Livingston

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