Getting Around Melbourne
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 as 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.
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.
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.