Voted one of the most liveable cities in the world, it’s no surprise that getting around Melbourne has been made simple and convenient with the user in mind.
Melbourne has a fantastic array of travel options from a reliable public transport network to great roadways. As well as a range of transport options during the day, the city also has a night network which allows you to explore the city’s vibrant nightlife and get home safely every Friday and Saturday. Here we take a look at the ways you can get around Melbourne.
Public transport is really popular in Melbourne, being favoured by both locals and tourists alike. Trains, trams and buses are an easy way to see all of the best attractions the city has to offer.
Visitors in the city center are encouraged to make the most of the free tram zone. Operating every 12 minutes, the City Circle Tram covers major landmarks in the city and takes 48 minutes to complete the entire journey. It is a hop-on/hop-off service and also provides a historical commentary along the journey, making it a perfect way to see and learn about the city.
The free tram is restricted to a specific zone; however, the city does have a brilliant wider tram network which requires a ticket to ride. Visitors need to use a myki card – Melbourne’s all-in-one ticket option – to pay for their tram travel. You will need to load funds on to it when you purchase it and then it can be topped up at convenience stores and train stations after that. When used, the myki card will calculate the fare according to the zones you travel in. The trams also run to St Kilda Beach, Fitzroy and South Yarra and Prahran.
For those wanting to travel across the city or out to the suburbs, depending on where you are, the train can be one of the fastest options. It runs services from early morning into the evening and also uses the myki card to pay for your travel. Simply tap-on at the station and tap-off when you leave.
If you can’t get somewhere using the tram to train, the bus is here to help fill the gaps and get you to where you want to be. It can take you to some of Melbourne’s major hubs, top attractions and further afield.
If your itinerary is jam-packed, hiring a car could be the best option instead of relying heavily on public transport – which at peak times can be jam-packed with commuters. Whether it’s a family car you’re after or a convertible, there are a range of car hire companies in Melbourne to suit your needs.
You can drive in Australia with a foreign license for three months, as long as it is in English. If it isn’t in English, you will need to attain a translation document for your license, such as an International Driver’s Permit. Like everywhere, there are a few rules of the road you should make yourself familiar with before driving.
Whether you want to hire a car or use public transport, there is a way for everyone to get around Melbourne.