International Air Access to Melbourne
Melbourne Airport is the gateway to southern Australia with an average of 635 international flights operating every week to and from major destinations. 27 international carriers currently operate direct services to Melbourne.
See our guide to international flying times for more information or visit www.melbourneairport.com.au.
Flying within Australia
Melbourne Airport offers approximately 3,200 flights per week to and from major cities and regional areas around Australia. Five domestic airlines operate at Melbourne Airport, including Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia.
Ranked in the top five world airports for quality passenger service, Melbourne Airport offers a 24-hour single terminal precinct. With domestic and international services within the one building, transfers are quick and easy.
Melbourne's Integrated Public Transport
Myki is Melbourne’s smartcard ticketing system. With myki you can travel on all of Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. A myki can be purchased from train stations, some tram stops and bus interchanges, 7 Eleven stores, retail outlets and newsagents displaying the myki sign. A myki visitor pack containing a map, instructions for use, a myki card with enough value for one day’s travel in Zone 1 (the entire tram network) and discounts to various Melbourne attractions is also available for purchase from the Melbourne Visitor Centre.
For more information about public transport, including ticketing and planning your journey, visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au or call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily).
Metro Trains operates Melbourne’s metropolitan train network with 15 lines connected to the city centre. At the centre of the network sits the historic Flinders Street Station, opposite the attractions of Federation Square and close to Melbourne’s arts and sports precincts. Metropolitan train services normally operate between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 11pm on Sundays.
Yarra Trams operates the entire Melbourne tram network – one of the biggest in the world, with 248 kilometres of double track and 29 major routes. Metropolitan tram services normally operate between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, and 7am to 11pm on Sundays.
The Melbourne bus network comprises 24 bus operators, which run 285 bus routes servicing commuters, school students, major shopping centres, and leisure and sporting precincts across Melbourne. Melbourne’s bus network has a combined fleet of over 4,000 vehicles that travel around 70 million kilometres. http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/timetables/metropolitan-buses
City Tourist Shuttle
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is free and a great way to see Melbourne’s attractions. Hop on and off at stops to see city attractions such as Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Aquarium, Chinatown, Royal Botanic Gardens and more. The shuttle runs from 10am to 4pm daily. The trip takes approximately 50 minutes and includes informative onboard commentary. For more information visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au.
City Circle Tram
The free City Circle Trams travel the perimeter of the Central Business District every day between 10am and 6pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Extended hours of operation between 10am and 9pm occur on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during daylight saving time.
SkyBus is the express public transport link between Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station in the city, departing every 10 minutes directly outside Terminal 1 and 3. For further information visit www.skybus.com.au.
Melbourne's Nightrider Buses
NightRider buses travel from the city to the suburbs in the early hours of the morning, departing Swanston Street (between Collins and Flinders streets) hourly from 12.30am to 4.30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with connecting services to Crown Casino. Buses go to Bayswater, Belgrave, Craigieburn, Croydon, Lilydale and Dandenong.
Taxis can be hailed in the street if their sign is illuminated. Orange lights indicate that the taxi is not
for hire. Contact numbers within Australia are:
- Arrow 13 22 11
- CABS 13 22 27
- Black Cabs 13 22 27
- Embassy 13 17 55
- North Suburban 13 11 19
- Silver Top 13 10 08
- Dandenong Taxis +613 9791 2111
- Frankston Cabs +613 9786 3322
- West Suburban +613 9689 1144
Travelling to Regional Victoria
V/Line is Victoria’s largest regional transport operator and provides regional communities with rail and coach services. Inter-city services link major provincial cities, while frequent inter-urban services operate to Geelong, Ballarat, Kyneton, Seymour and Traralgon. For more information, visit www.viclink.com.au.