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Getting around Melbourne

Public transport

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) (tel: +61 3 9662 2505; integrates rail, tram and bus services. With one of the largest tram networks in the world, over 300 bus routes and a comprehensive rail network including a metro ring route, travelling across the city is straightforward.

Myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses. It's a smartcard that can be topped up and re-used. It’s available online ( or at main train stations and retail outlets displaying the myki sign.

Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs and for travelling further afield, Victoria's V/Line service provides access to regional towns.

Melbourne's metro trains run between the outer suburbs and Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop, which is Melbourne's underground system, has five stations across the CBD including Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street.

Tram travel is a pleasant way to explore the city and the inner suburbs of Richmond, St Kilda and South Yarra. Trams share road space on most Melbourne thoroughfares.

The new Night Network (tel: +61 3 9658 9658; provides 24-hour transport (trains, trams and buses) on weekends, and a 2am coach service along certain routes.


Yellow taxis can be hired if the rooftop light is illuminated. Book by telephone, or hail one on the street or at train and bus stations. Recommended taxi firms include Silver Top (tel: +61 3 8413 8111) and 13 CABS (tel: +61 3 9329 6377).

Fare meters should be easily visible and additional charges may apply for phone bookings, airport pick-ups or late night fares. Expect to pre-pay part of your estimated fare between 1000-1700. Tipping is not expected.


Driving around Melbourne is fairly straightforward with wide two- or three-lane roads. Note that trams will often share the road and special road rules exist to accommodate them. Tolls are charged on some Melbourne roads, including the CityLink freeways and Eastlink. The peak hours on weekdays are: 0700-0930 and 1630-1900.

Car hire

The minimum age for car hire is 21 years, but the majority of car hire companies require drivers to be aged over 25 in order to hire a car. Generally, you must use a credit card. Compulsory third-party insurance is required in Victoria and this is often included in the hire price.

Major car hire companies include Avis (tel: +61 3 9204 3933;, Budget (tel: +61 3 9203 3933; and Hertz (tel: +61 3 9663 6244;

Bicycle hire

Melbourne’s terrain is relatively flat and bicycle paths wind through the city and suburbs. For maps of rides and trails, contact Bicycle Network (tel: +61 3 8376 8888;

Melbourne Bike Share (tel: 1300 711 590, in Australia only; lets you borrow and return bikes at docking stations across the city. Check the website’s bike share map for details including paths, docking stations and helmet outlets.

Bike operators include Rentabike, Federation Square (tel: +61 3 9654 2762; and BikeNow, 240 Kings Way, South Melbourne (tel: +61 3 9696 8588;

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Grand Hyatt Melbourne

This central and luxurious hotel has spacious rooms with inviting king-size beds and cool Italian marble bathrooms. Each room sports a sterling city or river view. The top floors are set aside for Executive Suites, which have superior views and allow guests to access the relaxing Grand Club Lounge. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness club, cafe, food court, bar and round-the-clock business centre.

Grand Hotel Melbourne

True to its name, this whisper-quiet hotel is housed in a magnificent former railway building. The first bricks of the building were laid in 1887 and it served as the railway department headquarters for donkey's years. Located near Spencer Street station, these days it has plush red Pullman carpets in the suites and corridors long enough to drive a train down. This heritage-listed building is one of the most impressive hotels in Melbourne.

Miami Hotel, Melbourne

Located in West Melbourne, with the North Melbourne shopping village close by, Miami Hotel has great facilities for the budget conscious traveller, including wireless broadband, internet kiosks, and free off-street parking. The hotel specialises in group bookings and is described as clean, basic, warm and comfortable through several user reviews.

The Langham

Elegant refined warm and welcoming describes the ambience and room decor in this five star SouthBank Promenade located hotel. The Langham is ideally located on the banks of the Yarra (with stunning views across the river) and features all the best Melbourne has to offer right on its doorstep. With a Chuan Spa exercise facilities and a noteworthy restaurant – The Melba – there is much to savour at The Langham.

Hotel Ibis Melbourne

A reliable budget option located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, Hotel Ibis boasts 121 rooms with comfortable, contemporary and primarily functional interiors. A buffet-style breakfast is served every morning, alongside a 24-hour "Grab it and Go" menu. The hotel also features a fitness centre and an LCD TV in every room.

Claremont Guest House

On the doorstep of trendy Chapel Street, the Claremont Guest House is one of the best cheap hotels in Melbourne. With 24-hour reception, bright and airy rooms, guest laundry facilities, and TVs and phones in each room, you're sure to enjoy your stay. Just 10 minutes from the CBD, and with public transport near the front door, you're never far from the action. It's perfect for the budget traveller with dormitory rooms and shared bathrooms.