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    Tourist shuttle

    by muratkorman Written Aug 15, 2009

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    The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is another great free service. It stops at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city. There are 13 designated stops and you can hop on and of at any of them. The shuttle runs daily every 30 minutes from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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    City Circle Tram

    by muratkorman Written Aug 15, 2009

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    This free tram makes a circle around Melbourne covering most of the major attractions on its route. The route is along Flinders Street, Spring Street, La Trobe Street and Harbour Esplanade. The stops of the tram are marked with City Circle sign. There is audio commentary explaining details of city landmarks and major attractions along the way. With the help of this tram, you can visit many of Melborne attractions very conveniently. Tram runs in both directions every 12 minutes between 10 am and 6 pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10 am to 9 pm from Thursday to Saturday.

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    Skybus from/to Melbourne Airport

    by muratkorman Written Aug 14, 2009

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    Skybus is the most convenient and reasonably priced transportation you can get from Melbourne Airport to city and vice versa. Just on the exit you will see the booth where you can get your ticket. One-way fare is 16 AUD and return trip costs 26 AUD. There are also other family packages which allow more savings. It operates 24/7 including public holidays so no worries as Aussies say. The trip takes about 20 minutes to Southern Cross Station. At that point, you indicate your hotel name and you will be transferred into a smaller shuttle which will drop you in front of your hotel. On the way back, all you need to do is to ask hotel staff to make a reservation for your return and they will arrange everything.

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    Quick and Easy flight with Virgin Blue

    by amandajayne81 Written May 9, 2009

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    We flew down to (and also home from) Melbourne with Virgin Blue from Brisbane. I had never flown with this airline before. Our flights booked several months earlier cost about $250 each which according to some friends who fly this route often this was quite reasonable (they usually estimate about 300 unless they get bargain fares).

    Very pleasant crew and people at the check in counter. Nice easy flight no problems. They even suggested we would prefer an exit window seat for which my fiance was quite pleased about.

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    Budget Rent a car / Free flow tolling in Melbourne

    by amandajayne81 Written May 8, 2009

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    We rented a car from Budget which cost us about $200 for the two days. The staff at the airport were extremely helpful and the website which I booked through easy to navigate. Our only concern was the E-tag for the free flow tolls that I had brought with us from Queensland didn't always work so that was a bit of a hassle to get sorted out once I returned. Mind you this was of course in no way Budget's fault. You can just buy day passes for the tolls up to three days after you drive through. Ask when you rent your car.

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    Taxis

    by clueless83 Written Mar 3, 2009

    We were stranded in St Kilda late one night with no one other than a crazy old man for company. We were looking for a tram but none came along and ended up getting a taxi. I always feel uncomfortable in taxis and the ride back from St Kilda was no exception, but it was either that or walking.

    I don't remember how much it cost now but the taxi driver wanted our business again and offered to take us to the airport when we left Melbourne. We politely took his business card but we didn't give him a call when the time came.

    Taxis are fine but keep your wits about you as you would getting taxis elsewhere.

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    Airport to City

    by clueless83 Written Mar 3, 2009

    We were recommended by our travel agent to take the Skybus from the airport to our hotel.
    The buses are red and easy to spot and there's a booth right outside the airport doors where you can buy your ticket. I seem to remember being told they don't accept small change at the ticket booth (no silver coins i think) so bear that in mind.

    The bus then takes you to a bus depot where you then transfer to a smaller bus which takes you to your hotel. The buses were fairly regular so it didn't take us too long to get there.

    See website for more details.

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    The trouble with trams

    by clueless83 Written Mar 3, 2009

    Everyone raves about the trams in Melbourne and yes, they are unique in the fact that not every city has one but my experiences with the trams weren't the best.

    The first tram we took, we had no idea where we were going but knew we wanted to get to St Kilda, we didn't understand the ticket machine and we had no idea what our stop looked like. Luckily we asked other peoples advice and got there in the end. When it came to getting a tram back from St Kilda we waited and waited but none arrived so we ended up getting a taxi instead.

    On our second experience of catching the tram we thought we'd hop on the free one that goes around the city. It comes every 10 - 12 minutes I believe so we had plenty of time to get where we needed to be. We waited. And waited. 12 minutes passed. Then 15. No free tram anywhere, so we ended up having to leg it halfway across Melbourne to catch our tour bus in time!

    I think the final tram ride we took to Federation Square was the only one that went well because we were able to amble along at our own pace. By all means take a tram but don't rely on it if you're in a hurry.

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    City Circle Tram

    by Susumarie Written Jan 18, 2009

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    There are trams that operate throughout the Melbourne metro area, but the City Circle Tram is a free service operating basically in a rectangularly route around the city center along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Sts. There are routes going both directions, and supposed to be by every 12 minutes.
    This is a very decent and noble setup, however, we never found it to work out. The first time we tried it out, we waited more than 12 minute with nothing coming by, and nothing in site, and decided we were better off walking -- and were quite happy seeing the sites. The next time we tried it, we actually waited it out, as we were going to the furthest reaches of the city and were trying to save time, but when a tram finally came by, there were so many of us cramming on, and as soon as the doors squeezed us closed, an announcement came that the tram was NOT going to the Docklands, which made a huge cry come out (and unloaded most of the tram at the next stop). I don't understand where that tram could have been going if they are all going in a rectangle, but...
    When we wanted to leave the Docklands and return to the other opposite corner, we stood at the tram stop for over 15 minutes with no tram in site -- and we had some place to be -- so we decided to start walking the route. No tram came by. Don't understand where the 12 minutes went to. We finally strayed off the tram route THEN one went by! What can you expect for free, I suppose.
    Like I say, it is a nice jesture, but don't count on it for TRULY getting around.
    The trams operate everyday (except for Christmas and Good Friday -- being Catholic, I find that amusing) from 10 am - 6 pm

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    Gray Line Bus Tour to Phillip Island

    by Susumarie Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    Before leaving for Australia, I had looked into tours to Phillip Island, and they all seemed to be a couple hundred dollars. This one did not start until 1:30, but I thought that was more than enough time, and the price was much more reasonable.
    Our trip included a stop at Churchill Island for "tea" (at our own expense, repeated repeatedly by our bus driver); we then went to the Koala Conservation Center, a wonderful spot (see my comments on it); followed by a stop in Cowes for dinner (at our own expense, repeated repeatedly by our bus driver...). Then we took the back road to the penguin visitor center, where we could pick out the penguin burrows and at times, see babies peaking out, looking for mama. Then, to the penguin parade itself.
    On the drive up, the driver gave us a history of everything (many things we didn't want to know about, such as Joy's Cafe(?) and Heavenly Pancakes (?), but also, there was a video to give us insight to the penguins, which is very good information. Coming home, there is a movie to entertain those who would be entertained by such, and good sleeping material for the rest...
    Many things I pay for on holiday seem costly, but I thought this was a pretty good value. I paid AU$10 extra for the premium seating, which got us away from the crowds, and when the penguins came in, they were close enough to touch. As we walked back up the boardwalk, we could stop and watch them waddle right next to us. WELL WORTH the extra -- and that included a "complimentary drink". (And as we were freezing, a hot cup of coffee, which cost $4.50 otherwise, was quite a nice compliment!)
    THOSE COMING IN BY AIRPLANE: Be sure to go through the flyers at the airport; we got quite a few good coupons while waiting for our van to the hotel; one was a 10% off coupon for this tour, quite a nice topper to the evening.

    Stopover in Cowes Stopover in Cowes Stopover in Cowes Bus driver in background
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    Flinders Street Station

    by cheerssweetie Written Jan 17, 2009

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    This is Flinders St Station. You can catch a train from here to suburban Melbourne. It is a Melbourne Icon and is known by everyone in Melbourne.

    However if you wish to travel interstate or country Victoria you will need to catch a train to Spencer St Staion.

    You will find this icon on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Sts Melbourne - Federation Square is opposite and the photo is taken across the road outside St Pauls Cathederal.

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    RED SKYBUS - Tullamarine Airport to City/Hotel

    by cheerssweetie Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    Skybus Super Shuttle is excellent value if you a travelling alone and need transportation to the city and or a city hotel. AUD$16.00 one way

    Please Note: When there is two or more of you it works out cheaper per person to catch a cab/taxi.

    The Skybus is leaves outside the domestic and international Terminals every 10-15 minutes during the day.

    The trip takes approx 20minutes from the airport to the city - Spencer St Station. From Spencer St Station you will be transferred to smaller shuttles to take you to your hotel. The smaller shuttles are right where the bus parks so no long walks.

    Tickets can be purchased from the booths located outside the main exits of the terminals. Alternatively you may pre-purchase you tickets online through www.skybus.com.au
    Tickets are available for use for 3 months after purchase date.

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    Trams

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 9, 2008

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    A tram is a really nice way to get around Melbourne. It's not the quickest way around and I would try to avoid it during peak business times. Note that the onboard ticket machines only take coins - not notes. You can buy a day pass for about $6.50. Timetables are posted at all tram stops.

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    QF leaving Australia QF 93 MEL to LAX

    by cochinjew Written Nov 2, 2008

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    some may prefer the demure ladies of Asiatique Airlines, others the teutonic regimentation of Lufthansa, but I prefer Qantas, our national airlines.
    On this last flight, food was nothing short of fantastic; the selection of wines carefully done, a flute of DOM as you come into the plane.. attentive service and you carry australia with you a little longer..

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    Avalon Airport [AVV]

    by xuessium Written Nov 2, 2008

    It calls itself Melbourne Avalon Airport but near Melbourne it is not.

    It is about 1 hour away by bus from Melbourne city....compared to just 20 minutes for Tullamarine Airport, the main International Airport in Melbourne.

    In fact, it is closer to the city of Geelong, gateway to the Great Ocean Road.

    It is a small airport, which some bunkers doubling up as Arrival and Departure Halls. Very no-frills. In the Arrival Hall, a conveyor belt, a vending machine, toilets and some counters offering transport options more or less complete the picture.

    Only Jetstar uses this airport.

    Sunbus connects Avalon Airport to Southern Cross Train Station in Melbourne City for A$20 1 way, circa Oct 08.

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