Melbourne Tullamarine airport is located 25km north of the city.
A shuttle bus – Skybus – offers service from the airport to Melbourne city and operates 24/7, running every 10 minutes daily. Tickets are 1/3rd price of a taxi. Skybus also provides free transfer further to some hotels from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the service operates from 6am to 10.30pm Mon-Fri and 7am to 7pm Sat-Sun.
Skybus runs to St Kilda daily from 6am to 7pm.
+61 3 9335 2811
Airport taxis are available from the ground floor level outside all terminals.
Address: Departure Dr, Melbourne
Phone: +61 3 9297 1600
Unless you are a New Zealand citizen granted visa exemption on arrival (in most cases), you will need to obtain a visa prior to visiting Australia. Citizens of all European Union countries, as well as Andorra, Norway, Iceland, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Vatican City are eligible for an eVisitor visa, which can be applied for online. For citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea and Malaysia, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) entry permit is available, which can be applied for online and grants holders the right to enter Australia an ulimited amount of times for stays of no longer than 3 months per visit.
Citizens of all other world countries (with the exception of Somalia) are also able to apply for a visitor visa online. For more information, visit the official website of the Australian government's department of home affairs: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/lega/lega/form/immi-faqs/what-visa-do-i-need-to-visit-australia
Best Time To Visit
The best seasons to visit Melbourne are autumn (March - May) and spring (September to November). Since the weather and temperatures are the most pleasant, you will be able to explore the city on foot or by bike and enjoy the large array of outdoor activities.
Tram travel is free throughout all of Melbourne's city centre, with "free zone" limits clearly marked at tram stops and indicated on board the trams themselves. Fare payment is required outside the free tram zone, which is done by a chargeable "myki" travel card (works on trains, trams and buses), or - possibly a better alternative for short-term visitors - a "myki Explorer", a card that grants visitors unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in Melbourne for 1 full day. The "myki Explorer" also includes discounts on entry tickets to several local attractions, and may be purchased at Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station, PTV Hubs, and multiple hotels.
Metro trains cover the city centre and suburban areas with Flinders Street Station as the main hub and run from around 5am to midnight. There are 5 central stations: Flinders St, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.
Buses cover the whole city and suburbia, and run from 5.30am to 11.30pm, with several routes operating throughout the night.
There is a special Visitor Shuttle service stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city which runs daily (13 stops including National Gallery of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Aquarium and Docklands). Tourist information is provided on board.
Bike Share service is also available for those willing to explore the city by bicycle, first 30 minutes of use are free of charge but a small deposit is required. www.melbournebikeshare.com.au
You can also use the Yarra River as a means of transportation, where boat cruises, water taxis and even gondolas will take you on board. www.yarrariver.melbourne
It’s usually easy to find a cab in Melbourne. Taxis are metered. Here are two popular taxi companies:
Silver Top Taxi Services
+61 13 10 08
+61 13 22 27
Uber is commonly used www.uber.com.
Many of the pharmacies in city centre are open from 8.00am - 8.00pm or later. Two major pharmaceutical chains in Melbourne are Soul Pattinson and Amcal.
Amcal - Southern Cross Pharmacy
Southern Cross Station, Shop C8, 99 Spencer Street
+61 3 9600 0294
Mon to Fri: 7.00am-8.00pm
Demarte's Amcal Chemist
380 Lygon Street
+61 3 9347 6310
Shop 5, Lygon Court Shopping Centre
Carlton, VIC 3053
Mon to Fri: 9.00am-8.00pm
Soul Pattinson - Yarraville
+61 3 9314 4868
4/1 High St, Yarraville VIC 3013
Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Red colored post boxes for regular post, express post boxes yellow in color.
Australia Post (Head Office)
111 Bourke St, Melbourne
+61 13 13 18
Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-1.30pm
220 to 240 Volt, two flat pins, some with three flat pins
Country code: +61
Area code: 03