Melbourne Accommodation

How to Get There

By Air:

Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) is 25km north of the city on the Tullamarine Freeway. It has both international and domestic terminals in close proximity, making transfers easy. Direct international flights arrive from Asia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. Check details on 03 9297 1600 or melbourneairport.com.au

Domestic flights arrive from all other Australian capitals and some regional centres, via Qantas and Virgin Australia. Check out www.travelonline.com for cheap flights .

To get to Melbourne City from the airport, Skybus operates every 15 minutes (30 minutes in off-peak times), all day, every day. Fares are $12 per person one way and $21 return. Children's fares are $5 one way and $10 return. Skybus drops you at Spencer Street station in the heart of the city, from where you have a choice of trains, buses, trams and taxis to take you to your destination. Skybus customers can take advantage of a free minibus service from Spencer St to hotels in the city area. If you have a return ticket to the airport, the minibus operates from your hotel to the airport as well. Skybus: 03 9670 7992 www.skybus.com.au.

Public buses, taxis and car hire are your other options for getting from the airport to the city. The information desk at the arrivals hall will help. If you have flown into Melbourne with Virgin Blue, you can get a special discounted car hire rate with Europcar.

By Sea:

You can arrive by ship into Melbourne. Station Pier is Melbourne's passenger terminal, only 10 minutes from the city. Call the Ports Division of the Dept of Infrastructure for more information on 03 9655 6541. Ferries to and from Tasmania also embark here.

By Coach/Bus:

Franklin Street is the location of the offices of all the major bus companies for regional and interstate travel. You can purchase tickets here or from a variety of travel agents. Check for details at Melbourne Coach Terminal on 03 9639 0634, or directly to the bus companies: Greyhound Pioneer 13 2030; McCafferty's 03 9670 7500; Murrays 13 2251.

By Train:

Long distance and intercity trains arrive at the superbly gothic Flinders Street Station. Located in the heart of the city, Flinders Street is an icon of Melbourne architecture and reminiscent of the grand railway stations of Europe. Depending on your destination, various train operators run the routes: Countrylink runs Melbourne-Sydney (www.countrylink.nsw.gov.au 13 2232); The Overland runs Melbourne-Adelaide, and on to Perth (www.gsr.com.au/overland 13 2147) and for country Victoria contact 2VLine (vline.vic.gov.au 13 6196).

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