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Transportation in Melbourne


Melbourne is a city designed for sightseeing on foot, and it has the climate to boot. Provided you're of moderate fitness, you should be able to get just about everywhere, except St Kilda, by foot.


The bus network is designed to complement Melbourne's train and tram networks. Services are concentrated in the outer suburbs and it's unlikely that visitors will need to use them. Bus tickets can also be used on trams and trains. The privatised Skybus links the city and the airport.


Melbourne's taxis are plentiful and canary yellow. Taxi drivers are supposed to sit a test but if your destination is out of the ordinary, the chances are you'll be giving them directions.

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You’ll have to drive on the left in Melbourne, but with wide roads, a grid layout and clear signs, driving is a breeze. There’s no shortage of parking spaces, either on the street by parking meters or in one of the city’s car parks.

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Transportation tips

Public Transport Victoria tickets are valid from two hours to a day or week/weekend combinations but it's useful to note that by the end of 2012 the myki reusable smartcard system will have been fully introduced. The system is zoned, but most visitors will only need to buy a Zone 1 ticket. The tickets can be used on all public transport services. Users are encouraged to pre-buy their tickets (they're available online), although a limited range is available on trams and buses. Remember to start collecting coins for the tram ticket machines.

Public Transport Victoria website

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