Melbourne has a privatised public transport system comprising trains, trams and buses. Trams are the main form of transport throughout the Central Business District and run up and down most main streets. Trains are the main mode of transport throughout the greater Melbourne area.
The best way to get around the Central Business District is to catch the City Circle Tram, a free service that runs around the perimeter of the CBD. There is an excellent map of the CBD and its main points of interest on the website.
Travelling away from the CBD, your choice is catch a tram or a train (although bus services do operate to most areas).
Metlink is the face of public transport in Melbourne.
A partnership of Melbourne’s train, tram and bus operators, Metlink provides customers with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information about services, fares and ticketing. Metlink is also responsible for introducing new way-finding signage across the network.
Using public transport in Melbourne is made easy thanks to the Metlink website and journey planner, customer call centre, timetables and user-friendly pocket guides.
Metlink’s services are provided on behalf of:
Metlink is also responsible for accepting customer feedback, tracking lost property, providing advice on new ticketing initiatives, instigating research, collecting data, collecting revenue, and managing a public transport think tank.
Metlink undertakes many promotions and activities. For more information, see:
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At no extra cost for SkyBus passengers, SkyBus can transfer you to your city hotel or motel from our city terminal using their fleet of mini-buses. The SkyBus Hotel Service operates during the following hours: Monday to Friday: 0600 - 2130 They do not operate this service on Christmas Day Arriving at Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine Departing Melbourne
Hassle-free transfers to your city hotel
What are the hours of operation?
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 0730 - 1730
What do I need to do?
At no extra cost for SkyBus passengers, SkyBus can transfer you to your city hotel or motel from our city terminal using their fleet of mini-buses.
The SkyBus Hotel Service operates during the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 0600 - 2130
They do not operate this service on Christmas Day
Arriving at Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine
Melbourne taxis are numerous and easy to spot – they are all uniformly yellow. As well, drivers must always wear a neat uniform and have an identity card on show at all times.
Hailing a cab
Cabs often wait in designated ranks that are clearly signposted at central locations like major hotels in the CBD, or busy spots such as Flinders Street Station. You can also hail a taxi in the street – if the rooftop light is illuminated, it means the taxi is available for hire – or book a taxi by telephone. Outside Melbourne, taxis widely operate in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo, with additional cabs at country towns throughout the rest of the state.
Melbourne has recently launched a number of 'taxi totems' around the city and in some regional centres, which will be lit and will make it easier to hail cabs and for cabs to notice you. The totems will feature your location name and the nearest cross street, a list of local taxi services and booking numbers including numbers for wheelchair accessible taxis and connections to train, tram and bus services where relevant.
Fares and surcharges
Taxi meters are usually clearly visible, so you can keep check of your fare. Late night taxi trips must be paid for in advance. Between 10pm and 5am in Victoria, the driver will ask you for an up-front deposit, based on a table of point to point estimates. You can use the fare estimator to work out what your up-front costs are likely to be. Melbourne cabs attract additional charges like a late night surcharge from midnight to 5am, a fee for phone bookings, a fee for using the Citylink freeway and even a fee for taxis waiting at the airport rank.
Melbourne's major taxi companies include:
· 13 CABS (13 22 27 – within Australia only)
· Arrow (13 22 11 – within Australia only)
· Embassy Taxis (13 17 55 – within Australia only)
· Silver Top Taxis (13 10 08 – within Australia only)