It may be your first visit to Melbourne – or you may have been many times before – but it never hurts to know where the cheap (and sometimes free!) transport options are.  The good news is – if you are staying in one of our centrally located apartments, all options listed here are easy-access for you.

Airport to City Skybus

The Melbourne City Express operates 24/7, including all public holidays.  Running continually throughout the day (typically in 15-30-minute intervals), you’ll find the clearly-marked bus Skybus picking up from Terminals one, three and four.

Journey time to Southern Cross station (city centre) is approximately 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.

Find your way to our South Wharf, Southbank, Vue Grand or Flinders Wharf apartments by catching trams 96, 12 or 109 right out front of the station – all are within the free tram zone if you disembark at Batman Park and take a short stroll to the property from here.  If you feel like stretching your legs after your journey, it’s an easy ten-minute stroll down the hill to any one of these properties.

If you’ve booked a McCrae Street apartment, it’s also an easy ten-minute walk.

At only $18 one-way, the Skybus can be a far cheaper option than a taxi, especially if travelling on your own, or as a couple.

You’ll find more information, including the timetable here.

Take a free tram ride around the city

What better way to get your bearings in the city than taking a ride on Melbourne’s iconic tram (number 35)?  Hop aboard the free tram loop at any number of spots and it will take you past (and stop) at all the places you likely want to visit. It’s a simple, weather-proof and cost-effective way to have you take in the city without breaking a sweat, or getting wet.

Free City Tram Zone….and beyond

Melbourne’s CBD is covered by a free tram network – if you are getting on and off trams within the free tram zone, you don’t need to purchase an access card (called a ‘myki’).

If, however, you want to travel further afield (and, why wouldn’t you?), you can purchase a myki from any convenience store (typically clearly advertised in the window or counter) – it’s your access to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses.

International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki Explorer pack. The myki Explorer pack combines a ready-to-use myki card, visitor information and special offers all in one. It’s a great option for visitors who choose to explore Melbourne and regional Victoria by public transport.

Always remember to touch on and off your myki as you enter the paid area of a train station or board a tram (except if travelling exclusively within the Free Tram Zone) or bus.

You can find more details here.

Hop On, Hop Off Bus

Okay, it’s not free, but it is a great (and cost effective) way to get your bearings and cover the city’s highlight locations (with commentary) – and without the stress of working out tram connections or driving, especially if you’ve only got limited time in the city.  Book your tickets here.

Take the free bus to Chadstone Shopping Centre

If you’ve come to Melbourne to shop, you’ll find everything – and we mean everything you need – at Chadstone Shopping Centre.

Known colloquially as “Chaddy” – the centre has a special place in the hearts of Melbournians and is now a destination for shoppers the world over.  With 500 stores, Chadstone welcomes over 20 million customers a year.  Having undergone an upgrade in 2016, the centre now boasts a new state-of-the-art HOYTS Cinema Complex and extensive food option to become a one-stop experience location.

The best bit?  The Centre offers a free shuttle bus from the city to Chadstone return.  Book here.

Bike Hire

For the more active, you can rent a bike!  With more than 25 rental stations in the CBD, it’s as simple as one, two and three – Unlock, Ride and Dock.

Helmets are now provided as a courtesy with blue bikes – simply place your helmet on the bike upon completion of the ride.

You’ll find all you need to know here.

Water Taxi

If you are staying at one of our properties based along the Yarra River, hiring a water taxi can be a fun and unique way to get to your destination.

Melbourne Water Taxis offer a limousine-style service, seven days a week, day and night, rain or shine, with tailored pick-up and drop-off at suitable landing points along the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers.

Whilst they can tailor their service to cater for specific occasions, they also run a regular service between Southgate and Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park and the MCG for major events such as the Australian Open Tennis, concerts, Rugby and AFL matches.

Click here for more detail.


If you are really looking to arrive in style, what better way than in your own chopper?!

Microflite Helicopter Services operate the largest helicopter fleet in Victoria and leave from a helipad right out front of our Flinders Wharf apartment building.  Charter flights can escort you to Flemington Racecourse, the Grand Prix, to Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula wineries, the Apostles or take you on a flight over the CBD.

Click here for more detail.

Other Options

  • We recommend you call Andy on 0411795293 – he organises a driver to be where you need, when you need it. He’s been a reliable provider to us for some time.
  • Flag down or order a cab – 13CABS (132227).
  • Download the Uber app and simply book a vehicle with the press of a button on your phone.

There’s no shortage of ways to move around this fabulous city.  We encourage you to make the most of the free options available.

Where to stay?

With us of course!  Melbourne Holiday Apartments offer a range of self-catering apartments in select locations around the CBD – all within the free tram zone and within easy access to all the city has to offer.  Contact our friendly staff or make a booking directly from our website for the best deal.  Click here to book with us.


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