Aussie Millions Melbourne Travel
The city of Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is the hub of all things cultural – museums, galleries and theatres abound, but it is also home to some of the most exciting sporting events on the international sporting calendar – Australian Open Tennis, Super Fourteen Rugby, The Melbourne Cup horse Race, the first race of the Formula One season and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which hosts both test and limited overs international and domestic cricket.
Getting to Melbourne is not a problem, although international visitors must bear in mind that the distances travelled necessitates a mandatory stop in one of the Asian or Pacific hubs like Singapore, Malaysia Hong Kong or Auckland.
By Air – Melbourne has a large international airport situated about 15 miles out of the CBD – Melbourne International Airport. It has four terminals, terminal 2 being the international terminal. Fortunately all terminals are connected and can be reached easily on foot.
Taxis to the city normally cost in the range f $40 – $45, and the expected travel time is about 25 minutes. Skybus offers a 24 hours service to and from Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal on Spencer Street in the CBD. It is the fastest way to get into the city, taking approximately 20 minutes, as it uses dedicated public transport lanes. A single ticket will cost $15 and a return $25. There are two collection points at the airport – outside of Terminal 3, the Virgin Blue/Rex Terminal and in front of Terminal 1, the Qantas/Jetstar terminal. Tickets can either be bought at the terminal ticket desks, electronically or direct from the driver.
By Train – All rail services operate out of the Southern Cross Station which has expedient links to the rest of Melbourne’s public transport network. Countrylink offers a daily trip to Sydney (10 and a half hours) and Great Southern Railway connects Melbourne with Adelaide (10 – 11 hours). Cities within Victoria, including Geelong, Ballarat, Albury, Bendigo and Bairnsdale, are connected to Melbourne by V/Line which also has a bus service connected to its rail offerings.
By Boat – Ferries run daily between Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania. The travel time is 10 hours and the ferries depart every night at 9pm and arrive at their destination at 7am. There are day trips during peak summer departing at 9am and arriving at 7pm. Tickets vary according to the type of sleeping accommodation required, and the cheapest option is ‘seat only’ at $108 for adults and $82 for children. A cabin with bunks will cost about $187 for adults and &97 for kids. Expect a 25% increase during high season. Cars cost $59 all year round.