Getting there & away
The long-distance bus terminal in the city centre is at the Southern Cross Railway Station (9619 2587; Spencer St, Melbourne). Skybus (9335 2811; www.skybus.com.au) airport buses also operate from here. Greyhound (13 14 99; www.greyhound.com.au) and Premier (13 34 10; www.premierms.com.au) both have daily services to/from Sydney ($74, 13 hours), stopping at towns along the way. Firefly (1300 730 740; www.fireflyexpress.com.au) also services Melbourne.
Long-distance trains also operate to/from Southern Cross. Victoria’s V/Line (13 61 96; www.vline.com.au) runs train services between Melbourne and regional Victoria, but also offers an economy service to Adelaide ($83, 11 hours) and Canberra ($63, 10 hours).
The Spirit of Tasmania (1800 634 906; www.spiritoftasmania.com.au) sails between Melbourne and Tasmania at 8pm nightly year-round, departing from Port Melbourne’s Station Pier and the Esplanade in Devonport – both arrive at around 7am.
Most of the major airlines have direct international flights to Melbourne Airport (www.melair.com.au) in Tullamarine, 22km northwest of the city centre.
Melbourne is well-connected to all capital cities in the country and many regional centres as well. Carriers include Qantas (13 13 13; www.qantas.com.au), Jetstar (13 15 38; www.jetstar.com.au), Virgin Blue (13 67 89; www.virginblue.com.au), QantasLink (13 13 13; www.qantas.com.au) and Regional Express (Rex; 13 17 13; www.regionalexpress.com.au). Jetstar also offers flights from Avalon Airport (www.avalonairport.com.au) near Geelong.