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At a glance

Mar-May
Sep-Nov
Best time to go
Autumn
Spring
14.1°C / 57.4°F
Current Weather
Partly Cloudy
More on weather
Wednesday
HRS
15
15
MINS
22
22
Current Time
GMT +10

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$200
  • Dorm bed: $23–40
  • Pizza, pasta or burger: $7–17
  • Central-city trams: free
Midrange
$200–320
  • Double room in a hotel: $130–250
  • Cafe lunch: $10–30
  • Public transport: $8.20
Top end (more than)
$320
  • Luxury hotel room: $250–1000
  • Top restaurant meal: $120–350
  • Tickets to Australian Open men's final: $410–660

When to go and weather

Getting to Melbourne

Most travellers to Melbourne arrive via Melbourne Airport, which is well connected to the city by shuttle bus and taxi. There are also interstate trains and buses, a direct boat from Tasmania, and two minor domestic airports nearby.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Melbourne

The best price found from United States to Melbourne is on September 19th, 2018, travelling with . See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $599.00
MEL
Melbourne Tullamarine

Getting around Melbourne

Melbourne's public transport is coordinated by PTV, which has an excellent journey planner on its website.

  • Train The fastest way to travel significant distances across the city.
  • Tram So very Melbourne, the city's trams criss-cross the city centre and extend through much of the surrounding suburbs.
  • Bus Fills the gaps left by the trains and trams but have to contend with traffic.
  • Taxi Taxis are regulated, metered and relatively easy to find. Uber also operates in Melbourne.
  • Car & Motorcycle Cars tend to be more of a hindrance than a help in Melbourne, as parking is difficult, roads are busy and public transport is good.

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