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Melbourne - Arrival

 
 
Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport is 22km northwest of the city on the Tullamarine Freeway; the Skybus service (from the airport every 30min between 6.40am and 11.40pm, then hourly until 6.40am; $11; tel 03/9662 9275) will take you to the Melbourne Transit Centre (Greyhound Pioneer Bus Terminal), the Spencer Street Railway Station and Bus Terminal, Town Hall and Exhibition Street (the night services between 12.40am and 4.40am run to the Town Hall only). On weekdays (7.40am-4.10pm), Saturday (8.10am-12.40pm) and Sunday (1.40-5.30pm), the bus driver will drop you off at most city hotels on request. A taxi from the airport costs around $30 to the city centre, $40 to St Kilda.

 

Greyhound Pioneer buses arrive at the Melbourne Transit Centre on the north side of the city centre at 58 Franklin St, whereas McCafferty's, Firefly and V/Line use the Spencer Street Bus Terminal on the west side. Spencer Street Railway Station nearby handles country and interstate trains. Some hostels pick up from these terminals, as well as from the Tasmanian ferry terminal.

About 4km southwest of the city centre, the ferry terminal is served by the #109 tram to Collins Street in the CBD. Skybus also runs a service to ferries to Tasmania which dock at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, departing from Melbourne Transit Centre at 3.45pm, and from Spencer Street Railway Station and Bus Terminal, bus bay #45, at 4pm ($4.40); Spirit of Tasmania sails year round (departures Mon, Wed and Fri evenings), while Devil Cat operates between December and April (daily departures during peak season, four per week at other times).

 
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