Melbourne buses are a convenient and low cost way to get around Melbourne every day of the week.
One of the main advantages of using a bus to get around Melbourne is that they can travel to locations that the tram and train system cannot. This makes them one of the most convenient modes of transport.
Melbourne Buses – Airport Shuttle, Transfers to City & Tourist Bus
Tickets for the bus system are purchased by way of a Myki Card. This is a reusable smart card which you can load with cash to travel on Melbourne’s train, tram and bus networks. You can get a Myki from a ticket machine at the station or from the customer service counter. Your Myki card needs be “touched on” once you are on the bus and “touched off” as you depart the bus at your destination.
There is also a the Skybus which is an airport transfer bus that travels from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) into the city 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (including public holidays). There is also a St Kilda express service which bypasses the city and travels direct between the airport and St. Kilda.
The Skybus departs from the Tullamarine Airport International and Domestic Terminals around every 10 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes in off-peak times and travels to Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne CBD. You can purchase your tickets online or just turn up and buy your ticket then and there. Each Skybus has free WiFi and you can present your ticket on mobile.
Melbourne has also a tourist bus shuttle service for all visitors to the city. This hop-on and hop-off shuttle is popularly known as the ‘Melbourne Visitor Shuttle’. The bus stops at a number of locations that include the major tourist attractions around the city. Some of the popular bus stops include the Arts Precinct, Sports Precinct, Federation Square, Chinatown, the Museum district, Carlton Gardens and the Queen Victoria Market. Other stops also include Waterfront city, riverfront stops, and the Botanic Gardens that includes the Shrine.
You’ll enjoy free commentary on the bus; this pre-recorded commentary gives passengers interesting information about the major Melbourne city attractions.
The bus runs every 15 minutes daily from 10am to 4pm, with every passenger receiving a coloured map with details of the stops along the route. Visitors should consider taking the bus early in the day, as it is often crowded during the peak times.