Going About Melbourne

31 Mar

Most people would say that in Australia, just like in the United States, it is a must for you to have a car to be able to go around. While this may be true if you need to go outback or places along the countryside, I believe that in Melbourne, you don’t really need one. As my husband says, you just need to familiarize yourself with different kinds of public transportation.

If you find Singapore taxi fares expensive, in Melbourne, it is even more expensive, almost about double. So taxi is not really the way to go. If you really want to go by car, you can opt to rent out a car instead from rental companies like Budget. My husband and I do that, renting a car for the day if we are in the mood for driving around.

But the more practical way to go (and if you want to avoid rush hour traffic or having to drive around stressful tram roads) is through public transportation. Metcards or Myki cards can be purchased for 2-hour durations for travel on public transport. These cards are based on travel duration and do not work like those in Singapore, where travel fare is calculated based on entry and exit points per ride. And yes, these can be used on any of the three modes of public transport in Melbourne – buses, trains or trams.

Did I mention trams? Yes TRAMS. Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world that operates trams, and this is one of the things I love about the city. I’m not sure why I love trams so much. Personally, I think a tram ride is a more relaxing and eco-friendly way to travel. (A side note though, in my opinion, Swiss trams are still much better than the ones here in Melbourne. Just my opinion 🙂 ).

City Circle Tram

Trams in Melbourne

Public transport is quite expensive though, especially for short term rides. That’s why most commuters opt to buy long term passes. For tourists, however, there is a City Circle tram and a few buses that go around Melbourne CBD for free.

To know more about commuting around Melbourne, you can check out the Metlink website: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/

For info on tickets and fares, click on the link below:

http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/fares-tickets/metropolitan-fares-and-tickets/myki/

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