Getting around and enjoying Melbourne

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Victoria is not only a great place to study, live and work, Melbourne is among the developed world’s least expensive cities in terms of cost of living, while at the same time offering an excellent quality of life – making it one of the world’s most livable cities.

Victoria, Australia, has something for everyone. It's a friendly place: art on street corners, tree-lined boulevards and parklands that extend right into the heart of the city. A unique tram system makes it easy to get around. For information on what’s on in Melbourne and up to date coming events follow the link:

The City of Melbourne has produced a guide to help international students settle into the Melbourne way of life. Click to download the guide here: International Student Guide 2011


Public transport

Australia has plenty of transport options to get you around town or across the country. Australia’s public transport system is comparably safe and affordable (in some cases, it’s even free). Depending on where you live it can include trains, buses, trams and ferries. You can buy tickets at train stations, ferry wharves, at newsagencies or onboard buses and trams.


For bus, train and tram timetables, maps and fares go to Metcards allow you to travel on any and all Melbourne bus, train and tram services, even if you transfer from one to another.

Train: Suburban trains are faster than trams or buses, but they don’t go to many of the inner suburbs. Flinders St Station is the main suburban terminal. During the week, trains start at 5am and finish at midnight.

Bus: Generally, buses continue from where the trains finish, or go to places, such as hospitals, universities, suburban shopping centres and the outer suburbs, not reached by other services.

Tram: Melbourne’s trams cover the city and inner suburbs. Tram stops are numbered from the city centre. There are also ‘light rail’ services to some suburbs which run along disused rail lines. Remember to look out for cars when getting off trams.


Your safety is our priority

Student health, safety and wellbeing and is a priority at ATMC for all students. Melbourne is a great place in which to live. Like any other large city, however, it is important that you consider your health, safety and wellbeing at all times. Please take the time to download and read our student safety tips.