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Melbourne Visitor Shuttle


Explore the city on board the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle. Be taken to bustling markets, cultural precincts, lush gardens, shopping arcades and sporting stadiums.

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The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to explore inner city Melbourne. Make use of the free Wi-Fi on your journey while you listen to the audio commentary that shares stories of our city's past and present. Take your time; tickets are valid from day of purchase till end of the following day.

Ticket information

Cost: $10 for up to two days, children under 10 are free.

Tickets are valid from day of purchase (or day validated if purchased over the counter or online) until the end of the following day.

Buy tickets from any of the following locations:

Getting around

The shuttle operates daily *(except on the days noted below), departing every 30 minutes. The first service leaves Stop 1 at 9.30am and the last at 3.45pm. The full trip takes approximately 90 minutes.

*The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle service does not operate on the following days in 2015:

  • ANZAC Day – 25 April 2015
  • Run Melbourne – 26 July 2015
  • Grand Final Parade – 2 October 2015
  • Melbourne Marathon – 18 October 2015
  • Melbourne Cup Parade – 2 November 2015
  • Christmas Day – 25 December 2015

Tickets purchased the day before one of the above listed shuttle closure days, when the shuttle does not operate, will be valid until the last service the day after the closure day.

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle route

There are 13 stops where you can hop on and hop off. Each point of interest is only a short walk or tram ride away. Download the shuttle route brochure (PDF 3.2MB) or pick up a copy at any of our visitor information services. 

From the Melbourne Visitor Centre and the Melbourne Visitor Booth, the closest stop to board the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is Stop 2 – Federation Square.

Stop 1 Arts precinct
Step off here for plays, pictures and performances.

  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • NGV International
  • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Southbank Theatre

Stop 2 Federation Square
Step off here for visitor services, culture and art.

  • Melbourne Visitor Centre
  • Federation Square
  • Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • Birrarung Marr and William Barrack Bridge
  • Federation Bells
  • Flinders Street Station
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Hosier Lane

Stop 3 Sports precinct
Step off here for stadiums, legends and gardens.

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • National Sports Museum (in the MCG)
  • Melbourne, Olympic and AAMI parks
  • Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, Cooks' Cottage, Fairies Tree, Model Tudor Village and historic Conservatory.  

* Note that this stop is not in service on MCG event days. A temporary stop on Lansdowne Street (next to Fitzroy Gardens), operates on all event days listed in the table below.

April May June July August
11 April
12 April
18 April
2 May
3 May
16 May
17 May
24 May
31 May
6 June
8 June
14 June
20 June
27 June
4 July
11 July
19 July
25 July
26 July
1 August
8 August
9 August
16 August
23 August

There are no ticketing facilities at the temporary stop. The closest ticketing facility is the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre.

Unless any road closures occur, the shuttle route and service times should not be affected.

Stop 4 Chinatown precinct
Step off here for shopping, theatre and a Chinese dragon.

  • Her Majesty's, Princess, Regent, Athenaeum and Comedy theatres
  • Chinatown and Chinese Museum
  • Collins Street and Greek precinct
  • State Library of Victoria, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne's GPO, Melbourne Central, QV Melbourne and Emporium

Stop 5 Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens
Step off here for culture, cinema and city gaol.

  • Melbourne Museum
  • IMAX Theatre
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Old Melbourne Gaol and City Watch House

Stop 6 Lygon Street precinct
Step off here for La Dolce Vita and La Mama.

  • Lygon Street lifestyle
  • La Mama and Carlton Courthouse theatres
  • Piazza Italia
  • Museo Italiano Cultural Centre

Stop 7 University of Melbourne
Step off here for museums, music and modern art.

  • University of Melbourne
  • Ian Potter Museum of Art
  • Grainger Museum

Stop 8 Queen Victoria Market
Step off here for the market, museum and mint.

  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Flemington Racecourse
  • Arts House and Errol Street
  • Hellenic Museum

Stop 9 Harbour Town, Docklands
Step off here for shopping, skating and sailing.

  • Harbour Town Shopping Centre & Customer Service Centre
  • Medibank Icehouse
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • NewQuay

Stop 10 Etihad Stadium and Victoria Harbour
Step off here for arts, parks and sporting events.

  • Victoria Harbour
  • Yarra's Edge
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Docklands Park
  • Fox Classic Car Museum

Stop 11 William Street
Step off here for culture, courts and coastal wonders.

  • Immigration Museum
  • Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre (relocating July 2015)
  • Legal precinct
  • ANZ Banking Museum
  • Enterprise Wharf
  • Melbourne Aquarium

Stop 12 Southbank and Yarra River
Step off here for the skydeck, shops and ships.

  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • South Wharf Promenade
  • Crown Entertainment Complex
  • Southgate
  • Eureka Skydeck 88
  • Polly Woodside

Stop 13 The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens
Step off here for music, a memorial and meandering gardens.

  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
  • Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • Government House
  • La Trobe's Cottage

Shuttle will not operate on Sunday 26 July 2015

Due to the Run Melbourne event on Sunday 26 July, the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle will not operate on the day. The shuttle will resume its normal service on Monday 27 July 2015.

Route changes Sat 18 to Sat 25 July

Due to tram track works on Flinders Street the shuttle route will change:

After stop 2 (Federation Square), the shuttle will turn left into Russell Street, right into Collins Street, right into Spring Street, left into Wellington Parade to stop 3.

After stop 3, the shuttle will travel along Wellington Parade South to Flinders Street, right into Exhibition Street to stop 4 (Chinatown precinct) and then resume the normal route.

Stage 1B: The shuttle may have to turn right into Bourke Street instead of Collins Street. The remainder of the route will remain the same.

Please note that the recorded commentary will be out of sync due to the deviation. The drivers have been advised to make announcements to correct recorded commentary.

This is just a deviation, stop 2 (Federation Square) is NOT closed.

Stop 3 closed Saturday 1 August

Due to football matches at the MCG, stop 3 (Sports precinct) will be closed on Saturday 1 August 2015, all day. The alternate stop on Lansdowne Street will be used on the day.

From stop 2, the shuttle will turn left into Russell Street, right into Collins Street into Macarthur Street, right into St. Andrews Place, right into Lansdowne Street and then resume the normal route.


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