Getting There

Melbourne is easily reached using a variety of transportation methods. Whether you're flying, taking a train in or driving, you'll find the information you need on this page. International delegates should be aware of Australian Visa requirements.

Airports

None of Melbourne's airports are serviced by rail, so you will need to take a shuttle bus or taxi after you land.

Tullamarine Airport

Virtual all international flights and all Qantas, Tiger and Virgin Australia (Virgin Blue) domestic flights arrive at Tullamarine airport. This airport is located approximately 25 minutes from the city. A taxi ride to the city typically costs about $50. A cheaper option is to take the Skybus ($26 return), which will deposit you at Southern Cross station.

Avalon Airport

Many JetStar operated domestic and international flights arrive at Avalon airport.  Avalon is located just outside Victorias second largest city, Geelong, approximately 50 minutes from Melbourne. A taxi ride will set you back around $100. The Sita Avalon Coach is a cheaper option (from $20) and will get you to Southern Cross station.

You could also take a taxi (or shuttle) to Lara railway station (approximately 5 kilometers from Avalon) and from there take a V-Line train to Southern Cross station.

Trains

Interstate and regional trains

Southern Cross station is where all interstate and regional trains arrive. From here, you can take a suburban train to Melbourne Central or a city-bound tram (70, 75, 96, 109, 112) to Elizabeth Street.

Suburban trains

The closest train station to the Jasper Hotel is Melbourne Central, which is located on the underground City Loop. It is named after the shopping center it's under, this is not the central station! Take the Elizabeth Street exit and you'll find yourself on the corner of Latrobe and Elizabeth streets. It's a short walk from here to the hotel.

If your train passes through Flinders Street station, you can alight here and take a tram the rest of the way. Walk down the ramp to the underpass at the end of the platform. Turn right and exit the station up the stairs. Across the intersection you'll see the Elizabeth Street tram terminal. take any tram departing from here.

Trams

Three tram routes stop in front of our conference venue, 19, 57 and 59. These all run along Elizabeth Street, from Flinders Street station. Alight at the Queen Victoria Markets and you'll find the Jasper Hotel next door to the McDonald's.

All tram lines in Melbourne lead to the city, so if you're not near the conference venue, hop on any city bound tram and get yourself to Elizabeth Street. From there, take one of the above trams.

Buses

Lots

Taxis

All taxis in Victoria are yellow and it's not usually hard to flag down a taxi. Just raise your arm when you see one. If the light on top is on, the taxi is available for hire. Simply tell the driver where you want to go. Note that in Australia it is customary for passengers to sit in the front if they're travelling alone. Trips to and from Tullamarine airport and the south-estern suburbs may include a toll surcharge for the use of the CityLink tollway. A 10 kilometer taxi ride should cost around $20.

Driving

If you're driving to the conference, be aware city parking is relatively expensive and it can be hard to find a spot. There are some privately operated cark parks nearby and you may get a decent all-day rate if you arrive early enough. If you park on the street, be aware parking inspectors patrol rigorously and a parking fine will set you back $120. Some city streets are clearways after 4pm and getting your car back after it has been towed can cost up to $350.

 

The Jasper Hotel has some suggestions for commercial parking close by.

Visa

You will need a valid passport and (apart from New Zealanders) all foreign visitors also require a tourist visa when visiting Australia. In most cases you can purchase an e-Visa online and won't need to send your passport to the Australian embassy or consulate. Please check the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for detailed information. Most airlines will not let you board an Australia-bound flight without a valid visa!