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Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

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Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Need advice from those who know Melbourne well. Are 3 full days enough to See-It-All in the city of Melbourne? Can we do all the sight-seeing in Melbourne city by using the free City Circle Tram and Melbourne Visitor Shuttle plus walking? Do we still need to purchase the Myki smartcard for travelling in trains, trams and buses?

Edited: 11:47 pm, April 10, 2013
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1. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

The tram and bus will get you to all the spots in and around the city. To go further afield to places like St Kilda or Lygon St Carlton, you'll need to use regular trams or cabs.

Three days in the city is plenty. If you want to go off and see the Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Philip Island you'll be pushed and will need to prioritize.

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2. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Of course it depends on what you want to see and how full you want your days to be. If you are looking at just spending the 3 days in the city center, then both the free bus and tram should be enough and you will not need to buy a Myki. Even travelling to inner suburbs such as Carlton, Richmond and Collingwood, where you will find some great cafes, shopping and clubs, can be reached by walking (about 30-45 minute walk from the center of the city).

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3. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Thanks. We are seniors (65yo) and would like to spend 3 full days to explore the Melbourne city in a relaxed slow pace using the free public transport and walking. We also like to try some authentic local food in some restaurants frequent by locals. So we are thinking of staying in an apartment in the CBD of AUD200/night or less. Any suggestions?

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4. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Hi,

When we visited Melbourne in Feb/March, the following link on self guided walking tours was just wonderful:

thatsmelbourne.com.au/Gettingaroundthecity/w…

We particularly enjoyed The Cosmopolitan, Arcades & Lanes, and On the Waterfront. They all start from Federation Square, printable maps also available from the Visitors Centre rather than printing out beforehand too.

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5. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Thank you, jessiev25. We would love to do some of the walking tours mentioned. So, we are looking for a one room apartment at a convenient location to do these walking tours, somewhere near the Federation Square but not too noisy. Any suggestion? Anyway, where did you stay on your last trip?

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6. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

We stayed at Alto Hotel, 636 Bourke Street, near Spencer Street station. Hotel was very quiet. Easy access further into the city by a tram. Melbourne is so easy to get around for public transport. Hope you enjoy planning your holiday.

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9. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

jessiev25, and others, Alto Hotel is near the King Street which is not a very safe area, am I right?

The Travelodge Southbank has many good reviews in TA. But is it in a quiet location? (as we are light sleepers sensitive to noise)

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10. Re: Melbourne City Circle Tram & Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

It's the CBD - complete quiet is impossible. If you think it's going to be a major concern then I recommend investing in ear plugs.