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“Just like a regular ‘Hop-on, Hop-off’ tour bus - FREE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle
Ranked #50 of 241 Tours in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the city on board the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle. Ride in air-conditioned comfort and hop on and off at any of the 13 stops along the route. Be taken to bustling markets, cultural precincts, lush gardens, shopping arcades, sporting stadiums and more. Make use of the free Wi-Fi on your journey while you listen to the audio commentary that shares stories of the city’s past and present. Tickets can be purchased online or from the following locations: - Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square - Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre - Melbourne Airport - Ticket machines located at each stop (please note machines only accept credit cards or coins) HOURS OF OPERATION: The first service leaves stop 1 at 9.30am and the last at 3.45pm (excluding shuttle closure days). FREQUENCY: Every 30 minutes, full journey takes approximately 90 minutes FREE SERVICE DAYS As some stops are closed during major events, the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle runs a free service on the following days: Australia Day - 26 January 2016 Moomba Parade - 14 March 2016 Run for the Kids - 20 March 2016 Grand Final Parade – 30 September 2016 Melbourne Cup Parade – 31 October 2016 Tickets purchased the day before a free service day will be valid for the day after the free day.
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Just like a regular ‘Hop-on, Hop-off’ tour bus – FREE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

We found out about this free tourist shuttle from the front desk employee at our hotel in Sydney, and definitely wanted to check it out. We set out from the Melbourne hotel around 9:00 and walked toward the city hoping to catch the first (or 2nd) shuttle of the day (they start running at 9:30). As we got to the Gallery/Arts Centre on St Kilda, we saw the bus parked in front of the building. Although it wasn’t the official stop, we were allowed to board the bus. The driver was very nice and told us he liked Canadians. Being first on the bus, we got the best seats in the house (the driver suggested we sit at the elevated portion of the bus for a better view). We took a copy of the shuttle itinerary located close to the driver’s seat, and got ready to enjoy the ride. A few minutes later we realized that stop #1 was actually about 100 metres farther, but the driver didn’t seem to mind.

We did the entire 13 stops on our first drive, and captured the driver’s commentary on our voice recorder. We planned to visit some of the sights during the remainder of our visit to Melbourne, particularly The Shrine of Remembrance and the Botanic Gardens. After the tour, we got off at stop #1, and walked back to the Federation Square, to check out the Melbourne Visitor Centre.

What a great way to see Melbourne's best attractions free of charge! Highly recommended!

Visited November 2012
24 Thank ala13
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Free Visitor Shuttle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

This free shuttle runs every 30 mins from 9.30am till 4.30pm,
The full Journey takes 90mins but you can get off and on, at any of the 13 Stops.
Maps are available at Visitor Center Federation Square or from the driver on the bus.
We got on at Federation Square stop 2 (A very busy Stop) and off at Dockland stop 9 (Harbour Town) and have coffee and got the next bus to the Art Precinct, (Stop 1).

Visited November 2012
6 Thank Still49
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Canberra Australia
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76 reviews
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“A great way to see beautiful Melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

What a fantastic idea. AND IT"S FREE. The free hop on, hop off bus takes you around Melbourne's major attractions in the CBD including Federation Square, the arts and sport precinct, Docklands Stadium and Victoria Harbour, the Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens and much more. There are 13 stops. We were happy to stay on the bus. The entire circuit took approximately 90 minutes.

The bus was very comfortable. We were in Melbourne in July so the bus was not at all crowded. I imagine this would be a very popular attraction during peak periods and special events. The driver was very friendly courteous and knowledgeable.

I would encourage visitors to take full advantage of this free service.

Visited July 2012
7 Thank Clare P
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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“Very good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

I would have liked to take this bus again if I had more time as my first ride was disrupted by phoning with our daughter who was with her friend. This shuttle was more likely for 'tourist' as all people seemed to be tourist. The bus driver who took over from the first one was speaking really clearly and normal speed. The first one was speaking way too fast. The shuttle bus service is very good!

Visited September 2012
3 Thank seaofpoppy
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Sydney, Australia
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great guidance and stops!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

This is a fantastic idea! it is often packed, but people get on and off often, so you don't stand long. The bus operated every 25 minutes, and is a fantastic free tour!!

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Treska-n-Dave
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