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“Be Careful with Money Changers & Banks and Cab Drivers”

Flinders Street Station
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Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #47 of 415 things to do in Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Be Careful with Money Changers & Banks and Cab Drivers”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

I have been through some fair number of cities in the world and i have never expereinced such shameful situation where Money Changer charge you exobitant fees in Melbourne, especially Flinders street. I asked them to change a US$100, at the rate of 0.936, which could have got me AS107. They charged me another extra fee on top of the buy and sell rate margin they can make to cover their cost. The money changer gave me A$93 and i asked what was the matter, and he told me that, it was his fee. I was taken aback because, i felt cheated upon. I happen to have brought a lot of US dollar from home, so i did not have any choice but to change the money at a loss. I tried the Commonwealth Bank on Flinders street and the same thing happened, they charged me a fee of $10 dollars. It is a rip-off when you look at it, they have a buy rate and a sell rate displayed on the screen, and as a Banker myself, that margin is their income for exchanging currency. I have travelled several countries around the globe and i have never come across such a situation, where you get ripped off by Money Changers. This was my first trip to Melbourne and i felt insulted by such practice.
I had terrible experiences with Cab drivers in Melbourne too. You can stand in a cue waiting for them and when your time finally comes to get into the cab, they ask you where you are going and if it is a close distance they tell you to get on the next one. They want big bucks to take people around.
If you are planning on coming to Melbourne, make sure you change Aussie dollers in your home country because you will be getting ripped off when you come into Melbourne. As for Cab drivers, my suggestion is you get to know the public transport system and get on it., it is very effective.

Visited March 2014
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“Heart of Melbourne”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

An old building that reminds me of something you might find in Manchester, UK.

Not too much of interest other than people watching.

Visited December 2013
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“Good meeting spot”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

It is a nice historic building and a good meeting spot for the Melbournians who meet "under the clocks" as I learned.

Visited January 2014
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“Pedestrian tunnel is useful”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Looks good from the outside during the day. It also looks good when it's lit up at night. Apart from being historic and beautiful, this station gives good access to some interesting parts of Melbourne nearby. Check a city map for details. You can take a pedestrian tunnel under the station from Flinders Street to the walking paths on the bank of the Yarra river. This does not require a ticket or entrance to the platforms.

This is a very big station! Lots of trains, lots of people.

Visited January 2014
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“Extremely busy, but best churros!”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

The train station is extremely busy, it took us 40 minutes to purchase out mykes cards.. They had the best churros i have ever had!

Visited August 2013
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