From free trams to the circuit to taxis, Uber and public transport in Melbourne, here’s our guide to getting around at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix on 12-15 March.
Melbourne has two international airports, but the majority of international and domestic flights arrive at Melbourne Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine. Melbourne Airport has direct flights from Canada, the USA, the Middle East and plenty of Asian cities, as well as countless daily connections to Australia’s other major cities. The airport is used by both flag carriers (including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates and Singapore Airlines) and discount airlines (Jetstar, Tigerair and Scoot, among others). Melbourne Airport is approximately 20km from the centre; the best way to get from the airport to the city is to take either a taxi ($40-60 AUD) or the SkyBus, which costs around $20 each way and drops off at several central locations. The second airport in Melbourne is called Avalon (AVV). Much further from the city than Melbourne Airport, Avalon serves Air Asia flights from Kuala Lumpur and domestic Jetstar flights from Adelaide, Sydney and the Gold Coast. The best way to get from Avalon Airport to the city is with Skybus.
How to get around in Melbourne?
- Taxis: Melbourne’s yellow taxis are well regulated and affordable. Popular companies include Silvertop (131 008, click here for fare estimate) and 13CABS (132 227).
- Uber: another solid choice for getting around in Melbourne, with different classes of cars available. Click here for more information and far estimates.
- Public Transport: to travel on Melbourne’s extensive network of trains, trams and buses, you need to purchase a reusable ‘myki’ card, which can be easily topped up with credit at ticket machines and convenience stores. Learn more here.
How to get to Albert Park?
- The cheapest and most convenient way to get to the Albert Park circuit is to take the tram. Services are frequent and FREE for ticket holders on Grand Prix weekend. The most popular route is the St Kilda Road GP Shuttle service, which runs from Swanston Street in the city centre (between Flinders Street train station and Federation Square) to St Kilda via the circuit and is best for fans entering via Gates 5, 8, 9 and 10. The Light Rail GP Express service runs from the corner of Spencer Street and Collins Street in the centre towards Gates 1 & 2 and the Clarendon Street GP Express trams head from the same location to Gates 3 & 4. Don’t be in a hurry to leave the circuit after the on-track action finishes however, as the trams can get overcrowded.
- From the city centre or St Kilda, a taxi or Uber to the circuit should set you back around $20 AUD.
- Severe parking restrictions are in place near Albert Park on Grand Prix weekend. Leave your car at home.
- Booked accommodation with F1 Experiences? Don't forget that daily transfers to and from the circuit can be added to your ticket package.
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