ISA World Congress of Sociology

Local Transport

Travel Information

Melbourne has an extensive tram transportation system within and surrounding Melbourne city. Trams within the city centre are free of charge, known as the “free tram zone”.  In order to travel on the trams outside this zone, delegates will need to purchase a “Myki card”, which can be purchased from any train station or 7-Eleven convenience store. Please be aware of the Free Tram Zones and ensure you have tapped on your Myki card outside of these zones. You will see signage displayed at the tram stops and will be notified when entering and leaving a Free Tram Zone via announcements onboard.

There is a tram stop located directly outside of Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street at the Collins Street exit. Tram numbers 12, 96 and 109 will drop delegates outside Kitchen Workshop at stop Whiteman Street/Clarendon Street, south of the river where it will then be a short 5-minute walk to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Delegates will be required to buy a Myki card to travel on all train, tram and bus networks in Melbourne. Myki cards can be purchased from the customer service desk at the train station or at your nearest 7-Eleven convenience store. A full fare Myki will cost approximately A$6.00 where you will then be required to add additional money onto the Myki card for travel to and from your chosen destination.

The nearest train station to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is Southern Cross Station. From the Collins Street exit it is a 15-minute walk south along Spencer Street.

Please see below taxi companies operating in Melbourne.

Melbourne Cab
+61 3 1300 9091 9422 (airport transfers)
+6 1 3 9091 9440 (city transfers)

Yellow Cabs Melbourne
+61 3 13 1924

Silver Top Taxis Melbourne
+61 3 131 008

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Melbourne
+61 3 9277 3877

An Uber is approximately A$55.00 from the airport to Melbourne’s City Centre/the MCEC. Please note your pickup location depends on your terminal and ride option. Follow the below steps if you would like to utilise an Uber service:

    1. Download the Uber App on your mobile device by searching ‘Uber’ in the App Store or Google Play.
    2. Create an account and enter your details as directed.
    3. Please wait until you have collected your luggage and are ready to leave the airport before requesting your ride using the Uber app.
    4. Exit the terminal – The pickup location will depend on the type of vehicle you have selected. Please refer to the instructions below to find out where to meet your driver.
    5. Look for your vehicle and driver – if you can’t find your driver, contact them through the app.

If departing from Terminal 1, 2 or 3, follow the signs for ‘Uber’ towards the Pickup Zone, between the bus lane and the short-term car park. For Terminal 4, turn right to head to the T4 car park and take the escalator or lift to the pickup bays on Level 2.

Shuttle Bus
A shuttle bus service, SkyBus, operates 24 hours a day between the airport and the city centre.  The service runs approximately every 10 minutes at a cost of A$18 each way (A$36 return).  Transfers from the main city bus terminal to major hotels are included.  For further information or to book your ticket online visit or phone + 61 3 9335 2811 to view the complimentary CBD hotel shuttle bus information.

Need more information?

Head over to the Visit Melbourne website for more helpful guides to plan your trip to Melbourne.

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