Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle

Free Hop on, Hop off Service

Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle
••• Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle. © Tourism Victoria

Sydney has its tourist-oriented Red Explorer Bus (and the Blue Explorer Bus, too) and Melbourne has the City Tourist Shuttle (and the City Circle Tram, too) in Australia.

All these are hop on, hop off services, which means you can get on at any of the designated stops, get off at another stop and then get on the next bus (or tram) for as many times as you wish as you go sightseeing, no matter the weather!

Visitor-Friendly Service

The difference is: you need to buy a ticket to take the Sydney Explorer bus. The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle and the City Circle Tram are free in the visitor-friendly Victorian capital.

There are 13 stops on the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle and you can get on and off the shuttle at any of them — and take your time to enjoy the city attractions.

City Stops

These are the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle stops:

  1. Arts Precinct
    Site of NGV International and other Arts Centre venues distinguished by the easily-recognisable Arts Centre spire.
  2. Federation Square
    Home of Melbourne Visitor Centre, Ian Potter Centre, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, National Design Centre, restaurants, cafes, bars, open public spaces, guided walking tours.
  3. Sports Precinct
    Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open; Olympic Park, home to the 1956 Olympic Games; Melbourne Cricket Ground, home to Australian Football League and cricket. A short walk to the historic Fitzroy Gardens, including Cooks’ Cottage, the Fairy Tree, model Tudor Village, Conservatory. The sports precinct stop is not operational on MCG event days.
  1. Chinatown and Theatres
    Little Bourke St is the restaurant district of Melbourne's Chinatown. Princess Theatre is at the corner of Little Bourke and Spring Sts, with Her Majesty's Theatre just across Little Bourke St. Comedy Theatre is on Lonsdale and Exhibition Sts and Regent Theatre's not too far away on Collins St.
  1. Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens
    The World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building is adjacent to Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens.
  2. Lygon St Precincet
    Lygon St is the heartland of the Melbourne Italian community and noted for its great number of Italian restaurants.
  3. University of Melbourne
  4. Queen Victoria Market
    The southern hemisphere's largest open-air market.
  5. Waterfront City, Docklands
    A variety of waterfront attractions, restaurants, shopping, public and charter boat berths, promenade.
  6. Docklands Stadium and Victoria Harbour
    Historic boatsheds transformed into function venues, dining, parks, children's playground, wetlands, waterfront walks.
  7. William Street
    Immigration Museum, Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, Melbourne Aquarium, law courts.
  8. Southbank and Yarra River
    Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Crown Entertainment Complex, shopping, restaurants, Melbourne Maritime Museum and Polly Woodside.
  9. The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens
    The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s memorial to the service and sacrifice of its men and women in times of conflict, close to Royal Botanic Gardens, the parklands of King's Domain, the performance venue of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and Government House and La Trobe's Cottage.

    The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs daily every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.

    Edited and updated by Sarah Megginson