Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and the capital city of the state of Victoria. Often considered the most cultural city in Australia, Melbourne boasts a vibrant music scene and a whole host of cultural festivities. Most international airlines offer flights to the city. You can find a cheap flight by comparing the prices offered by the airlines using our online comparison tool. Most flights will usually involve one or often two stops. Due to the distance from London, a direct flight is not optional. However, there are many great offers are available on indirect flights from Manchester, for example.
Melbourne was the second city named UNESCO City of Literature, and it is regularly in the top 5 of most-livable city polls. It is home to one of the great horse races, the Melbourne Cup, and also the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. The Australian Open, one of the tennis grand slams is also held here. There are plenty of museums, shops and other attractions to keep you entertained.
Melbourne has a very sophisticated public transport system and there are a variety of ways that you can travel from the city centre to the airport. The airport actively encourages travellers to share taxis or rides to and from the airport to reduce the impact on the environment. A taxi to the city can cost between 50-60 Australian Dollars. There are also car hire operators with whom you can rent a vehicle for the duration of your stay. The drive to the city involves a toll road so you should check with the operator before you leave the airport. There is also a Skybus Super Shuttle service to the Southern Cross railway station in the city. The journey takes 20 minutes and travellers can then access the city's bus and train lines to surrounding areas.There are plenty of things to do in the city. The city's cricket ground, the MCG, is well known for top cricketing events and also as a venue for the native Australian Rules Football. There are some fine-dining restaurants and a busy nightlife. The city and its suburbs are surrounded by a number of national parks where you will find the opportunity to escape city life and view some of the natural wildlife and habitat.