Getting around Melbourne

Melbourne is an exciting city, there is so much to see and do. Getting around is easy with an extensive network of trains, trams and buses.

Finding your way around

Melbourne city is surrounded by suburbs easily accessible by public transport and roads and freeways. The best way to find your way around is to use Google Maps.

You can use Google Maps to get to any destination here in Melbourne and compare your journey times with different options including walking, cycling, public transport or driving.

For more information check out the handy maps on the explore your new campus page.

Public transport is the most popular form of transport - especially if you are living or studying in the city.

Plan your trip

To work out the best way to travel around melbourne using public transport, use the PTV journey planner. By entering your current location, destination and the time you want to travel it will show you the best way to get there.

Access the journey planner website  or download the app from iTunes or Google Play

Travel cards - myki

To travel on our trains, trams and buses you must have a myki card. It's a reusable travel card that you need to use when you get on and off public transport. Myki cards can be purchased from the airport, 7-11 convenience store or most railway stations. Once you have your card, you’ll need to add money on to it to allow you to travel - this can be done online or at a railway station.

Find out more about myki.

Tips for using public transport

  • Trams are free in the Melbourne central business district but remember to touch on if you leave this area.
  • Always have credit on your myki card to avoid a fine.
  • Always tap-on at the start of your trip and tap-off at the end.

If you are over 18 and would like to drive while living in Australia, you need to make sure you have a valid driver licence.

For more details on safety, road rules, registration and overseas drivers go to Vic Roads.

Things to remember while driving

  • Watch out for trams, pedestrians and other road-users.
  • You should never use a mobile phone when driving.
  • Every passenger must wear their seat-belt.
  • You must follow the road rules and speed limits.
  • Speed limits vary greatly depending on area and type of road.

Monash campuses are bike friendly with great facilities including showers, changing and parking. For more details go to cycling.

Things to remember while riding a bike

  • Always wear a helmet - you can receive a fine for not wearing one!
  • Your bicycle must have lights and a bell.
  • Stick to the bike lanes and tracks.

Monash College has campuses in Melbourne city, Clayton and Caulfield. Depending on where you live, you may be able to walk, drive or use public transport to get to campus.

This useful guide will help you understand the distance between the campuses

Travelling between campuses

  • City to Caulfield: 20 minutes by train
  • City to Clayton: 45 minutes by train and bus
  • Caulfield to Clayton: 25 minutes by free shuttle bus

Tip for traveling between campuses

Monash runs a free shuttle bus service with free wi-fi) between Clayton and Caulfield campuses.

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