Geometry & Topology Down Under
The University of Melbourne
11-22 July 2011

This page contains general travel information, including how to get from the airports to the city and the university, and how to get around Melbourne and the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) by various means of transport.


All non-Australian citizens travelling to Australia require a visa. Some European citizens can apply online for an e-Visitor visa, while citizens from ETA eligible countries can apply online for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Both the ETA and e-Visitor visas are stored electronically, rather than a stamp or label in your passport. They show up as part of your passport record when Customs officials check your passport details.

If you have a valid New Zealand passport, you can travel to Australia and you will be issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV) on arrival.

If you are unable to apply online, you can obtain a visa by visiting an Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate where a standard visa will be issued. Please allow up to six weeks to obtain your visa; we advise you to apply as early as possible.

coming by air

If travelling to Melbourne by air from overseas or another Australian city, you will either arrive at Melbourne Airport (MEL) or Avalon (AVV). Melbourne is very well connected to the rest of the world with direct flights from most countries.

Travel to and from Melbourne Airport (MEL):

Melbourne Airport is located 20km north-west of the city centre. The city can be easily accessed by taxi or Skybus.
Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the city will cost around AUD 50.00.
Skybus to Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer Street Station): This bus service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including public holidays. The average trip time is 20 minutes, but you should allow up to 40 minutes depending on the time of day. The cost is AUD 16.00 per adult one way and AUD 26.00 return (with discounts for families and children, as well as tickets including connecting public transport). The Skybus departs every 10 minutes during the day, and at least every 30 minutes at night, and will drop you off at the main terminus at Southern Cross Station. For further information regarding Skybus, please visit the Skybus website
Skybus to Hotels: With Skybus there is a free transfer by minibus from Southern Cross Station to most city hotels, including Rydges Carlton, located at 701 Swanston Street near Grattan Street, one block south of the Mathematics Department. It is a 1.2km/15minute walk from the Rydges to Trinity College: Head north from the hotel, turn left at Grattan Street, turn right at Royal Parade and continue north. Trinity College will be on your right.
Southern Cross Station to University of Melbourne: From the tram stop " 1-Spencer St/Collins St", you can take the [Route 48 tram towards North Balwyn] or the [Route 11 or 112 tram towards Preston] or the [Route 109 tram towards Box Hill], and after about 6 minutes get off at the stop "6-Melbourne Town Hall/Collins St". Then change on a tram going in the perpendicular direction by walking around the corner to the stop "11-Collins St/Swanston St" and taking any of the trams towards Melbourne University (Route numbers 3, 3a, 5, 6, 64, 67, 72) or the [Route 1 tram towards Coburg] or the [Route 8 tram towards Moreland]. Get off at stop "1-University of Melbourne/Swanston St." A 2-hour Zone-1 full-fare Metcard (which can be purchased in conjunction with the Skybus ticket at a small discount or on-board the tram for AUD 3.80 with coins only) will cover both legs of the journey. The total journey time will be about half an hour.
Melbourne Airport Shuttle Bus: Provides a "Meet and Greet" service with a direct transfer from all Melbourne airports to Melbourne CBD, St Kilda, South Yarra, Carlton and Outer city suburb hotels (up to 6 kilometers) door to door. The cost from Melbourne Airports to Hotel for an adult is AUD 21.00. Must be booked 48 hours in advance. For more information and the on-line booking form, please visit their website.
More options can be found here.

Travel to and from Avalon (AVV)

Avalon Airport is located 55 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and 20km from Geelong CBD. You can find information about getting to and from Avalon at their page with transport options.

public transport

Melbourne has an extensive public transportation system consisting of buses, trains and trams. The University is particularly well serviced by trams and buses. Trips involving all modes of public transport can be planned with the journey planner. All modes of public transport are covered by a single, zone-based ticketing system. It is a requirement that a ticket be validated on every leg of a trip (this is enforced by under-cover inspectors). All conference participants, whether currently enrolled students or not, are required to purchase full fare tickets.

Trams can be taken to the University of Melbourne via Elizabeth Street or Swanston Street, Melbourne. For further information regarding tram services, please visit the Yarra Trams website.
Trains: For details regarding Melbourne's train services, please refer to the Metro Trains website.
Buses: For details regarding Melbourne's extensive bus services please visit the metlink website.

You can buy a limited range of metcards from coin-only ticket machines on board trams. There are many places at and near the university where you can buy metcards, for example:

Melbourne Campus Pharmacy; Union House (University of Melbourne)
7-Eleven at 743-751 Swanston Street (near Grattan Street)
7-Eleven at 272 Lygon Street (near Grattan Street)
7-Eleven at 55 Royal Parade (near Trinity College)

More information on metcards and where to buy them can be found here.

bicycles and walking

Melbourne is a wonderful city to explore by foot, with many parks and interesting landmarks. There are also plenty of bikelanes and separate bikepaths, and you can pick up a bike at Bike Share. A rack is located directly at the Maths Department. As an individual you can purchase a subscription for a day, week or year and as long as your trips last less than 30 minutes, the subscription is all you pay. You need to wear a helmet; a vending machine selling helmets for AUD 5 is located at the University of Melbourne.


Melbourne taxis are numerous and easy to spot. They are all uniformly yellow. Taxis often wait in designated ranks that are clearly signposted at central locations like major hotels in the CBD, or busy spots such as Flinders Street Station. You can also hail a taxi in the street. If the rooftop light is illuminated, it means the taxi is available for hire. You can also book a taxi by telephone: 131 008 (Silver Top Taxi Service) or 132 227 (13CABS). A taxi from the city to the University of Melbourne will cost around AUD 11.