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Melbourne - Driving and Public Transport


Melbourne is very well serviced by an excellent public transport system, including its world-renowned tramways which extend from the CBD into many suburbs. There is also an extensive metropolitan rail network, and a good public bus services.

Single and multiple journey tickets, or Metcards, are on sale at rail stations, from automated machines on trams, and from various retail outlets where the blue Metcard sign is displayed, and can be used on all three forms of public transport. Discounts are available for senior citizens, children and students. Ticket prices depend on the number of zones you wish to travel in, and the duration of the ticket.

A convenient journey planner, as well as timetables, route and fare information, is available online at www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au. Other useful public transport information can be found at:

www.connexmelbourne.com.au
www.yarratrams.com.au
www.melbbuslink.com.au

Expatriates in Melbourne are allowed to use a licence from their home country to drive in Victoria for up to three months after their Australian visa was issued, after which they must take a Victorian driving test. However, expatriates whose licences were issued in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or the USA can exchange their own licence for a Victorian licence without the need to take a test. Driving tests can be arranged and licences exchanged at VicRoads Customer Service centres: for locations and contact details click here or telephone 131 171.

Roads are good and fairly uncongested in Melbourne, except during peak rush hour. There are ample parking facilities throughout the city.

Melbourne has a network of toll roads called CityLink, which connects highways around the city to the tunnels under the Yarra River and also extends to Tullamarine International Airport. The electronic toll payment system is fully automatic: regular users of the network can open an account and purchase a monitoring device called an “eTag” which is attached to their car, while occasional users can purchase day passes, before or up to three days after using the network. Payments can be made online at www.citylink.com.au and passes can also be bought at Australian Post Shops and other retail outlets. Fines of $100 are imposed for using Melbourne’s CityLink network without a pass.

Victoria’s driving laws are strictly enforced. The blood alcohol limit while driving is below 0.05 per cent, and random breath testing is used. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The speed limit is 50 kph unless otherwise indicated. The use of seatbelts is compulsory in front and rear seats.

There are bicycle lanes throughout Melbourne city centre and many suburbs. Cyclists are required to wear helmets by law in Australia, and must observe traffic regulations.


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