Friday, 15 July 2011

Tourism Melbourne

_DSC1206The totality of Melbourne’s failure to offer its tourists the transport option most of them would take for granted is nothing short of amazing. The situation keeps on getting worse:
  • If you thought of renting a car from Melbourne Airport, you should prepare yourself for road tolls on the road leading from the airport to the center of Melbourne. These are unique road tolls: You can’t just pay someone in a booth to use them; as a tourist you will need to make special payment arrangements that will take more time and more money than usual.
  • If you thought of using public transport to get to your hotel instead, be prepared for a shock: Melbourne does not have train service to its airport. The only form of public transport available is a bus that would take you to Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station at a cost of $16 each way. While on the bus you’d be able to admire the best of Melbourne’s traffic jams.
  • Since the Southern Cross Station is probably not your final destination, and since you would hate dragging your suitcases around, you may consider taking a taxi instead. That would set you back about $50 each way to the center of Melbourne, and double or more if your destination is in the south eastern suburbs on the other side of Melbourne when coming from the airport. With such figures, the taxi ride may cost you as much as your flights if you’re coming in from Sydney or any other nearby city. On the plus side, if you’re coming with the family, it could cost you less than the bus.
  • If you were thinking of using Melbourne’s public transport to commute around the city while you’re here, be prepared spend more than what you would normally expect for the privilege of using public transport: As recently announced, from 2013 Melbourne would have no short term public transport travel card options. This would force tourists and locals to commit to the purchase of a Myki travel card (a $10 initial investment, before paying for any of the actual travel fares).
Despite getting elected on its promises to improve public transport, the Baillieu government seems to continue a long held tradition of putting public transport at the bottom of its priority list. As long as there is no private stakeholder close to the politicians’ hearts that is about to make a killing from investments in public transport, Melbournians and their visitors should not expect to see any improvements.


Uri said...

I don't see the problem.

From my experience, when you step outside the Melbourne airport, someone comes and picks you up. No need for tolls or public transport or anything.

You just like to make things complicated.

Moshe Reuveni said...

That someone has to pay some severe tollway fees and often stand still in heavy traffic. Try landing/taking off at rush hour and see what your opinion is...