Buses In And Around Melbourne
While residents and travelers prefer the trains in going to places in and around Melbourne, train services are limited to certain points. From the train stations, buses take over. Bus stations are strategically located adjacent to the train stations. From there, commuters are transported to their various destinations or to their residences or to their work places by buses. There are about 350 bus routes with schedules and frequencies synchronized with those of the trains.
Melbourne's tourism in particular and Victoria's holiday packages in general utilize tourist buses in transporting visitors to the city itself and to other tourist spots in the suburbs, inland towns and coastal villages. The double decker buses and the Melbourne Shuttle offer sightseeing tours of the city. For $20, one can see the city on board a double decker bus. For $5, he may opt to ride the Melbourne Shuttle. Both rides have more than 20 tourist destinations within the city. The tourist may hop off at any particular stop and then hop on again to continue his city tour. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.
Bus tours to faraway places like The 12 Apostles, Phillip Island, Geelong and Queenscliff may be arranged through the Visitor Information Center at Federation Square or at any other Visitor Information Center at any town or city. People manning these centers are more than willing to help. There are free brochures given for specific places that travelers intend to visit.
Looking at it, Victoria's transport system, with Melbourne as the center piece, is one of the most efficient in the whole world. Schedules and movements of trams, trains and buses are synchronized so that commuters are transported in the safest, fastest and most comfortable way. They leave on time, they arrive on time. With no hassle, no inconvenience whatsoever. That is their commitment.