Our Travel Guide to Getting to and From the Australian Open 2019

The Australian Open attracts visitors from all over the world. Melbourne becomes a truly cosmopolitan city as tennis fans flock to the Victorian capital to enjoy the first Grand Slam event of the tennis calendar. The city comes alive with people and colour, making it one of Australia’s must-see events, for tourists and locals alike.

Beat the queues and find the right travel, parking and accommodation

Melbourne is a truly international city, full of wonderful hotels and restaurants, with much to see and do. This means it has the best public transport system in the country, with trams, trains and buses creating a comprehensive network that allows people to get anywhere and everywhere, quickly and easily. It is also one of the world’s most pedestrian-friendly cities, with wide, well-maintained footpaths and a cityscape that is generally flat and level throughout the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Public transport, parking and finding your way around

Public Transport 

The Australia Open venues – Hisense Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena – are located in the Melbourne and Olympic Park Sports Precinct, right next to the iconic MCG. This makes the whole area around the precinct a central hub with many transport options available.

The two closest train stations are: 

Jolimont – accessible by the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines, Jolimont is the station closest to the MCG. It is just a short, easy walk through the precinct to reach any of the Australian Open venues.

Richmond – not to be confused with East Richmond, North Richmond or West Richmond Stations, Richmond is on the other side of the sports precinct to Jolimont. It is marginally further from the tennis venues, but still a simple 10 – 15-minute stroll.

Other train stations within walking distance, depending on how far you are prepared to walk, include the aforementioned North Richmond, East Richmond and West Richmond stations, but also Flinders Street station. Head along the Birrarung Marr and take in the sights and sounds of the Yarra River, cross the bridge and you’re there.

There are also several trams available, with the 48, 70 and 75 routes all rolling past the precinct. During major sporting events, extra services are provided to help people get to and from the precinct. Check the PTV website for train, tram and bus timetable information. 

Taxis and parking

It is always recommended that people use public transport to get to and from venues. It generally the easiest, least stressful way to enjoy the occasion, without worrying about traffic, parking and hook turns. However, if you are unable to take the train, tram or bus, there are other options open to you. Firstly, Melbourne has many taxi companies, with hundreds of drivers and cars available to get you to and from the venue. Two of the most well-know are 13CABS and Silver Top Taxi.

If you’d prefer to take your own car, then parking in and around the venue is available. Parking is generally at a premium and incurs a fee. Check with the venue on the day to find out more information about the cost and availability of parking as it can be subject to change depending on the venue’s requirements. 

Where to stay when visiting Melbourne for the Australian Open

Melbourne has hundreds of hotels, motels, B&Bs and places to stay while the Australian Open is on. Whether you’re prepared to pay $1000 a night or have a tight budget and want to get the most for your money, you’ll find something to suit your requirements. Some of the closest and most well-known hotels include Oaks On William, Mantra on Jolimont, Pullman Melbourne on the Park, Hotel Lindrum Melbourne and Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne on Flinders, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. 

The public transport system in Melbourne ensures that even if your hotel is on the other side of the city, you can get to the sports precinct with a minimum of fuss. Beyond the range of hotels and motels, Melbourne boasts many AirBnB options, with something to suit every budget.

There are many great locations in Melbourne and where you stay will depend on what experience you want. If you’re tennis-mad and just want to get to and from the matches as quickly as possible, then a hotel in the CBD will be your best bet. If you want to see more of the city, then you could choose something swanky and central on Southbank, a trendy apartment in South Yarra, an AirBnB house in Brunswick, a motel in St Kilda, and anything in between. Melbourne and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer and you can choose the type of trip you want, simply by where your accommodation is located. Check aggregator and deal sites like Trivago and Expedia to find great deals based on your budget and how far from the CBD the Australian Open you want to be.

Book early to secure the accommodation you want 

The Australian Open is a major Melbourne event, so it is important to book early. If you don’t, you might end up paying a lot more that you’d like or miss out entirely. Also, be sure to check back with Queen of Tickets for event information, great prices on Australian Open tickets and news from the world of Australia sports events.