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Embassy English 30 March 2016 - by Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, Student, Embassy English Melbourne

My Embassy Life: Getting Around Melbourne

Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered  Embassy English Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s My Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia

Embassy Melbourne Angela

Best Transport and App Guide for Students in Melbourne

Melbourne can be summed up in few words: food, arts, sport, fashion, coffee and astonishing natural landscapes. For all that, sometimes it is hard to decide where to go and what to do, but no worries because using a range of apps and maps your life will be saved!

I would say that Melbourne is one of the cities in the world that has one of the most sustainable public transport.  As an international student, it has been easy to understand the maps, and I realized that the number of fans who loves biking or walking is going up because of easy transportation. This city has a range of transport alternatives, which can help you to move around the city easily.

If you are a student in this glorious city, believe me your smartphone would be one of your best friends because it will be your guide everywhere. If you just arrived in Melbourne, keep the following guide to enjoying the capital of Victoria.

Embassy Melbourne students outside the Centre on Church Lane, Melbourne.

Easy Public Transport Network

Using a smart card called “Myki” you can across Melbourne by tram, train and bus. In every stop, you can see the timetables, the different routes and stops.  Remember always touch on and touch off to avoid fines. I am sure you will not get lost, but to avoid worrying I have a tip for you: download on your phone Public Transport Victoria app (PTV). This will give you all instructions to go everywhere. One tip more: try to pay the monthly myki pass; it is cheaper for you!

public transport

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide

This free app was made to explore Melbourne’s hidden treasures. From festivals, underground bars and guided tours. You can explore places to go to shopping, restaurants and free activities across the city. Even this guide has offers to save money in some paid activities outdoors and always give you transport instructions.

melbourne official guide

Car Sharing for Weekends

This is very useful if you want to plan a trip outside with your mates one weekend. You rent a car and you can get it at any time of the day. The most important are do the registration with car sharing services in order to use them, and at the end of your trip, you will need to return the car to it its pod. Some options to compares prices and rent a car are Goget, Flexicar and TripGo.

rent car

My Markets Vic

Where can I go to buy all my staff this week? This app has the answer. My Markets Vic, awarded by Victorian Government, provides maps, opening hours and reviews about markets around Melbourne. In addition, you can engage a market community, post pictures, share experiences and get tips.


Cycling to be Healthy

The city’s network of off-road bicycle paths is great. This environmental transport is a good alternative to save money and to stay fit. In Melbourne is illegal to ride without a helmet, so do not forget to get one. And ride considerately because most of the paths are shared it with pedestrians.

Map_A_Melbourne_Path_NetworkMap via www.bikepaths.com


The bicycle is the best transport alternative in Melbourne. Well, it is time to maximise your riding experience using this app, which provides GPS, closest bike stations and paths. Perfect to explore the famous laneways and graffiti from street level.


Walking is Admiring

This is the best option to discover the city –even with all the public transport network- and all wonderful facilities it has. If you are new in Melbourne, walking is the way to get to know the streets, a supermarket next your home or even get some exercise, so your feet are a good choice.


Wi-Fi Map

This app is interesting when you have a student budget. A community app give you suggestions about the nearest hotspots to find free Wi-Fi. Very useful when you just arrive in Melbourne.

wifi app

From the Airport

If you just arrive in Melbourne and you are in Tullamarine International Airport, your best option to go the city is the SmartBus. This is a perfect transport service because departs every 15 minutes.  You spent only 30 minutes from there to Melbourne’s heart and you avoid paying expensive transport.


Public Transport Victoria

It is the official app to know train, busses and trams timetables. You can planning your journey typing your current location and destination, and then the app suggests the best route for you. Even you can program reminders to be on time. This is a perfect app to avoid getting lost in the big city.

public transportation app

To learn more about studying English is exciting Melbourne, Australia, contact us today! 

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