Travel Budget for Melbourne

Victoria, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Melbourne?

How much money will you need for your trip to Melbourne? You should plan to spend around AU$220 ($154) per day on your vacation in Melbourne, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, AU$34 ($24) on meals for one day and AU$24 ($16) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Melbourne for a couple is AU$305 ($214). So, a trip to Melbourne for two people for one week costs on average AU$3,075 ($2,152). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Melbourne for one week usually costs around AU$1,537 for one person. So, a trip to Melbourne for two people costs around AU$3,075 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs AU$6,149 in Melbourne. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Melbourne can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Melbourne?

How much does a trip to Melbourne cost? Is Melbourne expensive? The average Melbourne trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Melbourne prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Melbourne can vary, the average cost of food in Melbourne is AU$34 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Melbourne should cost around AU$14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Melbourne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Melbourne is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent AU$24 per person, per day, on local transportation in Melbourne.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2020
Flights to Melbourne

How much does it cost to go to Melbourne? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Melbourne?

Typical travel prices in Melbourne are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Melbourne. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Melbourne can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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  • Tram Ride
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Typical tour prices for Melbourne

How much do tours to Melbourne cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    7 days
    $ 850
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    13 days
    $ 2125
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    15 days
    $ 2085
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    15 days
    $ 4950
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Melbourne On a Budget
Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, after Sydney. It is also the capital city of the state of Victoria, in southeastern Australia. Melbourne is arguably the best city to experience culture and the arts in Australia. There is a friendly rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney over livability and popularity and Melbourne is definitely the city to visit for its parks, shopping, restaurants, galleries and theaters. Like Sydney, it is situated on the water, at the head of Port Phillip Bay. It's a beautiful city, and although it lacks the major sights that you'll find in Sydney such as the Sydney Opera House or the Harbour Bridge, you will never find yourself lacking for entertainment. It is also a wonderful base for exploring many of the nearby highlights, including Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island where you can view the penguin parade.

Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate. Because the city sits on the boundary between very hot inland areas and the cool southern ocean it is prone to abrupt and unpredictable changes in weather conditions. This is most common in the spring and summer months when cold fronts can form that cause gales or severe thunderstorms and hail storms. Temperatures in the summer months can climb to 35 or 40 degrees Celsius. Winters are cool with temperatures around 14 degrees.
Melbourne has countless attractions for visitors. Many entertainment options are found in the city center. Some of the most popular include Flinders Street Railway Station, Eureka Tower, the Parliament House of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, the State Library, Southgate, Federation Square, the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Yarra, and the Shrine of Remembrance. There are many historical sights in Carlton and the Melbourne Zoo is in Parkville. For beachside nightlife head to St. Kilda.
Melbourne's City Center has the central business district and the historical core of the city. The cosmopolitan Docklands area is also included here. The area is very energetic with a great nightlife and restaurant scene. Southbank is a good area to visit for entertainment, fine dining, river trips. St. Kilda has many beaches and restaurants. South Melbourne is where you'll find Port Melbourne and Albert Park. Inner North has Carlton, Parkville, and North Melbourne, and Inner East has Fitzroy, Richmond, and Collingwood. Stonnington has Toorak, Prahran, and South Yarra.

There are many cultural and outdoor activities to enjoy around Melbourne. There is interesting street art around town that you can explore. There is also a great live music scene as well as many sporting events and shows to experience. During the many public holidays in Australia, Melbourne puts on a variety of activities, festivals, and events.

Melbourne also makes a great base to explore the surrounding areas in Victoria. Plenty of day trips and weekend trips from Melbourne make for some amazing experiences. While the Great Ocean Road is popular, you can also visit the wine region or Phillip Island to see some wildlife.
Food and Dining
Food in Melbourne is very diverse, international, and somewhat expensive. The service is usually quite good and a ten percent tip is the norm. If you receive excellent service then a higher tip is always appreciated, and if you are unhappy with the service you receive, this can also be reflected in your tip. Restaurant options are plentiful and you'll find some of the more touristy options in the Carlton area. Southbank and Victoria Street also have many options. In the Richmond area you'll find the most budget friendly options including Vietnamese and Southeast Asian restaurants. If you're looking for Middle Eastern food head to Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg.

Although Melbourne is quite large, you'll find most of the sights in close proximity to each other within the city center. There is no need to rent a car while visiting Melbourne as there is a successful public transit system known at Metlink. Metlink includes trams, trains and buses that will likely get you anywhere you need in the city with little hassle. If you're planning to be in Melbourne for less than five days, purchase day passes which are about $7 to stay within Zone 1. Do keep in mind that on weekends single ticket fares are cheaper and it may not be worth purchasing a full day ticket. Evaluate ahead of time before you commit.

Suburban trains leave from Flinders Street Station and many go through the City Loop connecting to Southern Cross Station. Trains are frequent but can be crowded during peak hours. Melbourne has one of the largest tram networks in the world. It goes through much of the inner and middle suburbs. There's a free City Circle tram that goes through the central business district and Docklands area. Buses fill in where trains and trams don't go. They typically travel to major shopping areas in the middle and outer suburbs.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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