If you've ever travelled through major cities like London or New York then you'll probably recognise these distinctive red, open-top buses. Originating in 1999 in Seville, Spain this iconic company has grown to service nearly 100 destinations worldwide. And now, it's Melbourne's turn.
Starting in Federation Square the tour takes a large loop of the city, absorbing Melbourne's most famous sights. Here are all the stops:
Stop 9 - LYGON ST
Stop 10 - IMAX/ MELBOURNE MUSEUM
Stop 11 - COMEDY THEATRE / ANZ BUILDING
Stop 12 - CATHEDRAL PL
Stop 13 - FITZROY GARDENS
Stop 14 – MCG
The hop on, hop off service allows you to explore the city at you own pace with buses running every 40 minutes. If you decide to stay on the bus, the entire tour takes around 90 minutes.
You have a choice of two types of ticket: a 24 hour unlimited travel ticket is $35.50 for adults and $15 for children, while you can opt for a 48 hour unlimited travel ticket for $45.50 for adults and $25.50 for children. The latter option gives you a little more freedom to see the entire city over, say a weekend if you like.
If you're a local, like me, then this is a really fun way of seeing the city with a fresh set of eyes. It feels a little like you're on holidays and seeing the city for the first time. Everyone's got their cameras out, pointing at things and smiling. The open-air roof seating gives you 360 degree views of everything too – on a sunny day it's just beautiful.
When? Every 40 minutes How long? Approximately 90 minutes Season? All Year Round excluding Good Friday / 24/25th Dec
City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tours are always great fun, especially when visiting somewhere new or with kids. The Melbourne tour takes you around all the best sights in the City and you can hop-on or off anytime you want.