Delegates will be required to make their own arrangements for transfers between their hotel, the airport and congress venue.
Melbourne Airport is 22 kilometres from the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is a 30-minute drive dependent on traffic conditions. Transfers from the airport are readily available via taxi, shuttle bus, car hire or private hire operators.
Melbourne Airport is serviced by the Skybus Super Shuttle—the only bus service linking the airport to the city. Tickets are available from the driver; from the information booth outside the terminal; or from the Skybus Super Shuttle website. Tickets prices (as at May 2012) are AUD17 one way or AUD28 return. For more information visit: www.skybus.com.au
Taxis have their own taxi ranks or can be hailed from the street. Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport, outside the international terminal and both domestic terminals. Expect a taxi fare of around AUD60 for a taxi ride between the CBD and Melbourne Airport. Melbourne’s major taxi companies include:
|13 CABS:||13 22 27—within Australia only|
|Arrow:||13 22 11—within Australia only|
|Embassy taxis:||13 17 55—within Australia only|
|Silver top taxis:||13 10 08—within Australia only|
Most of Melbourne’s main attractions are within walking distance to the forum venue and recommended hotels; however public transport is easily accessible and affordable.
Myki is Melbourne’s smartcard ticketing system. With myki you can travel on all of Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. A myki can be purchased from train stations, some tram stops and bus interchanges, 7 Eleven stores, retail outlets and newsagents displaying the myki sign. A myki visitor pack containing a map, instructions for use, a myki card with enough value for one day’s travel in Zone 1 (the entire tram network) and discounts to various Melbourne attractions is also available for purchase from the Melbourne Visitor Centre.
For more information about public transport, including ticketing and planning your journey, visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au
If you require car hire, many rental companies operate from Melbourne airport. To make a booking prior to your arrival contact:
|AVIS car rental:||www.avis.com.au|
|Hertz car rental:||www.hertz.com.au|
|Thrifty car rental:||www.thrifty.com.au|
Tourist refund scheme
International travellers can claim back the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) they have paid on goods bought in Australia that they are taking with them when they leave the country. The tax can be claimed back at international airports and seaports under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS), subject to conditions such as an AUD300 minimum purchase from one store.
The congress managers recommend that delegates purchase travel insurance including cover for non-refundable congress registration fees. Travel insurance must be purchased in the country of residence.
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