One of the world’s biggest tennis tournaments will soon be coming to Melbourne Park - make sure you know how to get there!
Tennis fans across Australia already have the date marked in their calendar: the Australian Open is coming to Melbourne Park on the 18th of January. This isn’t just a big deal in Australia - it’s one of the most well attended tennis tournaments on earth. If you’re planning to head along to a few of the matches, chances are you’ve sorted out your tickets already but transportation may be another matter. For a handy guide on Australian Open parking and various other ways of getting to some of the greatest tennis matches of the year, see our transportation information for the Australian Open 2016 below. Secure your Melbourne Airport Car Hire
for the tournament here.
Public transport might work for some but if it’s ultimate flexibility you’re after then there’s no better way to get to the Australian Open than to drive to Melbourne Park yourself
. Parking is unavailable at Melbourne Park itself for the duration of the tournament but don’t worry: public parking can be found at nearby Yarra Park. Head to either Gate 3 or Gate 5 for day session parking, while night session parking can be found exclusively via Gate 3. Leaving your car at Yarra Park will set you back $8.00 per session.
If you got lucky with your accommodation, you may be able to just stroll down to the nearest train station and catch a train to within a few minutes walk of Melbourne Park. Jump off at Flinders Street, Richmond or Jolimont stations and you’ll be just a short jaunt away from your destination. The route from Flinders will be signposted, while those getting off at Richmond will walk along Olympic Boulevard and fans disembarking at Jolimont will take a walk through Yarra Park. If you’re planning on staying late, it’s worth noting that the last train will leave Flinders Street around midnight on weeknights. On weekends there’s a little more wiggle room for night owls with the Night Network running hourly on every line except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse. All trains will be running directly to and from Flinders Street Station after 1:00 AM.
If you require a little more flexibility from your late night public transport then busses may be the way to go. Night Bus services will generally depart every 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD and will run all night on weekends.
This is a fantastic option for anyone staying close to Melbourne’s CBD. Operating on route 70 from the CBD to both Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena (venues within Melbourne Park), this service is completely free for anyone who has Australian Open tickets! The tram service will be operating until one hour after the end of play.
- Bicycle racks can be found at the Rod Laver Arena Forecourt entrance
- Water taxi and ferry services operate between Southgate and the landing next to Melbourne Park
- Pick up and drop off areas for those with disabilities or special needs are located out the front of Hisense Arena on Olympic Boulevard.